THE ALPHABEATER

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CAN you crack the Alphabeater? It’s a tough twist on our pop­u­lar Alphapuzzle, de­signed to stretch your men­tal mus­cles to the limit. Each grid num­ber be­low rep­re­sents a let­ter or a black square. As in Alphapuzzle, ev­ery let­ter of the al­pha­bet is used. But now you have to com­plete the grid too! Use the given let­ters and the given black squares be­low the main grid to start.

To add to the fiendish fun, Alphabeater is ‘ro­ta­tion­ally sym­met­ri­cal’. In other words the grid is the same if you turn the page up­side down.

So, for ex­am­ple if there is a six-let­ter word Across which starts in the top left cor­ner, there will be a cor­re­spond­ing six-let­ter word Across which ends in the bot­tom right cor­ner square.

Ev­ery black square has a sym­met­ri­cal ‘twin’ but the ‘twin’ may not al­ways share the same num­ber. This can help iden­tify other black squares. Of course if the cen­tre square is black it has no cor­re­spond­ing ‘twin’. So­lu­tion on Mon­day.

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