GeekDad Puzzle of the Week – Letter Dice

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This week’s puzzle is a combination of combinatorics and spelling. Imagine a set of dice that bears not pips or numbers, but letters. This set of dice contains two 6-sided dice (hexahedron/cubes), one 8-sided die (octahedron), and one 4-sided die (tetrahedron.)

Each individual die displays the following sets of letters:

wee_hexahedron A, C, E, I, O, T wee_hexahedron A, E, L, R, S, T
wee_octahedron D, H, I, K, L, N, O, S wee_tetrahedron D, E, M, O

Based upon the set of words legal for your favorite crossword-style tile-based boardgame, how many different words can be “rolled” from these dice? Additionally, of the 4-letter words available, are there some words with different (better) odds?

As always, please send your puzzle responses in to GeekDad Central for entry into the weekly drawing. All correct (or reasonably correct) solutions sent in will be entered into a random drawing for this week’s fabulous prize: a $50 Gift Certificate from the fine folks over at ThinkGeek.

Happy puzzling!

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