#16. Word Connection
11 letters are given.
First check that no word can use two of the letters. They can't. So we have 11 letters to assign to 11 of the 12 words.
Beside each word write the grid letters that it contains.
You'll find that:
June has none
May = Y (so cross out all the other Ys)
July = L
April & September = the two Ps
August & October = T
March & December = C
February & November = B
January = R
Words cannot touch, so enter in January from right to left through the R.
The others you can't be 100% sure of placements yet, but you can put dots (=means not a letter) in many squares once you work out if the words will be horizontal or vertical.
For example, look at the right-hand P. This is either April or September, and both words only fit vertically (and reading downwards). So we know there is at least a letter above the P, and three letters below the P. This means you can put dots in the top 7 cells of the adjacent column.
The L of July must also be vertical (but can be upward or downward). This gives 5 dots in the next (4th from right) column.
And slowly we can work out horizontal/vertical status of the other letters.
The Bs are horizontal, as are Cs and P.
Top right T is vertical, so is the other T.
Y is not known yet.
Pause to consider the order of the words that you'll be joining together.
B to C twice around the end of January is going to be a squeeze, and T to P to T might be tricky.
The June can fit in the top-left or the mid-right.
As with an Arukone we need a basic plan of where this line will go.
If April is in the bottom-left P, and joins to the Y in the bottom-right, then can a line get down to the bottom B and back out again?
Write in April in the top-right P. A line will go from the April-L down to the May-M, and so May will need to be vertical to avoid trapping the line exiting from May-Y. Pencil in a line down the right-hand column April-L to the May-M, we may add to it later with extra loops (note that the answer key requires number of corners in the line, so the exact shape of the line is important).
For Y-June-L write June upwards in the space just above May. Again pencil from May-Y to June-J and June-E to July-J.
Now for the longer words. There is only one place to write September (rightward) on the P. Which means the left-T must be August (downward) and the right-T is October (downward). Which means bottom-C is March (leftward) and top-C is December (leftward).
The two B months, February and November, are the same length and have B in the same location (3rd=6th from the end). Put February next to January (leftward) and November will be down by October (swapping them over makes the line-joining impossible).
Start pencilling lines in the bottom-left region. Direct connections are preferable when the grid is so full. You may not be exactly sure of the first one, but as more and more fit together you'll gain confidence you're on the right track.
There will be a line from January-Y to February-F, not sure where yet. We don't want it to trap the line from February-Y, so this will go down one square and along to the right then up the left side of August toward March. From September-S go up and across to August-T. September-R goes over and up to October-O.
There will be two lines from the November down the bottom. One goes left to the corner, then up and to the right along the next row. The other goes right and up between June and October. November-N needs to join to October-R, so write in November rightward.
If July joins straight to August then November cannot get to December. So July-August must loop around December, but not March because March-April must be outside July-August. Draw March-April around the edge, July-August just inside that, November-December can be finished, as can February up to March. Note that the line that will be drawn between January and March shouldn't connect to March, so join it to January-Y and loop around all the space below January to end up at February-F.
Note: I recommend looking at the solution while reading this if it doesn't make sense.