HiH Quidditch Mods (quidditchmod) wrote,

WTF is a "fallen phrase" puzzle?!

A Beginner's Guide to Understanding Fallen Phrase Puzzles

If you are here, it's probably because you saw the fallen phrase puzzle, blinked, and either snorted in disgust or hyperventilated over how to solve this.

First, relax. It's not too difficult, once you get oxygen flowing back into your brain. A fallen phrase puzzle looks something like this:



You complete the puzzle by filling the letters into the column they fall under:



You start by filling in the one-letter columns, because those clearly don't have anywhere else to go in their column.



Also key is filling in common one-, two- and three-letter words. Take a look here:



The boxes circled represent a two-letter word - the first letter from the first column of letters, the second letter from the second column of letters. When you try combining them, the only combination of letters that would fit are "IS".



How about these boxes? What two-letter word could fit in them?



Well, we can choose from AS, AN and EH. But grammatically, only one of those is correct. (Actually, two of those are, but work with me here, I already pre-drew all the examples. T.T)

How about one-letter words? Which one would you pick?



Those are the basics to solving the puzzle. The learning curve is a bit steep, but it gets easier when you internalize common letter patterns and grammar. And as everyday users of English, I sure hope you know them. >.>; If you'd like to check your answers, here is the solution.

If you are still having problems, feel free to comment on this post and I'll try to help you.

- Elaine//accountingwitch
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