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Word Search

detective with magnifying glass   eight-by-four grid of letters with WORD and SEARCH highlighted, with Kilroy looking downward   detective with magnifying glass

No. of Players: 1+
Type of Game: written
What you need: pen and paper


To find words that are hidden in a grid of letters.

How to play

Word Searches (also called Word Finds and Word Seeks) are most often played using books published by puzzle creators like Charles Waterford. But with a little effort, players can construct them from scratch for other players to solve. The puzzle creator first decides on how big to make the grid, then selects words that will be hidden – horizontally, vertically, diagonally, backwards and forwards – in that grid which is otherwise filled with random letters. The hidden words can be grouped by theme or category, but they can also be completely unrelated. The word list is either written next to or below the grid, or not disclosed at all for added difficulty. In either case players can compete with each other to see who can find the most words within a specified amount of time. Words that are found are marked by circling, highlighting or striking a line through their letters.


April creates a 10×10 grid with 12 hidden words for the other players to solve. Betty finds the word GREEN, highlights it and strikes it off the list. (And so on.)

basic word search grid with list of 12 hidden words

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