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Break ING

One tactic that I have seen people use is to keep the letters ING in the hope of getting a bingo. I am not convinced that is a good idea. My experience is that it seems to achieve a bonus word less often than you would think. Another factor is that if you do get an –ING word it often seems to be one you cannot fit on the board. Words that include an S can usually get on the board by pluralising something already there. Even words that end in -IER can usually be fitted more easily than those ending in -ING.


However, even if you don’t deliberately keep those letters you quite often wind up with those 3 letters on your rack. In that case ING can sometimes be a distraction. There are plenty of words which contain those letters but they are not neatly in that –ING ending you are looking for. This blog is about those words


A Grade Challenge


Can you unscramble these 8 letter words with I, N and G? None of them end with those three letters. Answers are at the end


E E G I L N T R

A D D G I K N R

A E G I N O P T

A G H I N O R S

A G I K N O S T


I hope these are easier than last week. U and W were a very difficult set


B & C Grade Learning List


These are all high probability 7 letter words containing ING broken up somewhere in the word. None of them have any anagrams, so if you miss the words below because you are looking for an ING you won’t be playing a 7 letter word at all


AGENISE To treat with a chemical compound called an AGENE

AGNISED Acknowledged

ANERGIA A lack of energy

ANTILOG A number corresponding to a given logarithm

BEGONIA A garden plant with wavy leaves

COINAGE The act of making coins

DINGOES To act in a cowardly manner

EUGENIA A plant genus including several aromatic trees and shrubs

GANOINE A hard shiny substance on fish scales resembling enamel

GENITOR A male parent

GLENOID A slightly cupped shape

GOONIER More stupid than something else

GREISEN A rock composed of quartz and mica

GUINEAS Former British coins

IGNEOUS Describing rock that was formed by cooling magma

INGOTED Shaped metal into a convenient form for storage

LENTIGO A Latin word for a freckle. The plural is LENTIGINES

LINEAGE Direct descent from an ancestor

ORIGANE Wild marjoram. (OREGANO, ORIGAN, ORIGANUM)

RANGOLI A traditional Hindu floor decoration

REGINAE Queens

UNITAGE An amount in units


A Graders can also learn things from the B and C Grade list. I noticed that DINGO could be used as a verb rather than just the plural of an Australian wild dog. DINGOED and DINGOING are common enough letters that I have probably missed a chance to play them. DINGOES has certainly been on my board quite a few times.

Answers to A Grade Challenge


GREENLIT Something given the go ahead (green signal)

GRANDKID Grandchild

PINOTAGE A variety of grape

ORANGISH Somewhat orange in colour

GOATSKIN The hide of a goat


Happy Scrabbling Patrick

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