An Easter Egg Hunt

March 30, 2018

 

As Easter is upon us, it is time for an Easter Egg hunt. This one is slightly different from other egg hunts you may have encountered. The eggs are very obvious in each of the 10 words below, but only 7 of them are real words. Your mission is to decide which ones are the 3 rotten eggs. Answers are at the bottom of the blog.

 

EGGFRUIT
EGGLERS
EGGLING
EGGWHITE
FLEGGED
LEGGISM
PEGGIEST
TALEGGIO
UNBEGGED
VEGGIEST

 

So while you try to digest those eggs we will move on to Easter. If you have those 6 letters on your rack you have a good chance of being able to play a bingo. Some of them are quite easy words to find, but it is often useful to know all the possibilities with a combination this good. For example if your other letter was an N you would probably find EARNEST or NEAREST very quickly, but if the only place available on the board means your word has to start with an S then you are going to be frustrated unless you also know STERANE. Anyway, here is a list of all the 7 letter words made up of EASTER and one other letter.

 

A          AERATES
B          BEATERS, BERATES, REBATES
C          CERATES, CREATES, ECARTES, SECRETA
D          DEAREST, DERATES, ESTRADE, REASTED, REDATES, SEDATER, STREARED, TASERED
F          AFREETS, FEASTER
G          ERGATES, RESTAGE
H          AETHERS, HEATERS, REHEATS
I           AERIEST, SERIATE
K          RETAKES, SAKERET
L          ELATERS, REALEST, RELATES, RESLATE, STEALER
M         REMATES, RETEAMS, STEAMER, TEAMERS
N          EARNEST, EASTER, NEAREST, RATEENS, STERANE
O          ROSEATE
P          EPATERS, REPEATS, RETAPES
R          RETEARS, SERRATE, TEARERS
S          EASTERS. RESEATS, SAETERS, SEAREST, SEATERS, STEARES, TEASERS, TESSERA
T          ESTREAT, RESTATE, RETASTE
U          AUSTERE
W         SWEATER
X          RETAXES

 

One to really look out for is ROSEATE. It is the only word in a very common group of letters. Although it looks as though it be extended, quite surprisingly, it cannot. It has two possible meanings. One is resembling a rose. The other is overly optimistic. Neither of those meanings allows you to put an S, D or any other letter on the end.

 

So how did you get on with those eggs at the start of the blog?

 

These are the correct words:

 

EGGFRUIT      Another name for an aubergine. EGGPLANT is also good
EGGLERS        In olden times people bought their eggs from an eggler.
FLEGGED        Fleg is a Scottish word meaning ‘to frighten’
LEGGISM       
To do with blacklegs who keep working even when a strike is declared
PEGGIEST       Most resembling a peg
TALEGGIO       A pungent cow’s milk cheese from Lombardy in Italy
UNBEGGED    Something which has not been asked for

 

Which means that EGGLING, EGGWHITE and VEGGIEST were the 3 rotten eggs that should have been challenged.

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Egg white needs to be two words. The single word term is ALBUMEN.

 

Happy Easter

Patrick

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