# Eight Lettered Squares Puzzle

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I ran across the eight lettered squares puzzle, and I had to stop everything and try it out. Then, I had to make my husband stop everything and try it out with me. Math puzzles on a Saturday evening? Yes, we are THAT family!

The puzzle comes from *The Little Giant Encyclopedia of Puzzles* by The Diagram Group.

The puzzle that caught my eye was the 82nd (of 318) puzzles in the book. The premise is simple. Take a rectangular piece of paper including eight letters. Fold the paper so that the letters end up in alphabetical order, one on top of the other. No cutting allowed!

I immediately opened up Publisher and got to typing up the eight lettered squares puzzle. This is what I came up with:

Meanwhile, the husband is still folding and folding and folding and folding. For once, I figured out a puzzle BEFORE Shaun. This is rare. He usually solves puzzles at least twice as fast as me. I think my years of fiddling with origami may have put me at a slight advantage when it came to solving this puzzle.

One thing I realized while solving the puzzle was that I needed to find a better solution for using it with students. The way I typed up the puzzle uses one page/student.

So, I decided to type up a version with multiple puzzles to one page to make it a bit more friendly on your copy budget!

My last period Pre-AP Algebra 2 class has become a bit obsessed with puzzles over the last few days. On Friday, I had a few students ask to stay AFTER SCHOOL (ON A FRIDAY) to work on the Color Square Puzzle.

I’m excited to let them tackle this new eight lettered squares puzzle!

## Free Download of Eight Lettered Squares Puzzle

Want to try this eight lettered squares puzzle yourself or with your students?

Eight Lettered Squares – One to a Page (PDF) (1732 downloads )

Eight Lettered Squares – Three to a Page (PDF) (1588 downloads )

Eight Lettered Squares (Editable Publisher File ZIP) (1016 downloads )

## Puzzle Solutions

I intentionally do not make answers to the printable math puzzles I share on my blog available online because I strive to provide learning experiences for my students that are non-google-able. I would like other teachers to be able to use these puzzles in their classrooms as well without the solutions being easily found on the Internet.

However, I do recognize that us teachers are busy people and sometimes need to quickly reference an answer key to see if a student has solved a puzzle correctly or to see if they have interpreted the instructions properly.

If you are a teacher who is using these puzzles in your classroom, please send me an email at sarah@mathequalslove.net with information about what you teach and where you teach. I will be happy to forward an answer key to you.

Not a teacher? Go ahead and send me an email as well. Just let me know what you are using the puzzles for. I am continually in awe of how many people are using these puzzles with scouting groups, with senior adults battling dementia, as fun activities in their workplace, or as a birthday party escape room.

What is the solution to the eight lettered square?

Hello! Do you have a link to the solution? Thank you!

Just sent you an email, Candice!

Can I get an answer key to this please?

Sent you an email, Nicole!

Thank you!

Hi Sarah,

We love your puzzles in our classroom! Thank you.