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Literal Overlap (Posted on 2008-06-24) Difficulty: 3 of 5
Three 3 x 3 grids overlap by one cell, as in the image.

Each grid is to have 3 words by reading from left to right, and 3 by reading down.

Find a solution, using the starter letters, where all words are unique to the layout, and all are in general common (but not necessarily frequent) English usage.


As more than one solution is possible, you might like to consider that the letters A to Z have respective values of 1 to 26, and my solution has a sum value of 279. Can you top that?

But then you might like to be challenged by this frequency chart modified to a point value:
     A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M 
     3 20 12 10  1 16 17  8  5 23 22 11 14
     N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z
     6  4 19 25  9  7  2 13 21 15 24 18 26
My score for the same solution is 158 which is just 1 better than when an "O" replaces an "A".

In both cases all letters are to be counted just once, or rather, each location; yes, the starters too.

See The Solution Submitted by brianjn    
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Solution a solution | Comment 1 of 8

corrected vertical TON to TAN to avoid duplicating ORE

Edited on June 24, 2008, 7:23 pm
  Posted by Charlie on 2008-06-24 19:19:51

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