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In honour of the return of CRICKET, here is a simple quiz : how many words of 4 – 6 letters can you make from the letters in ‘cricket’ ?   Answers below :  there are 38 in total and 20 or more is a good score.

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 In the tables below, the letters in the first column are 'front' hooks e.g. an N can be placed before ICER to make NICER.  And the letters in the third column are 'back' hooks e.g. a D can be placed after CITE to make CITED.

4 LETTERS

 

CERT

sy

(short for) a certainty [n -S]

 

CIRE

s

(French) a fabric with a waxed finish [n -S]

 

CITE

drs

to quote as an authority or example [v CITED, CITING, CITES]

 

CRIT

hs

(short for) criticism [n -S]

csx

ERIC

aks

(Irish) a murderer's fine in old Irish law, also ERIACH, ERICK [n -S]

m

ETIC

s

a type of linguistic analysis [n -S]

dnr

ICER

s

a person who makes or applies icing [n -S]

 

KEIR

s

a bleaching-vat, also KIER [n -S]

s

KIER

s

a vat for boiling and dyeing fabrics, also KEIR [n -S]

s

KITE

drs

to obtain money fraudulently [v KITED, KITING, KITES]

dtw

RECK

s

to be concerned about, also REAK, REKE [v ROUGHT or RECKED, RECKING, RECKS]

 

REIK

is

(obsolete) a prank [n -S]

dgpt

RICE

drsy

to form soft foods by pressing through a ricer [v RICED, RICING, RICES]

bceptw

RICK

s

to pile hay in stacks [v -ED, -ING, -S]

tuw

RITE

s

a ceremonial act or procedure [n -S]

 

TICE

ds

(Shakespeare) to entice [v TICED, TICING, TICES]

s

TICK

sy

to make a sound like a clock [v -ED, -ING, -S]

 

TIER

s

to arrange in rows [v -ED, -ING, -S]

 

TIKE

s

a dog, a cur, also TYKE [n -S]

s

TIRE

ds

to grow tired [v TIRED, TIRING, TIRES]

 

TREK

s

to go on a journey, also TRECK [v TREKKED, TREKKING, TREKS]

 

TRIE

drs

(Spenser) to try [v TRIED, TRYING, TRIES]

 

 

5 LETTERS

 

CERCI

s

CERCUS, (Greek) a sensory appendage of an insect [n]

 

CERIC

 

containing cerium [adj]

 

CITER

s

one who cites [n -S]

 

CRICK

sy

to cause a spasm in the neck [v -ED, -ING, -S]

 

ERICK

s

(Irish) a murderer's fine in old Irish law, also ERIC, ERIACH [n -S]

bdhklnprstwy

ICKER

s

(Scots) a single ear of corn [n -S]

 

KITER

s

one that kites, obtains money fraudulently [n -S]

 

RECIT

es

(French) the narrative of a book as opposed to the dialogue [n -S]

 

RECTI

 

RECTUS, (Latin) any one of several straight muscles in the body [n]

 

TRECK

s

to go on a journey, also TREK [v -ED, -ING, -S]

 

TRICE

dps

to haul up with a rope [v TRICED, TRICING, TRICES]

s

TRICK

sy

to deceive [v -ED, -ING, -S]

s

TRIKE

s

(colloquial) a tricycle, also TRYKE [n -S]

 

6 LETTERS

 

CRETIC

s

a type of metrical foot [n -S]

cp

RICKET

sy

a mistake or blunder [n -S]

s

TICKER

s

(slang) the heart [n -S]