Friday, May 15, 2009

Extra Word Sudoku Puzzle for Friday, 5/15/2009

Extra Word Sudoku Puzzle for Friday, 5/15/2009

I didn’t get to Karen Richards’ fun “Constant Consonants” puzzle this week until late last night—just too darned busy at the paying job! This past Monday, on her puzzlebits blog (, the former editor of Games Magazine and author of several puzzle books posed the following question:
How many words can you think of that contain the consonants T and R in that order and no others?
Suffice it to say that I didn’t come close to the word count Karen published in her solution Wednesday: she came up with 33!

While I was pondering TR words, I kept thinking of TRTR words—ones that fit the “Constant Consonants” puzzle rules using T and R in that order, twice, and no other consonants. So today’s extra Qudoku puzzle set challenges you to uncover the nine TRTR words I thought of, using an 8x8 Word Sudoku puzzle to supply the necessary letters—yes, there are only 8 distinct letters in the nine words I came up with, even though the combined length of those nine words is 68 letters!

8x8 Constant Consonants Word Sudoku: TRTR
Each row, column, 2x4 rectangle and the set of circled letters contains the letters in the anagram exactly once
Copy circled letters to the corresponding numbered cell in the quote grid to spell out nine "Constant Consonants" TRTR words

(My thanks to Karen Richards,, for creating the “Constant Consonants” puzzle. Any errors in my word list—words that don’t follow Karen’s rules—are my own fault! I’ve always had trouble following those rules!)

Solution in the morning.


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