Polygon 25 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.

How you rate: 12 words, average; 16, good; 20, very good; 24, excellent.

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Source: the Times

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5 thoughts on “Polygon 25 June

  1. act, atopic, cap, capo, capot, cat, ciao, coat, coati, cop, copita, cot, oca, optic, otic, paca, pact, pic, pica, picot, taco, tic, topic
    tapioca is the word using all the letters.
    Susan, “Tapioca” shouted out at me when I did this puzzle. “otic”, “copita” and “oca” most certainly did not!

  2. I feel like a dullard today! I got sixteen and I missed tapioca altogether. I also missed ‘otic’ and that’s one I should have got because it’s always cropping up in crossword puzzles. And I missed ‘taco’ (just plain stupid). I’ve got five words to look up! (capot, copita, oca, paca, and pic). Never too late to get an education!

  3. Well, that was interesting. I looked up the various words and will record what I discovered in case anyone else cares. ‘Copita’ and ‘oca’ are not in my lovely large dictionary so I’ll have to travel farther afield to discover their meanings. (It makes one wonder if they’re very relevant..) ‘Paca’ as I suspected, is a critter, a kind of South American guinea pig. ‘Capot’ and ‘pic’ are both related to a card game ‘pique’. Pic is the scoring of 30 points and capot is the taking of all the tricks in a deal. I don’t know what I’m going to do with all of this valuable information!!

  4. I got 13. I got “tapioca”. It jumped right out at me as soon as I wrote all the letters on the paper. The only one I’m mad at myself for not getting is Taco! How did I miss that? But isn’t “ciao” Italian?

  5. Yes, Tom, I think you have hit the nail on the head –they cheat! If you click on their rules (link provided in post), you can see what they allow and don’t allow. They do seem to allow foreign-language words which I think is a cheat. And some of the others, well, as Susan says, they aren’t in the dictionary, so I don’t know what to think, other than that Susan you definitely are not a dullard — more like the Times Polygon compiler is a dullard.

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