Exercise 6.3 [crossword-exercise]

Consider the problem of constructing (not solving) crossword puzzles fitting words into a rectangular grid. The grid, which is given as part of the problem, specifies which squares are blank and which are shaded. Assume that a list of words (i.e., a dictionary) is provided and that the task is to fill in the blank squares by using any subset of the list. Formulate this problem precisely in two ways:

  1. As a general search problem. Choose an appropriate search algorithm and specify a heuristic function. Is it better to fill in blanks one letter at a time or one word at a time?

  2. As a constraint satisfaction problem. Should the variables be words or letters?

Which formulation do you think will be better? Why?

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