2/28/2017 4:01:41 PM
Amy Lowenstein Posts: 1599

In general, my way of solving Codewords is to look for the QU. I can eliminate the last letter of a word as being the Q, and I can similarly eliminate the nexttolast letter of a word. Sometimes I'll see that, for example, there's a "1,3" combination in one place and a "1,16" combination elsewhere, so I know that 1 can't be the Q.
Eventually I get to the point where I only have 2 or 3 choices for what might be the Q. If my choices boil down to, say, "6,2" and "8,18" then I'll count the number of 2's that I see, and the number of 18's, and if there are a lot of 18's, but very few 2's, then probably the 2 is the U, so the 6 would be the Q.
There are very few words in English that have a doubled u in them. So if I see that, for example, the 18 is doubled somewhere in the puzzle, I'll figure the 18 probably is not the U, so the 8 can't be the Q  and so on.
Once I have the QU, then I know that whatever comes after that combination, must be some other vowel, so it's limited to 5 choices.
Hope this helps.
 Amy
