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Scrabble Newbs

26 May, 2015

This week's Wordplay column (in the SMH's Spectrum) tackles that ticklish problem of new Scrabble words. Should OBVS and LOLZ qualify? Is there a home for LOTSA and THANX?

While that debate simmers, let's celebrate the more inspiring imports on the extension list, by cooking up clues (both definition & wordplay) for any of the following:

COQUI - Puerto Rican tree frog

QUINZHEE - temporary snow shelter; impromptu igloo

PACZKI - enclosed, jam-filled doughnut of Poland

HACKTIVIST - one who tampers with an IT system for political reasons

PODIUMED - finished among a contest's top three

WOJUS (Irish) - of poor quality

QAMUTIK - sled with wooden runners

ZEDA - grandfather

Yes, ZEDA is a jumble of DAZE, but why not bedazzle with some more daring constructions? Or skew the clue in such a way that your story is seamless.? Come on down - the sandbox is yours.

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Text-speak is creeping into Scrabble. Where do you sit?
OBVS I'm fine with it
Entrenched stuff - like LOL and OMG - but no more.
Words With Friends, maybe. Scrabble, no
Let the 'real' dictionaries decide first
Just the handy stuff, like FAQ and EUW
I mean, WTF?! No way
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