Questions tagged [word-search]

Puzzles tagged with word-search should generally be about finding words within a grid, these types of puzzles are mass-producible so adding a twist or spin to them is a good idea.

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Letter Crush Friends

Inspired by the game Candy Crush I devised a new type of word-searchpuzzles which go under the name Letter Crush $^{TM}$ puzzles. How to solve a Letter Crush $^{TM}$ puzzle: A puzzle consists ...
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Dissecting Africa

A straightforward puzzle for the patient. There are no tricks or decryptions needed. The task is 'simple' albeit potentially challenging (and maybe time-consuming). The goal Dissect the Africa-...
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Just a Regular Word Search

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #36: Twisted Classics 1 Here's a regular word search. Find three twisty things. ...
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Mystery of the One Word Wordsearch

How have you been? Please, come in, have a seat. Would you like a drink? Wine? Soda? No? Yes, I have orange juice... Ok, enjoy! Anyway, I know how you love wordsearches, so I made one exclusively for ...
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Rebuilding the Rio 2016 Olympics logo

This puzzle belongs to the puzzle series: hyper-modern art It is also an entry to the 13th fortnightly challenge You two friends are still venturing through the endless halls of the gallery of hyper-...
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A-maze-ing Wordsearch

This is an entry to the 12th fortnightly challenge You and your party realize that you possibly shouldn't have crossed the mad wizard at the black tower when all your vision goes pink and pale. When ...
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Create a Word Search

Create a word search with the following conditions: Use the eleven words below. They can be spelled up, down, left, right, or any of the 4 diagonal directions. ZERO ONE TWO THREE FOUR ...
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It was a dark and stormy night

September 8: It’s raining, and Russian Emperor Czar Nicholas awakes, confused. Someone enters, completely soaking. “It’s positively vile – I’d resist going outside.” It’s Czarina Alexandra. “...
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Help! Can you get my puzzle back?

Puzzling has a lot of really complicated stuff these days, so I just wanted to post a simple Boggle grid. You know that game, right? You form words by starting from one letter, then taking adjacent ...
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The Crosswordsearch

I submitted a wordsearch and a crossword to the New York Times, but for some reason they rejected them! I'm really disappointed, but I'm willing to improve. It sounds like my wordsearch was fine, ...
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On The Subject of Word Searches

(This is part of a series of puzzles written for Timwi for a Secret Santa puzzle exchange, themed around various custom modules for the game Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. No KTaNE knowledge is ...
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A pack of wordsearches

In designing this puzzle involving wordsearches, I struggled to identify the correct collective noun for them. Asking around, nobody knew - a herd? A gang? A parliament?! After much prolonged (perhaps ...
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Historical figure word-search

There are 22 historical figures on this board. Can you find them all?
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Today is a sad day

Today is a sad day - Today, it was supposed to be my big day to shine! But unfortunately that is no longer the case. I have heard from others here that puzzle-making is a great way to drown out one's ...
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Crypto-wordsearch-gram: “You Are a Member of the Rebel Alliance, and a Traitor!”. A cryptogram hidden within a wordsearch

You are a member of the Rebel Alliance. You have been captured by the Empire and imprisoned. In a stroke of sadistic brilliance, your guards have denied you all reading matter except "Uncle Vader's ...
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Cluelessly searching for words II

Below is a word search puzzle presented without clues. Instead, you must use the additional rules (see example below) to work out what the words are. Finally, as a check to make sure you found the ...
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Tracks in the snow

Eleven fantastic creatures left their tracks in the snow. Can you identify all of them and the twelfth creature that left no tracks?
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Historical figures word search with a twist

You can take every path you like from the drawn paths, but you cannot repeat letters in the same word (person's name). There are at least 23 historical figures on the board. Here is also a text ...
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A derivative word search

This square is composed of elements, all in the same set, written either horizontally or vertically. There is no overlap, each letter belongs to exactly one word. However, the words are anagrammed. ...
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Untitled (Not Just a) Word Search

I wrote this for a puzzle swap, and I'm somewhat proud of how it turned out. I'd like to know what you think. ...
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5 Quotes 1 Figure

These are 5 quotes all made by the same historically famous person that have all been transcribed slightly differently. What are each of the quotes and who said them all? SETAERGRUO TBGNILLAFR ...
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The ill-posed word-search: A sick puzzle

This puzzle started out as ordinary 8-directional word-search puzzle, hiding 19 diseases amongst lots and lots of letters. But then, six letters were infected and became ill, and things became very ...
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The horrible wordsearch: Can you decypher the word-search puzzle to find the final clue?

This will be a tricky one, I think. The whole puzzle is self-contained in the information between the two horizontal bars below. The answer to this riddle is a book title of 5 words. The book is ...
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The maze of letters - Clue Three

<---Previous clue This is an entry in the 12th Fortnightly Topic Challenge Inspiration from @BMyGuest's puzzle After keying in your answer, the screen goes dark, and emits a BEEP!You step back ...
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Cluelessly searching for words

Below is a word search puzzle presented without clues. Instead, you must use the additional rules (see example below) to work out what the words are. Finally, as a check to make sure you found the ...
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International word-search: Can you find the words in multiple languages?

This time it is not complicated. No tricks, no brain bending involved. A simple, straight forward word-search puzzle to relax... All valid words are straight lines but can be found in any of the 8 ...
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Cluelessly searching for words V (last one)

Below is a word search puzzle presented without clues. Instead, you must use the additional rules (see example below) to work out what the words are. Finally, as a check to make sure you found the ...
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Anagrid (word search with anagrams)

I have to give Tom the opportunity for a rematch, so here's my attempt at an Anagrid (here is the first puzzle in the series). The rules: This square is composed of elements, all in the same set, ...
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The rock wall of letters — Clue Seven

<--Previous clue Click! The door swing open, to reveal a yellow room. "It looks like a banana," you mutter as you walk in. Then you see the right wall. On it is something like a rock-climbing ...
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Wordsearch Trail: And now for something a little different

A Fun Friday Wordsearch! Or is it... Hidden in this wordsearch, is a trail of clues to lead you to one specific word within the grid. It's this specific word, and the trail you used to get there ...
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Clueslessly searching for words III

Below is a word search puzzle presented without clues. Instead, you must use the additional rules (see example below) to work out what the words are. Finally, as a check to make sure you found the ...
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45x45 Word Search

You'll need to be a serious fan of these puzzles to find over 300 of the things hidden in this jumble. There are no clues as this is test of knowledge as well as determination. Once you get started it'...
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Continental nations word search

This square is composed of nations, all in the same continent, written either horizontally or vertically. There is no overlap, each letter belongs to exactly one nation. However, the country names are ...
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Puzzling at-home-order

A standard nonlinear, non-clued wordsearch. Similar to the Cluelessly searching for words series, but here letters can be used by multiple words. Rules The words can run in any direction (orthogonal ...
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Geography puzzles — find the one-word answer

Below are two separate puzzles, but you will need to solve both to find the one-word answer. Good luck!
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Twisted word-search

This is a somehow twisted word-search. Every word/phrase should conform to two rules. Your job is to find out the two rules/patterns every word/phrase follows and, of course, to find the words/...
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Anagram word search

Rules: Words are scrambled - i.e. anagrams. Valid paths - horizontally, vertically, diagonally. No words are with less than 5 letters. All words fall (more or less) within the same category - there ...
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A book with only two letters

Dr. G somehow detests reading novels but he decided to read a one then he naturally got bored and decided to delete all letters except A and B letters in the book. So with this new book which ...
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The Hyper-Modern Kidnapper: Crime Scene #4

The Story: As soon as he read the message that Lipwig found, Sergeant Vimes raced home, sirens blaring for traffic to move aside. His daughter was home in her room. His daughter was home in her room. ...
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Cluelessly searching for words IV

Below is a word search puzzle presented without clues. Instead, you must use the additional rules (see example below) to work out what the words are. Finally, as a check to make sure you found the ...
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The answer is Caesar. What is the question?

VNUGPEUISLOGTDTQPEGEXUCTSPGHEUDUK? ...
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She Lia Squared: Our daughter asked, “How many words can it make?”

For puzzle experts out there I'm certain this will seem trivial. Our daughter recently conned my wife and I into purchasing interlocking foam squares for her bedroom floor. On each square is a ...
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How can I make a good word-search puzzle?

Say I have a bunch of words that I want to make a word-search out of. What are some strategies for making a challenging but doable word-search puzzle where these are the words to be found? I'm ...
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Needles in a Haystack (Inverse wordsearch)

Wordsearch with a little twist. There are 22 words hidden inside the grid (purposely), they are all: 1) Characters from fiction books 2) Countries in South America 3) Ex-Presidents of ...
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Where's my pet gone to?

I came home today and realized that my furry friend was not there to greet me. There was a note on the counter from my SO that explained where they had gone but I wasn't quite sure what it meant. Can ...
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Major aliens, some good, some bad

Yep, another word search. The title should be a hint... ...
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I don't want to let my friends down

This is an entry into the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #36 I was supposed to do something, but I can't remember what it was. I know it was supposed to be fun or funny. In a typical effort to hide my ...
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Crosswordsearch

Here's an interesting idea for a puzzle I came up with (not sure if it's been done before). The idea is that it's kinda like a crossword, and also kinda like a word search. Here's how it works: You ...
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Dinosaur Word Search, Letter Solve, and Unscramble

Please answer if you figure out any part of this! Dinosaur Names: archaeopteryx stegosaurus velociraptor concavenator triceratops kulindadromeus (kudos to user477343 for finding this one!) Randomly ...
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Snake word puzzles

Find the nine letter word that "snakes" through the grid. Every letter is only used once. If you are stuck on one then write it down and it will easier (in my opinion). And please do not search it up. ...