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Solution to Puzzle #104 - January 2010 "Jumble"

In the grid above the symbol π replaces the letter sequence PI (in parentheses in the list below) in all the words in which it occurs.



  1. HOS(PI)CE
  3. BAER
  5. SANS
  6. ASTIR
  7. S(PI)T
  8. LOO
  9. HEEL
  10. S(PI)NAL
  11. ABET
  12. TA(PI)R
  13. DUEL
  15. ENTER
  16. WOOFER
  17. (PI)CKET
  18. EX(PI)ATE
  19. CHAFE
  20. DECRE(PI)T
  21. (PI)TON
  22. GRAB
  23. SNIPER
  24. DE(PI)LATE


  1. HAT(PI)N
  4. (PI)PS
  6. KATE
  7. (PI)ANO
  8. ALEE
  9. FORCE
  10. SOBER
  11. TENDER
  12. AHEM
  13. WEDGE
  14. ASSET
  15. BOXER
  16. (PI)RATE
  17. TRO(PI)CAL
  18. AVILA
  19. AFAR
  20. BABAR
  21. S(PI)CE
  22. TEST
  23. INS(PI)RE
  24. RE(PI)NE

Kevin Wald solved the puzzle in 45 minutes.

A note on the solution: When it came to replacing PI with π, most solvers got the idea and didn't question it. Some didn't get it and wondered what they were missing. I concluded that the title "Jumble" (jumble being a definition of the word pi) was misleading and didn't help. Perhaps it should have been "3.14159. . . ."

January Puzzle Solvers
(The first ten are listed in the order their solutions were received, the others alphabetically)

  1. Rick Kasten Alexandria, VA
  2. Judy Adamski Jenison, MI
  3. Stan Kurzban Chappaqua, NY
  4. Ralph Jones Aurora, CO
  5. Dwight Freund Sacramento, CA
  6. Carolyn G. & Robert M. Smith Massena, NY
  7. Jim Christenson Port Townsend, WA
  8. Stan Rehm Madison, WI
  9. Dorothy Juhlin Hillsborough, NC
  10. Thomas Wilson South Williamsport, PA

Dale Ashworth San Francisco, CA
Al Backiel Ridgewood, NJ
Peggy Bedell Northampton, MA
Robert Brown Albuquerque, NM
Cathy Childs Pompano Beach, FL
Henry Cook Chicago, IL
Jeff Courtright Bloomington, IL
Al Damm Marshall, WI
David Durfee Bennington, VT
Keith and Elizabeth Falkner Sarasota, FL
Stan Francuz Somewhere in Australia
Edward Gee Richmond, VA
Lewis Gee Poway, CA
Michael N. Geselowitz Cedarhurst, NY
John Gliessman Seattle, WA
Kris Green Toronto, Ontario, Canada
George Griffin Las Vegas, NV
Wayne Jones Worcester, NY
Natasha Julius Chicago, IL
Dave Kaplan New City, NY
Steve Kinsky Denver, CO
Doug Kouril Arlington, VA
Mike Lessie Douglassvile, PA
Paul Lustig Lakewood, OH
Carol Marsh Greensboro, NC
Allan Mayoff San Felipe, Baja Norte, Mexico
Daniel J. Milton Vienna, VA
Kiki Neely Waban, MA
Mary Lyndal Nyberg Manhattan, KS
Priscilla Olson Framingham, MA
Huw Powell Lee, NH
Charlie Pritzlaff Silver Spring, MD
Ned Robert Los Gatos, CA
Joe Rogers Old Greenwich, CT
Charles J. Rohrmann, Jr. Scarsdale, NY
Mordy Rosen Berkeley, CA
Al Sanders Fort Collins, CO
Arthur Schless Unionville, PA
Dexter Senft Bedford, NY
Donald Stanley Littleton, CO
Stephen Throop Grover, NC
Steve Tice Great Falls, VA
Margaret Webster Medford, MA
Jay Winter Farmington Hills, MI