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!]
Answer : Potatoes! i. e Pot-8-Os. You can find all about this remarkable horse here .
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 factors: 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.
Solution : CATEGORY – ADVOCATE – ADULTERY
Answer : ETERNITY – PROPERTY – OPERETTA
Answer : CAMBODIA – COLOMBIA – CATACOMB
Answer : CANADIAN – COMEDIAN – MELODICA
Answer : TAPDANCE – ALLIANCE – TALISMAN
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.
We give school talks about maths and puzzles (online and in person). If your school is interested please get in touch.