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  • Word Search (Word Find) in English

    This is a popular word game that consists of the letters of words placed in a grid. These words can be found horizontally, vertically, diagonally, backward or forwards. Play online for free, save as PDF or print it out.

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    History of the Word Search Puzzles

    A Word Search puzzle (also known as Word Find) was originally invented by Spanish puzzle creator Pedro Ocón de Oro probably sometime in the 1960s. In Spanish, a word search puzzle is known as Sopa de Letras, or “soup of letters”. This creation was a true word search puzzle with a word list and letter grid.

    The first known word search puzzle in English appeared in the U.S. on March 1, 1968. The puzzle was created by Norman E. Gibat in the Selenby (Sell an’ Buy) Digest in Norman, Oklahoma.

    Solving Word Searches

    A common strategy is to go through the puzzle left to right and look for the first letter of the word. After finding the letter, one should look at the eight surrounding letters to see whether the next letter of the word is there. One can then continue this method until the entire word is found.

    Another strategy is to watch for certain letters that may pop out at you more than others, especially circular letters. You may find that O, Q, C, and X are easier to. Look for other patterns in the words, especially double letters.

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