Clive’s Puzzle

Clive Doig was director of BBC Children’s Programmes from 1971-76. His children’s tv games led him into producing a regular puzzle page for Radio Times. He invented this puzzle for the magazine and called it Trackword. It was first published in the Radio Times in the 30 August - 5 September, 1980 issue. This is the actual very first puzzle.

How to Start


Clive gave these instructions:

How many words can you find in the square? Start anywhere and by going from letter to letter – up, down or diagonally – make words of three letters or more. You may not use the same letter twice in the same word. No plurals or proper nouns. If you track ten words you have done very well. There is a nine-letter word hidden there too.

Clive didn’t make it clear but personal names, trade names, foreign words and really archaic words are not counted.

puzzle
You will need pencil and paper to write down all your words or just print out this page which has space at the bottom. When you have counted up and you are sure you sre done, tap or click on the Solve button to see the answer. Clive was assuming his readers were not so clever if he thought you can only find ten words. Good luck!
There is an amazing 45 total number of words. Here they are:
AMEN   DAM   DAME   DAMN   DANE   DATING   DEAN   DEN   DUE   EAT   EATING   GAD   GAME   GAIN   GIN   GAIT   GAINED   GNAT   MAIN   MAGI   MAD   MAN   MAT   MATING   MADE   MANE   MEAD   MEAN   MEAT   MEN   NAME   NAMED   NAG   NEAT   NIT   TAD   TAG   TAN   TANG   TAME   TAMED   TIN   TINE   TING   and the nine-letter word is   MAGNITUDE

I have another puzzle from 2020 for you to try if you would like.
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