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Cutting Edge Scrabble: From ADZ to ZAX

Although you shouldn’t bring a knife to a gunfight, check out this array of sharp objects you can use to slice your Scrabble opponents to ribbons. From 3-letter defensive lightweights to 8-letter lethal weapons, some of these are sure to fit your scabbard, err, rack. Note: some duplication occurs, due to alternate spellings and one special plural.

3-Letter Words

ADZ – to shape (wood) with an adz (a cutting tool) [v -ED, -ING, -ES]
ULU – an Eskimo knife [n -S]
ZAX – a tool for cutting roof slates [n -ES]

ULU
ULU

4-Letter Words

ADZE – adz (to shape (wood) with an adz (a cutting tool)) [v ADZED, ADZING, ADZES]
BOLO – a machete (a large, heavy knife) [n -LOS]
CRIS – kris (a short sword) [n -ES]
EPEE – a type of sword (a weapon having a long blade for cutting or thrusting) [n -S]
KRIS – a short sword [n -ES]
SHIV – a knife (a sharp-edged instrument used for cutting) [n -S]

ADZE
ADZE

5-Letter Words

ANLAS – anlace (a medieval dagger) [n -ES]
KUKRI – a long, curved knife of Nepal [n -S]
PANGA – a large knife (a sharp-edged instrument used for cutting) [n -S]
SKEAN – a type of dagger [n -S]
SKEEN – skean (a type of dagger) [n -S]
SKENE – skean (a type of dagger) [n -S]
TSUBA – a part of a Japanese sword [n TSUBA]

SKEAN
SKEAN

6-Letter Words

ANLACE – a medieval dagger [n -S]
BARLOW – a jackknife [n -S]
BARONG – a broad knife [n -S]
BILBOA – bilbo (a finely tempered sword) [n -S]
CATLIN – catling (a surgical knife) [n -S]
CREESE – kris (a short sword) [n -S]
GLAIVE – a sword (a weapon having a long blade for cutting or thrusting) [n -S]
PARANG – a heavy knife [n -S]
RAPIER – a long, slender sword [n -S] : RAPIERED ~adj
TOLEDO – a finely tempered sword [n -DOS]

7-Letter Words

ATAGHAN – yataghan (a Turkish sword) [n -S]
CATLING – a surgical knife [n -S]
COUTEAU – a knife (a sharp-edged instrument used for cutting) [n -TEAUX]
SIMITAR – scimitar (a curved Oriental sword) [n -S]
YATAGAN – yataghan (a Turkish sword) [n -S]

8-Letter Words

BISTOURY – a surgical knife [n -RIES]
CLAYMORE – a type of sword (a weapon having a long blade for cutting or thrusting) [n -S]
COUTEAUX – COUTEAU, a knife (a sharp-edged instrument used for cutting) [n]
CURTALAX – a cutlass (a short sword) [n -ES]
FALCHION – a broad-bladed sword [n -S]
SCIMETAR – scimitar (a curved Oriental sword) [n -S]
SCIMITAR – a curved Oriental sword [n -S]
SCIMITER – scimitar (a curved Oriental sword) [n -S]
YATAGHAN – a Turkish sword [n -S]

SCIMITAR
SCIMITAR

Razor-Sharp Memory?

Depending on your learning style, you could break these words down by length and just memorize one set at a time. If you can handle 40 words at once, more power to you! If you’re really into learning these words, I recommend you download the free Zyzzyva software and try out its flashcard quiz building system.

Admittedly, some preparation is required, which is why I only recommend it for serious study. I don’t even use it! I prefer the sharp tools provided by my prolific pal, Derek McKenzie, of WordBuffPro.

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