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Word Square [BB469]

20 July, 2014

A Birdbrain with a difference this week. The puzzle was submitted by David Fryer, via email, with the answer(s) in your hands, rather than next week’s arrival. I must admit, at first blush, I only have imperfect options, still to find a perfect score. Here’s the challenge, as DF explains:

Find a nine-letter word (123456789) that when written in a square like so…


…forms a three-letter word in each row (123, 456 and 789) and a three-letter word in each column (147, 258 and 369). The nine letters do not all have to be different. The words must all be non-capitalised.

David found two solutions. Let’s see if we can find more, as this week the square is our new football. (Many thanks to David F for the idea.)

BB468 SOLUTION: Ill-treat, income tax, Ian Turpie, idle threat, in transit, injury time, imagine that, ivory tower, instrument test, Ivan Turgenev, insider trading, interval training

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