Polygon puzzle 5 June

Polygon puzzle

Using the given letters no more than once, make as many words as possible of three or more letters, always including the central letter. Capitalised words, plurals, conjugated verbs (past tense etc), adverbs ending in LY, comparatives and superlatives are disallowed.

You can make one word using all the letters.

How you rate: 10 words, average; 13, good; 16, very good; 20, excellent. (Answers in the comments)

(Source: The Times)

4 thoughts on “Polygon puzzle 5 June

  1. boo, boot, booty, bot, botty, boy, boyo, cob, coo, coot, cot, coy, otto, toco, too, toot, tot, toy, yob
    The word made from all the letters is: boycott.

  2. I really like this puzzle, Maxine! I got eleven today. Of the remaining nine, four were words I really should have got and five were words I’ve never come across before. I think it’s a case of countries separated by a common language. I couldn’t find botty, toco, or yob in any of my dictionaries (although I actually got ‘yob’ because it rang a bell – must have heard it in a Brit movie). Boyo I’d heard, but assumed was slang. Bot and otto were in my dictionary on pages I must have missed and I’ve never heard them so never looked them up.

  3. I do this puzzle on my way to work each morning (after the sudokus and the crossword), and I rarely get all the words. I too find there are some I have never heard of. The solutions sometimes contain foreign-language words which I suppose I think is a bit of a cheat, but it is a good puzzle just to finish off those last 5 mins before the train gets in. (A sort of beat the clock.)
    Susan, the two polygons I have posted so far are the Monday and Tuesday ones, which allow 3 letter words. Next I will post a Wed-Fri one, in which the minimum number of letters is 4. In a funny way, I think these are a bit easier as there seem to be fewer eccentric 4 letter words than there are 3.
    Here is a link for some more detailed rules and tips about how to play.

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