Word Search Puzzle Created by Nicole Foucault (from Canada)
In November of 2012, my publisher (BenBella Books) in Texas received a hand-written letter addressed to me. It contained the Word Search Game presented below. Here is that letter:
October 27, 2012
Dear Mr. Hicks, I loved reading “Healthy Eating, Healthy World!” It should be required reading in all high schools. Excellent suggestions, clear explanations!
Here is a word search game I created with vocabulary from your book. You may use my game.
Thank you, Nicole Foucault
Here are the instructions for Nicole’s game:
- Print off the grid by clicking here for the one-page PDF.
- Using all of the words listed below in alphabetical order, find them in the following grid.
- The words can be horizontal, vertical, diagonal and may be right to left or left to right. They may also be going up or down.
- As you find the words, draw a line around each word.
- Some letters in the 14 by 14 grid will not be used. You may use those letters to solve the puzzle—a seven letter word.
On Thanksgiving Day (2012), my 10-year-old grandson, Andrew, solved this puzzle in less than twenty minutes. The only direction his mother (Lisa Hicks) gave to him was: “Use your leftover letters to form a word.” After circling all the words on the grid, he quickly found his seven un-used letters and discovered the correct word just seconds after that. I didn’t do nearly as well.
A puzzle with meaning. Shortly after learning the correct one-word answer, I thought of a meaningful visualization. Think of the 196 squares in the grid above as the farming fields of the world—with each of them containing about 40 million acres. Think of the seven squares remaining at the end of the game.
They would contain about 280 million acres. What if they were the only acreage left to feed our growing population? As we continue to add 200,000 people per day to our population and continue to lose an area about the size of South Carolina (20 million acres) each year—we will soon be out of enough land to feed everyone and enough land to maintain the fragile harmony of our ecosystem.
The obvious solution is a move to a plant-based diet for humans. Not only is it much more healthy for us, it is much more healthy for the planet AND will enable us to feed the world’s seven billion people on far less than half the land the we’re currently using.
Think about half the squares of the grid being available for a return to forests, meadows and natural habitats. Think about the human race retuning to living in harmony with the rest of the planet—something we haven’t done for a few hundred years.
The Correct Solution. Did you find the secret word? Using your seven-letter word in ALL CAPS as your password to access the page, Click here to find out if you are right.
If you didn’t find the correct solution or you had trouble opening the solution page, just send me an email and I will send you simple clues that will help you quickly find the solution. firstname.lastname@example.org —My 660th consecutive daily blog—
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