Sunday 21 June is Father's Day.

To celebrate here are two quizzes :

a) what 4 letter words can you make with DAD and a blank ?

b) what 7 letter word can you make with FATHER and a blank ?

 

There are 20 answers in total, 7/8 are fairly everyday words.

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DAD + 

 

A - DADA

E - DEAD

O - DADO

R - DRAD

S - ADDS, DADS

U - DAUD, DUAD

W - DAWD, WADD

Y - ADDY, DYAD

 

FATHER +

E - FEATHER, TEREFAH

I - FAITHER

L - FARTHEL

R - FARTHER

S - FATHERS, HAFTERS, SHAFTER

 

British birds

Here is a list of twenty British birds.  

12 of them can be anagrammed to make 24 valid scrabble words. 8 of the birds can't be anagrammed into other valid words.

What are the 12 anagrammable birds and what words can be made. Just under half are fairly everyday words, so well done if you get move than 13 !

 

AUK                       COOT                    CROW                   DOVE                    EAGLE

EGRET                   EIDER                    HEN                       KITE                       LARK

OWL                      RAIL                       RAVEN                  ROBIN                   ROOK

RUFF                     SWAN                   TEAL                      TERN                     TIT

 

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here are the answers :

 

AUK - no anagram

COOT - TOCO

CROW - no anagram

DOVE - DEVO

EAGLE - AGLEE

EGRET - GREET

EIDER - no anagram

HEN - no anagram

KITE - TIKE

LARK - no anagram

OWL - LOW

RAIL - ARIL, LAIR, LARI, LIAR, LIRA, RIAL

RAVEN - no anagram

ROBIN - INORB

ROOK - KORO

RUFF - no anagram

SWAN - AWNS, SAWN, SNAW, WANS

TEAL - LATE, LEAT, TAEL, TALE, TELA

TERN - RENT

TIT - no anagram

 

Here is a list of twenty British birds.   Apart from an S plural, what other letters can you find which hook onto the front or back of the bird’s name to make other words e.g. a Y can be added to GULL to make GULLY.    Just under half of the 57 new words made by adding a letter are also common English words, but some definitely are not !  FYI the 57 words don't include the plurals.

AUK                       COOT                    CROW                   DOVE                    EAGLE

EGRET                   EIDER                    HEN                       KITE                       LARK

OWL                      RAIL                       RAVEN                  ROBIN                   ROOK

RUFF                     SWAN                   TEAL                      TERN                     TIT

 

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All the names take an S a s the plural.

bauk, cauk, jauk, wauk

AUK

 

scoot

COOT

 

scrow

CROW

crowd, crown

 

DOVE

doved, doven, dover

beagle, teagle

EAGLE

eagled, eaglet

regret

EGRET

 

deider

EIDER

 

shen, then, when

HEN

hend, hent

skite

KITE

kited, kiter

 

LARK

larky

bowl, cowl, dowl, fowl, gowl, howl, jowl, nowl, sowl, yowl

OWL

owly

brail, drail, frail, grail, trail

RAIL

raile

craven, graven

RAVEN

 

 

ROBIN

robing

brook, crook, drook

ROOK

 rooky

gruff

RUFF

ruffe

 

SWAN

swang, swank

steal

TEAL

 

stern

TERN

terne

 

TIT

tite, titi

What five-letter words can you find which have the structure:

 

 ?RAC? 

 ie the three letters in the middle are RAC, you just need to supply the two letters at the beginning and end.
There are sixteen in total and about half are common words.  (A big hint is that two of the answers are in the title of the quiz!)

 

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BRACE

to support [v BRACED, BRACING, BRACES]

BRACH

a female hunting hound, also BRACHET, BRATCHET [n BRACHES or BRACHS]

BRACK

a flaw in cloth [n -S]

BRACT

any reduced leaflike structure associated with a cone or flower [n -S]

CRACK

to break without dividing into parts [v -ED, -ING, -S]

DRACK

(Australian slang) of a woman, unattractive, also DRAC [adj]

DRACO

as in draco lizard, a flying lizard [adj]

FRACK

to engage in fracking for shale oil [v -ED, -ING, -S]

FRACT

to break; to violate [v -ED, -ING, -S]

GRACE

beauty [n -S] / to give beauty to [v GRACED or (obsolete) GRASTE, GRACING, GRACES]

ORACH

a plant of the goosefoot family, also ORACHE [n -ES]

ORACY

skill in oral communication [n ORACIES]

TRACE

to follow the course of [v TRACED, TRACING, TRACES]

TRACK

to follow the marks of an animal or vehicle [v -ED, -ING, -S]

TRACT

(Spenser) to trace, track [v -ED, -ING, -S]

WRACK

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

Imagine you turn over your first tile…it’s a blank. You think you will have a bonus word on your first rack. Your heart sinks when the remaining 6 tiles are rubbish! But what if you look closely….

 

 Listed below are 26 racks, each containing a blank.

 

 Each rack makes just one bonus word – can you find them all ?

 

 As an extra clue, the blank represents a different letter of the alphabet for each different rack. (ie. Only use the blank as an A once, a B once etc..). The blanks are not in alphabetical order though!

 

 Hint to solving…

 

 Most of the words are everyday English, none are obscure Scrabble words.

 

 Give each rack a few moments. Don’t worry if you can’t solve it straightaway.

 

 Once you have found a few, then think about where the vowels might go, and then the JQXZ.

 

 Make note of which letters you’ve used…and then try the remaining letters against the remaining racks.

 

 

 

ACE?YAM
AEN?OUU
CD?KLOP
CIA?PIC
COO?VAN
DDE?HNR
EKE?DEW
HAB?BRU
HIB?BRU
ION?ION
MAW?GIS
MEN?SEZ
MOM?CHA
MUM?FLO
MY?POTS
PUS?RUG
RAD?HUT
RIO?DYE
SUE?EQE
SUI?TIC
TUB?QUE
UCA?QAT
UNI?GUE
URI?BOA
YVES?NE

ZOO?RIC

 

 

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Here are the answers :

acaDemy
nouVeau
pAdlock
paciFic
voLcano
hUndred
weekeNd
Rhubarb
rubbiSh
oPinion
Wigwams
enZymes
hammocK
flummoX
syMptom
upsurgE
drauGht
Joyride
squeeZe
Biscuit
bOuquet
aquatIc
Queuing
Caribou
sevenTy
cHorizo