I Only Have Eyes For You
The song says “I only have eyes for you” but sometimes the gods of scrabble mishear that and give you a group of letters where the only vowels are I’s.
If you are blessed with the right other letters you still might be able to play a bingo like INHIBIT, but most frequently you will be trying to play off two of your I’s in a shorter word.
One word that is frequently used in scrabble games is IWI because it is the only 3 letter word with two I’s.
However there is more scope in playing 4 letters made of 2 consonants and 2 I’s. There are 32 words that fit description. How many of them can you think of before you scroll down to see the answers?
While you are thinking of those I will start with 4 words that don’t fit that pattern because they have an additional vowel as well as the two I’s
ILIA The plural of ILIUM which is the anterior bone of the pelvis
INIA The plural of INION which is part of the skull
IXIA A flowering plant found in South Africa
HIOI A plant of the mint family found in New Zealand
As well as the 32 words I asked you to find there is also another worth mentioning
FIFI A kind of hook
This is a new word that will be allowed when CSW19 is adopted. So do not play it until after the Nationals at Queen’s birthday weekend
OK, here are the answers to this week’s quiz. How many of them did you think of?
BIDI A hand-rolled cigarette
DIVI To divide up
DIXI It means ‘I have spoken’ Latin
FINI Either finished or ruined. French.
HILI the plural of HILUS which is the point where a seed is joined to the stalk
IBIS A wading bird
IMID A class of organic compounds formed from ammonia
IMPI A regiment of Zulu warriors
INTI A monetary unit of Peru
IRID A plant of the iris family
IRIS A flower or part of the eye
ISIT Sometimes seeking confirmation but often used to show you are listening
IWIS Maori tribes
KIWI A flightless bird
LIRI The plural of LIRA the Italian currency before the Euro
MIDI A skirt or coat that extends to the middle of the calf
MIHI to greet ceremonially
MINI Something small of its type
MIRI The plural of MIR which is a Russian peasant commune
NIDI The plural of NIDUS which is a place for breeding
NISI Taking effect at a specified date unless otherwise cause is shown
PIKI Maize bread made in thin sheets
PILI A type of nut
PIPI An edible shellfish
SIMI A short two edged sword
SIRI A pepper
TIKI To take a scenic tour around an area
TIPI To give the form of a rainbow to something
TITI A small South American monkey
WILI The spirit of a girl who dies before her wedding day
WIKI A collaborative website with editable contents
ZITI A type of pasta like macaroni
There are two words that are not on that list which surprise me by their absence. They are HIFI and WIFI. Oh well, maybe they will be included in CSW23….
Happy Scrabbling Patrick