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20 Word Lattice II (Posted on 2013-12-02) Difficulty: 3 of 5
  O P E   O P E  
O O O E R E E
U U I A A
G G C S S I R
  U R S   H E G  
A I H O O E E
U R W W W
L U E E E E E
  A T E   E F E  


Fit 9 distinct letters into the array to form 20 5-letter words such that all having a vertical orientation (including diagonals) are read from top-down and horizontal words are read from left to right.
Any pair of words may share the first letter, the last letter, or the first and last from each other.

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1st trial- one word missing | Comment 1 of 3
I have found only one word fitting -heg -  namely thegn (=thane)
and, starting from there got a quasi-solution":
upper line , add the letters C D Y,
mid. line        -add the letters H T N,
lowest  -     add the letters M R  L,

you get 19 valid words and a meaningless  COUCT (1st upper left
quadrant).


I understand that my 1st assumption was wrong and there are probably additional  words fitting -heg-.
Looking up the Scrabble 4,000,000-word DB I discovered 8 or 9
adequate words to start with but was too tired (or too lazy) to continue exploring more threads.

 I believe that in similar puzzles the author should specify what
word base is assumed as a reference and which words are precluded.  
 

Edited on December 2, 2013, 4:29 pm
  Posted by Ady TZIDON on 2013-12-02 16:11:03

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