Word Ways


A. Ross Eckler


"A New Approach to the Ten Square" in the February 2002 Word Ways unsuccessfully sought to construct a ten-square out of names such as Elmer Davis or James Smith, all belonging to living United States residents or deceased Social Security beneficiaries. Steve Root suggested that present-day computer power permits a more ambitious program: instead of processing independent 5X5 chunks of first and last names, why not construct full ten-squares consisting of names of all lengths.