C-E-R-T-A-I-N Scrabble Winners

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By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2008 10:01 AM CDT
Etienne Budry of France studies the Scrabble board during the World Scrabble Championships in Dakar, Senegal, in July.   (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
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(Newser) – Sure, Bart Simpson could fake it at Scrabble—but for those of us playing against a wit sharper than Homer's, here are some gems Mental Floss magazine dug up that actually mean something:

  • Cwm: A valley created by glacial shifts.
  • Adz: An axe-like woodworking tool.
  • Xu: The currency of Vietnam.

  • Zax: This sci-fi-looking boon to the board is a tool used in roofing.
  • Aa: "Basaltic lava having a rough surface."
  • Qua: An adverb meaning as, or as being.
  • Suq: The marketplace in an Arabian city.
  • Qat: A plant native to East Africa and Arabia.
  • Jo: A term of affection meaning "sweetheart."
  • Qadi: A judge of Islamic law.