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Word Grid 3

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Submitted By:cnmne
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Arrange 25 five-letter words in a 5-by-5 grid. The five words in each row share a common letter. The five words in each column share a common letter. The five words in each diagonal share a common letter. There are 12 different common letters.

The words are: agent, azure, bloat, chump, cling, crazy, dozen, exist, flour, glaze, grope, pearl, prune, quest, scarf, scorn, shawl, skirt, spark, sugar, swarm, value, watch, whirl, zebra.

The grid cells are identified by row (1 to 5, top to bottom) and column (1 to 5, left to right). Example: Cell 3.2 identifies Row 3 Column 2.

One letter of each word is provided in the grid.
Row 1: z n a r u
Row 2: p e u h k
Row 3: e s g f m
Row 4: a l i c w
Row 5: s b r t n

Answer:

glaze dozen zebra crazy azure
pearl grope prune chump spark
exist scorn sugar scarf swarm
value flour whirl cling shawl
quest bloat skirt watch agent

Common Letters
Rows 1 to 5: z, p, s, l, t
Columns 1 to 5: e, o, r, c, a
Diagonals 1 and 2: g, u

1) A letter must be used five time in order to be a common letter. There are 13 letters that are used at least five times. However, "n" appears in Cell 1.2 and Cell 5.5, so "n" can not be a common letter.
2) Cell 2.1 contains "p". The words in Column 1 do not have the proper letters for "p" to be the common letter. Therefore, the words in Row 2 must share "p".
3) Cell 2.5 contains "k", so it is "spark". Cell 2.4 contains "h", so it is "chump". Cell 2.3 contains "u", so it is "prune".
4) Cell 3.5 contains "m", so it is "swarm".
5) Five words contain "g", so it is a common letter. Cell 3.3 contains "g". Since "grope" must be in Row 2, then the words in Diagonal 1 must share "g". Cell 2.2 is "grope". Cell 2.1 is "pearl".
6) Cell 1.1 contains "z", so it is "glaze". Cell 4.4 contains "c", so it is "cling". Cell 5.5 contains "n", so it is "agent". Cell 3.3 is "sugar".
7) The words in Row 1 must share "z". Cell 1.2 contains "n", so it is "dozen". Cell 1.5 contains "u", so it is "azure".
8) The words in Column 4 must share "c". The words in Column 5 must share "a". The words in Diagonal 2 must share "u".
9) Cell 5.1 contains "u" and "s", so it is "quest".
10) The words in Column 1 must share "e". The words in Column 2 must share "o". The words in Column 3 must share "r".
11) Cell 1.4 is "crazy". Cell 1.3 is "zebra".
12) Cell 5.2 is "bloat". Cell 4.2 is "flour". Cell 3.2 is "scorn".
13) Cell 3.4 is "scarf". Cell 5.4 is "watch".
14) Cell 4.5 is "shawl".
15) The words in Row 5 share "t". The words in Row 4 share "l". The words in Row 3 share "s".
16) Cell 5.3 is "skirt". Cell 4.3 is "whirl".
17) Cell 4.1 is "value". Cell 3.1 is "exist".

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