Word Ways


Maxey Brooke


In a desperate attempt to make ever-larger word squares, logologists have succeeded only in producing monsters such as the ten-by-ten tautonymic word squares featured in the August and November 1973 issues of Word Ways. Is it not time to recall the intrinsic beauty and extreme versatility of smaller word squares -- say, those of size six-by-six or less? This article surveys a wide variety of such squares, taken from past issues of Word Ways, from Dmitri Borgmann's Language on Vacation (Scribner's, 1965), and from Martin Gardner's Mathematical Games column in Scientific American.