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Article Title

Packing Words

Authors

Leonard Gordon

Abstract

What is the minimum rectangular area in which one can pack precisely N words of length L? All must be joined in criss-cross fashion, and no words of other lengths are allowed. The main point is to find the packing patterns; finding real (and, if possible, common) words to fit those patterns adds interest, converting a purely mathematical problem to a logological one as well. The patterns derived here may be used in conventional crossword or other puzzles.

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