A Grade Challenge
For this week’s A Grade challenge you have a game situation
You are delighted to pick up your first 7 tiles to see that they make the word COPTERS.
However, it is not your first turn. That belongs to your opponent, and they start with the word CHORIA with the H on the double letter score. Unfortunately, that is the plural of CHORION, so COPTERS will not fit by putting an S on the end of CHORIA.
You can still play 7 different bonus words. One is a different 7 letter word that you can play horizontally. The others are 8 letter words, each of them through a different letter of CHORIA. How many of those 7 bingos can you find? And can you identify the top score?
To make it easier to visualise:
On the left side of the board is: C H O R I A
(The A is on the centre square)
Your rack is: C O P T E R S
B & C Grade Study List
H is for Helicopter, and I thought it might be interesting to look at some 5 letter words including an H and 3 vowels. There are 50 words that fit those criteria and 9 of them are Maori words, so let’s start with those 9 words. Do you know your Te Reo?
AHURU A small pink fish
AROHA Love or compassion
ARUHE The edible root of a fern
HIKOI To take part in a protest march. (HIKOIED, HIKOIING)
HINAU A tree
KEHUA A ghost or spirit
MAHOE A tree with white bark
MOHUA A small bird with yellow head and breast
RAHUI A prohibition
Five other Pacific words make just 14 words to study.
ALOHA A Hawaiian greeting or farewell.
COHOE A Pacific salmon – also COHO
HAKEA An Australian shrub
HOVEA An Australian shrub with purple flowers
LEHUA A Hawaiian tree
Answers to A Grade Challenge
The 7 letter bingo (putting P over the A of CHORIA) was:
PROSECT To dissect
The 8 letter words through each letter of CHORIA are:
PERCOCTS Cooks thoroughly.
POTCHERS Machines that break and bleach pulp.
TOPSCORE To be the highest scorer in a sports match.
PORRECTS Stretches forth.
PERSICOT Cordial made from kernels of apricots and nectarines.
POSTRACE After a race.
Ironically, TOPSCORE wouldn’t have been the top score. That would have been PERCOCTS which scores 82. POTCHERS scores 80 and TOPSCORE comes in third at 74. Those 3 words outscore all the others because they reach a double word square.