Word Ways


Eric Chaikin


With the gunpowdery blacksmith at our side, we have hunted the biggest bisograms. In our next adventure, they will be stuffed and put on display. The "Nots and Crosses" contest in the July 1991 issue of Games Magazine put forth the following challenge: place a different word in each cell of a 3-by-3 tic-tac-toe grid ("noughts and crosses" for Anglophiles) so that no row, column, or corner-to-corner diagonal repeats a letter, with the object being to maximize the total number of letters in the grid.