Words are trendy things. Some popular words have a clear causal event. Others creep onto the scene with little evidence of where they came from or why. And a few pop up annually, as if they have scheduled appearances to make.
Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster’s editor at large, watches the spikes in word lookups and often reports the trends (both on the Merriam-Webster site and on Twitter). Each year around this time, people look up 2- and 3-letter words. They want to know what qi means, if ta and ra are words, and if it’s OK to play OK. That’s right: If our holiday pastimes are any indication, we still have a thriving population of word gamers among us.
2- & 3-letter Scrabble words among top lookups at http://t.co/8f9qg4YhER on Christmas evening: Que, qi, ra, jo, quo, qua, ex, aw, OK, za, ta
— Peter Sokolowski (@PeterSokolowski) December 26, 2013
In the spirit of the season, here’s a Sudoku puzzle that features one of our favorite holiday pastimes, no dictionary required and none of those pesky numbers that usually mar Sudoku puzzles.
To correctly solve the Sudoku, make sure that every row, column, and 3×3 box contains the following letters exactly once:
Answers to 100 Years of Crossword Fun are now up! (Answers to the WORDPLAYS Sudoku appear below.)
You may also enjoy our other Sudoku sans Numbers puzzles.