Efrem Mallach’s architectural rib collected 6 votes and the next deal. Shani Naylor also scored 6 but 2 of those points came from guessing correctly.
The dictionary definition of werve, which one player guessed, was 7: A ‘beast’ for riding on, which I chose because of the unusual phrasing. This word is not quite a hapax legomenon (which, as some players know, tickle my fancy), because the OED gives two citations; but both of them come from the same Early Middle English manuscript, the Lambeth Homilies, from around the year 1200. And both are references to Luke 10:34 (the Good Samaritan), where the AV has set him on his own beast. The Middle English Dictionary shows that one of the citations continues with the gloss þet is unorne mare ‘that is to say, an ordinary beast of burden’, so it appears that even 800 years ago OE weorf ‘beast of burden’ was no longer a common word. The OED editor, one must suppose, was caught between the desire to avoid, on the one hand, paraphrasing the AV, and, on the other, using beast in an archaic sense–hence the scare quotes. But it’s hard to see the point of avoiding a beast of burden, which I would have thought the obvious choice.
1. Weaving. A pattern produced by arranging the warp threads in sets of alternating colors, or in sets presenting some other contrast of appearance.
Submitted by: Dan Widdis who voted for: 2 & 13
Votes from: Efrem Mallach
2. 1. To fish for eels by thrusting a baited hook into their lurking places. 2. To catch by werving.
Submitted by: Shani Naylor who voted for: 7 & 9
Votes from: Ann Druce, Alan Mallach, Mike Shefler, Dan Widdis
3. To speak with diction that is unbalanced, slurred, and slow, as if drunk or intoxicated.
Submitted by: Hugo Kornelis who voted for: 4 & 8
Votes from: John Barrs
4. (also: werveling). A mysterious, malign half-human creature in Norse mythology.
Submitted by: Alan Mallach who voted for: 2 & 12
Votes from: Ann Druce, Hugo Kornelis
5. Insurance. To accept a risk that is fundamentally unassessable.
Submitted by: Tim Bourne who voted for: 6 & 12
6. A type of carved wainscoting in Victorian homes.
Submitted by: Mike Shefler who voted for: 2 & 12
Votes from: Tim Bourne, Deborah Fein, Judy Madnick
7. A ‘beast’ for riding on.
Real definition from the OED3
Vote from: Shani Naylor
8. To genuflect before a deity [Ugaritic].
Submitted by: John Barrs who voted for: 3 & 9
Vote from: Hugo Kornelis
9. A pattern of narrow, horizontal stripes in clothing.
Submitted by: Tony Abell who did not vote
Votes from: John Barrs, Efrem Mallach, Shani Naylor
10. A manoeuvre in curling that make the shot of the opposing team more difficult.
Submitted by: Ann Druce who voted for: 2 & 4
Vote from: Debbie Embler
11. A layer or series of layers of sediment deposited in a body of still water in one year.
Submitted by: Judy Madnick who voted for: 6 & 12
12. Arch. A short rib connecting the bosses and intersections of the principal ribs of a vault.
Submitted by: Efrem Mallach who voted for: 1 & 9
Votes from: Tim Bourne, Debbie Embler, Deborah Fein, Judy Madnick, Alan Mallach, Mike Shefler
13. Werve or “spinach teeth” is the chalky sensation in your mouth after eating raw spinach due to the high oxalic acid in the plant.
Submitted by: Debbie Embler who voted for: 10 & 12
Vote from: Dan Widdis