Get An L Plate for Front Hooks

March 30, 2019

Last week I scored 73 for playing FRIZ. While big scores with a Z are not uncommon, the reason it was such a good score was that it was a set up for the letter F. I had played LOOIE with the L just below one of the double letter scores at the top of the board. A bit of luck was involved in picking up the Z at the next turn, but the key to the big score was setting up the play of FLOOIE.

 

BLOOIE is also good and this combination is a good one to remember as it also holds true as front hook for LOOEY which extends to BLOOEY and FLOOEY

 

This week’s quiz is based on front hooks for words starting with the letter L. The following selection of words with 4 or 5 letters all start with that letter. They all take at least one prefix. A couple of them take as many as 3. Just write down which letters you think you could play in front of each of the following words:

 

LAER                    LADY                  LAIK                                                         LAMA                   LAUD                 LAVA

LAWN                   LAZAR               LEME                                              

LECH                    LEDE                 LEECH

LEER                    LENT                  LEUCH                                            

LEUGH                 LIKE                   LOAM

 

You will know the meanings of most of those words, but there are a few you might not have known. LAER is to make a defensive ring of wagons. LAIK is a Scottish word meaning to sport or play. LAMA is a Buddhist monk. LAZAR is a leper or a person with a similar pestilential disease. LECH is to engage in lechery. LEDE is the introductory section of a news story. LEUCH and LEUGH are both Scottish words for laughing.

 

If you have taken your guesses at what prefixes you think are correct then you can move on to the answers

 

 

BLAER             BLAE is Scottish for blackish-blue. That becomes BLAER or BLAEST

 

BLADY             I hope you remembered BLADY grass from a blog 2 weeks ago         

GLADY            Describing an area with lots of glades

 

GLAIK              A Scottish term for a flash or a dazzle

 

LLAMA            A South American cud-chewing mammal

ULAMA           The body of professional theologians in a Muslim court

 

BLAUD            To strike or disfigure

 

FLAVA             A special style flavour or feeling

 

BLAWN           The past tense of the Scottish word BLAW meaning to blow

FLAWN           An archaic word for custard

 

BLAZAR          A type of active galaxy that provides more sources of radiation

 

BLECH             An interjection expressing disgust

 

GLEDE             Any of several birds or prey, especially a kite

 

FLEECH           To flatter, coax or beg

SLEECH           A mud flat

 

FLEER              To deride by making a face

SLEER              SLEE is Scottish for sly. That becomes SLEER or SLEEST

 

BLENT             A past tense of BLEND, to mix together.

GLENT             To glint

OLENT             Having a smell

 

CLEUCH          A ravine or gulch

PLEUCH          To plough

 

CLEUGH          A ravine or gulch

PLEUGH          To plough

 

ALIKE              Similar

GLIKE              A sneer

YLIKE               A Spenserian form of alike

 

CLOAM            Earthenware or clay

GLOAM            Twilight

 

If you find it too hard to remember all of the above then the one thing to hold onto that might teach you 6 words you didn’t know is that LEUCH and LEUGH mean the same thing and they make CLEUCH, CLEUGH, PLEUCH and PLEUGH

 

Happy Scrabbling

Patrick

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