Hidden Words

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Rules[edit]

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Place all given words in the grid in straight lines of consecutive cells going across or down, such that words cannot touch each other, even diagonally. The letters outside the grid indicate that they must appear in that row or column at least once.

(Rules and example from WPC 2017 IB)

History of the puzzle[edit]

Probably of Hungarian origin. "What's Your Name?" from WPC 1999/Part 10 had the same rule about outside letters. It also had Battleships style number clues which provided the number of cells with letters in the given row/column. Author of that puzzle is unknown. Since then the puzzle appeared on some 24hPC sets under the name "Battleships with Words," including the set by László Osvalt (Hungary) in 4th 24hPC (2003).

Appearances in the past WPCs[edit]