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TEA-EAT-ATExplained, Clarity Claimed

My posts here are usually ‘first drafts’, written on the spur of the moment, like spontaneous prose as promoted by Jack Kerouac from the 1940s and later; or inspired by previous thoughts offline. If I was writing articles or academic papers I’d edit them.

So for more clarity I’ve returned to a couple of recent posts. I do that for three reasons:

  1.  It interests me and I want to examine it further.
  2.  It could finally prove my genius!
  3.  It shows I can still do academic quality research and writing.

Perfection Examined and Explained

Recently, I called this anagram box a perfect 3×3:


It is pefect in that the three words work horizontally and vertically, 3×3 two ways. So the 3×3 refers to the number of words and letters, rather than it working three ways.
There is also of course an extra EAT working backwards from position 9 to 1*, leading back to the start where it starts an EAT-TEA (acronymically and homophonically ET as in extra-terrestrial) horizontally (1 to 3*) and vertically (1 to 7*).

*Numbers 1-9 referred to above work:


So maybe 3x3x2+1 would be a more complete and accurate equation. 3×3 words and letters x 2 ways working (vertically and horizontally) and 1 working backwards diagonally.

Room for Improvement?

However, complete/contrary perfectionists may argue that to be perfect it should also work backwards and diagonally. While it couldn’t spell the same TEA-EAT-ATE words working backwards, it could conceivably spell different real words.