Saturday, June 25, 2022
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# Did you solve it? When Wordle curdles

Earlier today I set you a bulging girdle of post-Wordle word puzzles. Here they are with the answers.

1. Old horse

A famous horse in the 1770s was called Potoooooooo. How did you pronounce his name? [This is a true story!]

2. Nice and easy by Richard Candy

The three big balloons contain letters which can be rearranged into a rather obvious phrase. Can you see it?

Answer: CAN YOU SEE IT. (Although top marks for the reader who suggested the much more Guardian-adjacent YOU CINEASTE!)

3. Famous word-based board game challenge by Alf Smith

This puzzle should appeal to fans of Codeword. The following grid shows the final board of a game of Scrabble in which every single tile has been used (including the two blanks). The value of each letter is marked, and a few complete tiles are given. Fill in the grid. The solution is unique.

Here’s the checklist of tiles (with the amount in brackets), listed by value.

• 0 points: blank(2)

• 1 point: E(12) A(9) I(9) O(8) N(6) R(6) T(6) L(4) S(4) U(4)

• 2 points: D(4) G(3)

• 3 points: B(2) C(2) M(2) P(2)

• 4 points: F(2) H(2) V(2) W(2) Y(2)

• 5 points: K(1)

• 8 points: J(1) X(1)

• 10 points: Q(1) Z(1)

[Note: Scrabble is a trademark owned by Mattel in the UK]

4. Vennagrams by Greg Wall

Below each of the following Venn diagrams are seven tiles consisting of two letters. Place each tile in a different region so that the four tiles in each region can be rearranged to solve the corresponding clue.

Answer: ETERNITY – PROPERTY – OPERETTA

Answer: CAMBODIA – COLOMBIA – CATACOMB

Answer: TAPDANCE – ALLIANCE – TALISMAN

Thanks to Richard Candy, Alf Smith and Greg Wall for today’s puzzles. If you want more Vennagrams (which he calls Elemental), follow Greg on Twitter and on Reddit.

I set a puzzle here every two weeks on a Monday. I’m always on the look-out for great puzzles. If you would like to suggest one, email me.

I’m the author of several books of puzzles, and also the children’s book series Football School. The latest instalment, The Greatest Ever Quiz Book, is just out.

I give school talks about maths and puzzles (online and in person). If your school is interested please get in touch.