Not yet joined our word puzzle community? Then REGISTER NOW >>>
Who's online? | Login | Leaderboard | Anagrams

What Is A Pangram?

Most commonly people have not heard of the word pangram. If they have, then they often get it confused with tangram. Although they share the first letter, that is all that there is common between them.

A tangram is something lots of kids do at school whereby you start with various shapes of paper and must build things from them, working out how the pieces are put together in order to make each particular shape.

Whereas a tangram is to do with shapes, a pangram is to do with words, pure and simple. A pangram often refers to a sentence with a peculiar and interesting property: that is, it contains each and every letter of the alphabet exactly once. Many of us learn pangrams at school or at least the most famous one, but without knowing what it is actually called.

If you hear the sentence: A quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog, then you probably know that this sentence contains every letter from A-Z at least once, but you might not know that it is called a pangram.

Now that you know what a pangram is, then it is not hard to work out what a pangram crossword is: it is a puzzle that contains every letter from A-Z exactly once, and this of course is a property that it shares with a codeword. Every codeword is a pangram, whilst my no means every crossword is, apart from every pangram.

In fact, pangrams are surprisingly uncommon in English crosswords, due to the fact that letter frequencies mean that it is very rare for all the uncommon letters to occur naturally in one grid: many times you could solve a quick crossword in a publication for a whole year without finding a pangram.

Occasionally they appear in cryptic crosswords, where the setter deliberately creates a pangram. If solvers spot what they think is a pangram, then it can help them solve it, as it puts them on the lookout for unusual letters in words, which could make the puzzle slightly easier to solve: if they don't spot it, and many even think to look for it, then they are at no major disadvantage and can still solve the puzzle quite happily.
Date written: 06 Apr 2015

Comment on this post

You must be logged in to comment - please Register or Login

Other Blog Posts You Might Find Interesting...

Using Our Online Puzzle Solving Tools
We have online player tools for a large range of different word puzzles. These include arrow words, pangrams, general knowledge crosswords, quick crosswords, wordwheels, word ladders, word fit, skeleton crosswords, A - Z puzzles, codewords, cryptograms...
Added: 26 Apr 2015

Codeword Solving Tool
If you want help with solving codewords, then there are various tips and techniques that you can use, as outlined on other blog entries here at Wordy Puzzle. However, sometimes if you get completely stuck on a puzzle, then you might want some outside...
Added: 18 Mar 2015

Introduction To Wordwheel Puzzles
Word wheel puzzles are one of the simplest of all word puzzles, and belong to the set of word puzzles that are, essentially, anagrams. If you have ever played the game Countdown, then you will know the aim is to find the single longest word you can...
Added: 25 Mar 2015

Cryptic Clues That Refer To Other Clues
Clues that refer to other clues in the grid are quite common when solving cryptic crosswords, and also occasionally appear in quick crosswords, although less often. In the latter case the referencing is usually quite straightforward, such as simply an...
Added: 20 Apr 2015

Welcome To Wordy Puzzle
Welcome to our brand new site, Wordy Puzzle. As the name suggests, this site will be all about word puzzles. If you love words and puzzles, then we hope you'll also love Wordy Puzzle. We're launching the site with a large range of different word...
Added: 13 Mar 2015

Back to Puzzle Blog

Puzzle Types:
Arrow word Puzzles
Pangram Puzzles
General Knowledge Crosswords
Quick Crosswords
Word Ladders
Word Fit
Skeleton Crosswords
A to Z Puzzles
Cryprograms Online
Every Letter Counts