Some Untapped Words
How many 7 letter words can you make from ANPTU and two blanks?
There are 32 valid answers, but it would be far too tough to ask you to find them all. Instead see if you can find a quarter of them. Your target is 8 words.
Last week I got away with a dud word. My rack was an uninspiring ANNNPTU but there was such a good score available on the board for UNTAP that I took a chance on it even though it still left NN as my leave. Fortunately my opponent didn’t think twice about it, after all UNTAPPED is a word, so I kept my good score.
I had a look at that type of word with the idea of doing a list of those that were based on a verb and those that were only good in the UNTAPPED form. However that list would have been over 500 words. A very large number are like UNTAPPED where the shorter words are no good. All I will say is, unless you are sure of them, give some consideration to challenging if your opponent plays an UN word that looks a little odd.
With that list being too long I went for a "blank out" question. The term is based on Roger Cole-Baker’s observation that words can be hard to see when you have to work with two blanks.
How did you go with the quiz? Have you found your 8 words?
Here are the answers:
AUTOPEN A mechanical device to produce imitation signatures
DUSTPAN A pan for holding swept dust
NUPTIAL Referring to weddings
OPUNTIA A genus of plants including the prickly pear and Indian fig
OUTPLAN To surpass in planning
OUTSPAN To harness a draft animal
PANTOUM A Malaysian verse form
PANTUNS Malaysian verses. Same as PANTOUM
PATULIN A drug derived from penicillin
PEANUTS Also called the monkey nut or ground nut
PESAUNT A peasant
PETUNIA An ornamental plant
PIQUANT Having an agreeable sharp taste
PULTANS Indian regiments
PURITAN A person who is strictly moral in conduct
PUTAMEN A fruit stone or a membrane lining an eggshell
STANDUP Having an upright position
SUNTRAP A sheltered, sunny place
TAPUING Forbidding the use of
TIPUNAS Maori ancestors
TUPUNAS Maori ancestors. The same as TIPUNAS
UNADEPT A person who is not adept
UNAPTLY In an unapt or unfit manner
UNPAINT To remove the paint from
UNPLAIT To undo the plaits of
UNSTRAP To remove a strap from
UPLEANT Rested one’s weight
UPSTAND To get to one’s feet
UPTAKEN Taken up
UPTRAIN To train up or educate
UTOPIAN Someone who believes in an ideal place
There are certainly enough easy words that anybody could find 8 words, although the two blanks does make them hard to see. On the other hand.....
If you didn’t learn any new words from that list, then you are too good for me! :-)
Happy Scrabbling Patrick