Boggle BrainBusters: Find the Birds

By David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek | August 22nd, 2022

How many words can you find without getting boggled down?


man outside on a laptop, possibly working on a puzzle. Photo by Nyul Dreamstime Image

Exercise your mind by searching for words hidden in the Boggle cube. The more letters the better – plus bonus words to up the ante. Find as many words as you can by linking letters up, down, side-to-side, and diagonally, writing words on a blank sheet of paper. You may only use each letter box once within a single word. Play with a friend and compare word finds, crossing out common words. Up this week, Boggle BrainBusters word challenge. Don’t get ‘boggled down’!

Boggle word search game. This week, search for the birds (and don't get "boggled down"!

Tip: Play on your tablet or computer

To play the game on your tablet or computer, download the puzzle image above, then use any basic photo editing software (such as Preview, available on Apple products) to mark up the puzzle, as in the example below:

Bonus answers to Boggle brain-building puzzle below

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This week’s “boggled down” Boggle answers:

OWL

EMU

HAWK

WREN

SWAN

CROW

HERON

EAGLE

PELICAN

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