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Curing Severe Consonantipation

When you get too many consonants sometimes it feels as though you just can't go at all. The main part of this week’s blog is about short words that can be used to try to balance a rack that has too many consonants because they need no vowels at all. A grade players will already know all or nearly all of them, but C grade players will probably learn something to their advantage. So I will continue the format where I give the A graders a tough anagramming challenge before moving on to the main part of the blog


A Grade Challenge


Can you unscramble these 8 letter words with 6 consonants? Answers are at the end


A B E G H R S T

A D G H L N N O

A G M N O R S T

C I K L N O R S

D G H I L L N U


These are all 3, 4, 5 or 6 letter words with no vowels and no Y’s. There is even one 7 letter word that is possible


BRR Used to indicate that you are cold

BRRR Also used to indicate that you are cold

CRWTH An ancient Celtic musical instrument

CRWTHS The plural of the word above

CWM A deep basin on a mountain

CWMS Deep basins on mountains

CWTCH To cuddle

GRR An interjection used to indicate rage or annoyance

GRRL A girl who plays an aggressively feminist style of punk rock

GRRRL An alternative spelling of the above

GRRLS and GRRRLS plurals of both the above words

HMM Used to express thoughtful consideration

NTH Pertaining to a very large number

PFFT Used to express a sudden ending

PHPHT Used as an expression of annoyance

PHT Used as an expression of annoyance

PSST An interjection used to attract attention

PST An interjection used to attract attention

PWN To humble an opponent in online gaming

PWNS The plural of the above

SHH An interjection requesting silence

TSK An expression of annoyance

TSKS The plural of the word above

TSKTSKS Expressions of annoyance

TWP Dimwitted


I didn’t include TSKTSK because it wouldn’t be worth using a blank as the second K, but imagine you had TSKTS-blank-S. What a great bingo that would be!


Answers to the A Grade challenge


BARGHEST A doglike goblin whose appearance portends death

LONGHAND Ordinary handwriting

ANGSTROM A unit of length. One billionth of a metre

CORNSILK Silky threads on an ear of corn

DUNGHILL A heap of manure


Happy Scrabbling

Patrick

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