Word Ways


Helen Motamen


In the second word contest sponsored by the Girl Scout magazine Daisy for kids under twelve, the grid size grew as well as the challenge. Contestants now had to fill in a 4-by-4 grid with letters of their choice and find the ten longest words that could be spelled without moving in any directio between letters (up, down, right, left, or diagonal) as in a game of Boggle. No letter in the grid could be used more than once per word, and all of the words had to be different. The value of each of the ten words depended on its length, with words of 1, 2, 3, ... 16 letter worth 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 13, 18, 24, 31, 48, 58, 69, 81, and 94 points, respectively. Thus, the highest score we could get would be 940 using ten sixteen-letter words.