Some Effing Words
See how you go with these 7 and 8 letter combinations that all contain the letter F:
A – D – E – F – I – L – S
A – D – E – E – F – L – N
A – E – F – F – L – L – Y
A – A – E – F – K – L – O
A – E – F – I – L – V – Y
A – E – F – G – L – L – N – O
A – E – E – F – L – O – R – V
A – E – F – H – I – L – N - S
At first sight you might think this is a tough bunch of words. Actually I would agree with that. However this is one of those problems which gets easier once you get started. It is certainly possible that someone who initially thinks this is too tough might eventually solve all eight anagrams.
As usual the answers are at the bottom of the page
You might have guessed that F is the theme this week’s theme. So what do you do with too many vowels and one of the only two consonants on your rack is an F?
One of the words covered in other blogs is FILII, but if you have different vowels you might need to learn some of the following unusual words:
AFARA A type of African tree with straight-grained wood
FACIA An architectural band – FACIAE, FACIAL and FACIAS
FAENA A series of passes made by a matador in a bullfight
AFEAR To frighten – also AFFEAR
TAFIA A liquor resembling rum distilled from a lower grade of molasses
NEAFE A fist – also NEAFFE
FEARE A companion
FEAZE/FEEZE Both mean to unsettle
FAKIE A skateboard/snowboard move of riding backwards. Also FAKEY
FAINE To pretend or give a false impression
FOVEA A shallow anatomical depression – FOVEAE, FOVEAL and FOVEAS
FEUAR The owner of a property (Scottish)
FOLIA The plural of FOLIUM meaning a thin layer – FOLIAR
AFOOT On foot
FOUAT/FOUET Both are alternative words for a leek
BOEUF As in BOEUF BOURGUIGNON. Beef cooked in red wine.
FEUED The past tense of FEU which is to grant land under Scottish law
FUZEE A match with a long oval head for outdoor use
OFFIE An off licence
FOGIE An old fashioned person – also FOGY, FOGEY and FOGRAM
FUGIE A fighting cock that runs away instead of fighting
FIRIE Australian slang for a fireman
WIFIE An endearing term for a wife – also WIFEY
FOXIE A fox terrier
FIQUE A tough fibre similar to hemp
QUOIF A covering for the head
FOULE A light, woollen, smooth-surfaced dress material
FOGOU A manmade underground passage or chamber found in Cornwall
FUGIO A former one cent coin of the United States
Who would have guessed that FOGOU and FUGIO would be words of English and American origin? The FUGIO one cent coin was designed by Benjamin Franklin.
So, are you still having trouble with the quiz at the top of the page?
Have you considered that all the words contain the letters L-E-A-F?
Go back and have another try.
The answers are:
DISLEAF, ENDLEAF, FLYLEAF, IVYLEAF, OAKLEAF, LONGLEAF, OVERLEAF, SHINLEAF
The last one is unusual, but by that stage you might have had a good guess at it.
Those are the only 7 and 8 letter words that end in LEAF.
One last dream play to finish with:
LEATHER is quite a common word. Just imagine if it was on the board and you extended it to LEATHERLEAF, or even LEATHERLEAVES. Wouldn’t that be fun?