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Do you solve it? Whenever Wordle curdles

The solution to today’s word puzzles

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

nice out easy

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.

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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]

Answer:

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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.

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Solution : CATEGORY – ADVOCATE – ADULTERY

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Answer : ETERNITY – PROPERTY – OPERETTA

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Answer : CAMBODIA – COLOMBIA – CATACOMB

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Answer : CANADIAN – COMEDIAN – MELODICA

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Answer : TAPDANCE – ALLIANCE – TALISMAN

Thanks to Richard Chocolate, 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 .

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