The blog is almost entirely quiz this week because I am covering some basic 7 letter bingos that everybody ‘should’ know. However, I suspect that many intermediate players either do not know some of them or would struggle to find the word if they got them on their rack.
How well do you know your building block bingos?
The quiz has 32 words, but they are all such common letters that zyzzyva, my word program, lists them as being in the top 100 most probable words if you just drew tiles out of the bag at random. The reason there are 32 words, and not 100, is because I have chosen only the words which have no second anagram. It is even more important to know the word when there is only one possibility
AEEIORT ADEINOR AEINORS AEINOST
AEGINOR AEGIORT ADEILOR AEILNOS
AEILOST AEIINRT ADENORT AEONRTU
EILNORT EINORTU AEEILNR AEEILNT
AEEINST AADEIOR AAEILNO AAEILOR
AEINNOT AAEEINT AEENORS AEEORST
DEEINOR EEILNOR EEILORT EEIORST
ABEINOT ACEIORT AEIMNOT ADGEIOT
Remember you are looking for just one answer to each of these combinations. If there are any of them you didn’t know it is a virtual certainty to come in handy for you sometime soon.
Just before you move on to the answers. Until a few years ago the most probable single anagram combination was AEIONRT.
The word OTARINE is an adjective referring to an OTARY with is an eared seal.
In one of the updates to our dictionary a new word came in which uses the same letters: NOTAIRE, a French writing desk. Now those two words are listed as numbers 1 and 2 in terms of probability.
All the answers are below. The number in brackets refers to the probability rating.
ETAERIO (3) An aggregated fruit like a blackberry
ANEROID (4) A type of barometer
ERASION (10) The act of rubbing out
ATONIES (11) Muscular debilities
ORIGANE (18) Marjoram
GOATIER (19) More like a goat
DARIOLE (44) A cylindrical mould used in cooking
ANISOLE (53) A colourless liquid ether
ISOLATE (54) To set apart
INERTIA (55) The tendency of a body to resist acceleration
TORNADE (56) An alternative name for a tornado
OUTEARN (61) To surpass in earning
RETINOL (62) A liquid hydrocarbon
ROUTINE (69) A regular course of procedure
ALIENER (70) Someone who transfers property
LINEATE (71) Marked by lines
ETESIAN (74) A recurring NW wind in the eastern Mediterranean
AERADIO (77) A Canadian radio service for pilots
AEOLIAN (78) Pertaining to the wind
OLEARIA (79) A genus of evergreen shrubs
ENATION (80) An outgrowth
TAENIAE (86) Narrow hair ribbons worn in Greece
ARENOSE (87) Sandy
ROSEATE (88) Resembling a rose, or overly optimistic
ORDINEE (89) Someone who is being ordained
ELOINER (90) Someone who is removed to a distant place
TROELIE (91) An Amazonian palm tree
EROTISE (92) To give a sexual meaning to something
NIOBATE (93) A salt of niobium
EROTICA (96) Erotic books, art, etc.
AMNIOTE (99) A vertebrate with an embryonic membrane
GODETIA (100) A genus of plants closely related to the evening primrose
Where you surpised at the meaning of ALIENER? It cerainly looks like it means more alien, doesn't it? That isn't even an alternative meaning. ALIENEST is not a word at all. That is a shame because it is a very nice set of letters and it is quite surprising that it doesn't make an 8 letter word