Effing Wonderful

FABLE (5)

FAUNA (2)

FIELD (12)

FLAME (1)

FLING (17)

FLINT (1)

FLOWN (1)

FLUID (2)

FLUNG (1)

FORCE (2)

FOUND (5)

FRAME (5)

FRERE (1)

FRUIT (3)

FULLY (12)

None of the above words are particularly unusual, but they have been chosen because they might well be played at the start of a game with the F on the double letter score and the last letter in the centre of the board.

All of them can be turned into an 8 letter word with the addition of 3 letters in front of them so that you get the triple word score. Some of them have lots of different ways of achieving that objective.

Plays like this don’t happen every day, but they can be wonderful plays that you remember long after the event. One that sticks in my mind is from a game against Steven Brown. It was his first turn and he actually started with the word BROWN. I placed 3 tiles in front of that to make the word NUTBROWN, scoring 39 points, and Steven challenged. That is the sort of play you still remember years later.

How many of the 15 words above can you find at least one answer for?

I have put the possible number of answers next to each word, but don’t worry about trying to find all 70 possible answers unless you really like a challenge!

Just finding at least one answer to most of the words would be good, but also see if you can find some extra ones for FIELD, FLING, FOUND and FULLY.

BUFFABLE

CUFFABLE

OUTFABLE To outfable someone is to be better than them at telling fables

REEFABLE

SURFABLE

AVIFAUNA The bird life of a region

EPIFAUNA Creatures that live on the sea floor

AIRFIELD

CANFIELD A card game adapted from patience

GASFIELD

HAYFIELD

HOPFIELD

ICEFIELD I've played this as a bingo, but never thought of RICEFIELD

MIDFIELD

MISFIELD

OUTFIELD

SUBFIELD

URNFIELD A Bronze Age cemetery that contains funerary urns

PREFLAME Preceding a flame

BAFFLING

COFFLING

CUFFLING

HALFLING

MAFFLING A simpleton. Also spelled MAFFLIN

MUFFLING

OUTFLING

PIFFLING

PURFLING To put ornamentation on the edges.

RAFFLING

RIFFLING

RUFFLING

SIFFLING

STIFLING

TRIFLING

WAFFLING

WOLFLING A wolf cub

GUNFLINT The flint in a flintlock rifle

OUTFLOWN Flew better or further

NONFLUID A substance that is not a fluid

SUBFLUID An adjective meaning somewhat fluid

OUTFLUNG Whipped out. Surprisingly farflung is not right. It is far-flung

PERFORCE Something that is forced by necessity

RENFORCE An alternative spelling of reinforce

CONFOUND

DUMFOUND An alternative to the more usual spelling of DUMBFOUND

NEWFOUND

OUTFOUND

PROFOUND

AIRFRAME The body of an aircraft without the engine

BEDFRAME

KEYFRAME A frozen image in an animation sequence

MISFRAME

SUBFRAME

CONFRERE A fellow member of a fraternity

EGGFRUIT An aubergine

FOGFRUIT An American plant

JAKFRUIT An Indian breadfruit tree which is also called a JACKFRUIT

AIMFULLY

ARTFULLY

FITFULLY

IREFULLY

JOYFULLY Wouldn't it be fun to joyfully play this for 72 points!

LAWFULLY

MANFULLY

RUEFULLY

SINFULLY

USEFULLY

WILFULLY

WOEFULLY

A lot of possibilities there. I can’t recall playing any bingos ending in –FULLY, but maybe I should look out for them. Usefully takes an interesting front hook to make MUSEFULLY, which means thoughtful. Another name for an Australian handyman is a USEFUL. Even though you are playing an S it is dumping two U's and if you played it one from the edge of the board most opponents would think it was safe. They would challenge when you got an S later and made it USEFULS

Happy and Wonderful Scrabbling

Patrick

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