Last week we published a World Cup Scrabble Board puzzle. The answers are :

 

The rack NEWSRIN can be anagrammed to make the apt word WINNERS.

This can be played for 73 points by pluralising MANAGER. 

However a higher score can be achieved by playing WINNERS in parallel to GOAL (making GI, ON,AN, and FINALE) this scores 79 points.

 

The highest non-apt score can be achieved with ANSWERING, as a double-double using the A of SAVE and G of GOAL. Well done if you spotted this 108 point move!

 

 

 

To mark the World Cup Final today (and coincidentally the Wimbledon finals too), here is a board diagram.

 

Two questions :

1 - What is the highest scoring sport-related word you can play on this board with the rack NEWSRIN. (No football knowledge is required!)

2 - What is the highest scoring non-sport-related word you can play on this board with the rack NEWSRIN (ie a word that doesn't fit the theme).

 

Answers in a few days. 

 

Good luck.

 

 

The final vocabulary quiz today, based on the one team that hasn't had a quiz or answer set about it : AUSTRALIA.

 

What are the 4 letter words you can make from the letters in AUSTRALIA ?

There are a lot, so to narrow it down (and make it harder, sorry!), the 4 letter words must contain 2 As.

There are 15 words in total :

-  3 are everyday words

- another 3 are plurals of 3 letter words

so a score of 3-6 is achievable.

 

If you get more than 10 well done!

 

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Here are the answers :

 

ARIA, RAIA

AIAS

ALAR

AALS, ALAS

TAAL, TALA

AULA

ASAR

RATA, TARA

AURA

AUAS

ATUA

 

 

 

 

Of the 32 countries that have, or are, taking place in this year’s World Cup, 3 of them have not been part of any puzzle question or answer. These three are URUGUAY, EGYPT and AUSTRALIA.

 

 

 

Today’s quizzes are :

 

a)       What are the 3 letter words you can make from URUGUAY ? You can use as many (or none!) of the Us.

 

b)      What are the 3 letter words you can make from EGYPT ?

 

 

 

 

There are 26 in total. About 9-10 are everyday words.

 

 

 

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URUGUAY yields :

 

GAR, RAG, GAU. GAY, YAG

 

ARY,  RAY,  RYA,  YAR. AYU

 

GUR, RUG. GUY, YUG, RYU

 

 

 

EGYPT yields :

 

 

PEG, GET, TEG, GEY, PET

 

PYE,  YEP,  TYE,  YET, GYP

 

TYG

 

 

An easier quiz this time… and a test of three letter words !

 

 

 

Here are the 32 teams taking part in the World Cup in Russia.

 

Many of them FINISH with a valid three letter word (some of them finish with the same 3 letter word!)

 

How many do you know ?

 

As an extra test look at both words in the countries with two words giving a total of 35 words to check.

 

 

 

RUSSIA                 EGYPT                   URUGUAY           PORTUGAL

 

SPAIN                   MOROCCO          IRAN                      FRANCE

 

PERU                     DENMARK           ICELAND              CROATIA

 

NIGERIA               BRAZIL                  SERBIA                  GERMANY

 

MEXICO               SWEDEN              BELGIUM             PANAMA

 

TUNISIA               ENGLAND            POLAND               SENEGAL

 

COLOMBIA         JAPAN                  SAUDI ARABIA

 

AUSTRALIA         ARGENTINA       SWITZERLAND

 

COSTA RICA        SOUTH KOREA

 

 

 

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GAL – Portugal, Senegal

 

AIN – Spain

 

RAN – Iran

 

ARK – Denmark

 

AND – Iceland, England. Poland, Switzerland

 

RIA – Nigeria

 

ANY – Germany

 

DEN- Sweden

 

AMA - Panama

 

PAN - Japan