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|A spiral word (Posted on 2016-08-04)
Coil the word REMEDIABLENESSES
as a spiral into a 4x4 grid (see below) and surprisingly you get a crossword square with 8 valid words: 4 across and 4 down (+ARMS & BEE read diagonally).
Try to find another example(s), forget the diagonals.
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Submitted by Ady TZIDON
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re(3): Questionable words: -validity
| Comment 4 of 7 |
(In reply to re(2): Questionable words
by Dej Mar)
Valid - adjective
sound, good, reasonable, just, telling, powerful, convincing, substantial,
acceptable,sensible, rational, logical, viable, credible, sustainable, plausible,
conclusive, weighty, cogent, legal, official, legitimate, correct, genuine, proper, in effect, authentic, in force, lawful, bona fide, legally binding, etc <br>
The above is a partial list of synonyms of
the word "valid". It is easy to see that all the adjectives in the
list lack objectivity and allow very broad interpretation.
The source of the word is the Latin
"Valeo" , meaning "I am strong, I am healthy,
I am OK ! ", forcing a reply:
…" Hey, watch out , we have only your word for it!"
"..One man's food
is another man's poison.! So whenever you use
the word "valid" you should either prefix it or upend it by "IMHO",
"AFAIK", "To the best of my knowledge" etc. or make sure
that you and your listener/reader share
the same interpretation of the word.
Now, retournons a nos moutons, - your "valid "
has nothing to do
with the text's "valid":
"English" is not mentioned as the mandatory language ;
Nothing was said about proper names being excluded.
Inclusion or exclusion of acronyms was not addressed.
Nothing was said about what data base or what dictionaries are "valid '
If I were facing a similar question I would either assume: "Everything goes!" or
define my own constraints like "the name should appear as a legitimate
word in at least one of the predefined dictionaries", "proper names ate allowed even if
derived from non-English source, like Ivan, Jose or Nahman",
"Acronyms are out, unless accepted in daily use e.g. NIMBI, RADAR, NASA
etc or " only nouns, no plurals, no
proper names ".
Then, after defining the missing parameters , I would begin the solving process.
Your remarks, IMHO, assuming that their objective was improving the accuracy of the post for the benefit of other solvers, should be provided while the puzzle was on the reviewing post, not after publication.
Now – few words about the puzzle. I've found on the web a note regarding the spiraling " REMEDIABLENESSES "
I have decided
to publish a puzzle, searching for another 16-letter word featuring similar
peculiarity. I still do not know if such
a word exists, so if there were no answers submitted I would relax the search,
asking, say, for 7 words instead of 8. Still
no go? How about 6?
There was neither
rhyme nor reason to post a disclaimer, listing what categories are banned.
Now, Dej Mar –
everything is allowed – make your assumptions, use ERGO, DIXI, ETC, SCUBA – and so on, just start the
I have spent a
significant amount of my valuable time, with no reward, just to get it off my
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