This is a 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.
A common strategy for finding all the words is to go through the puzzle left to right (or vice versa) and look for the first letter of the word (if a word list is provided). 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 look for 'outstanding' letters within the word one is searching for (if a word list is provided). Since most word searches use capital letters, it is easiest to spot the letters that stand out from others. These letters include Q, J, X, and Z.
A word search puzzle (also known as WordFind, WordSeek, Word Sleuth, WonderWord) was originally designed and published by Norman E. Gibat in the Selenby Digest on March 1, 1968, in Norman, Oklahoma, although the Spanish puzzle creator Pedro Ocón de Oro was publishing “Sopas de letras” (“Soup of Letters”) before that date.