The Tail Is Half The Length

April 27, 2019

Underwater researchers recently discovered that thresher sharks sometimes stun their prey with a powerful shockwave generated by their tail. Their tail is half the length of the whole shark.


Being a literal thinker I wondered how many words there were where the tail was half the length. In other words how many words are there that fit the following pattern:


_   _   _   _   T   A   I   L



I won’t tell you how many words there are that fit that pattern. Just find as many as you can before you move on to the answers.


When you have seen the answers you can then decide whether you found enough to consider yourself a scrabble shark!


Best of Luck



AVENTAIL                   The moveable front of a helmet

BANGTAIL                  A wild stallion whose tail hair is squared at the tuft

BOATTAIL                   A North American bird

BRANTAIL                  A bird similar to a thrush that is also known as a redstart

BUCKTAIL                   A fishing lure

COATTAIL                   The lower part of a coat

COCKTAIL                   Can be used as a verb meaning to dock a horse’s tail

DOGSTAIL                  A grass with spike flower heads – also DOGTAIL

DOVETAIL                  To fit together closely

DUCKTAIL                   A style of haircut

FISHTAIL                     To swing the tail of a moving vehicle from side to side

FORKTAIL                   A hawk-like bird

GOLDTAIL                  A European moth with a yellow tufted tail

HAIRTAIL                    A group of marine fishes with long whiplike bodies

HARDTAIL                  A motorbike with no suspension at the rear

HIGHTAIL                   To retreat rapidly

HORNTAIL                  An insect which is also known as the wood wasp

MILLTAIL                    The channel in which water runs away below a millwheel

MOCKTAIL                 A cocktail which contains no alcohol

PLOWTAIL                  The end of a plow where the handles are

PONYTAIL                  A hairstyle in which the hair is tied at the back

RINGTAIL                   An animal whose tail has ringlike markings

SILKTAIL                     A bird which is similar to the waxwing

WHIPTAIL                   A lizard with a long, slender tail


There were 24 words which completed that pattern. How many did you find?


If that wasn’t enough for you I will put the cart before the horse and give you another 23 words of 8 letters where TAIL makes up the first half of the word.


TAILARDS                   An obsolete term to describe people with a tail

TAILBACK                   A member of a formation in American football

TAILBONE                  The coccyx, which is at the end of the spine

TAILCOAT                   A formal coat which has long tails at the back

TAILERON                  Either part of a two piece tailplane

TAILFANS                   Fanlike swimming organs of some crustaceans

TAILFINS                     Decorative projections at the back of a car

TAILGATE                   To drive dangerously close behind another vehicle

TAILHOOK                  A hook lowered from the tail of an aircraft

TAILINGS                    The refuse parts of mined ore

TAILLAMP                  A light at the rear of the vehicle

TAILLESS                     Without a tail

TAILLEUR                    A woman’s tailored suit

TAILLIES                      Deeds where the normal legal course of succession is cut off

TAILLIKE                     Like a tail

TAILORED                  Fitted with clothes

TAILPIPE                     A verb meaning to tie cans to the rear of a vehicle

TAILRACE                   The channel in which water runs away from a mill

TAILSKID                    A support on which the tail of a plane rests

TAILSPIN                    To perform a kind of spin in an airplane

TAILSPUN                   Performed a tailspin

TAILWIND                  A wind coming from behind

TAILZIES                     Deeds where the normal legal course of succession is cut off


We have now come to the end of this week’s tail.


Happy Scrabbling


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