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Alphabet Grid

A harder version of Alphabet Crossword where the aim is to create the largest grid of words using each letter only once.

Tried and tested by Friday Afternoons
Any player count
Any game length
Requirements
  • Each letter of the alphabet in a pysical form (e.g. fridge magnets or written on a small square of paper) for each player

Alphabet Grid follows the same rules as Alphabet Crossword, only with a slightly different objective. Rather than trying to use all the letters, the aim is to create the largest square or rectangle possible containing no spaces. The grid must be at least two columns wide and at least two rows tall.

For example, the words “IN”, “IT”, “TO” and “NO” can be arranged to form a 2x2 grid – the smallest possible solution.

I N
T O

Your score is equal to the number of letters in the grid, so the example above would score 4 points. Theoretically, the highest possible score would be 25 for a 5x5 square, although it seems unlikely that a 5x5 solution actually exists. 26 points for a 13x2 rectangle would not be possible since it would require at least 13 vowels to form the 13 two-letter words.

Solutions

Click below to see all solutions larger than 2x2 found by Friday Afternoons.

6 points
T A B
O N E
8 points
T U B A
O P E N
9 points
B O G
A N Y
H E M

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