Almost every word play fan needs some word scramble help from time to time--including me! I have lots of experience in creating and solving word puzzles of all sorts, but every now and then, I get stuck on a word scramble.
As a result, I've collected a few of my favorite tips for solving scrambled word puzzles. I hope these will help you, too!
1. Focus on the most difficult consonants first.
As you know, some of the least-used consonants in the English langue are Q, Z, J, X and V. If the word you're trying to solve contains one of these letters, try to find other letters that can be put next to it.
2. Look for common consonant combinations. This includes consonant blends and clusters such as bl, br, cl, cr, dr, fl, fr, gl, gr, pl, scr, sl, sm, sp, str, tr and more.
Remember to check consonant digraphs as well, including ch, dg, gh, ng, ph, sh, th, wh and more.
3. Look for common word endings. For instance, many words end in ING, ED, ION or ER. There are also common combinations such as GHT or TH or TCH.
4. Consider the theme of the puzzle list. If you know the theme of the page, brainstorm about the words you already know in that category. Jot them down. Then see if any of the words you wrote might be on your list of scrambled words.
With all of this word scramble help, you should now be ready to face any word scramble with more confidence! Why not try one of these?
Yum-Yum! A delicious word scramble, full of compound food words. You won't find any doughnuts or fruitcakes here, but you will find 15 other foods.
Opposites Unscramble 16 words, then match each on up to an opposite that's also in the list. Fun two-part activity for spelling and vocabulary practice!