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    ....or game. See what happens....

    Don't really need licence plates (tags) to play. When I'm out driving around I usually glance at a few licence plates of other cars trying to find either a 3 or 4 letter sequence and then think of the shortest word I can come up that fits those letters. Where I live the car plates have 3 or 4 letter sequences. The letters on the plate have to be in the same order in the word one comes up with. Example: BZAR... Bazaar, blizzard. The word doesn't have to begin with the first letter. i.e. LZRD ....Blizzard. In the challenge you are given 5 letter sequences that can be either 3 or 4 letters in length. Try and use as few letters as possible in your answers. When driving we usually use the first 5 plates we see that have the sequence length required. We discard sequences from plates that already form a word and we don't use a dictionary or electronic device.

    If you can't think of a word then its a 20 point penalty. So if all you can think of are long words like antidisestablishmentarianism, neuropsychopharmacology or some long chemical name over 20 letters long then take the penalty. English please. No hyphens or apostrophes. No abbreviations. Slang, urban dictionary....who cares. Proper names ok(towns, places, people). Plurals allowed. 1 point per letter used in word. Lowest score wins. Degree of difficulty increases the longer the letter sequence or the weirder the sequence. We've used categories (i.e. : science) which makes it tougher at times. So be specific otherwise just any word will do.

    So if I was to give you 5 letter sequences of four letters each then what's the shortest word you can provide containing those letters in their same order as they appear? Try these for fun.....

    BTNT, OOEE, ULLB, AALL, XUVS

    Not too tough I think. Then give rest of us something to work with (more sequences).


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    One I saw yesterday was HE11 CAT.
    If I go for CAT, or HAT or EAT, or HEAT, how many points do I score?


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    Quote Originally Posted by ox View Post
    One I saw yesterday was HE11 CAT.
    If I go for CAT, or HAT or EAT, or HEAT, how many points do I score?
    20 point penalty for no word..... you need to use all 5 letters in a word in the same order as they appear. I.e. HELLCAT... 7 points.

    like golf....lowest score wins
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    But it wasn't HELLCAT. It was HE11 CAT. (eleven being the tear of registration).
    So can I use HECAT - the queen of witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth?

    We have entertaining number plates here. My favourite was this one seen in London - BUL551T.
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    I think it would be better if, if you omitted the numbers and only gave the letters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paleoichneum View Post
    I think it would be better if, if you omitted the numbers and only gave the letters.
    Use only the letters in the order they appear. Numbers disregard.

    So can I use HECAT - the queen of witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth?
    Proper names allowed but if the letter sequence already forms the word then not allowed....need to think of something else. HECAT is already formed but if you only had letters HCAT then HECAT allowed. You can see that at least one extra letter will be in your answer.

    From OP:
    BTNT, OOEE, ULLB, AALL, XUVS
    BTNT...Blatant, OOEE....I had bookkeeper in mind but I would allow whoopee, ULLB...lullaby, AALL...anally, XUVS....exclusives

    Blatant, whoopee, lullaby, anally and exclusives add up to 37. Can someone do better?

    We have entertaining number plates here. My favourite was this one seen in London - BUL551T.
    Saw one in Ontario that read TIHZ O. Couldn't figure it out until I passed the car and saw same plate in my rear view mirror O ZHIT (O Shit...with Z reversed)
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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos View Post
    So can I use HECAT - the queen of witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth?
    Proper names allowed but if the letter sequence already forms the word then not allowed....need to think of something else. HECAT is already formed but if you only had letters HCAT then HECAT allowed. You can see that at least one extra letter will be in your answer
    So HECATE, a Greek goddess is okay.
    Is that 6 points?

    PS I'm not happy about 20 point penalties. It sounds too much like the points for speeding on my driving licence, when just a warning should be sufficient.
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