Verruca Value

The "Verruca Value" of a word is the number of vowels multiplied by the number on consonants in that word.

For example:

"Mathematics" is 28 (7 consonants, 4 vowels)

How many words can you find with a Verruca Value of 24?

[What about 23?]

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  • Y11 A and B group, Rawthorpe High
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  • We found that it a valuable cross-curicular learning opportunity. We found properties, reflection and chocolates.

    Merry xmas, Love Mr Heeley and Miss Jenkinson and Mr Newton

    Ps sorry, I forgot Charlotte's experiment xx
  • Grade 9 Girls, SRS, Dubai
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  • We found substitute, proportion, triangular, expression, reciprocal and semicircle. Your starters are great!
  • 1D2 and Mrs Simpson, Torry Academy, Aberdeen
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  • 1D2 found these words:
    QUADRATICS
    PROPERTIES
    PERCENTAGE
    DICTIONARY
    HORIZONTAL
    GLENBERVIE
    MULTIPLIED
    We also think it is impossible to make 23 as 23 is a prime number
  • 7 FP and Mrs Johnson, Stamord High School
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  • We got cylindrical,estimating, remainders, arithmetic, multiplying, mysterious, millimetre, reversable, explosions......
    ......and they are still searching.
  • 2D1 and Mrs Simpson, Torry Academy, Aberdeen
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  • 2D1 found these
    WHITEBOARD
    TRIANGULAR
    CORRECTION
    MANSEFIELD
    PENTAGONAL
    POWERLINES
    HYPOTENUSE
    KIRKPATRICK
  • Grade 9 Boys, SRS, Dubai
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  • The boys class found understands, acceptable, restaurant, calculator, conversion, experiment and playgrounds.
  • Liam Brady, Liz Halfpenny, Paige Wilkinson, Chelse, 8H from Harrytown, Stockport
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  • We found Reflection, Triangular, Perimeters, Trapeziums, Percentage and Number Line.
  • Class 5 6 A, St Catherines
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  • It made maths fun and amusing!
  • 9B2, Harrytown High School Stockport
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  • Triangular, Number Line, Properties, Diagonally, Reflection, Times Table

    from Alice, Alex, Jade, Verity, Ruby, Danielle
  • 9Y2, Hadleigh High School
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  • 9Y2 found coursework, calculator, complexion, addictions, curriculum, incredible, chimpanzee, JordanMoat, DanielHall
  • Ken Wcislo, Queen Anne High School , Dinfermline Fife
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  • 2B1 found Kincardine, percentage,calculator, Stonehaven, Challengers, interseted, democratic,multiplied, excellence, perfection,memorandum,university, proprtion, directions, inventions
    Great fun was had by all
  • Christopher Vile, Clacton-on Sea
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  • Christopher is a veruca number
  • Mrs Humphreys' maths group, Nevill Road Junior School
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  • We got

    detectives
    porcupines
    Netherlands
    Luxemburg
    Santa Claus
    dictionary
    Jesus Christ
    Christingle
    Nevill Road
    phone boxes
  • Rebecca Jarvis, Mr Cassidy's Year 9 Maths Class, Northoxfordshire Academy, Banbury
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  • I found SUCCESSFULL. And Mr. Cassidy found Juggernaut.
  • Rebecca Jarvis, Mr Cassidy's Year 9 Maths Class, Northoxfordshire Academy, Banbury
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  • I also found TOOTHPASTE!
  • Year 7 Set 1 Maths, British School Muscat, Oman
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  • We really enjoyed this starter! The words we found were:
    TRANSPARENT
    TRANSLUCENT
    PERCENTAGE
    INCREDIBLE
    MECHANICAL
    HEMISPHERE
    REFLECTION
    EXPERIMENT
    MADAGASCAR
    CALCULATOR
    PROPERTIES
    DUMBLEDORE
    HARRY POTTER
    LIM YONG SONG (THATS bRIAN!)
  • Miss Cutshall's 8C Class, The International School of Luxembourg
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  • Dear Mrs Humphreys' maths group, Nevill Road Junior School, We regret to inform you that you misspelled Luxembourg.
  • 7S4, Kettlethorpe high school
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  • We got
    CHALLENGING
    TIMETABLES
    PROPERTIES
    CONTINUING
    ATTENDANCE
    ACTIVATING
    AMBULANCES
    ACCEPTABLE
    CALCULATOR
  • Mrs C Clark, 9ah/ma1, Mayfield School, Dagenham,Essex,
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  • We found delivering, vocabulary, production, calculator, patchworks, Woodbridge, arithmetic, terminator, curriculum, university, percentage,altogether, shut ya mouf,
  • Philip Nutt, Cheney School Oxford
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  • 7b5 at Cheney, here in Oxford, got DICTIONARY, EXPRESSION, CALCULATOR, INCREDIBLE, CHOCOLATES, MULTIPLYING, APOCALYPSE, MANCUNIANS, THEATRICAL, PROFFESION, HYPNOTISING and, rather topically, DEPRESSION
  • Jordan Bristow, Mr Cassidy's Year 11 Maths Class, Banbury
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  • I found HEAVY METAL and Maxie realised that for 23 we could have AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAG!!!!
    Amy said we shouldn't be allowed to put in geographical places!
  • Kirsty Gull, Mr. Cassidy's Year 11 Maths Class, Banbury (again)
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  • I found fingernail
  • Mr G, I&S
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  • 8DEF3 got the following words:
    COMMISSION
    ILLUSTRATE
    WOODCUTTER
    VOCABULARY.
  • 8Y2 - With Miss Marsh, Bury Church Of England High School
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  • We worked as a group and found
    DIFFERENCE
    ADJECTIVES
    CONTROLLERS
    ASSEMBLIES
    HORIZONTAL
    PERIMETERS.
  • 8Y3, Darrick Wood Secondary School, Orpington
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  • We found:
    Percentage
    Perimeters
    celebrated
    vibrations
    calculator
    confidence
    multiplying
    university
    trampoline
    attendance.
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  • MIss Butler's Year 8 Class, Park Community School, Havant, Hants
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  • We enjoyed this.
    We found EASTENDERS, VALENTINES, HALLOWEENS, PERCENTAGE, TRIANGULAR, PERIMETERS, FOOTBALLER, NUMERATORS, CALCULATOR, FRIENDSHIPS, MULTIPLIED, ASSESSMENTS and EXPERIMENTS.
  • Yr 7N5 Mrs Brown, Kennet School
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  • We came up with
    Turkey Meat
    Jingle Bells
    Big Rainbow.
  • The National School, Nottingham, 9t3
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  • We found 24 and calculator, expressions, delivering, mathematic, pencil case, skateboard.
  • P. Shouksmith, St. Andrew's School, Eastbourne
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  • We found the following words:
    Bookmarked
    Experiment
    Reflection
    Pentagonal
    Polyhedrons
    Trampoline.
  • D. Hickman Casey, 8E
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  • We found the following:
    Calculater
    Bobbuilder
    Polyhedrons
    Conrollers
    Trampoline
    We are great fans of this fantastic website. We use it every math lesson. And we all love it so much!!!!!
  • Rhys , Daniel, Jordan ; Samantha, Grace Academy - Darlaston. Mr G's Yr10 Class
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  • Triangular; Expression; Thirty-three; Transparent;.
  • Mr Hamshaw-Hart's 10set 3, Beverley Grammar School
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  • We found
    MULTIPLIED
    CENTIMETRES
    TREEBEARD'S
    TYPEWRITERS
    SCIENTIFIC
    RECTANGULAR
    TERMINATOR
    DOORFRAMES
    and my name HAMSHAW-HART.
  • St.Mary's Primary P6, Lanark Scotland
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  • Hi, we are St.Mary's Primary school and our pri6 class got 106 words altogether and the people who got the most are Owen and Charlie with 32 words. Here are ten of them:
    1.nursemaid
    2.participle
    3.dedicating
    4.victualler
    5.boatswains
    6.attribute
    7.accomplice
    8.admittance
    9.boulevards and vocabulary which Owen thought of in the playground and here are some warm up words, dictionary, chocolates and woodpecker.
  • King's College - Murcia, Year 8
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  • We loved this starter. In fact, it was difficult to stop!
    difference
    headphones
    whiteboard
    multiplied
    evaluation
    Cinderella
    ambulances
    fairytale
    telephones
    calculator
    dictionary
    university
    Christopher.
  • Nareen, Wareen
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  • I think this is amazing and is perfect. I found.
    Whiteboard
    Searchlight
    Helicopter
    calculator
    Adjectives
    University.
  • Mr Sim & Mr Morrison's 1b, Elgin Academy
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  • PERCENTAGE
    EASTENDERS
    NEIGHBOURS
    CALCULATOR
    PERCENTAGE
    PROPERTIES
    ARITHMETIC
    CONVERSION
    ROSS CUMMING (one of the class!).
  • St .James, Yr 8 Set 5
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  • Pencil case
    Monumental.
    Dictionary.
    Theatrical.
    Fosslized.
    Headphones.
    Light weight.
    Tchtyosaur
    Consider.:)
    these are the wordsthat we found.
  • 9A3, The Vyne School
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  • Helicopter and dictionary.
  • Margaret Bates, Wallasey School
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  • The activity was good fun and cooperation and competition took place. Quite compulsive!
  • Mr Smith, East Lanarkshire
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  • We Got Transum.org, Hellraiser, twenty four, The Big Man, Good Times, Choco Cake, duck sauce, Prince Will, Cheey Toe, Hello Dude, Year Three, Year Eight and many more.
  • Dulwich College Beijing, Mr Martin
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  • This was definite 5 out of 5 great challenge lots of class merits earned!
    We found 10 words.
    How about ...... Aphrodite!
    5JM
    Dulwich college Beijing.
  • 7B2, The Vyne School
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  • Dictionary
    Despicable
    Mathematic
    Multiplied.
  • Mr Matthews, 7aMa1, Conisborough College, Catford, Lewisham
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  • 10 correct answers from my clever top set:
    Reciprocal
    Calculator
    Multiplied
    Percentage
    Triangular
    Decreasing
    Increasing
    Expression
    Arithmetic
    Subtracting.
  • 1LF, Speyside High School
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  • We had fun, but first we had to remind ourselves what vowels and consonants are. We found all these words:
    RHINOCEROS
    PROTRACTORS
    DICLOFENAC (mum's migraine medicine!)
    CANIS RUFUS (the proper name for a wolf it seems)
    ANTISEPTIC
    HARRY POTTER
    RON WEASLEY
    SANTA CLAUS
    APPRENTICE
    DICTIONARY
    ASIA MCGILL (one of our class)
    MRS FARQUHAR (our assistant).
  • Miss Emerson, Great Yarmouth
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  • Class 6E found:
    Headphones
    Pencilcase
    Calculator
    HelloKitty
    Timestable
    Rainforest
    Apostrophe
    Microphone
    Collection
    ...and are still going!
  • Mrs Shaw, 8L2
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  • 8L2 We found
    Mathematic
    Amplifiers
    Polyhedrons
    University
    Specialist.
  • 7S, Shrewsbury House School
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  • We found:
    Multiplied
    Musicality
    Palindrome
    Bookmarked
    South Acton
    Hammersmith
    Accountant
    Vocabulary
    Now we are going to try and find words that have a score of 24 and have more vowels than consonants.
  • 5/6PR, Murwillumbah, Australia
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  • We really enjoyed this activity. We had heaps of words equalling 24 then we did 32. Tomorrow's challenge will be to find words equalling 36 and 42.
  • Mr Toby Cardew, Grade 1/2 Nichols Point Primary School
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  • We have a few here;
    contribute
    dictionary
    expression
    MovieWorld
    sequencing
    vocabulary
    non-Fiction
    remainders
    wideSpread
    chaimpanzee
    calculator
    permission
    jellybeans
    watermelon
    rainforest
    impossible
    franchisee
    confidence
    experiment
    production
    continuing
    aggression
    altogether
    restaurant
    acceptable
    tablespoon
    arithmetic.
  • 8A1, St Cecilia's RC High School
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  • We found St Cecilia's, Santa Claus, Wonderlands, calculator, experiment, Jingle Bells, a Boxing Day, Isosceles and some names of some teachers and parents work too!
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  • Mr Saye, Castle Rock High School
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  • My year 7 group got the following words:
    Calculator
    reflection
    expression
    millilitre
    millimetre
    instruction
    objectives
    perfection
    impossible
    Bart Simpson works although we know it's two words!
  • Year 8 Set 2, Dylan Thomas Community School, Swansea
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  • Brilliant. we came up with:
    brigadiers
    psychadelic
    analytical
    linguistic
    timetables
    stratified
    horizontal
    multiplied
    triangular
    Archimedes
    production
    bendegedig (Welsh for brilliant)
    Fforestfach (a place near Swansea)
    properties
    developing
    Mathemateg (Welsh for mathematics)
    privileges
    privileged
    curriculum
    difference
    multiplied
    calculating
    experiment.
  • Josh,
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  • Our homeschool got valentines, vegetables and halloweens:{only 3}.
  • 7X2 - Miss Marsh's Group, Bury Church Of England High School
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  • We found:
    CATAPILLAR
    PROTECTION
    ALPHABETIC
    CALCULATOR
    PHOTOGRAPHS
    MULTIPLYING
    EVERYWHERE
    DEMOCRATIC
    SUBTRACTING
    IMPOSSIBLE
    NUMERATORS
    MASTERMINDS
    SEMICIRCLE
    DICTIONARY
    CONVERSION
    PERCENTAGE.
  • 7ax/Ma1, Alexandra Park School, London
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  • We found:
    multiplied
    university
    expression
    experiment
    qualifying
    whiteboard
    scientific
    historians
    convention
    phenomenal
    mandelbrats
    disruption.
  • 7ps/Ma2, Alexandra Park School, London
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  • We got:
    illustrate
    skateboard
    conclusion
    multiplied
    sequencing
    homophones
    qualifying
    dictionary.
  • Miss. Z Loi, Woodbridge High School
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  • Rory McGowan found that Rory McGowan works...
    Francesca was very lazy and found that Mathematic works.
  • Matthew, Queensland, Australia
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  • I found these words:
    intestines
    windowsills
    vocabulary
    dehydrating
    references
    commercial
    hurricanes
    advertises
    demolished
    suggestion
    adventures
    understands
    dictionary
    perfection
    reviewing
    excellence
    battleships
    saxophones
    hypermarket.
  • Y6 Ladies, Dorchester, St Birinus CE Primary
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  • We think this was a very good activity!
  • Miss Wallace, Colonel Frank Seely
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  • 9F2 from Colonel Frank Seely found the words:
    timestable
    timetables
    multiplying
    calculator
    simplifying
    during a starter.
  • Mr McK, CSSchool
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  • We're from Church Stretton in super sunny Shropshire and we totally rule at this.
    We found:
    Multiplied
    Protractors
    Percentage
    Santa Claus
    Melissa-Ann (a very famous person)
    Subtracting
    One Hundred
    Playgrounds.
  • Mr Wood And The Year 8 Alans (set 2), Henry Beaufort School, Winchester
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  • Year 8 set 2 found:
    Argentinians
    Watermelon
    Reflective
    Geometrics
    Phenomenal
    Journalists
    Netherlands
    Shopkeeper
    Elephants
    Dimensions
    Calculator
    Hellokitty
    Conclusion
    Santaclaus
    Triangular
    Multiplied
    Luxembourg
    Expressive
    Especially
    Furthermore
    Conclusive.
  • Matt LAUD And The Year 9 Alans, Henry Beaufort School, Winchester
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  • Multiplied
    Triangular
    Initiative
    Fabulously
    Calculator
    FioranoGTB
    Porterloos
    Auspicious
    Confidence
    Twentythree
    Crocodiles
    Permission
    Reflective
    Switzerland
    Helicopter
    Scaffolding
    Whiteboard
    Vocabulary
    Calculating
    Algebraic
    Instruments
    Trampoline
    Headphones
    Typewriters
    Mathematic
    Industrial
    Fanfiction
    Reasonable
    Dictionary
    Expression
    Telephones
    Excellence
    We could go on, but we wouldn't want to bore you with excellence....
  • Mr Wood And The 7Y1 Alans, Henry Beaufort School, Winchester
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  • Rigorously
    Pentagonal
    Multiplied
    Trapeziums
    Dimensions
    Archimedes
    Stationery
    Stationary
    Scientific
    Reflective
    Permission
    Santaclaus
    Accredited
    We could go on...
  • Mrs Rogers, 9set4
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  • We found:
    Slothtastic
    Santaclaus
    reflective
    calculator
    whiteboard.
  • Miss S, Chorley
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  • Great starter!
    7N at St. Michaels found:
    STRATEGIES
    REASONABLY
    CONVERSION
    ORGANISERS
    :).
  • Class 6, Fagley, Bradford
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  • Class 6 found:
    difference
    theologist
    attendance
    We found it easier to find words with 4 vowels and 6 consonants.
  • ISK Y8 Phoenix, Geoje, South Korea
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  • We found:
    hypotenuse
    percentage
    multiplied
    maleficent
    transition
    horizontal
    challenging
    difference
    pencil(case)
    reflection.
  • 7(1), Highfield School
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  • We found: excitement, marvellous, transported, photography, chocolatey, dictionary, Donald Trump and Mr Quagmire. It also prompted a discussion on the ratio of consonants to vowels in words. We have one with 7:1.

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