GeekDad Puzzle of the Week Solution: The Artists Formerly Known as Dweeb

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An inglorious but insidious little bastard of a puzzle (image courtesy of Flickr user INTVGene, cc license)

This week’s puzzle was an insidious one, for truth, made even more insidious by the morally questionable insertion of a proper noun (gasp!). If you didn’t see, the puzzle was as follows:

Arrange the following 16 letters in a 4×4, crossword-like grid so that all verticals and horizontals form words (you know, read left-to-right and top-to-bottom):

AABCDEHKLNOOORRZ

There are two answers, transpositions of each other, and they are:

arch
bozo
elan
dork

 

abed
rolo
czar
honk

Of course “Rolo” is the proper noun. (What I really wanted to do is start with NERD/DORK/GEEK in the shape of a reverse “C”, but then I couldn’t fill in the rest of the puzzle, can you?) The winner of this week’s $50 ThinkGeek gift certificate is Kevin. The rest of y’all can save $10 off a $50 order at ThinkGeek by using the coupon code GEEKDAD21FK.

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