The Pixie Pit© Word Finder Pattern Matching.

Tip, for a faster search, use the Sort By Length, and Max. Words set to 50.

The pattern you enter can be interpreted in one of several ways, as described in the following list: You use the underscore character _ to represent the vacant spaces, between words on your game board. The examples below, are based on the assumption you have those tiles, in your trays.

It is easier to enter say a D in the Match Pattern form field, then select either at End of Word, or Start of Word. It is also easier, to say, have ___D then select either at End of Word, or Start of Word. There is no need to add underscores. after the letter D, as the Word Finder will fill in any letters, after the D automatically, if words are found. If the Word Finder returns a no words found for say an exact match for ___E___ for a given tray, then it means just that.

The minimum and maximum lengths are also a very powerful tool. Say for example there was a D on the board, before a triple word premium square, and only 4 vacant squares available before the D. You could then specify a minimum and maximum of 6 letters, with the pattern match D_ at End of Word. That would return all 6 letter words available, ending with D_.

  1. Match pattern exactly - The pattern will only match words of the same length or shorter (subject to the Min. Word Length limit).  The words must also contain the indicated letters in the given positions.  For example, the pattern "_at__" would match "bathe", "latin", "bat", and "atom".  It would not match "mathematics", because it is too long.
  2. Match pattern at start of word - The pattern will only match at the beginning of a word.  For example, the pattern "wo" would match "work", "wood", and "worry", but not "unwound", since the "wo" in "unwound" occurs in the middle of the word.
  3. Match pattern at end of word - The pattern will only match at the end of a word.  For example, the pattern "an" would match "bean", "span", and "man", but not "annual", since the "an" in "annual" occurs in the beginning of the word.
  4. Match pattern anywhere in word - The pattern will match anywhere in a word.  For example, the pattern "or" would match "orange", "more", and "floor".

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