Word Wheel

Word Wheel

Word Wheel Arrange the wheels such that at least two 4-letter words appear at the same time.   Each wheel contains the alphabet A – Z in order.  It is remarkably difficult to find even one pair of words, but there are more to find.  It is very addicting… There are 17,576 possible unique positions of the wheels that will show 456,000+ 4-letter combinations.  Only a few of these wheel positions will yield two words at the same time.  An example: LAWN & PEAR will appear at the same time.  This is an historical puzzle dating from 1882 when it was made from paper.  The inventor, WH Rieff, called it a Spelling Toy and Puzzle and it was meant to be both educational and entertaining.  It has not been made in any format for generations to our knowledge.   You can use any word which can be found in a standard English language dictionary or Scrabble dictionary.  Like Scrabble, types of words which cannot be used are abbreviations, prefixes and suffixes or words that require a hyphen or an apostrophe.  Proper names and words that are spelled with a capital letter also cannot be usedNote: This is also an item that may have appeal to educators in developing word, spelling, and language skills.

Trying to see how the pieces fit and re-assessing where they can go if they do not fit is a good exercise to check and re-evaluate the choices. Each piece can only come in one place, so there is no compromise and negotiation that takes place in so many other aspects of modern life. This forces the player to continually re-evaluate his decisions and learns to be patient with the process because it is an integral part of the game.

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