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As Easy as Pizza

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A Grade Challenge


All these 8 letter words include the letters of PIZZA except for the double Z


A A E I P R T Z

A E I I P R T Z

A A I M N R P Z

A A C I L P S Z

A A D E I M P Z


B & C Grade Study List


Five letter words ending in -ZA are a little obscure, at least if you exclude ones that include a second Z like PIZZA. Alexander had a chance to beat Andrew last week. Knowing a word from the list below was crucial but only one is not unusual so it is not surprising he didn’t know the one he needed. Next time Alexander!


BAIZA A monetary unit of Oman

BONZA Australian slang for very good. Also BONZER

BRAZA A Spanish unit of length

COBZA A Romanian folk instrument

COLZA A variety of cabbage

FORZA Force or strength

GYOZA A Japanese fried dumpling

HAMZA A mark on Arabic words to indicate pronunciation

MATZA Jewish unleavened bread – MATZAH, MATZO, MATZOH

MIRZA A Persian title of honour

MOTZA A large amount of money, particularly a gambling win

PLAZA The only word on this list that most people will know

SADZA A type of porridge made from maize flour

SEIZA A kneeling position in Japanese martial arts

SENZA Used in the phrase senza stromenti – without instruments

SPAZA A small shop in a South African township

YOWZA An interjection used to express surprise


Yes, you might have known the meaning of that last word as well, but would you have been sure it was a legal word?


Two other interesting points from the above list:


The phrase senza stromenti is used to justify the word senza which is the Italian word for without. However, the word stromenti isn’t allowed at scrabble. Hmmm…


Also, there is no reason to be surprised because you haven’t heard of the colza cabbage. Apparently, they are not cultivated for eating but because an oil can be derived from the seeds which can be used in illumination or lubrication. I know it isn’t relevant to scrabble, but who does that? – “Aah some cabbage seeds. No, I won’t plant them. I will try grinding them up and experimenting on uses for the oil I get”.

Answers to A Grade Challenge


TRAPEZIA

The plural of trapezium which is any quadrilateral that is not a parallelogram

TRAPEZII

The plural of trapezius which is one of two large flat muscles in the back

MARZIPAN

A confection of ground almonds, egg whites and sugar. It can be used as a verb so if someone manages to play this you might get a great score for making it into MARZIPANNED or MARZIPANNING

CAPSIZAL

The act of overturning a boat

DIAZEPAM

A tranquillizer of the benzodiazapene group


Happy Scrabbling Patrick

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