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Word Square 11
A ROSE by any other name makes a sweet Logic Puzzle.
April 30, 2007
From the introduction, each row and each column of Word Square 11 contains the characters ROSE and a blank cell in some order, so that no character or space can be repeated in a row or a column. By clue 9, S is in row 3, column 3. By clue 1, E is the 2nd letter across row 1; while by clue 6, E is the 4th letter down column 3. The E in row 1 therefore must be in column 2. By clue 2, R is the 4th letter down column 1; while by clue 8, R is the 4th letter across row 4. The R in column 1 must then be in row 5. By clue 4, in column 4, E is immediately followed by S in the next cell. Then either E is in row 3 and S in row 4, or E is in row 4 and S in row 5. Trying E in row 4 and S in row 5, S in row 1 would be in column 5 (clue 7) and the R in row 4 in column 5 (8). By clue 3, the column 2 O couldn't be in row 5, so space is in row 5 of column 2. Then O in column 2 is in row 2 (3), with R in row 3 and S in row 4. By clue 10, the O in row 4 couldn't be in column 1; it would be in column 3, with space in column 1 of row 4. O would be in column 5 and E in column 3 of row 5. By clue 5, the column 3 space would be in row 1, with R then in row 2. In row 1, R would be in column 4 and O in column 1. In column 1, S would be in row 2 and E in row 3. Then in row 3, O would be in column 4 and space in column 5--a conflict with clue 11. So, in column 4, E is not in row 4 with S in row 5. The E in column 4 is in row 3 and S in row 4. S in row 1 is in column 5 (7) and the R in row 4 in column 5 (8). The R in row 3 is in column 2, with the space in column 1 and the O in column 5 (11). Then by clue 3, the column 2 O is in row 2. By elimination, in column 2, the space appears in row 4 and the S in row 5. The S in row 2 is in column 1. The O is in row 1 and the E in row 4. The row 4 O in column 3. The O in column 4 is in row 5. By clue 6, E is in row 5 of column 3. The row 5 space is in column 5. The column 3 space is in row 1 (5), with R in column 3 in row 2. E in column 5 is in row 2, with R in row 1 in column 4 and space in column 4 in row 2. In sum, Word Square 11 contains the word ROSE as follows:



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O E  R S
S O R  E
 R S E O
E  O S R
R S E O  

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