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. No abbreviations so you can’t have tum for stomach or barbie for barbeque or anon for anonymous. Sorry.
AMEN DAM DAME DAMN DANE DANG DATING DEAN DEN DUE EAT EATING GAD GAME GAIN GIN GAIT GAINED GNAT IGAD MAIN MAGI MAD MAN MANG MAT MATING MADE MANE MEAD MEAN MEAT MEN NAME NAMED NAG NEAT NIT TAD TAG TAN TANG TAME TAMED TIN TINE TING TUI and the nine-letter word is MAGNITUDE
I have another puzzle for you to try if you would like.