# Three-letter Tic Tac Toe - Straight version

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OK so I feel obligated to make a puzzle that is not a duplicate of a previous one.
We can "straighten" the situation out by requiring that the words made from a 3x3 array of letters not have bends or kinks.

This reduces the maximum number to sixteen words.

Thus,

W D O
A I D
S Q N

permits AID WIN WAS and SAW, but not DID DIN SIN WAD or ODD.

Sixteen is perfect, and minimum for an entry is ten.

You make the grid. Duplicate letters are permitted.

Enjoy.

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P A T

A U A

N A B

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My first random effort netted ten.

BEN

ARE

After some work I came up with 15. I couldn't use some of these in a sentence, but they sure work with Words With Friends. Only one that isn't good is LIO.

B A L

R I A

O R B

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I assume, duplicate occurences of the sme word don't count.

This would be a good programming exercise.

I got 12 different words.

A T E
R A G
T O G

ATE, ETA, RAG, GAR, TOG, GOT, ART, TAO, OAT, EGG, EAT, TAE.
All good Scrabble words.

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I assume, duplicate occurences of the sme word don't count.

This would be a good programming exercise.

I got 12 different words.

A T E

R A G

T O G

ATE, ETA, RAG, GAR, TOG, GOT, ART, TAO, OAT, EGG, EAT, TAE.

All good Scrabble words.

Someone claimed to get all sixteen. With only one odd one.

I will look for the list.

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Meanwhile, here are 13 different words

GAS

EAU
TUB

GAS, SAG,EAU, TUB, BUT, GET, TEG,SUB, BUS, GAB, BAG,TAS, SAT.

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Two questions:

(1) Do any of the following count as "words": non-English words, acronyms, proper nouns?

(2) If a word is a palindrome (such as "eye"), does it count once or twice?

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Two questions:

(1) Do any of the following count as "words": non-English words, acronyms, proper nouns?

(2) If a word is a palindrome (such as "eye"), does it count once or twice?

1. English, not proper, not acronyms
2. It would count twice.

We are looking for how many of the sixteen possible three-letter strings are words.

There are solutions greater than 13.

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Two questions:

(1) Do any of the following count as "words": non-English words, acronyms, proper nouns?

(2) If a word is a palindrome (such as "eye"), does it count once or twice?

1. English, not proper, not acronyms
2. It would count twice.

We are looking for how many of the sixteen possible three-letter strings are words.

There are solutions greater than 13.

If the same word may occur more than once, it's a different matter. Then 16 may be possible. Jddouglas already posted 15 (post #3.)

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Thanks Prime, I overlooked that post somehow.

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