Hotshot Scrabble

April 21, 2018

I was shot at the end of an internet game by a word I didn’t know. My opponent won the game by playing an 8 letter word that ended in SHOT. I thought that was an unusual ending for a bonus word. Certainly it isn’t one you immediately think of, such as –IER, -ING, -IEST.


Checking after the game revealed that there are 15 words that fit this pattern:


_   _   _   _   S   H   O   T


Some of them have letters that are reasonably common, so perhaps this ending should be used more often than it actually is. How many can you think of?

Answers are at the bottom of the page.


For the HOT part of the title I am giving you a list of 5 letter words that have those 3 letters. That list would have 109 words. To keep it to a manageable size I have selected the ones that look the most useful and are not ordinary English words. Hopefully some of these might be new ammunition for you.


AZOTH            Another name for the element mercury
BHOOT           A small whirlwind. Also spelled BHUT
BOTHY            A Scottish term for a hut or cabin. Also spelled BOTHIE
BUTOH           A style of modern Japanese dance
CHOTA            Little. A term of Indian origin. An adjective, so doesn’t take an S
DOCHT           To be able
FOUTH            Abundance. Also FOWTH.
GOTCH           Underpants. Also GINCH, GITCH, GONCH
HOTCH           To jog
HOTEN            Archaic form of command. This is a favourite word. It won me a game                         in the Trans-Tasman. I played HOTE and challenged my opponent
                        when he put an S on the end. Then I got an extra 5 points when I
                        hooked an N to play HOTEN and he challenged. Finally I challenged
                        him off again when he tried to play their S on the end of that

                        (HOTE actually does take an S  -  At the other end.... for SHOTE)
KOTCH            To vomit. A word of South African origin
METHO           Aussie slang for methylated spirits.
POTCH            To thrust or push violently. Also POTCHE
TACHO            Short for TACHOGRAM which is a record of rotation speed
THEOW           A slave
THOFT            A rowing bench
THORP            A small village or group of houses. Also THORPE
THOWL           An oar pin. Keeps your oars clipped in position. Also THOWEL
TOPHE            A rock made of fine volcanic detritus. Also TOPH and TUFA
TOPHI             The plural of TOPHUS. A deposit of uric salts in tissues around a joint
WHOOT          To make a sound like an owl


So back to the quiz at the top of the page.


What happened was that my opponent played DEVIL to one off the bottom of the board. There was a blank and an S still to come, but I had neither and this was the most likely spot for him to get the bingo he needed. I tried to block the spot by playing MEL so that a bingo which pluralised DEVIL had to have LS as part of the word.


There had still been letters left in the bag. I couldn’t tell at the time exactly what my opponent had, but it soon transpired that he had AIHOST and a blank because he played HAILSHOT. Interestingly, MAILSHOT was another word he could have played. If I hadn’t tried to block that part of the board, one of the 7 letter words he could have played was AIRSHOT. I was obviously destined to be shot one way or another.


These are the 8 letter –SHOT words:


BIRDSHOT                 A small kind of shot used for shooting birds
BUCKSHOT                 A large kind of shot used for shooting deer
BULLSHOT                  A drink made of vodka and bouillon (strong broth)
COCKSHOT                 A target in a throwing contest
DROPSHOT                A type of shot in tennis
HAILSHOT                  Small shotgun pellets which scatter like hailstones
HEADSHOT                A photograph of head and shoulders only
JUMPSHOT                A type of shot in basketball
MAILSHOT                 Targeted advertising in the form of junk mail
MOONSHOT               A space launch to the moon
NECKSHOT                 A shot in the neck of an animal.
OVERSHOT                As well as the obvious meaning it is also a fabric weave, so
                                    it takes an S. That would be a surprise hook!
PARASHOT                 alternative to PARASHAH, a passage in Jewish literature
SLAPSHOT                  A fast, powerful shot in ice hockey
SNAPSHOT                 An informal photograph


Isn’t is weird that you can have a NECKSHOT, but not a bodyshot?


There were also 11 words of 7 letters ending in –SHOT:





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