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 Hidden Word (Posted on 2013-04-26)
```                +------+-------+------+
|  0   |   1   |  2   |
+------+-------+------+
| CULT | SOME  | VEST |
|      | HINT  | HOSE |
+------+-------+------+```
A four-letter word needs to be determined. Several clues are provided in the grid above to help guess what it is.

In the column marked "2," you have words that share exactly two letters in the same position as the hidden word. For example, if the hidden word were REDO, in column 2 we could put DEMO, BEDS, DODO, etc.

Column 1 contains words that share exactly one letter in the same position as the hidden word. In the example above, REDO being the hidden word, column 1 could have NODS, ROAD, etc.

Column 0 has words that do not share any letter in the same position as the hidden word. For our example, column 0 could have GAME, HARD, etc.

Now, find the hidden word.

 See The Solution Submitted by K Sengupta Rating: 3.0000 (2 votes)

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 Analytical solution (spoiler) Comment 5 of 5 |
a) From the last column, the third letter must be S.  Otherwise, we do cannot have 2 correct in VE-T and two correct in HO-E.

b) From the first column, the last letter cannot be T. So, based on VEST, the word is either V-S- or -ES-

c) Assume last letter is not E.  Then, based on HOSE, it is either VOS- or HES-.  If it was VOS-, then HINT would share no letters.  If it was HES-, then SOME would share no letters.  So the assumption is wrong, and E is the last letter.  The word is either V-SE or -ESE

d) In either case, based on HOSE, the first letter cannot be H.  The match in HINT must be the 2nd letter, I.

So, the full word is VISE.

 Posted by Steve Herman on 2013-04-26 20:35:30

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