Don't be EDGY about an IFFY UNDY
Sorry that my blog is a little late this week. There was a bridge event over the weekend at which my results were so bad I can only put it behind me and pray that the Trans-Tasman this weekend in Dunedin will inspire better memories.
This time the quiz will be about hooks. The 3 words in the quiz are from the title.
What letters can you hook in front of EDGY, IFFY and UNDY?
The answers to the quiz are at the end.
In the meantime I will give you a list of hooks at the other end. These words all take an H after them but cannot be pluralised with an S. In most cases H is the only hook. Any alternatives will be mentioned.
ET Well known this takes A and H. Sometimes (ets) is mistakenly played
GOT Also straightforward. GOTH is the only hook
CAZ CAZH is an easy hook to forget. Both words are slang for casual
GART GART is compelled. GARTH is a small yard surrounded by a cloister
SPILT SPILTH will surprise most people. It means something spilled
Next time someone makes a mess say: Clean up that filthy spilth!
SWART SWARTY is good as well as SWARTH (the amount of grass cut by one
sweep of a scythe)
AGUNA A Hebrew woman whose husband has abandoned her but not
provided an official divorce
LIROT An old Italian currency
PALLA Also an E for PALLAE. An oblong cloth fastened with a brooch.
PRUTA An old Israeli currency.
TOROT Another word for TORA, the body of Jewish law
TREFA Food that is not kosher
WIRRA Both WIRRA and WIRRAH are interjections expressing sorrow. Maybe
you will hear one from your opponent if you challenge (wirras)
AARRGH An exclamation of dismay (if your opponent can add the 2nd H)
AGOROT An ancient Greek marketplace
AGUNOT Same as AGUNA, a Hebrew woman abandoned by her husband
ALIYOT The immigration of Jews to Israel
CHALOT White unleavened bread
HALLOT White unleavened bread. C & S front hooks for CHALLOT / SHALLOT
HUPPOT A Jewish wedding canopy
LUCHOT An inscribed tablet of commandments
MATZOT The same as MATZO, a Jewish unleavened bread
MIKVOT A place for ritual bathing
PRUTOT Same as PRUTA, an old Israeli currency
SUCCOT A shelter where meals are eaten
TEREFA Same as TREFA, food that is not kosher
UNGIRT Removed a belt
Yes, quite a lot of Jewish words that have been adopted into English. It might pay to be careful about pluralising any words that end in –OT
So to return to the quiz:
HEDGY Abounding in headges
KEDGY Brisk, cheerful
LEDGY Abounding in leadges. F can be hooked in front for FLEDGY
SEDGY Bordered by sedge
WEDGY Resembling a wedge.
Hooks for EDGY can be remembered as the consonants in WHELKS.
WHELK takes a Y for WHELKY and I guess that smell would be a bit EDGY
BIFFY An American slang term for an outside toilet
JIFFY A short time
MIFFY Easily annoyed
The hooks for IFFY can be remembered as the consonants in JAMBONE
That is apparently going it alone in 4 handed euchre. I guess that is a bit IFFY
BUNDY To clock on or off work
CUNDY A covered drain
FUNDY A member of the radical wing of the German Green party
GUNDY Scottish toffee made of treacle and spices
OUNDY Wavy. W can be hooked in front for WOUNDY
I can’t find a valid word as a mnemonic to remember this one even though there is a vowel to work with. However I have made up my own illegal word to describe part of the mechanisms on a pocket watch – FOBCOG. Just don’t try playing it!