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Coded Crossword (Posted on 2011-10-10) Difficulty: 4 of 5
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|   |22 |25 |19 |23 |6  |14 |   |2  |3  |15 |3  |16 |13 |   |
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|20 |   |16 |   |6  |   |5  |   |20 |   |3  |   |25 |   |19 |
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|23 |3  |2  |15 |8  |20 |17 |   |18 |20 |2  |14 |6  |13 |25 |
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|25 |   |3  |   |26 |   |25 |   |25 |   |2  |   |14 |   |12 |
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|2  |6  |8  |8  |20 |8  |   |23 |   |1  |25 |2  |25 |14 |25 |
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|25 |   |14 |   |14 |10 |19 |20 |9  |25 |19 |   |16 |   |26 |
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|14 |20 |8  |8  |   |3  |   |16 |   |2  |   |17 |8  |8  |14 |
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|   |   |   |   |6  |23 |23 |20 |16 |3  |6  |   |   |   |   |
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|16 |6  |17 |8  |   |23 |   |26 |   |18 |   |11 |7  |3  |24 |
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|6  |   |6  |   |1  |25 |26 |20 |1  |25 |8  |   |17 |   |3  |
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|4  |6  |19 |14 |25 |19 |   |14 |   |19 |6  |3  |8  |3  |16 |
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|20 |   |6  |   |2  |   |6  |   |16 |   |3  |   |7  |   |13 |
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|4  |25 |1  |19 |6  |3  |2  |   |25 |16 |2  |6  |19 |13 |25 |
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|8  |   |20 |   |5  |   |6  |   |21 |   |20 |   |13 |   |19 |
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|   |25 |21 |3  |8  |14 |8  |   |14 |10 |19 |25 |25 |8  |   |
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22 25 19 23 6 14 2 3 15 3 16 13
20 16 6 5 20 3 25 19
23 3 2 15 8 20 17 18 20 2 14 6 13 25
25 3 26 25 25 2 14 12
2 6 8 8 20 8 23 1 25 2 25 14 25
25 14 14 10 19 20 9 25 19 16 26
14 20 8 8 3 16 2 17 8 8 14
6 23 23 20 16 3 6
16 6 17 8 23 26 18 11 7 3 24
6 6 1 25 26 20 1 25 8 17 3
4 6 19 14 25 19 14 19 6 3 8 3 16
20 6 2 6 16 3 7 13
4 25 1 19 6 3 2 25 16 2 6 19 13 25
8 20 5 6 21 20 13 19
25 21 3 8 14 8 14 10 19 25 25 8

See The Solution Submitted by Math Man    
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Solution Solution Comment 1 of 1
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I essentially used brute force to arrive at the solution above, picking two words to pair off in the beginning, then adding additional words, continuing to find still feasible combinations until a single solution was able to be reached.

I started with what would become LASSOS and ALAS as they shared letters, so words of the form 2-6-8-8-20-8 could be used to find combinations that would also make words of the form 6-2-6-8. From there, I used eventual TOSS and PSST, or 14-20-8-8 and 17-8-8-14 to reduce the number of possible solutions from several thousand, down to 530.

I continued in this manner using MONOCOT and NAPS (23-20-16-20-26-20-14 and 16-6-17-8) to find pairs that would still work with the quad sets found in the previous step. I was now up to about 1140 possible combinations.

I finally caught a break, when working with AMMONIA and MASCOT. After eliminating previous combinations that wouldn't result in words for both of those combinations (6-23-23-20-16-3-6 and 23-6-8-26-20-14), I had managed to reduce the possible solutions set to 41 combinations.
By using ENLISTS (25-16-2-3-8-14-8) as the 9th word of the groupings, I arrived at 6 possible solutions, and noticed some similarities amongst the results.

All 6 combinations used LASSOS, ALAS, TOSS, MONOCOT, AMMONIA, MASCOT, and ENLISTS. By using these replacements for 10 of the numbers, I was able to solve the remainder of the puzzle, at least, with words that are in the word list I chose to use.

Edited on October 16, 2011, 10:38 pm
  Posted by Justin on 2011-10-16 21:54:16

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