Blanking Out Again

March 22, 2019

A couple of months ago I did a blog on the condition unique to scrabble players known as ‘blank out’

 

It is a term invented by Roger Cole-Baker to describe the inability to see words when you have two blanks on your rack. This week’s blank out quiz is brought to you by the letters:

 

A    A    E    E    L    ?    ?  

 

There are 13 words of 7 letters that can be made from that rack.

Setting a target of finding all 13 words would be an unrealistic target for anyone except an international player, so these are the targets you should aim for:

 

A Graders – 7 words good, 9 words excellent
B Graders – 5 words good, 7 words excellent
C Graders – 3 words good, 5 words excellent

 

This week’s blog was inspired by a word played by Mary Gray last week. I finished my last game a little early and was looking at some of the other boards as I waited to pick up all the scoresheets. On Mary’s board was the following word:

 

S   E   A   ?   A   L   E

 

I couldn’t figure out what the blank was and had to go and look it up. It turned out to be a word I hadn’t seen before. I won’t tell you what it was just yet, because you might want to do the quiz.

 

OK, pause here for a moment because the next part of the blog contains all the answers:

 

ANELACE        A short, two-edged dagger

 

DEALATE         An insect with wings taken off. DEALATES and DEALATED are good

 

LEAFAGE         Foliage

 

LEAKAGE        The act, or an instance of, leaking

 

ETALAGE         A display of goods in a shop window

 

GALEATE         Helmet-shaped. Both GALEATES and GALEATED are good

 

MELAENA       A condition marked by black tarry stool. Also spelled MELENA

 

MALEATE        A salt derived from malic acid. Also spelled MALATE

 

AREOLAE        Small spaces in a network of leaf veins

 

PALEATE         Like a palea. The membranous inner bract of a grass flower

 

LAETARE         The fourth Sunday in Lent

 

SEAKALE         A kind of maritime cabbage

 

EATABLE         Anything used as food. Front hooks make BEATABLE and HEATABLE

 

Cheers
Patrick

Please reload

Recent Posts

March 15, 2020

March 2, 2020

February 16, 2020

January 19, 2020

December 5, 2019

November 9, 2019

October 21, 2019

October 12, 2019

September 8, 2019

Please reload

Archive
Please reload

Search By Tags

I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!

Please reload

This site was designed with the
.com
website builder. Create your website today.
Start Now