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Crossword Word Count

by Matthew Duchnowski

This article originally appeared in:
Mathematics Magazine
April, 2011

Subject classification(s): Discrete Mathematics | Graph Theory
Applicable Course(s): 2.7 Finite Math | 3.7 Discrete Math

The number of black squares in a crossword puzzle, and the number of marks needed to bound the black squares allows one to determine the number of words the puzzle contains.

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