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Funneling words into points in Scrabble

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As a competitive scrabble player and as a doer of cryptic crosswords, my first thought was how might I use this 6-letter word? Funnel has no 6-letter anagram. ‘F’ is worth 4-points. The other letters are worth only 1-point each. So it is necessary to maximise funnel as a word. Funnel will hook onto –s, –led, –lled, –ing as valid word endings listed in Collins Official Scrabble Words.   

Scrabble players note: next time fundi is played on a scrabble board and if you have a tile rack holding –bilmnuu, then you should be able play infundibulum to form a 12-letter word. 70 points minimum. More if it is a triple or double word score. A triple-triple word score?

Thesaurus searches revealed other words related to funnel.  Infundibulum is a funnel shaped-cavity.  Buchner and choana are words related to ladles, crucibles, tubes, pouring spouts, nozzles. As an aside of interest to scrabble players out there, choana takes an –ae ending. Tundish, used in metal casting, is an open container or large funnel with one or more holes at the bottom. 

And Himself, because he is interested in such technical matters, explained that a drogue a conical or funnel-shaped device with open ends, towed behind a boat, a plane or a racing car to reduce speed or to improve stability.

So much to learn. No need now to look to the the kitchen for writing inspiration. No need to blog about making tomato sauce or jam recipes using my red plastic funnel to pour the preserves into bottles and jars. 


Author: Jenny

My garden is where I lose myself, or as Himself likes to tell others, I lose either my coffee mug or wine glass. Well at least I put them on a gatepost so they are easily found. As I see it, we are here on this place to respect and to preserve nature, not to develop the land. I love how the totara trees stand in silent witness to our human activity. They keep me honest. I love to wander along the stream bank. I like being able to grow fruit and vegetables. I enjoy green open space. My son challenged me to write a blog using my garden diaries to start. Writing a blog is quite different to my diary scribblings. It is for a different audience. In every post, I have to make a conscious effort to get free of an academic style of writing. I write about things I know and do in my everyday life. I am not a photographer but the images I use are taken by me. I believe this adds veracity to my voice in each post. Learning to setup and to manage a blog has been a major effort and remains a work in progress. Who knows where this will lead. Himself and I thought we had retired, about to define this older phase of our life together. But family commitments continue. As it happens, I share this place with Himself, son and grandsons and living creatures who live charmed existences. I watch on as they serve as actors weaving their ways across the stage of daily life. Shakespeare wrote in As You Like It: All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; Always, there's something to write about life lived as I know it.

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