Scrabble Challenge #13: Can You Find the Best Halloween Bingo Play, Plus a 765-Point Killer?

Can You Find the Best Halloween Bingo Play, Plus a 765-Point Killer?

Scrabble Challenge #13: Can You Find the Best Halloween Bingo Play, Plus a 765-Point Killer?

Halloween is just a few days away, and since I've been churning out the creepy Bingo of the Days for everyone the past few weeks, it seems fitting to do a puzzle based on them.

Scrabble Challenge #13: Can You Find the Best Halloween Bingo Play, Plus a 765-Point Killer?

Too bad today isn't Friday the 13th! That will have to wait until 2017.

The Challenge

Take a look at the following ten racks.

Scrabble Challenge #13: Can You Find the Best Halloween Bingo Play, Plus a 765-Point Killer?

Now, aiming for a bingo play, use the board below and try to use up your full rack for each set of letters, spelling out one of the following Halloween-related words that was featured as a Bingo of the Day word. Which ones can you find? Which ones are impossible? What's the best one?

BURKITE  n pl.-S  a burker (one that murders by suffocation)
CARRION
  n pl. -S  dead and putrefying flesh
COLOSSUS
  n pl. COLOSSUSES or COLOSSI  a gigantic statue (e.g. a sacrificial Wicker Man)
CREMAINS  n/pl  the ashes of a cremated body
CUCURBIT
  n pl. -S  a gourd (e.g. a pumpkin)
GUISARD  n pl. -S  a masker (you know… someone who wears a mask)
HEXEREI  n pl. -S  witchcraft
MIMESIS  n pl. -MESISES or -MESES  mimicry  MIMETIC adj  (think The Thing)
REAPHOOK
  n pl. -S  an implement used in reaping (think Children of the Corn)
REVENANT  n pl. -S  one that returns (e.g. a zombie)

Scrabble Challenge #13: Can You Find the Best Halloween Bingo Play, Plus a 765-Point Killer?

This one's going to take some time, since you're essentially taking ten turns to come up with the best Halloween worthy bingo play. If it's too much for you, I have another rack for you to solve. Use the following rack of letters and find the play worth 765 points. Yes, that's 765.

Scrabble Challenge #13: Can You Find the Best Halloween Bingo Play, Plus a 765-Point Killer?

The word relates in some manner to a few of the defined words above. Can you find out what and where it is? And what it means? Just imagine if you could snag this play in a real game. It would definitely make you the winner, and possibly even give you your highest score ever in Scrabble!

SPOILER ALERT: Comments below may reveal solutions.

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Last Week's Solution

And here's the answer for last week's Scrabble Challenge #12:

Q: Unscramble the following jumbles to spell out a seven-letter bingo word that is listed in the OSPD4 as a derivative: CHMRYRI, ZEDYDLA, CITRXEO, BESOWLA, YHRLISL, WOAYDME, GCAENIR, GZCYTIO, YLPHITI, DGESIAV.

A: In order, with the root words in parentheses: MYRRHIC (MYRRH), DAZEDLY (DAZE), XEROTIC (XEROSIS), SOWABLE (SOW), SHRILLY (SHRILL), MEADOWY (MEADOW), ANERGIC (ANERGY), ZYGOTIC (ZYGOTE), PITHILY (PITHY), VISAGED (VISAGE).

Bonus: There are a few additional bingos to be found in the ten puzzles. There's one word that's a noun in both the OSPD4 and CSW12, and another that's a noun in just the CSW12.

A: The word playable in both dictionaries is EXCITOR, which just means an exciter (one that excites). The one found in only the CSW12 is GRECIAN (a step).

5 Comments

Anthroposhagie at the bottom

Wow I can't type today... Meant to say anthropophagies

Yep, that's definitely it. Good job. I wish those triple-triple-triples would actually come up in a game for me once. But it's highly unlikely. Now how about the best bingo of the board with the Halloween words? PS... I know... it's not my best puzzle to date, but it'll have to do.

I would love to one day be able to use three triple-word score squares in one turn. Like you said, it's highly unlikely. I wonder if anyone's done this in any tournaments.

I only see 3 possible bingo plays using 2 of the Halloween words listed. Using the 'C' in 'cadets' on the board. I'll omit the actual solutions in case someone else wants to chime in. :)

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