Monday 10 January 2022

New Scientist Christmas Puzzle 2021

The grid contains 46 x 72 = 3,312 letters. Hidden inside it are the 118 elements in the periodic table, 17 known fundamental particles and 20 amino acids that make up proteins. They are revealed here. TAU and TIN occur about 15 and 31 times respectively. Two TINs come out of row 44, column 30, one going up and left, the other up and right. IRON and MUON occur three times. All other multiple occurrences are necessary if one is to have words such as ERBIUM, TERBIUM, YTTERBIUM. MUON should occur twice, the second time in MUONNEUTRINO.

The original puzzle is here. The spreadsheet and more are here.