|The Sator Square. (Ancient Rome, actual date unknown)|
A word square is made up of words, all the same length, that read the same across and down. A simple one would be
The longer they get, the more complex and challenging they are to make. Even with the aid of a computer, it has proven impossible to create a “perfect” 10 letter/word square, meaning on made of complete words without any proper nouns. The only way to actually do it is to use tautonyms: word pairs that repeat a single word, such as “rangaranga.”
There are reportedly, however, about 900 9 letter/word squares, although they require some incredibly obscure words and names, so there may be proper nouns.
T E R S E N E S S
I’ve constructed a pretty simple one of 5 letters/words. Let’s see if you can figure out the words from these clues. Remember, each word is 5 letters, and is written vertically and horizontally. I have not attempted to make it a “perfect” square.
1. Kind of queen
3. Town for a bell
4. Not of age
5. To worship