Roger Cole-Baker invented a piece of new terminology last year. It is blanking out, and refers to the condition where you have great trouble thinking of any bonus words because you have two blanks.
At the Howick tournament he showed me one where Dianne Cole-Baker had EEIOS with two blanks. She did find a bonus word to play, but on investigating later they discovered there was 42 possible 7 letter words.
With a totally different combination Cicely Bruce from the Whangarei Club reached an endgame where her letters were FIKNT and two blanks. She was delighted to find that not only could she spot the 7 letter word she needed to win, but when the combination was checked later that word was the only possibility.
So if you like to do a quiz before moving on to the list:
FIKNT?? (1 answer)
EEIOS?? (42 answers)
There are so many answers to the second combination that we will have to use the rating system to set a fair challenge:
If your rating is over 1600 see if you can find 24 of the words
If your rating is over 1000 see if you can find 12 of the words
If your rating is under 1000 see if you can find 6 of the words
How are you going with that?
Is it easy or are you blanking out?
OK are you ready to go on to the answers?
Firstly, Cicely’s great find was:
RATFINK A contemptible person
Now the 42 words that can be played with the second combination.
OBELISE To mark with an OBELUS – a symbol
TOEBIES TOEBIE– a type of African sandwich
DIOCESE The extent of a bishop’s reign
ECHOISE To repeat another person’s words
SENECIO Any plant of the genus senecio, which includes ragworts
COESITE A type of silica
OILSEED A type of plant, the seeds of which contain oil
POESIED Uttered poetry
OREIDES Alloys used in imitation gold jewelry
OSIERED Covered in osiers – small Eurasian willows
VOIDEES Wine and light food taken before going to bed
SOIGNEE Carefully done (this is the word Dianne played)
GENOISE A rich sponge cake
EGOTISE Talk about oneself a lot
GOETIES GOETY – black magic
EIKONES Plural of EIKON, a Greek religious carving of a saint
OLEINES A glycerine ester of oleic acid
LOERIES African birds with crimson or grey plumage
ESTOILE A six pointed star
ETOILES Six pointed stars
SEMEION One of two divisions in Greek poetry
EPISOME A genetically active particle in bacteria
ISOMERE Compound with the same atoms but arranged differently
MEIOSIS A type of cell division
EOSINES Red dyes
ONESIES Loose fitting, one piece garments
POESIES Utters poetry
POETISE To write petry
EROTISE To give a sexual meaning to
EROSIVE Causing erosion
ISOETES A plant of the quillwort genus. ISOETES is the singular
TOEIEST Most nervous