Word Squares

Monday, 28 May 2012   |   Creativity Games

Word SquareThis week we're arranging.

Game:  There are 5 random words below.  Use one of them (or a derivative of it) to create a word square. (see below for more info.

  • straw
  • buoy
  • sunset
  • needle
  • bingo

Challenge:  For extra challenge instead of telling us the word square, create a set of clues to the words so others can try and figure it out.

Strategy: A word square is a square of letters where you may read a word by taking each row or each column.  Most impressive when the same words are read in both columns and rows but to make it easier you may have different words.  An word rectangle may also be allowed.  See below for some examples:

The Sator square is a famous Latin and is particularly appealing as it reads up and down, left and right and backwards.

SATOR

AREPO

TENET

OPERA

ROTAS

And another:

SEAT

ECHO

AHOY

TOYS

And one where the columns are different from the rows:

LIMB

AREA

CORK

KNEE

Think of words that can fit into this pattern is a great exercise in spatial awareness and perspective, both of which are great for creative thinking. Have fun and see what you can come up with.

If you get close but can't quite finish a square, post what you have and maybe someone else can help out.

Get creative, join in below.

 

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