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How to Solve a Word Search Puzzle

Part of the Word Searches For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you already have a solving method for word search puzzles that works for you, consider adding it to the following list. In the meantime, give some of these tips a try:

  • Scan back and forth along each row of the letter grid, looking for the first letter in a word. Also scan up and down each column of the grid.

  • Use a finger or the (capped) end of your pen or pencil to help guide your search.

  • Do a circle search around letters to see whether they lead on to the next letter in the word you’re looking for.

  • Use a highlighter pen or light-colored pencil if you want to mark on top of the words you find. Otherwise, use a pen or pencil to draw loops around the words.

  • Search for less-common letters in a word, such as J, B, K, Q, X, Y, or Z. This strategy makes the rest of the word easier to find.

  • Search the grid for the double letters in a list word.

  • Look for circular letters, especially O, D, and Q.

  • If you see a Q in the grid with no adjacent U, you probably don’t need to follow it any further.

  • Cross off the words in the list as you find them.

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