A traditional football (soccer ball) is a combination of 20 pentagons and 12 hexagons arranged in the familiar pattern shown here. Suppose a letter of the alphabet is placed on each white hexagon. Can this be done such that the five hexagons that form a ring around each of the twelve black pentagons spell a word when read clockwise? The answer is yes, and finding such labelling makes a nice puzzle - especially if solution by hand, rather than computer, is required.
"Word Rings on Lettered Footballs,"
Word Ways: Vol. 44
, Article 11.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol44/iss2/11