Blanking Out Again

January 19, 2020

I have said before that it is sometimes hard to work with 2 blanks. How about trying this combination?


S     S     T     T     Y     ?     ?


There are a couple of easy ones, so any level of player could have a go at this challenge. Having said that, sometimes it is hard to spot even the easy ones when you are working with two blanks. However, only a very experienced player would find even 5 words. Getting all 8 possible answers would be very impressive.


As usual, the answers are a little further down the page.


I was inspired to create this challenge because a word list I did recently had several interesting words with SSTT. Have a look at these:


FUSTETS     FUSTET is the wood of a West Indian tree when used for yellow dye

SHOTTES     Young pigs. Particularly before they have been weaned

SHTETEL     An East European Jewish community

SITFAST      A lump on the skin of a horse

SUTTEES     Hindu practices. Widow burns herself on her husband’s funeral pyre

TATSOIS      TATSOI is a variety of Chinese cabbage

TIMISTS       Performers who keep good time

TSANTSA     The shrunken head of an enemy kept as a trophy

TSATSKE     A cheap trinket

TUTRESS     A female tutor


Those are 10 words that could be very useful, but are also very interesting.


Try not to bring any tsatskes or tsantsas to the next club night, but be a good timist or you will lose points at the end of the game.


So how did you go with the double blank challenge?


STYLIST     One who is a master of a literary or rhetorical style

STYLETS     Small poniards or stilettos

TYPISTS     People who type

STATUSY     Having status

STARTSY     A spiritual advisor in the Eastern Orthodox Church

STEYEST     STEY is Scots for steep, so STEYEST is the same as steepest

TRYSTES     Markets

TYSTIES     The Scottish word for the birds called Black Guillemots


I hope you learned something new in one of those lists


Happy Scrabbling


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