How To Piss Off Your Opponent

May 11, 2018

I finally managed to play OLIGURIA last week. Although I had known it for a long time, it was the first time I had played it. There are quite a few related words, so I thought a list involving them would be a good idea.


You might be lucky enough to get a bonus word including U.R.I.A but it is more likely that you are trying to play off those 4 letters to keep your rack balanced when you have two A's and/or two R's or something. There is no 4 letter word with U-R-I-A so you can't play them just by themselves. If the problem was too many T's instead of too many R's you could play AITU. That word does seem to be played quite frequently. With no 4 letter word for U.R.I.A you will have to play a 5 letter word through another letter on the board. How many 5 letter words can you think of that including U.R.I.A?


There are 17 words of 5 letters like that, but some are not well known, so it would be really impressive if you could think of them all. Even an A Grade player would be doing well if they could think of 10 words, so less experienced players should be happy with a score of 5.


Answers are at the bottom of the page.


While you think about that here are all the 7 + 8 letter words that end with –URIA


DECURIA        A company of 10 or more roman soldiers under a Decurion.

DYSURIA        Pain in passing urine

LIPURIA          The presence of fat in the urine


ACIDURIA      Excessive acid in the urine

AZOTURIA      Excessive urea in the urine

CHYLURIA      Having urine containing chyle or fatty matter making it look milky

ISCHURIA       Retention of urine

NOCTURIA     Excessive urination during the night

OLIGURIA      Scantiness of urine in comparison to liquid intake

PLANURIA      The discharge of urine through an abnormal passage

POLYURIA      Excessive urination


With the exception of DECURIA there are a lot of words there that you would rather not know too much about, but which could be very useful in turning an awkward bunch of letters into a game winning advantage.


Maybe you will be lucky enough to play one of those -URIA bonus words, but you are more likely to play a 5 letter word including those letters as a way of keeping your rack balanced. So make sure you know all the words in the next list.


How did you go on the 5 letter words including U-R-I-A?


RUBAI             A Persian verse form with 4 line stanzas

URBIA             Cities


AURIC             Pertaining to, like, or composed of gold

CAURI             A former monetary unit of Guyana

CURIA             A court of justice


AUREI             The plural of AUREUS, a coin of Ancient Rome

URAEI             The plural of URAEUS, an Egyptian symbol of kingship


RAHUI            A Maori prohibition


KAURI             A tree


URALI             the plant from which curare is obtained

URIAL             A wild sheep of central Asia with long curved horns


MAURI           The Maori term for the soul


NAIRU            An acronym from Non Accelerating inflation rate of Unemployment


RUPIA             A skin ulcer covered with dead tissue


QUAIR            An obsolete term for a quire or a book


URARI             Another spelling for the plant from which curare is obtained


AURIS             The ear


Hopefully some of those will be useful. Happy scrabbling.




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