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 [quote="Lepton*"]Good job folks! Quailman's answer is what I was aiming for.[/quote]
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Lepton*
Posted: Mon May 09, 2011 10:29 am    Post subject: 1

Good job folks! Quailman's answer is what I was aiming for.
Quailman
Posted: Sat May 07, 2011 10:53 pm    Post subject: 0

Why not SIGNOR? It's an Italian title of respect.

Not that I did anything original. It just seemed obvious from the middle letters.
JDTAY
Posted: Sat May 07, 2011 6:56 pm    Post subject: -1

I'm trying to anagram the fixed letters. So far I got "a bartending person" with a g left over. I'll keep trying.
Zag
Posted: Sat May 07, 2011 5:44 pm    Post subject: -2

If we take the fixed letters only, that is, the NW to SE diagonal, they are

ABATRG (top left) = GAB RAT
ORIGSN (middle) = RIG SON
ENEDNP (bottom right) = PEN DEN

Unfortunately, these six words will not make another square because there is only one each of I, B, O, T
Zag
Posted: Sat May 07, 2011 5:35 pm    Post subject: -3

This leaves
Code:
T E N
A G O
G O D
bgg1996
Posted: Sat May 07, 2011 5:32 pm    Post subject: -4

ACE
TOR
EWE

BOW
ERA
DEN

ALE
DIV
ODE

TAG
EGO
NOD

RUN
USA
TEN

GUN
UNI
TOP
Zag
Posted: Sat May 07, 2011 5:32 pm    Post subject: -5

ago ego
god
gun gut
nod
run rut
tag ten
Code:
? U T     ? is G or R
U N O
N I P

The unused choices ?UT, ?UN can not cross itself because no vowel has two words with either G or R as the second letter, so they have to cross USA and USE. Also, those are the only two S's remaining, so the two US words have to cross each other.
Code:
? U N
U S A
T E N

This means we can never know which of these is GUT and GUN and which is RUT and RUN, unless we can get it from some other context.
Zag
Posted: Sat May 07, 2011 5:16 pm    Post subject: -6

Yeah, I realized that about one second after I walked away from my computer.

Here are all the words in a slightly more consumable format.

bed bow cow den div
ego era ere eve ewe
god gun gut lid nan
nip nod ode ore run
rut tag ten ten top
tor uni uno usa use
wan
Code:
A L E
D I V
O D E

Is forced, since there is only one L, only two choices with a middle I, and only one fits. Similarly, with only 2 C's, and only 4 W's:
Code:
A C E     B O W
T O R     E R A
E W E     D E N
JDTAY
Posted: Sat May 07, 2011 4:21 pm    Post subject: -7

Zag, the reason you have double the amount is he's giving you the accross and down words.
Zag
Posted: Sat May 07, 2011 3:34 pm    Post subject: -8

Hmmm, I thought this was the process, but there is no word that starts ED

I had figured with only one word starting with C, the first square was forced, but the second one is impossible, so that's not the right approach.

Code:

A C E     A L E
C O W     L I D
E W E     E D ?

Edit: I suppose that a lot of words won't be used at all, if there are only to be 6 3x3 squares. There are 36 words altogether.
Lepton
Posted: Sat May 07, 2011 6:23 am    Post subject: -9

What do you call an Italian nobleman who still supports Berlusconi?

ace
ago
ale
ate
bed
bow
cow
den
div
ego
era
ere
eve
ewe
god
gun
gut
lid
nan
nip
nod
ode
ore
run
rut
tag
ten
ten
top
tor
uni
uno
usa
use
wan

Small Hint: Note that all the words alternate between consonants and vowels.
Big Hint: Make 3x3 squares.