Twice cooked chips can be tasty

February 10, 2018

I would be the first to admit that the list this time isn’t the most high probability words that you will get to play frequently, but maybe it will give you some insight into the weird way my mind works. An advert on TV mentioned a type of dried chili called CHIPOTLE. I knew the word, but it occurred to me that it would be very difficult to spot that at scrabble. Further investigation revealed it had an even more interesting anagram – HELICOPT – which means to travel by helicopter. It must be a modern word rather than an archaic one, because helicopters haven’t been around that long. It somehow doesn’t seem right, particularly when you use other parts of the verb such as “I think I will go helicopting today.” Anyway it seemed like a really nice little anagram pair. Julie and I like to watch some Master Chef programmes know about twice cooked chips, so I looked at the first 4 letters of chipotle and wondered how many 8 letter words there were with exactly 2 anagrams. Yes, the probability of playing them is not high, but aren’t they interesting words that you would just love to put on your menu?

 

CHIPOTLE       HELICOPT
CIPHERED      DECIPHER
UNCIPHER      PUNCHIER
PATCHING      NIGHTCAP
EUPHORIC     POUCHIER
CHICKPEA       PEACHICK
EMPHATIC     EMPATHIC
OUTPITCH      PITCHOUT
PITCHERS       SPITCHER       Nice front hook! It means to be doomed.
POTICHES       POSTICHE       Jars with tapering neck. Wig or added ornament.
CHEAPING      PEACHING      Taking the cheap option. Informing on someone.
CHARPAIS      HAIRCAPS      Indian beds. 
PROCHAIN     PAROCHIN     Nearest in time. Scottish parish.
HAPTENIC      INCHTAPE      Like a haptene (antigen). Tape marked in inches.
CAMPHIRE     CHAMPIER     Old spelling of camphor. Broken up by trampling.
CALIPASH       PASHALIC       Part of a turtle. Territory of a pasha (Turkish official.)
PINOCHLE      PHENOLIC      A card game. A synthetic resin.
PHRATRIC      PARRITCH      Relating to a clan. A soft oatmeal.
ORPHICAL      RHOPALIC      Mystical. Each word being increased by a syllable.
EPITHECA       PETECHIA       An outer cell layer. A small bleeding spot on a body.

 

Answers to the last quiz: TOWELED, SWEETIE, SUNDOWN, NEWSMEN, COWROTE, DEWDROP, NONWORD, MIDWEEK, COWGIRL, OLDWIFE

 

Oldwife is not what you think. It is a duck which is also called an OLDSQUAW. That is certainly something to look out for if SQUAW is played on the board.

 

The list on this blog was unusual words with a low probability, so the quiz is on high probability 8 letter words. There is a good chance you will get an opportunity to play some of these:

 

A – A – E – E – I – L – N – T

A – B – E – E – I – L – R – T  

A – C – D – E – E – I – N – U  

E – I – N – O – R – S – V – U

E – I – L – O – R – R – T – U  

A – E – G – I – N – O – P – T  

A – D – E – H – N – O – R – S  

A – C – E – I – M – N – O – T

A – E – E – I – L – L – R – T  

A – A – E – E – G – N – R – T  

 

Cheers
Patrick

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