Scrabble Bingo of the Day: CABRESTA [n/pl.] A cabresta (also cabestro or cabresto) is simply a lasso, a rope formed with a running noose that's used on ranches and Western plains for catching horse and cattle. Cabresta comes from the Spanish word halter, which refers to the headgear used for leading or tying up livestock and other animals. But halter also used to mean to hang someone by roped noose, which could be how it became popular as a term for a noosed lasso.
Scrabble Bingo of the Day: * FINNESKO [n/pl.] A finnesko is a boot made of tanned reindeer skin, with the reindeer's fur on the outside. It's an especially good, warm boot for subarctic regions. These boots originate from the Sami, indigenous people from the cultural region of Sápmi, located across four countries in the Arctic Circle; Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. This area is also referred to as Fennoscandia.
Scrabble Bingo of the Day: LUMINARIA [n]
Scrabble Bingo of the Day: HELLEBORE [n] A hellebore is any of the approximately 20 plants from the genus Helleborus, many of which are poisonous. Hellebores are herbaceous perennial flowering plants from Eurasia related to the buttercup family, having showy flowers with petaloid sepals.
Scrabble Bingo of the Day: * CAGANER [n] A caganer is a small figurine of a person defecating in place, pants humorously around the character's ankles. It's a traditional Christmas decoration in Catalonia, Spain and in neighboring areas, where it's placed within the nativity scene.
Scrabble Bingo of the Day: DAUBERY [n] An unskillful painting or work, one that is executed in a messy or inexpert way. Since art is highly subjective, I won't point out any dauberies. You probably already have a few in mind.
Scrabble Bingo of the Day: MIASMIC [adj] Miasmic is an adjective for miasm (or miasma), which means a noxious vapor—"bad air" harmful to health. The word miasma comes from the ancient Greek word for pollution. And the concept of bad air also gave rise to the name malaria, from old Italian "mala" (bad) "aria" (air).
Scrabble Bingo of the Day: NOSEGAY [n] A nosegay is simply a bouquet of flowers, typically given as gifts. It comes from Middle English, from the words nose and gay, which in this case means brightly colored and showy. It does not reference homosexuality; the modern sense of gay.
Scrabble Bingo of the Day: GEOPHAGY [n]
Scrabble Bingo of the Day: TRAVOISE [n] Today's word is in honor of Joel Sherman, whose record-breaking game last weekend netted him seven bingo plays, one of which was TRAVOISE. A travoise is a type of sled, but no… it's not like a toboggan or snow sleigh. Though it can be, it's not used primarily on snow, but on any soft ground, like forest floors and gentle soils.
Scrabble Bingo of the Day: DHOURRA [n]
Scrabble Bingo of the Day: GRUYERE [n] One of the most famous types of cheeses made in Switzerland, made from the milk of a cow. It's a hard yellow cheese named from its town of origin, Gruyère. The cheese can be spelled with or without the grave accent (`) on the è, though in the United States it's usually without.
ZEPHYRS n sing. ZEPHYR gentle breezes 74 points (24 points without the bingo)
SHAITAN n pl. -S an evil spirit 60 points (10 points without the bingo)
WENDIGO n pl. -GOS windigo 62 points (12 points without the bingo)
Pumpkins, murderers, vampires, zombies, ghosts, witches, death… these are all the subjects of last week's Scrabble Bingo of the Days, which focused on words associated with Halloween and horror movies. Did you know there was actually a name for someone who suffocated another person? Did you know that Frankenstein, vampires, and ghosts can all be considered one thing? Did you know that there was actually a word for rotten dead flesh?
BANSHIE n pl. -S banshee 62 points (12 points without the bingo)
GRAMARYE n pl. -S occult learning; magic 64 points (14 points without the bingo)
CARRION n pl. -S dead and putrefying flesh 59 points (9 points without the bingo)
CREMAINS n/pl the ashes of a cremated body 62 points (12 points without the bingo)
REVENANT n pl. -S one that returns 61 points (11 points without the bingo)
BURKITE n pl. -S a burker 63 points (13 points without the bingo)
CUCURBIT n pl. -S a gourd 64 points (14 points without the bingo)
Halloween will be here in just over a week, which means next week these Scrabble Bingo of the Days will become more horrific. This week, there's just a few relevant Halloween seven-letter words for your Scrabble vocabulary, referencing witchcraft and one of the eeriest horror movies of all time, The Thing (not this year's version).
UTILIDOR n pl. -S an insulated system of pipes for use in arctic regions 59 points (9 points without the bingo)
MIMESIS n pl. -MESISES or -MESES mimicry MIMETIC adj 61 points (11 points without the bingo)
PLASTRUM n pl. -S plastron 62 points (12 points without the bingo)
HEXEREI n pl. -S witchcraft 67 points (17 points without the bingo)
FOVEOLET n pl. -S a foveola 64 points (14 points without the bingo)
COXSWAIN v -ED, -ING, -S to direct (a crew) as coxwain 70 points (20 points without the bingo)
There's only a few week left until costumes and candy take over the streets, which means they'll be more and more seven-letter words in the Scrabble Bingo of the Days that relate to the Fall season, horror movies, and of course… Halloween. Below you'll find bingo words relevant such films as Halloween, Children of the Corn and The Wicker Man.
ZUGZWANG n pl. -S a situation in chess that forces a disadvantageous move 81 points (31 points without the bingo)
COLOSSUS n pl. COLOSSUSES or COLOSSI a gigantic statue 60 points (10 points without the bingo)
BEJABERS interj bejesus (used as a mild oath) 69 points (19 points without the bingo)
EUCAINE n pl. -S an anesthetic 59 points (9 points without the bingo)
REAPHOOK n pl. -S an implement used in reaping 67 points (17 points without the bingo)
VERONICA n pl. -S a handkerchief bearing the image of Christ's face 63 points (13 points without the bingo)
GUISARD n pl. -S a masker 59 points (9 points without the bingo)
Improve your bingo skills with a roundup of this week's Scrabble Bingo of the Days. What exactly is a bingo? It's when a player empties his or her rack in one turn, placing all seven of their letters on the board to create a word that's at least seven letters long.
APOLOGUE n pl. -S an allegory 61 points (11 points without the bingo)