Have you solved it? This puzzle is considered the ultimate wordplay challenge.
Today, I presented the Scrabblegram, a type of limited writing where you are required to utilize all 100 tiles in a Scrabble set, including the two blanks, without using any other letters. Numerous individuals have shared their Scrabblegrams with me, and I will include a few of them here.
Before anything else, here are the solutions to today’s puzzle, which I believe is possibly the most impressive wordplay puzzle ever. Created by David Cohen, both the prompt and the response involve Scrabblegrams.
The following is the puzzle. The hints consist of short clues for a crossword (the numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the words). To reiterate, the clues and answers both contain all 100 letters in a Scrabble set. The unspecified tiles are H and N, while the answer tiles are L and R.
Solution PARADISE LOST, KONNICHIWA, FORGIVE AND FORGET, MERCURY, JEZEBEL, SALVAGED, TRANQUILITY, WIPEOUT, AMBIDEXTROUS, A HOLE IN ONE
The puzzle above is a masterpiece. However, to prove his talent beyond one success, David created another one. Once again, both the hints and solutions are in the form of Scrabblegrams.
Solution THIRTEEN, FREE PARKING, JAMBALAYA, DEVOUT, ZOOKEEPER, QUICHE LORRAINE, FAWN, DIVIDED, TOXICOLOGIST, GAUNTLY, BUSINESSWOMAN
Creating a Scrabblegram can be quite challenging, but that did not deter you. (If you refer to the original post, you can find Cohen’s advice on how to write them.) The difficulty lies in crafting a cohesive and intriguing message that makes sense.
Here are three I enjoyed:
Seriously, I recently discovered that playing word games with friends can be a fun and enjoyable way to spend time.
(Blanks I, J) By Charmaine Minami
January shopping is quite stimulating. Every week I get a box of hard brown treacle, four dozen delicate violets, and a limo.
(Blanks L, T) By Chris Jones
The Peak District is a remarkable place, a contradiction of being both rural and full of life with its lush hills, forests, and water. It is peaceful yet vibrant, and you feel a sense of unity with your surroundings.
(Blanks I, R) By Lesley Caddy.
I am grateful to everyone who shared samples with me, as well as those who left them in the comments section of my previous post. Please continue to contribute more below.
Thanks to David Cohen for today’s puzzles. He has just published Scrabblegrams, a book of 75 original Scrabblegrams on a wide variety of topics including art, history and science, with a small British publisher, Penteract Press, which specialises in constrained and visual poetry. You can buy it here.
For further Scrabblegrams by Cohen, visit his website. Keep up with him on X: @dc_scrabblegram where he shares a new Scrabblegram every day.
HASBRO has trademarked Scrabble.
Since 2015, I have been posting a puzzle every other Monday. I am constantly searching for interesting puzzles. If you have a suggestion, please email me.