“hidden things, mysteries,” 1590s, a direct adoption of the Latin plural of arcanum “a secret, a mystery,” an important word in alchemy, from neuter of adjective arcanus “secret, hidden, private, concealed” (see arcane). Occasionally mistaken for a singular and pluralized as arcanas, because arcana is far more common than arcanum.
CURACY: The office, position, or work of a curate. HARRY: Persistently carry out attacks on (an enemy or an enemy’s territory)
Final score: 43 words for 196 points. Genius minimum: 170 points. First word: FOIBLE. Pangram: LIFEBLOOD.
1610s, “dull in the mind, flat, insipid, wanting in interest,” from Latin ieiunus “empty, dry, barren,” literally “fasting, hungry,” a word of obscure origin. De Vaan finds it to be from a PIE root meaning “to worship, reverence,” hence “to sacrifice” (with cognates including Sanskrit yajati “to honor, worship, sacrifice,” Avestan yaza- “to worship,” Greek agios, agnos “holy;” see hagio-), and writes that the Latin word and its relatives “would be based on the habit to perform the first sacrifice of the day on an empty stomach.” Related: jejunal; jejunally.
JULIENNE:A portion of food cut into short, thin strips.
VENULE: Anatomy A very small vein, especially one collecting blood from the capillaries.
Final score: 24 words for 113 points. Genius minimum: 108 points. First word: CRUNCHY. Pangram: RAUNCHY. Tweets:
1530s, “digestion” (a sense now obsolete), from Latin concoctionem (nominative concoctio) “digestion,” noun of action from past participle stem of concoquere “to digest; to boil together, prepare; to consider well,” from assimilated form of com “together” (see con-) + coquere “to cook, prepare food, ripen, digest,” from PIE root *pekw- “to cook, ripen.”
Meaning “that which is concocted” is by 1850, figurative; meaning “a devising, a planning, act of preparing and combining the materials of anything” is from 1823.
Final score: 25 words for 84 points. Genius minimum: 82 points. First word: JUVENILE. Pangram: JUVENILE.