Polygon 2 July

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: 11 words, average; 14, good; 18, very good; 22, excellent.

Answers in the comments

Source: The Times

3 thoughts on “Polygon 2 July

  1. inro, ion, iris, iron, lino, lion, lis, loin, loris, nil, nisi, noil, noir, nori, oil, roil, rosin, silo, sin, sir,soil
    sirloin is the word using all the letters.
    Susan, as I mentioned, I usually do this puzzle in the train on the way to work. Sometimes, when I score about 6, I know I’m in for a bad day! I think that individual people respond to combinations of letters in different ways. Sometimes the words leap out at me, other times I really struggle to get into double figures. Mysteries of pattern recognition! (And at least for polygon we are not playing those be-bops.)

  2. It’s reassuring to think that you sometimes have problems with it too, Maxine! I get quite annoyed with myself when I miss the obvious. For instance, today I was trying to get ‘orris’ out of the combination – why wouldn’t I have seen ‘iris’ when I was thinking about ground iris roots?!
    I got 13 today, including ‘sirloin’. I should have added iris, lis, nisi, nori, and rosin. Noir I would have excluded as foreign and I will have to look up inro and noil.
    Are you enjoying Debra’s puzzles? They’re actually fairly challenging. I completed my first, novice-level, Sudoku the other day so I wasn’t quite as intimidated today as I would have been last week. I had to do the puzzle on graph paper though because my printer wouldn’t reproduce Debra’s version. I found it very hard on the eyes, doing the puzzle on such tiny squares!

  3. I found the crossword on day 1 a bit hard — I didn’t know a lot of the US cultural references. Or the classical stuff! The sudoku was easier for me as I’m an addict.
    Didn’t do so well on this morning’s polygon on the train, must be the heat.

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