Monday, August 31, 2009

Friday, August 28, 2009

-KIAS words

By coincidence I learned CLARKIAS and FUNKIAS during the past week. I've been delivering mail to the Clarke School for the Deaf; hence the first discovery... I forget how I stumbled across the second one.
Anyway, there is just one other word that ends in -KIAS. It's an 8. Know it?

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


This actually means 'thuggery in India', not 'one who has been thugged'. Here's a couple of other cool -EE words:

KOKANEE a food fish

WHANGEE an asian grass

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Took me 10 minutes to figure out why this word wasn't good. *sigh*

Funny how a word can just look SO right.

There is a correct anagram, though.

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

Fill In The Blank quiz....

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

Link of the day

There are a lot of scrabble blogs on livejournal...

I've added a link to jc3181's blog because he posts cool quizzes and strategy related items.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Scrabble links

I've added a links section on the bottom right. I'm starting off with the three most useful sites I know of, but will be adding more in the future...

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


This post is in memory of my grandfather, who passed away today. He was 95!

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


First off, for those of you who aren't scrabble nerds, the asterisk indicates that PINTERS* is a phony; that is, it isn't acceptable in a game.

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..
Bonus Anagrams!

Sunday, August 9, 2009


Someone just played this against me on Facebook scrabble, and I thought, "whoa, cool word." Interesting facts: takes a hook of E as well as S; anagram is DEMY.

EMYD a freshwater tortoise
DEMY a size of paper (-IES)

gotta love those paper sizes!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Some of you may notice...

That I'm fiddling with the name as well as the layout of this blog- I may switch the name of the podcast as well. Let me know if you have any input. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Episode 49 Notes

episode 49 notes...

NATIVES extensions
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



Learned that one on the road trip home yesterday... Here's a link to a SACKBUT solo!

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.