Polygon 25 June

Polygon puzzle
The Times archive is back, so here is today’s puzzle, warts and all. Using the given letters no more than once, make as many words as possible of four 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.
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How you rate: 13 words, average; 17, good; 21, very good; 26, excellent.
Source: The Times
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4 thoughts on “Polygon 25 June

  1. bort, bout, ours, oust, robust, roust, rout, sorb, sort, sour, stob, stot, stour, stout, surtout, tort, torus, tour, tout, trot, trout, tsubo, turbo, turbot, tutor
    outburst is the word using all the letters.
    (bort? surtout? stour? stob? tsubo? The rest I’ll allow them — Stour is an English river in the Cotswolds but that is a proper noun. Susan, can you illuminate?)

  2. Interesting puzzle, Maxine. ‘By the letter’ I only got 16, however I might make a plea for ‘outs’ (as in reveals someone to be gay), and ‘tourbus’ although I know the latter is stretching it! It looks like I’ve got some dictionary work ahead of me! I did get outburst, by the way. It all seems worthwhile as long as one gets that word using all the letters, doesn’t it?

  3. ‘Stour’ is in the dictionary! There are a number of meanings, “tumult” and “confusion” leading off. (Is the Stour River a turbulent waterway?)
    Bort (also ‘boart’ and ‘bortz’) is a quantity of low-quality diamonds.
    Stob is dialect, from Middle English, for a post.
    Surtout is a man’s close-fitting overcoat.
    And ‘tsubo’ is not in the dictionary. There’s a close one, ‘tsuba’, but the plural of tsuba is the same. It’s a guard for the blade of a Japanese sword or knife.
    I probably won’t remember even one of these words tomorrow!

  4. I can tell you that the Stour was not particularly turbulent on the first May bank holiday weekend. In fact it was lovely. Well worth a visit!

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