# This Word Game is Coded Square

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• Word Game

The Coded Crossword or Coded Square is really an interesting word game. It uses the grid similar to a crossword, but the corresponding letters are coded using the numbers 1-26. There are no traditional clues , to speak of, simply fill in the grid according to the number scheme.

This game is a DELL classic, and I have over the years grown to enjoy solving these type of puzzles, which rely more on word recognition. Below we have set the rules, and also included a brief section on helps, hints, and strategies.

• CODED CROSSWORD : RULES & Helps, Hints, Strategies

Rules:

1. Each square has a number corresponding to the letter, complete the letter code to solve the puzzle.

2. Each numbered cell can only one possible answer for each puzzle:

For Example ( A=1, B=2, C =3, ...etc. ).

Helps, Hints, Strategies

1. Often grid clues are provided, fill-in these first.

1. Letters that appear most often in common English language are vowels ( A, E, I, O, U),

begin by searching the grid for these.

2. Look for double-letter combinations (LL, EE, OO are the most common).

3. Make an educated guess , if you have the following: _ NOB, a guess might be KNOB, or SNOB. ( See Coded Square 1 below).

4. Like Word Fill-ins(or any other word game), the best policy is to use a mix of deduction and the exhaustive method, try many possibilities until you come up with the correct solution.

• CODED CROSSWORD EXAMPLE

Below is a sample of coded square game. You can play, as always for free on-line at the following page :

CODED CROSSWORD PUZZLES

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE :

• STRATEGY FOR CODE CROSSWORD PLAY/SOLVE :

1> I begin by filling in the rest of the given squares, namely F=6, N=21, O=24, B=8. (For the entire grid).

2> Make an educated guess on _ N O B, i am going with S = 2, for now.

3> I also notice that we have B O O , going down, what immediately comes to mind is B O O K.

So let us fill that in ( K =18).

4> The next thing we notice is that the squares # 22 occur frequently, so I am going to reserve

those for vowels( A, E , I, U are the only remaining vowels). So I arbitrarily pick "A" for 22.

( Fill in all A =22 in the grid).

 6 F 5 8 B 3 22 A 25 15 22 A 12 22 A 19 9 10 21 N 21 N 10 2 S 10 22 A 21 20 22 A 1 9 17 26 5 20 11 5 14 9 12 22 A 12 4 3 9 11 1 22 A 24 O 3 7 3 16 23 9 16 2 S 22 A 17 15 3 7 7 25 10 1 9 14 25 8 B 16 22 A 25 22 A 13 20 10 21 N 12 24 O 26 10 5 10 2 S 25 22 A 6 F 26 22 A 21 N 18 K 9 21 N 12 10 21 N 2 S 10 2 S 26 26 10 9 22 A 2 S 10 21 N 11 24 O 14 8 B 17 22 A 16 24 O 21 N 25 9 11 24 O 2 S 24 O 10 16 2 S 12 22 A 8 B 22 A 11 11 24 O 9 26 25 10 10 17 22 A 20 20 18 K 10 26

 1 2 S 3 4 5 6 F 7 8 B 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 K 19 20 21 N 22 A 23 24 O 25 26

5> Notice I have also highlighted two other possible words which appear to make sense, the one

going down could be Y E A R B O O K, and the one going across F R A N K I N C E N S E.

(Now let us make the suitable substitutions : R =26, E =10, I =9, C =12, Y =20 ).The new fill ins

are highlighted in yellow in the below diagram

;

 6 F 5 8 B 3 22 A 25 15 22 A 12 C 22 A 19 9 I 10 E 21 N 21 N 10 E 2 S 10 E 22 A 21 N 20 Y 22 A 1 9 I 17 26 R 5 20 Y 11 5 14 9 I 12 C 22 A 12 C 4 3 9 I 11 1 22 A 24 O 3 7 3 16 23 9 I 16 2 S 22 A 17 15 3 7 7 25 10 E 1 9 I 14 25 8 B 16 22 A 25 22 A 13 20 Y 10 E 21 N 12 C 24 O 26 R 10 E 5 10 E 2 S 25 22 A 6 F 26 R 22 A 21 N 18 K 9 I 21 N 12 C 10 E 21 N 2 S 10 E 2 S 26 R 26 R 10 E 9 I 22 A 2 S 10 E 21 N 11 24 O 14 8 B 17 22 A 16 24 O 21 N 25 9 I 11 24 O 2 S 24 O 10 E 16 2 S 12 C 22 A 8 B 22 A 11 11 24 O 9 I 26 R 25 10 E 10 E 17 22 A 26 R 20 Y 18 K 10 E 26 R

 1 2 S 3 4 5 6 F 7 8 B 9 I 10 E 11 12 C 13 14 15 16 17 18 K 19 20 Y 21 N 22 A 23 24 O 25 26 R

A word is also formed: E N C O R E.

6> At this point several other possible words have begun to come to life, we can make some

additional educated guesses, (starting with T = 11) , filling in several more words F A N T A S I A,

A B A T T O I R, and F R O S T Y.

Thus we continue in the same manner for these possible words:

E N T O M B ( M =14),

C L E A N S E R ( L =25),

S K E W E R ( W =17).

Fill those in your grid now. Note if done correctly you will have formed the word :

L E E W A Y. (Our new additions are shaded in green below):

 6 F 5 8 B 3 22 A 25 L 15 22 A 12 C 22 A 19 9 I 10 E 21 N 21 N 10 E 2 S 10 E 22 A 21 N 20 Y 22 A 1 9 I 17 W 26 R 5 20 Y 11 T 5 14 M 9 I 12 C 22 A 12 C 4 3 9 I 11 T 1 22 A 24 O 3 7 3 16 23 9 I 16 2 S 22 A 17 W 15 3 7 7 25 L 10 E 1 9 I 14 M 25 8 B 16 22 A 25 L 22 A 13 20 Y 10 E 21 N 12 C 24 O 26 R 10 E 5 10 E 2 S 25 L 22 A 6 F 26 R 22 A 21 N 18 K 9 I 21 N 12 C 10 E 21 N 2 S 10 E 2 S 26 R 26 R 10 E 9 I 22 A 2 S 10 E 21 N 11 T 24 O 14 M 8 B 17 W 22 A 16 24 O 21 N 25 L 9 I 11 T 24 O 2 S 24 O 10 E 16 2 S 12 C 22 A 8 B 22 A 11 T 11 T 24 O 9 I 26 R 25 L 10 E 10 E 17 W 22 A 20 Y 20 Y 18 K 10 E 26 R

 1 2 S 3 4 5 6 F 7 8 B 9 I 10 E 11 T 12 C 13 14 M 15 16 17 W 18 K 19 20 Y 21 N 22 A 23 24 O 25 L 26 R

7> At this point it would be useful to also note the unused ( or remaining ) letters :

D G H J P Q U V X Z.

8> We can now test them individually in the remaining grid positions with some partially

completed words:

_ A Y M O W ( Likely H, forming the word H A Y M O W, so fill in H = 5).

S W I _ ( Let us try G, making the word S W I G, so that G =16).

_ I E N N E S E ( Try letter "V", so that V =19).

Note: If entered correctly you will now have the words: W A G O N L I T, R H Y T H M I C,

and N I G G L E.

 6 F 5 H 8 B 3 22 A 25 L 15 22 A 12 C 22 A 19 V 9 I 10 E 21 N 21 N 10 E 2 S 10 E 22 A 21 N 20 Y 22 A 1 9 I 17 W 26 R 5 H 20 Y 11 T 5 H 14 M 9 I 12 C 22 A 12 C 4 3 9 I 11 T 1 22 A 24 O 3 7 3 16 G 23 9 I 16 G 2 S 22 A 17 W 15 3 7 7 25 L 10 E 1 9 I 14 M 25 L 8 B 16 G 22 A 25 L 22 A 13 20 Y 10 E 21 N 12 C 24 O 26 R 10 E 5 H 10 E 2 S 25 L 22 A 6 F 26 R 22 A 21 N 18 K 9 I 21 N 12 C 10 E 21 N 2 S 10 E 2 S 26 R 26 R 10 E 9 I 22 A 2 S 10 E 21 N 11 T 24 O 14 M 8 B 17 W 22 A 16 G 24 O 21 N 25 L 9 I 11 T 24 O 2 S 24 O 10 E 16 G 2 S 12 C 22 A 8 B 22 A 11 T 11 T 24 O 9 I 26 R 25 L 10 E 10 E 17 W 22 A 20 Y 20 Y 18 K 10 E 26 R

 1 2 S 3 4 5 H 6 F 7 8 B 9 I 10 E 11 T 12 C 13 14 M 15 16 G 17 W 18 K 19 V 20 Y 21 N 22 A 23 24 O 25 L 26 R

9> Next we continue forming possible words from remaining letters:

G A L A _ Y ( X=13)

_ I G S A W_ _ _ _ L E ( Appears to be J I G S A W P U Z Z L E), therefore J =23, P = 15, U =3,

Z =7.

10> Repeat the process for the final letters D, Q.

B E D A Z Z L E , U N I Q U E, and A C Q U I T.

Well that completes my process for solving a coded square word puzzle game. Your strategy

again may vary, but we hope this was helpful.

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