How Many Words Can You Spell With the Letters in "Happy New Year"?

Updated on September 20, 2019
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Keely is a genealogist and freelance writer with years of experience writing about everything from gene science to holiday celebrations.

How many new words can you spell for this fun New Year's Eve activity?
How many new words can you spell for this fun New Year's Eve activity? | Source

A New Year Word Game

Everyone loves to challenge their mind and, of course, each other in fun word games that are perfect for young and old alike. If you're looking for something fun for the family to do this New Year's Eve, why not challenge each other to this fun word hunt

The challenge is to find how many words you can create using only the letters in the words "Happy New Year"?

Word Puzzle Rules

We want this to be fun, but there are a few simple rules to make sure it's fun for everyone!

  • Only use the letters that appear in the phrase "Happy New Year."
  • No reusing letters that have already been used.
  • No doubling up letters that aren't already doubled. (Hint: Only P, A, and E appear twice.)
  • You don't have to find an anagram of all 12 letters at once; new words can be between 2 and 12 letters long.
  • The words must be real words that can be found in the dictionary.
  • Optional rule: Decide as a family if you'll allow proper nouns and names.

How to Play

There are a few ways to play depending on your preference and the ages of those who want to play!

  • Work Together: Work together to come up with a list of everyone's words.
  • Pair Up: If you have younger elementary-aged children, it might be a good idea to pair up one adult or older sibling with one child and another adult or older sibling with another child. Older siblings will love helping the younger ones as they will be determined to beat Mom and Dad!
  • Work Individually: If there are only older children or adults, consider having a competition among each other. Tally the lists and see if you can beat it next New Year's Eve!

Consider having a fun prize for the winner.

How many words can you find?
How many words can you find? | Source

Words Found in "Happy New Year"

2-Letter Words
 
 
ah
an
aw
eh
en
er
ha
he
na
pa
we
ye
3-Letter Words
 
 
aah
aha
ana
any
ape
app
are
awe
aye
ear
era
ere
ern
eye
hap
haw
hay
hen
her
hew
hey
nap
nay
nee
new
pan
pap
par
paw
pay
pea
pee
pen
pep
per
pry
ran
rap
raw
ray
rye
wan
war
wee
wen
why
yap
yea
yen
yep
yew
4-Letter Words
 
 
aery
anew
area
away
awry
earn
ewer
eyre
hare
harp
heap
hear
here
hewn
hype
nape
nary
neap
near
pane
papa
para
pare
pawn
pear
peen
peep
peer
pray
prey
pyre
rape
reap
wane
ware
warn
warp
wary
wean
weep
were
when
whey
wrap
wren
yare
yarn
yawn
yeah
yean
year
5-Letter Words
 
 
apnea
arena
aware
happy
hyena
hyper
nappe
nappy
newer
paean
paper
payee
payer
prawn
preen
renew
repay
weary
weepy
where
yearn
6-Letter Words
 
 
anyway
appear
enwrap
eyewear
happen
ephyra
napery
napper
nephew
papery
paraph
prepay
7-Letter Word
8-Letter Word
9-Letter Word
hanaper
anywhere
hyperpnea

Over 153 Words Found!

There are a total of 153 words in the lists above that all appear in Webster's Dictionary that I have personally confirmed! There may be words that have been missed and any suggestions to add to the list are welcomed! Just leave a comment below. But, remember, they must be words that stand on their own (no prefixes, suffixes, etc.) and that can be found in the dictionary.

How many did you find? Take our poll and let us know!

Most importantly, have fun and relax as you celebrate the new year with loved ones. If your group can't get enough New Year's Eve or New Year's Day activities, you might also like this New Year's Trivia Game. It's a quiz you can either take by yourself or solve together as a group.

How many words did you come up with?

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      https://happynewyearmemes.com/ 

      10 days ago

      have a great year

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      John 

      2 years ago

      Happen

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      Miss.K 

      5 years ago

      I love it!!

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      DREAM ON 

      5 years ago

      Even though the new year is already into February I love playing word games with friends.Here's to lots of fun in every day of life. Thank you so much for sharing,

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      Rylee 

      5 years ago

      Weepy

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      Keely Deuschle 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Yappy Hewn Are to Ewe, too, RTalloni! I love word games, especially ones that really make you put your thinking cap on!

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      Keely Deuschle 

      5 years ago from Florida

      rebeccamealey, these types of games are a lot of fun in classrooms, too! Last year at my son's school, one of the classes challenged the others in a similar word game at Christmas! It was a lot of fun watching the kids try to think of words to add to the class list!

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      RTalloni 

      5 years ago

      Yappy Hewn Are! ;) And viva word games! :)

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Ha ! Cute! I use to do this word game every holiday when I taught elementary school. What a cool idea to share!

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      Keely Deuschle 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Thank you, poetryman6969! Let me know if you give it a try! Happy New Year!

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      poetryman6969 

      5 years ago

      Cool idea.

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