Like a Novice, But Not For Novices
I came across a letter group the other day that I thought I knew was just NORITIC. However it had another anagram – TIRONIC. It means resembling a TIRO, a novice. TYRO is an alternative spelling, so TYRONIC is also good.
I wondered what 8 letter words could be made with TIRONIC plus one more letter on the board. It makes a word with 9 different letters. What caught my eye was that there was one relatively easy word that I have seen played several times, but I couldn’t remember seeing any of the others played at all. I did not even know some of the words. When one word in a group is played several times it makes me wonder how many chances are missed to play the other combinations.
Your quiz is to find words for TIRONIC plus B, D, E, F, G, H, L, N or S.
There is only one easy one, so novices can move on if they find that one, whereas experts can struggle a little longer.
This week’s related list is words ending in –IC that cannot be pluralised, but make a completely different word if you add an S.
ALGESIC / GLACISES
Sensitive to pain / Plural of GLACIS, a slope
ALGETIC / GELASTIC, GESTICAL
Sensitive to pain / Relating to laughter / Relating to bodily motion
ALGINIC / SCAILING
To do with an acid obtained from seaweed / from SCAIL, to scatter
ANAEMIC / AMNESIAC
Suffering from anaemia / Someone who suffers from amnesia
ARGOTIC / ORGASTIC
Concerning a secret or special language / Pertaining to orgasm
MEIOTIC / COMITIES, SEMIOTIC
Deliberately understating / Plural of COMITY, politeness / Of signs or symbols
MEROPIC / COMPRISE
Relating to MEROPIA, partial blindness / To include or contain
ONEIRIC / RECISION, SORICINE
Belonging to dreams / A cancellation / Shrewlike
PEDETIC / PECTISED
Related to random movement of particles in a liquid / Congealed in a jelly
PTEROIC / PERSICOT
To do with an acid found in spinach / Cordial made with apricot kernels
SATIRIC / TRIASSIC
Of or like satire / Relating to the first period of the Mesozoic era
SATYRIC / SACRISTY
Like a Greek god of the woods / A room in which sacred objects are kept
STROBIC / CROSSBIT
Spinning / Past tense of CROSSBITE, to swindle
VENATIC / CISTVAEN VESICANT
About hunting / Tomb covered by stone slabs / Something that causes blisters
OK, so let us have a look at the answers to the quiz:
The only easy one was FRICTION.
If you eat out a lot you might be familiar with ordering CROSTINI
A nice word. You can see what inspired the theme of this blog
An INDICTOR is someone who charges somebody else with a crime
Bornite is a valuable ore of copper and you are allowed the word BORNITIC
RETINOIC acid is derived from Vitamin A
TRIGONIC refers to something that has three angles
Ornithology is the study of birds and ORNITHIC relates to birds
NITROLIC is used to describe a general class or nitrous acids
INTRONIC is of or like an INTRON, an intervening sequence in a genetic code
To repeat my earlier comment:
If you play enough games of scrabble somebody plays FRICTION, so maybe those other 8 words should be played just as often.