Word Ways


A. Ross Eckler


Ever since Chris Long's mathematical model in the February 1993 Word Ways showing that it takes a list of at least 250,000 ten-letter words to have a reasonable chance of forming a ten-square, logologists have despaired of forming one from dictionary-sanctioned words. Only by extending the definition of an acceptable "word" does a ten-square seem possible. One way to accomplish this is to allow words from any language (a polyglot square); another is to allow proper or personal names. This article suggests how the latter approach might be realized by reducing the construction of a ten-square to relatively simple independent tasks.