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Posted by Phil Jamieson   Sep 18, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Scrabble boardMost word lovers love Scrabble™, the classic word game developed originally by Depression-era architect Alfred Butts, who sold the rights to James Brunot, who sold the rights to Selchow & Righter, which sold out completely to Coleco, which shortly thereafter went bankrupt, the assets of which were bought up by modern-day Hasbro. Here are some words for your next conquest. (Each word's basic score is in parentheses.) Memorize them and win all the challenges!

1. mynah (13): (a) opposite of yourah; (b) any of various Scottish coins of small value; (c) a dark brown slightly crested bird of southeastern Asia with a white tail tip and wing markings and bright yellow bill and feet; (d) trivial.

2. hame (9): (a) one of two curved supports attached to the collar of a draft horse to which the traces are fastened; (b) custard baked with a caramel glaze; (c) lacking fame or honor; (d) something that brings disgrace.

3. qi (11): (a) emotional trauma; (b) variant of chi; vital energy that is held to animate the body internally and is of central importance in some Eastern systems of medical treatment (as acupuncture) and of exercise or self-defense (as tai chi); (c) the practical meter-kilogram-second unit of electric current that is equivalent to a flow of one coulomb per second or to the steady current produced by one volt applied across a resistance of one ohm; (d) a strip separating panes of glass in a sash.

4. pewit (10): (a) any of several birds; especially: lapwing; (b) a collection of small utensils of pewter; (c) an alloy of silver containing more than 50 percent of copper by weight; (d) a sandbank or sandbar.

5. wite (7): (a) courage; (b) fear; (c) blame; responsibility; (d) victory.

6. pterin (8): (a) a seagull; (b) a baleen whale of arctic and subarctic seas; (c) a thin squared and dressed stone for facing a wall of rubble or brick; (d) any of various compounds that contain the bicyclic ring system characteristic of pteridine.

7. enow (7): (a) archaic for enough; (b) archaic for enunciate; (c) archaic for eager; (d) an emeeting schedule time.

8. fez (15): (a) a man's stiff felt hat with dome-shaped crown and narrow brim; (b) a brimless cone-shaped flat-crowned hat that usually has a tassel, is usually made of red felt, and is worn especially by men in eastern Mediterranean countries; (c) a coat made of tanned sheepskin; (d) a Finnish confectionery and the pocket mechanical dispensers it is sold in.

9. adit (5): (a) a methodical examination and review; (b) capable; (c) a dot in radio or telegraphic code; (d) a nearly horizontal passage from the surface in a mine.

10. iatrical (10+50): (a) of or relating to the theater or the presentation of plays; (b) of or relating to (such) medical treatment or healing; (c) catatonic; (d) humorous.


How many do you know? Find out here.


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