Return to word search

Not quite sure how it happened, but I found myself on Quora this morning, looking to see if anyone had written anything about word searches.

Lo and behold, this fascinating question arose:

What is the maximum number of English words that can be fit into a 5x5 word search?

It's interesting to think about the problem that way round, where the words aren't specified and instead there is complete freedom to use whatever words you like.

I sense another little mini-project coming on.

[Image credit: Chris Blakeley]