Thursday, December 24, 2009
MYXEDEMA a disease caused by decreased activity of the thyroid gland.
Hey, how about some
BONUS MYX- WORDS!!!!
MYXOID containing mucus (adj)
MYXOMA a tumor composed of mucus tissue (-S or see plural below)
MYXAMEBA a slime mold that resembles an amoeba (gross. takes -E or -S)
MYXOCYTE a large cell found in mucous tissue
MYXOMATA plural of MYXOMA.
Hope you have mucus/ slime/ tumor/ mold/ amoeba- free Christmyx.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
This was just posted on cgp (an email list for competitive players).. it's an online stem and anamonic builder.
For those of you who don't know, 'stems' are an easy way to begin memorizing bingos ; for example, if you have TISANE on your rack, there is an 'anamonic' (a phrase that contains all letters that can be combined with TISANE to form a 7 letter word) for it.
Actually, different people have come up with different phrases, which is why I like this site. I first learned 'TUCKSHOP WIZ FIXES MEDICINAL BEVERAGE', but maybe you'd prefer another suggestion on there: 'MAKES EXCELLENT HERB TEA; GIVES FOOD A POWERFUL BUZZ'
Saturday, November 28, 2009
PAPYRI (plural of PAPYRUS)
Not so uncommon, but I didn't know you could make it plural this way. The names have been changed (whited out) to protect the innocent.
Also all good:
Hmm, that reminds me of HYENA, HYENIC, HYENOID, HYENINE.
Comment if you know of any other words like this that have 3 different adjective forms.
Friday, November 27, 2009
IHRAM a garb worn by muslim pilgrims
JIHAD (JEHAD) a muslim holy war (HADJI)
MIHRAB a niche in a mosque
MANIHOT a tropical plant
SHANTIH (SHANTI) peace
COPIHUE a climbing vine koh-pee-wey
ULTRA an ultraist
SUPRA above (no s)
(O)MEGA great in size or importance (no s)
GIGA a gigue/ gighe (a lively dance)
over and out:
OUTBRED (doubter obtrude redoubt) to interbreed relatively unrelated stocks
OVERBRED to breed to excess
MOG to move away
SFORZATO(s) the playing of a tone or chord with sudden force
(S)FORZANDO(S) / (S)FORZANDI
(alternate spelling of SFORZATO! FORZANDO takes an S front hook!)
also: SFERICS an electronic detector of storms
SFUMATO a technique used in painting
PSORALEN a drug used to treat psoriasis
TRICORN(E) a hat with the brim turned up on three sides
BIRAMOSE divided into two branches (no s)
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Interesting things about this word:
1. All 1 point tiles.
2. Cannot be formed from a 7 + a tile.
3. UINTAHITE is also good (I assume it's an alternate spelling?)
4. The only other word (as far as I can tell) that starts with UI in the TWL is another 9: UITLANDER.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
TAWNEYS (a light brown color, pl.)
I would have said, "Duh, it's spelled TAWNIES, you idiot!"
Of course, I know AIGRETS (SATIRE + G), but never knew that it's really
an alternate spelling of the above.
Got any others to add?
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Seriously, though, here's an example: the other day I had AAGGNT? on my rack.
My mind naturally wanted the blank to be a vowel, since there were already 4 consonants. Nope.
There are three answers, post any you can figure out.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
mulligaTAWNIES a curry flavored soup
3 letter words
(t)REF(st) to referee
bonus blog list!: 2 letter words that take a T front and back hook:
HAE HEN HIN RAP REF WAS WEE WOS
NUDNICK NUDNIK an annoying person
zam words (note: all take an S except SHAZAM)
ZAMIA a tropical plant
NIZAM a former sovereign of India
NIZAMATE the territory of a nizam
SHAZAM used to signify a magical occurrence (no s)
ZAMARRA a sheepskin coat
ZAMARRO a zamarra
ZAMINDAR(I) (zuh-meen-dahr) a tax collector in precolonial India ZEMINDAR(Y)
NAKFA monetary unit of Eritrea
JOUAL a dialect of Canadian French
EUPHONIC (EUPHONY) pleasant sound
EUPHORIC (EUPHORIA) a feeling of well being
EUPHOTIC pertaining to the upper layer of a body of water
TOCSINS an alarm sounded on a bell
AZULEJO (ah-soo-le-haw) a type of ceramic tile
BIRD/HARE/LAMEBRAINED is good
Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Anyway, there is just one other word that ends in -KIAS. It's an 8. Know it?
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
So I had DOGNAP on my rack today and thought, what other NAPS are there?
This led me to the following thought:
Do people associate cats more with sleeping than with a pet they'd actually want to steal, since that definition is first?
Anyways, there's also
and yes, I know that there is also UNSNAP and SCHNAPS/ SCHNAPPS (which incidentally, was the name of my cousin's dog, years ago.)
Friday, August 21, 2009
It's been a hot week, so I thought I'd look up words that start with HEAT...
Unfortunately, it yielded a pretty boring list. (HEATABLE, HEATEDLY...)
More useful was learning that HEAT takes an H hook..and HEATH has a lot of fun extensions. Not only do you have HEATHY and the rest of the superlatives, there's a whole bunch of other interesting ones. My favorite one consists of the title, but in reverse order.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
So, I have a bunch of random tiles and a rack on my '88 Volvo's dashboard. Every once in a while, I scramble them around, usually flipping one over as a blank, to see what I can come up with. (or not.) Stumbled across this combo, which only has one solution..
(In case you can't see the picture clearly.) I'll post the answer in a comment after a few days if no one else does...
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
ISC The best place to play a live game online. Based in Romania, and hasn't been shut down by Hasbro. *knocks on wood*
Quackle The best postgame analysis software. Repeatedly kick yourself for all those plays you missed.
Zyzzyva Best word study tool, or the best way to cheat in your facebook scrabble games. (kidding!)
Email me if you have any link suggestions and feel free to link to this blog from your site. That is, unless your link page is titled "scrabble sites that suck."
Thursday, August 13, 2009
He was survived by seven children and dozens of grandchildren and great grandchildren.
His first grandchild dubbed him 'Bebop', and the name stuck with the rest of the children from there out. I guess that makes me a..
BEBOPPER def. one that likes bebop
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Unfortunately, it's what I would always come up with when I saw EINPRST on my flash card. Until today, that is- hopefully from here on i'll see PINTERS* and think "no, PTERINS!" That's currently what I do with BANTERA*/ANTBEAR.
Got any of your own?
Monday, August 10, 2009
Definition: my condition last night. (actually, it's an adjective. Therefore, no S back hook!)
Also, a good extension to know if you're not lucky enough to have the right letters on your rack plus AN or TI to play through...or the other two letter words contained in the..
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
CARMINATIVES (a drug causing expulsion of gas from the stomach or bowel.)
3 letter words
PAH exclamation of disgust OPAH a marine fish
PEH pe (hebrew letter)
POH exclamation of disgust
FAUGH used to express disgust (no S)
(S)HAUGH a low-lying meadow
SAUGH(Y) a willow tree (alt spelling SAUCH)
WAUGH(T) damp (no S)
KIAUGH trouble; worry
SHAUGH a thicket
OXIM(E) a chemical compound
JAGRA jaggery- a course dark, sugar
TEGUMINA plural of TEGUMEN or TEGMEN a covering
ZOMBIFY to turn into a zombie
Monday, August 3, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Every once in a while I use a mental picture or association to help me remember sets of bingos. For example, when I was working on the ARSINE set and got to M, I came up with the morbid but memorable idea of MARINES attending a SEMINAR about human REMAINS.
Anyway, the latest bingo stem for me is TONERS, and when I get to H: HORNETS SHORTEN THRONES, I just picture the height challenged king from Shrek (Lord Farquaad, actually he technically isn't a king, but I digress) jumping around like and angry bee, and voile, I have my three words.
While I'm on the topic of TONERS, does anyone know why the mnemonic is 'HARD PECKS OF BIG TOUGHMAN'? Not getting it.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
I know, hard to say out loud without snorting, but means one who jawbones. I forget what jawbone means exactly as a verb, so if you want to, leave the definition in a comment. Maybe you'll even get to play it if you're in Daytona this weekend. Stranger things have happened.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
AUNTIES: FLAUNTIEST JAUNTIEST
SINUATE: (IN)SINUATED SINUATELY
ONION front hooks:
RONION a mangy animal or person
GONION goh-nee-on a part of the lower
INION a part of the skull
MINION a servile follower
PINION to remove or bind the wing feathers of to prevent flight (v.)
MAZ(O)URKA a Polish dance
COCKAPOO a hybrid between a cocker spaniel and a poodle
FUTHARC FUTHARK FUTHORC FUTHORK an ancient alphabet
EURYOKY the ability of an organism to live under variable conditions EUROKOUS (adj.)
bonus: alt spelling! EUROKY
RAPPAREE a plunderer
MOLYBDIC pertaining to a certain metallic element (I looked it up, it's actually MOLYBDENUM)
bonus list of 2x4 words:
APPEASES BILABIAL COUSCOUS FROUFROU GUITGUIT HOTSHOTS JIPIJAPA
MAHIMAHI MESOSOME MILLIEME MIMETITE PREPRESS RAPPAREE REAPPEAR
Sunday, May 17, 2009
STEARIN the solid portion of a fat
CAMPION an herb
LAMPION a type of light generating device
RAMPION a European plant
TAMPION a plug for the muzzle of a cannon
(MAINTOP, PTOMAIN(E), TIMPANO)
OBOVOID ovoid with the narrow end at the base
XIPHOID a part of the sternum
RHIZOID a rootlike structure
HYPNOID pertaining to hypnosis or sleep
ZINCOID pertaining to zinc
KOLHOZY (KOLKHOZ) a collective farm in Russia
VAVASOR (VAVASOUR, VAVASSOR) a high ranking vassal
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
(f t) RET (e) to soak in order to loosen the fiber from the woody tissue
(b g) RIN to run or melt
DOSSAL an ornamental cloth hung behind an altar
DOSSIL a cloth roll for wiping ink
CHROMA the purity of a color
CHROME(D) to plate with chromium
CHROMO a type of color picture
CONDYLES a protuberance on a bone
ANTISAG designed to prevent sagging (no S)
AGOUTIES a burrowing rodent
Thursday, April 9, 2009
ENTAILS: (A)VENTAILS adjustable front of a medieval helmet
SALTINE: BASALTINE (STAINABLE) a dark dense igneous rock
SALTINESS (STAINLESS, SLATINESS)
BAZAR a bazaar
GAZAR silky sheer fabric
LAZAR a beggar afflicted with a loathesome disease
$ of the week:
PAISA pl. PAISAS PAISE coin of pakistan
AEQUORIN a protein secreted by jellyfish
ACTINON an isotope of radon
KLYSTRON a type of electron tube
Saturday, February 28, 2009
JETBEAD an ornamental shrub
JETFOIL a jet powered hydrofoil
JETPORT a type of airport
JETSA/OMS goods cast overboard
JETTONS a piece used in counting
JETWAYS a telescoping corridor between the terminal and aircraft
ASTHENIA lack of strength
MYASTHENIA muscle weakness
NEURASTHENIA nervous exhaustion
PSYCHASTHENIA a neurosis marked by fear, anxiety, phobias, etc.
NAPR OXEN an anti-inflammatory drug
3 letter word:
UMM um takes front hook of M
MUM to act in a disguise
BAZOO the mouth
KAZOO a toy musical instrument
WAZOO the anus
ABOIDEAU type of dike
ABOITEAU (both take an X or S)
CHRONAXY the time required to excite a never cell electrically
PYRALID a long legged moth
Monday, February 9, 2009
This week's pointless poll: word you've learned from TWS..
V words that take an E hook:
VENIN a toxin found in snake venom
VERST a Russian measure of distance
VITTA a streak or band of color
ARGUS an east Indian pheasant (3 anagrams)
BENJAMIN/ BENNY benzoin/ an amphetamine tablet
CLARENCE a closed carriage (CANCELER)
DEXTER situated on the right (no S)
EDDY to move against the main current
FRANKLIN a medievel English landowner
GILBERT a unit of magnetomotive force
HENRY a unit of inductance
EASTING BREASTING to confront OUTFEASTING
BONZE(R) a Buddhist monk BONZER very good (BRONZE)
SMARAGD(E) an emerald
ATHIRST having a strong desire
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
LAUAN a Phillipine timber
(C)HAO monetary unit of vietnam
CHIA(O) JIAO monetary unit of china
AJIVA inanimate matter
JARVEY driver of a carriage for hire -EYS
SVARAJ (see episode 37)
AEIOU 8 common letter words
HALLO HALLOA HALLOO HELLO HILLO HILLOA HOLLA HOLLO HOLLOA HOLLOO HULLO HULLOA
extensions of STAINED: AB- BLOOD- COUNTER- DE- DI- SUS- TEAR- UN-
HAW to turn left
STOLONIC STOLON a type of plant stem
DONJONS the main tower of a castle
ANABAENA a freshwater algae
CEDI monetary unit of Ghana (DICE ICED)
ZAFFAR ZAFFER ZAFFIR ZAFFRE a blue ceramic coloring
FOY a farewell feast
ACETINS extension: PHENACETINS
KRAAL to pen in a type of enclosure
GRAAL grail (ARGAL ARGOL a crust deposited in wine casks)