Word Ways


Susan Thorpe


Playing with 2x2 and 3x3 squares constructed from word chains made me curious as to how far the exercise could be taken; the table on the next two pages is the result. Each horizontally-adjacent pair of words makes another word (many of these are hyphenated) or a two-word phrase, reading either from left to right or from right to left (follow the arrows). Each vertically-adjacent pair of words is similarly linked when read from left to right, and another word/phrase when read from right to left (similarly upwards and downwards); these two-way pairs are indicated by double-headed arrows.