WoRDWeRX

Designed by James Ernest, with whose permission it appears below.


Players: 2
Playing Time: 15 minutes
Equipment: Pencil and Paper

WoRDWeRX is played on a 5x5 "board." The object is to be the first person to complete a word of three or more letters, either vertically, horizontally, or diagonally, backwards or forwards.
    Each letter in the alphabet can only be used once, and obviously, the strategy is to be sure not to leave a winning move for your opponent. Here is a look at a WoRDWeRX game in progress:


To begin a game, make a 5 x 5 grid on a scrap of paper. Each turn, players add one letter to the grid, making sure not to re-use letters. Whoever makes a 3-letter word (or longer) wins.
    In the example above, the player who placed the last letter thinks she has set up a winning position. Has she?