Rack-tile dysfunction from Week 1212
It’s Neologism Central in Loserland this week. Besides the new wordfind puzzle, in Week 1212 we presented 40 seven-letter “racks” from ScrabbleGrams puzzles and asked you to come up with new terms of at least five letters. Submitted too frequently: BONKLIT or KNOBLIT as porn, and WHISPAR for that hushed tone golf commentators make. 4th place AILOPTV --> TV PAIL: Bucket kept close at hand for reality shows — and, increasingly, for reality. (Mark Richardson, Takoma Park, Md.) 3rd place AOOPPRS --> ARSPOOP: Don’t tell me there’s another kind! (Jim Lubell, Hillsboro, Ore.; Frank Mann, Washington) 2nd place and the Vietnamese civet coffee: AMRRSTY ---> SMARTYR: One who vows to live for the cause. (Beverley Sharp, Montgomery, Ala.) And the winner of the Inkin’ Memorial: CHILSTU: Two names for the president’s inner circle: HIS CULT and LIC TUSH. (William Kennard, Arlington) Clearance racks: honorable mentions AILOPTV --> POLIVAT: A pork barrel. (Brad Alexander, Wanneroo, Australia) BBEORRY --> ROBE-RY: What Senate Republicans did to Merrick Garland. (Allen K. Robinson, Charlottesville, a First Offender) ALLOPRY --> YAPROLL: A dachshund (Bruce Niedt, Cherry Hill, N.J.) BGIORTY --> GORYBIT: A particularly graphic scene in a horror movie; ORGYBIT: the same in a porn flick. (Bruce Niedt) BIKLNOT --> BILKTON: Las Vegas (Jeff Hazle, San Antonio) CDELMSU --> CLUMSED: Moved less than gracefully. “Fred just clumsed in here and knocked over the TV again.” (Sarah Jay, Churchville, Md.) CDELMSU --> DE-SLUM: To gentrify, from the point of view of the gentry. (Josh Fedblyum, Philadelphia) CIILNUV --> LUVNIC: A cute term for a vasectomy. (Drew Bennett, West Plains, Mo.) AHINRSV --> VARNISH: Somewhat like a varn. (Roger Dalrymple, Gettysburg, Pa.) AHINRSV--> RAVISH: To carjack a Toyota SUV. (Larry Gray, Union Bridge, Md.) AHINRSV--> VINRASH: Rosé-cea. (Barry Koch, Catlett, Va.) AHINRSV --> NRA-SHIV: “Help protect the incarcerated from prison gang violence: Arm inmates.” (Matt Monitto, Bristol, Conn.) AHIPRSW --> R.I.P.SHAW: A twowheeled hearse. (Chris Doyle, Denton, Tex.; Jon Gearhart, Des Moines) AHIPRSW --> RAWSHIP: How to address an inexperienced, crude officeholder. “Your executive orders are working out perfectly, Your Rawship.” (Duncan Stevens, Vienna, Va.) AIIMNNV --> MINIVAN: A Dutch toddler. (Ed Edwards, Worcester Park, Surrey, England) AILLNNO --> LOINAL: The region on a woman most likely to be regulated by the moon, or the GOP. (Marni Penning Coleman, Falls Church) AILLNNO --> NONILLA: World’s blandest flavor. (Dudley Thompson, Cary, N.C.) AILLNNO --> NO-AIL: The healthcare system replacing the ACA. It saves money by mandating that all Americans just stay healthy. (Jason Russo, Annandale) AILOPTV --> VAIL POT: The best thing to happen to Colorado tourism since snow. (John Hutchins, Silver Spring) AIMMOSS --> MIASMOS: The stinkiest kind of cigars. (Jeff Contompasis, Ashburn) AIMMOSS --> IOS-MAS: Holiday in which presents are put under an Apple tree. (Mark Raffman, Reston) Compose Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 on the Toilet Tunes mat. ALOQRSU --> QUAROLS: Songs from the War on Christmas, like “Violent Night” and “I Saw Mommy Choking Santa Claus.” (Jon Gearhart) AINNTUY --> ANNUIT: A native Alaskan who’s hit the lottery. (Warren Tanabe, Annapolis) AINNTUY --> NAYNUT: Republican member of Congress, 2009-17; Democratic member of Congress, 2017-__. (Mark Raffman) ALLOPRY --> LOL; PRAY: The best advice for surviving the president’s new empire. (Lawrence McGuire, Waldorf, Md.) ALLOTYY --> TALLY OY: Rallying cry at the end of a lox hunt. (Deb Stewart, Damascus, Md.) AMNNOSW --> MANNOWS: Sperm. “Triplets on the way, bro — my mannows can SWIM!” (Bird Waring, Larchmont, N.Y.) AMNNOSW --> NO SWAN: Alas, most ugly ducklings stay ugly. (Mae Scanlan, Washington) AOOPPRS —> SPA-POOR: Bankrupt, but relaxed. (Jack McBroom, Fort Valley, Va.) BGIORTY --> B.G. RIOT: After the Bowling Green Massacre, there was also this. Or something like that somewhere. Clearly we need to militarize the police. — K. Conway (Jesse Frankovich, Lansing, Mich.) BNNRSUU --> NUN RUBS: The most awkward massages ever. (Scott Slaughter, Monrovia, Md.) CEENNOV --> NEONCÉ: This entertainer is inert most of the time, but she really lights up onstage. (Harold Mantle, Walnut Creek, Calif.) CEIORTW ---> EWROTIC: Arousing disgust. “Sending photos of your junk is so ewrotic!” (Perry Beider, Silver Spring) AILOPTV --> ILOVPAT: The vanity plate I chose in a shameless grab at Invite ink. (Jesse Frankovich) bit.ly/invite1216. Still running — deadline Monday night, Feb. 27: our contest for jokes in the “X was so Y that ...” format. See bit.ly/invite1215.