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X Rated Lizard

I was away at Labour weekend so had to look elsewhere for inspiration. I sometimes generate random words presented with scrambled letters to try to solve. The combination EEGINTUX come up a few weeks ago. The first time I do them with only a few seconds to spot the right answer and that was way too tough. The ones I can’t get are saved and then done again at least a week later. Still too tough. Couldn’t remember what the word was, but I tried EXIGUENT. Ignore that because it is wrong, but here are some EXIG- words that do exist:

EXIGENT EXIGEANT (which takes a surprising E hook at the end) EXIGENCE EXIGENCY EXIGIBLE EXIGUITY EXIGUOUS


Another week later I finally managed to get it right. The answer is TEGUEXIN. A black and yellow South American lizard whose name can be shortened to TEGU. Now I have noticed the contraction, it might be easier to spell as well as spot. At least I will know it starts with TEGU


A Grade Challenge


Here are 5 words to unscramble which all have the letter X:


A A E I M N O X

A E H I L N T X

A E I O N S T X

A E I M N O U X

E E I M O R T X


B & C Grade Study List


How about some short words that start with the letter X? Yes, some of them look a bit weird, but wouldn’t they be fun to play? This is for the B & C Grade Study list because I assure you that the A Graders already know these words!


XI and XIS The 14th letter of the Greek alphabet

XU Vietnamese currency. Does NOT take an S

XRAY Radio code word for the letter X

XYST Long covered portico. Plurals are both XYSTS and XYSTI

XEBEC 3 masted Mediterranean boat. Also ZEBEC and ZEBECK

XENIA An effect on hybrids caused when transferring pollen

XENON A heavy inert gas

XERUS An African ground squirrel

XOANA Plural of XOANON – a Greek statue

XYLAN A substance found in the cell wall of plants

XYLEM A woody tissue in tree

XYLIC Related to xylem

XYLOL A flammable hydrocarbon

XYLYL A compound found in coal tar


Answers to A Grade Challenge


ANOXEMIA

A disorder where there is insufficient oxygen in the arterial blood


ANTHELIX

The inner curved edge of the external ear. Did you know that was what it was called? I didn't!


SAXONITE

A type of igneous rock


EXONUMIA

Objects that resemble money, but do not circulate as coins or paper money. MOINEAU is a word, but only pluralises with S, not with X


OXIMETER

A device for measuring the oxygen saturation of the blood


If you suffer from the condition of the first word in today’s challenge, you will have your condition assessed using the last word in the challenge


Happy Scrabbling Patrick

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