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A Grade Challenge
You need to find 5 words as usual for this week’s challenge, but for a change you only get one rack. You probably know the word HONDA. No it isn’t a Japanese word for car. It is imported from Spanish referring to part of a lariat. Today you have the letters HONDA plus a blank and an S. Can you find the 5 possible bingos you might play?
H O N D A S ?
B & C Grade Study List
Here are all the 3 and 4 letter words that you can make from the letters HONDA. For the 3 letter words it oddly makes 8 anagram pairs for a total of 16 words.
DAH A dash in Morse code. Takes an L for DAHL as well as an S
HAD To hold. Hooks to make HADE, HADJ and HADS
AND Something added. Can take an S for ANDS
DAN A level in Japanese sport. DANG, DANK, DANS, DANT
Do not play DANE. I have challenged that off more than once
ADO A fuss. Takes an S for ADOS
ODA A room in a harem. ODAH, ODAL, ODAS
HAN 3rd person plural of have. HAND, HANG, HANK, HANT
NAH An interjected no. And nah, it doesn’t take any hooks!
Make sure you know that neither of these two take an S. Hans may be a boy’s name, but it is no good for scrabble.
HAO A monetary unit of Vietnam. Takes an S for HAOS
HOA To stop. HOAR, HOAS and HOAX
Remember the front hooks for these 2 -- CHAO and WHOA
DOH A musical note. Just DOHS
HOD To bob or jog. Just HODS
DON To put on. DONA, DONE, DONG, DONS
NOD A forward head motion. NODE, NODI, NODS
Another pair noted for the front hooks -- UDON and SNOD
HON Short for honey as a term of endearment
NOH The classical drama of Japan
These two couldn’t be more different with NOH taking no hooks at either end, but HON taking 3 front hooks and 5 back hooks:
CHON, PHON, THON, HOND, HONE, HONG, HONK, HONS
There are 5 words of 4 letters that can be made from HONDA
HAND SHAND, HANDS and HANDY
HOND An obsolete word for hand
ODAH A room in a harem. ODAHS
NOAH Australian slang for a shark. NOAHS
DONA A Spanish lady. DONAH and DONAS
You might notice that DONAH is an anagram of HONDA, but HONDA certainly gets played more frequently
Mentioning whether words take an S has reminded me that last week I pluralised a word that did not take an S. I was playing against someone who had a FREE CHALLENGE card, but I got away with it. Our system of FREE CHALLENGE and IMMUNITY cards is a great way to help when players from different grades are matched against each other. Make sure you use them if you have them!
Here are some high scoring 3 letter words you might mistakenly put an S after. None of them take that letter, but some of them take other letters
AZO, HUH, IFF, JAI, JEU, JUN, KAM, OXO, QUA, RHY, WHA, WHO
Answers to A Grade Challenge
HAGDONS Seabirds also called Greater Shearwaters
SANDHOG A worker who works in sand
DAHOONS Perennial shrubs of the holly family
HADRONS Types of subatomic particle
HOUDANS Types of domestic fowl