How Many Words For One Dish?

July 6, 2018

Mary Gray made an excellent play at club this week. The tiles she had were:


?   A   L   N   O   P   S


There are only 8 possible 7 letter words that can be played and Mary found the only one of those 8 words which put the S in 5th position which was needed so she could cover both double word squares.


Have a go and see if you can find any bingos at all. None of the 8 words is easy, so don’t be discouraged if you can’t find any. I doubt that even A Grade players will find many of them.


Answers are at the bottom of the page as usual.


While you are pondering that we will make LP the combination of the week and have a look at some interesting 5 letter words to play with LP and 3 vowels:


PELAU             These 4 words are different spellings of a dish with seasoned

PILAU              rice and meat. As well as the 4 spellings there is also PILAF, PILAFF,

PILAO             PILAW, PILOW and PILLAU. Nine ways to spell the same dish. Maybe

PULAO            it just makes it impossible for restaurants to misspell it on the menu!


LOIPE              A track for cross-country skiing. You can only play LOIPEN, not an S


PAOLO            An obsolete papal coin. Does not take an S. The plural is PAOLI


APIOL             An oily liquid derived from parsley


POULE            A chicken. Only extends to  POULES. If you want more hooks play…

LOUPE           A jeweller’s eyeglass. LOUPES, but also LOUPED and LOUPEN


POILU             A French infantry soldier in World War 1


ELPEE              A long playing record


OLPAE             A Greek jug


PALEA             Inner structure of a grass flower. PALEAE and PALEAL, but not S


PILAE              The only plural of PILA, an anatomical structure like a pillar

PILEA              The gunpowder plant, or the Chinese money plant.


PILEI                The plural of PILEUS, the umbrella shaped part of a mushroom


So to return to the quiz:


Mary’s great play to get the double-double was to make the blank an S:


SPONSAL        Related to sponsalia or nuptials. Something to do with weddings


That was a new one to me and I gave Mary an extra 5 points for the challenge. I am still not sure exactly what it is, but it did make me wonder if SPOUSE and SPOUSAL are related words.


The other 7 possible plays are all unusual as well.


ESPANOL        A native of spain.An extra S is no good, but ESPANOLES is right

NOPALES        A cactus plant of Central America

OILPANS         Oil sumps

POLLANS        The plural of POLLAN . A whitefish found in Ireland

PLASMON      The entirety of genetic material in a cell

PROLANS       The plural of PROLAN, a hormone used to test for pregnancy.

PONGALS       The plural of PONGAL, a dish of cooked rice in Tamil speaking India.


A rice dish. And there is only one way to spell it. Good grief!


Happy Scrabbling


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