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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2005 3:56 am    Post subject: LET US PLAY SCRABBLE Reply with quote

The History of Scrabble


The game of Scrabble was first commercially produced the United States in 1949. Prior to its appearance on the market, however, it had had a very long gestation – 18 years or so.

The development of Scrabble goes back to the early 1930s. The game itself was not the brainchild of just one individual, but two. Alfred Butts and James Brunot were the game's progenitors. They were the two people who did most to develop Scrabble, but they had considerable help from family, friends and colleagues.

Alfred Butts had had a lifelong interest in words and word puzzles. He liked to do crosswords and solve anagrams or play with a number of other word puzzles, which circulate among a minority in the USA. The Great Depression saw Butt unemployed by 1931, and this left him with a considerable amount of free time. By 1933, Butts had some vague ideas for game, which he called Lexiko. He had investigated the wide variety of commercially produced games and had discovered that although there were a good number of card games, bingo type games, and games with pieces and counters, there were no commercial word games. Butts wanted to develop Lexiko into commercial product, hoping to make some money from it.

In its prototype version, Lexiko had letter tiles and racks, but nothing else. There was no board, and there were no point values on the tiles. The idea of the game was simply to try to make a seven-letter word from the tiles on the rack. If a player could not see a word, he could exchange some of his tiles for others from the pool of unused tiles. This exchange of letters continued until one player was able to build a seven-letter word with his tiles, winning the game.

A later version of Lexiko saw the introduction of point values C the tiles. When a player went out with a seven-letter word, the other players were allowed to make shorter words if they could. The point values on the tiles were then used to score these shorter words, and a ranking was thus obtained for the other players. Butts offered the game to various manufacturers, but none of them was interested.

The crucial step in the development of the game was the board. Butts devised a board with various premium squares, and decided that the players should take it in turns to build words on the board, interlocking in crossword fashion. The player scored points related to the values of the tiles played and the premium squares covered. This was getting pretty close to modern-day Scrabble! Butts went back to the commercial game manufacturers with his modified game, by now called it. Again, it was roundly rejected.

Undaunted, Butts continued tinkering with the game between 1933 and 1938, but he had still not managed to capture the interest of a single manufacturer when, in 1939, he was introduced to Jim Brunot. This vital meeting was brought about by a social worker, Neva Deardorff. Deardorff had known (Butts and his little word game for some while, and might even be considered an early fanatic of the game! She felt that Brunot, a Government administrator and a colleague of hers, might be keen to develop Butts' game further and to market it. Butts and Brunot got together to discuss the possibilities of the game called Criss-Crosswords by now. Nothing much came of this liaison for some while. Through the war years, Brunot toyed with the idea of turning Criss-Crosswords into a marketable product while he continued to play the game himself. In 1946, when the war was over, Brunot and Butts came together again. Further discussion and a refinement of certain points resulted in the game being renamed - and Scrabble was born. Butts and Brunot made plans for producing and marketing the game. Finally, 1949, Scrabble was launched in the USA by Brunot and his Production and Marketing Company in Connecticut, a name which still appears on many Scrabble boards.

However, the game's popularity grew slowly. Total sales for 1949 were just over 2,000 sets, and the company made a loss. 1950 saw almost 5,000 sets sold, but the manufacturer was still losing money. In 1951, sales crept up to 8,500 sets, but the company was scarcely breaking even. Initially, 1952 little sign of bringing anything different from the preceding three years. For the first six months sales were nothing special, but ii the middle of the year, a watershed was reached. The game suddenly took off with astonishing success. In the next couple of years, Brunot sold 4.5 million sets! The USA had gone crazy over Scrabble, just as it was to do a few years later over the hula-hoop and the twist.

The person who had most to do with the transformation of Scrabble from a money-loser into a sure-fire success was a man called Jack Strauss. Strauss was the chairman of Macy's, a very large department store in New York City. He had played Scrabble with some friends during his summer holiday, and when he got back to the store, he was flabbergasted to find that Macy's did not stock the game. Strauss soon changed that, and Macy's was soon running a big promotion for Scrabble. The game took off in the 'Big Apple', and the craze soon spread throughout the country.

Within a year or so, Scrabble was catching on outside the USA By 1953, it had reached Australia, where it has had a strong hold ever since. The game found its way to Britain in 1954, and has been consistently popular since then. Scrabble has spread to the rest of the English-speaking world and beyond. It has been translated into a variety of foreign languages, including Arabic, Greek and Russian. Scrabble is available in standard sets, de luxe sets, travel sets and pocket sets. It is also obtainable in number of computer packages, which run on several different microcomputers.

In recent years, the game has become much organized. There are Scrabble clubs, inter-club tournaments, regional championships, national-championships, international championships, Television Scrabble and even in Internet.




WHERE IS SCRABBLE?

In 1950, the town of Hot Springs in the state of New Mexico. USA, changed its name to Truth or Consequences, the name of a popular game of those days. If a town can adopt such a preposterous name and get away with it, surely there ought to be a town somewhere, anywhere, called Scrabble. is there? Was there ever? And if so, where?

A detailed study of gazetteers and atlases from the past and present has revealed a small town called Scrabble. It is in Rappahannock County, in the state of Virginia, USA. The town is so small that it has no post office, and receives its mail through the nearby towns of Castleton and Woodville. Quite how the town came to be called Scrabble is not known. Was it anything to do with the game?

The search for towns called Scrabble also revealed a place called Scrabbletown, which is in Anne Arundel County, in the state of Maryland, USA. Scrabbletown is just outside another larger town called Mayo. Should you want to write to Scrabbletown, Maryland, its zip code is 21106.

In addition to the towns of Scrabble and Scrabbletown, there exists a tiny village called Hardscrabble, in the state of New York, USA. This is surely a reference to the hard life led by the early dwellers there, and not to any difficulties they may have with playing the game of Scrabble!

Do you know of any other Scrabble towns, rivers, mountains! etc. anywhere at all in the world? The USA and Australia would seem to be best countries on which to concentrate an even more detailed search.


Reference
The Scrabble BookŪ


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2005 4:03 am    Post subject: SCRABBLE TWO LETTER WORDS Reply with quote

List of two-letter words:

There are 129 two-letter words and they are all fundamental to the game. The importance of knowing all the two-letter words can’t be emphasized enough. They are vital for parallel word play and maximizing scoring on tight boards and should be learnt off by heart. Write out the complete list over and over again. Play a few solo games allowing yourself to cheat by referring to the list, but don’t rely on the lists for too long. If you don’t exercise your memory you won’t recall them during actual play.

This really can help to cement the words into your mind, but you will have to check dictionaries like Webster and/or Chambers dictionaries.


AA AB AD AE* AG* AH AI AL AM* AN* AR AS AT* AW* AX* AY

BA BE* BI BO BY

CH*

DA DE DI DO

EA ED* EE* EF EH EL EM EN ER ES ET* EX*

FA FY*

GI GO GU

HA HE HI HM* HO

ID IF IN IO IS* IT

JO*

KA KO KY*

LA LI LO

MA ME MI MM* MO MU MY*

NA NE* NO NU NY

OB OD OE OF* OH OI* OM ON OO OP OR OS* OU* OW* OX* OY

PA PE PH PI PO

QI

RE

SH* SI SO ST*

TA TE TI TO*

UG UH* UM* UN UP UR* US* UT

WE* WO

XI XU*

YA* YE YO YU

ZO


Note: * means 'S' not acceptable[/size]


References:
Official Scrabble Players' Dictionary (USA)
Official Scrabble Words Dictionary (U.K.)


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2005 4:20 am    Post subject: THREE LETTER WORDS Reply with quote

THREE-LETTER WORDS

To the uninitiated the number of allowable three letter-words is quite daunting. However, if you ignore the everyday words the lists begin to become a little more manageable. Pay particular attention to those that can be made by extending two-letter words and those containing tiles worth three points or more. Write out those you don’t know.


COMPILED THREE LETTER WORDS

A
AAH AAL AAS* ABA ABB ABO ABS ABY ACE ACH* ACT ADD ADO ADS* ADZ* AFF* AFT* AGA AGE AGO* AHA* AHS* AIA AID AIL AIM AIN AIR AIS* AIT AKE ALA ALB ALE ALL ALP ALS* ALT AMA AMI AMP AMU ANA AND ANE ANI ANN ANT ANY* APE APT ARB ARC ARD ARE ARF ARK ARM ARS* ART ARY* ASH* ASK ASP ASS* ATE ATT AUF AUK AVA AVE AVO AWA* AWE AWL AWN AXE AYE AYS* AYU AZO*

B
BAA BAD BAG BAH* BAL BAM BAN BAP BAR BAS BAT BAY BED BEE BEG BEL BEN BET BEY BEZ* BIB BID BIG BIN BIO BIS* BIT BIZ* BOA BOB BOD BOG BOH BOK BON* BOO BOP BOR BOS BOT BOW BOX* BOY BRA BRO BRR* BUB BUD BUG BUM
BUN BUR BUS BUT BUY BYE BYS*

C
CAB CAD CAM CAN CAP CAR CAT CAW CAY CEE CEL CEP CHA CHE* CHI CID CIG CIS* CIT CLY* COB COD COG COL CON COO COP COR COS COT COW COX* COY COZ* CRU CRY* CUB CUD CUE CUM* CUP CUR CUT CUZ* CWM

D
DAB DAD DAE DAG DAH DAK DAL DAM DAN DAP DAS* DAW DAY DEB DEE DEF* DEI* DEL DEN DES* DEV DEW DEX* DEY DIB DID* DIE DIG DIM DIN DIP DIT DIS DIV DOB DOC DOD DOE DOG DOH DOL DOM DON DOO DOP DOR DOS DOT DOW DRY DSO DUB DUD DUE DUG DUI* DUN DUO DUP DUX* DYE DZO

E
EAN EAR EAS* EAT EAU EBB ECH* ECO* ECU EDH EEK* EEL EEN* EFF EFS* EFT EGG EGO EHS* EIK EKE ELD ELF ELK ELL ELM ELS* ELT EME EMF EMS* EMU END ENE ENG ENS* EON ERA ERE ERF* ERG ERK ERN ERR ERS* ESS* EST ETA ETH EUK EVE EWE EWK EWT EYE

F
FAB* FAD FAG FAH FAN FAP* FAR FAS* FAT FAW FAX* FAY FED FEE FEH FEM FEN FER* FET FEU FEW* FEY FEZ* FIB FID FIE* FIG FIL FIN FIR FIT FIX* FIZ* FLU FLY* FOB FOE FOG FOH FON FOP FOR* FOU FOX* FOY FRA FRO* FRY* FUB FUD FUG FUM FUN FUR

G
GAB GAD GAE GAG GAL GAM GAN* GAP GAR GAS* GAT GAU GAY GED GEE GEL GEM GEN GEO GET GEY* GHI GIB GID GIE GIF* GIG GIN GIO GIP GIS* GIT GJU GNU GOA GOB GOD GOE GON GOO GOR* GOS* GOT* GOV GOX* GOY GUB GUE GUL GUM GUN GUP GUR GUS* GUT GUV GUY GYM GYP

H
HAD HAE HAG HAH HAJ* HAM HAN* HAO* HAP HAS* HAT HAW HAY HEH HEM HEN HEP HER HES* HET HEW HEX* HEY HIC* HID HIE HIM* HIN HIP HIS HIT HMM* HOA HOB HOC* HOD HOE HOG HOH HOI* HON HOO* HOP HOS HOT HOW HOX* HOY HUB HUE HUG HUH* HUI HUM HUN HUP HUT HYE HYP

I
ICE ICH ICK* ICY* IDE IDS* IFF* IFS* ILK ILL IMP INK INN INS* ION IOS* IRE IRK ISH* ISM ISO ITA ITS* IVY*

J
JAB JAG JAK JAM JAP JAR JAW JAY JEE JET JEU* JEW JIB JIG JIN JIZ* JOB JOE JOG JOR JOT JOW JOY JUD JUG JUN* JUS* JUT

K
KAB KAE KAF KAI KAM* KAS* KAT KAW KAY KEA KEB KED KEF KEG KEN KEP KET KEV* KEX* KEY KHI KID KIF KIN KIP KIR KIT KOA KOB KOI KON KOP KOR KOS KOW KUE KYE* KYU

L
LAB LAC LAD LAG LAH LAM LAP LAR LAS LAT LAV LAW LAX* LAY LEA LED* LEE LEG LEI LEK LEP LES LET LEU* LEV* LEW* LEX* LEY LEZ* LIB LID LIE LIG LIN LIP LIS* LIT LOB LOG LOO LOP LOR* LOS LOT LOW LOX* LOY LUD LUG LUM LUR LUV LUX* LUZ* LYE LYM

M
MAA MAC MAD MAE MAG MAK MAL MAM MAN MAP MAR MAS MAT MAW MAX* MAY MED* MEG MEL MEM MEN* MES MET MEU MEW MHO MIB MID MIG MIL MIM* MIR MIS MIX* MIZ* MNA MOA MOB MOC MOD MOE MOG MOI* MOL MOM MON MOO MOP MOR MOS MOT MOU MOW MOY MOZ* MUD MUG MUM MUN MUS MUT MUX*

N
NAB NAE* NAG NAH NAM NAN NAP NAS* NAT NAW* NAY NEB NED NEE* NEF NEK NEP NET NEW NIB NID NIE NIL NIM NIP NIS* NIT NIX* NOB NOD NOG NOH* NOM NON* NOO* NOR* NOS* NOT* NOW NOX* NOY NTH* NUB NUN NUR NUS* NUT NYE NYS*

O
OAF OAK OAR OAT OBA OBE OBI OBO OBS* OCA OCH* ODA ODD ODE ODS* OES* OFF OFT* OHM OHO OHS* OIK OIL OKA OKE OLD OLE OLM OMS* ONE ONS* OOF OOH OOM OON OOP OOR* OOS* OOT OPE OPS* OPT ORA* ORB ORC ORD ORE ORF ORS* ORT OSE OUD OUK OUP OUR OUT OVA* OWE OWL OWN
OWT OXO* OXY* OYE OYS*

P
PAC PAD PAH PAL PAM PAN PAP PAR PAS PAT PAW PAX* PAY PEA PEC PED PEE PEG PEH PEN PEP PER* PES* PET PEW PHI PHO PHS* PHT* PIA PIC PIE PIG PIN PIP PIR PIS PIT PIU* PIX* PLY* POA POD POH* POI POL POM POO POP POS POT POW POX* POZ* PRE* PRO PRY PSI PST* PUB PUD PUG PUH* PUL PUN PUP PUR PUS PUT PUY PYA PYE PYX*

Q
QAT QIS* QUA*

R
RAD RAG RAH RAI RAJ* RAM RAN* RAP RAS* RAT RAW RAX* RAY REB REC RED REE REF REG REH REI REM REN REP RES* RET REV REW REX* REZ* RHO RHY* RIA RIB RID RIF RIG RIM RIN RIP RIT RIZ* ROB ROC ROD ROE ROK ROM ROO ROT ROW RUB RUC RUD RUE RUG RUM RUN RUT RYA RYE

S
SAB SAC SAD* SAE* SAG SAI SAL SAM* SAN SAP SAR SAT* SAU* SAW SAX* SAY SAZ* SEA SEC SED* SEE SEG SEI SEL SEN SER SET SEW SEX* SEY SEZ* SHA* SHE SHH* SHY* SIB SIC SIM SIN SIP SIR SIS SIT SIX* SKA SKI SKY* SLY* SMA*
SNY* SOB SOC SOD SOG SOH SOL SON SOP SOS* SOT SOU SOV SOW SOX* SOY SPA SPY* SRI STY* SUB SUD SUE SUI* SUK SUM SUN SUP SUQ SUR* SUS SWY* SYE SYN*

T
TAB TAD TAE TAG TAI TAJ* TAK TAM TAN TAO TAP TAR TAS TAT TAU TAV TAW TAX* TAY TEA TED TEE TEF TEG TEL TEN TES* TET TEW THE* THO* THY* TIC TID TIE TIG TIL TIN TIP TIS* TIT TOC TOD TOE TOG TOM TON TOO* TOP TOR TOT TOW TOY TRY* TSK TUB TUG TUI TUM TUN TUP TUT TUX* TWA TWO TWP* TYE TYG

U
UDO UDS* UEY UFO UGH UGS* UKE ULE ULU UMM* UMP UNI UNS* UPO* UPS* URB URD URE URN USE UTA UTE UTS* UTU UVA

V
VAC VAE VAN VAR VAS* VAT VAU VAV VAW VEE VEG* VET VEX* VIA VID VIE VIG VIM VIN VIS* VLY* VOE VOL VON* VOR VOW VOX* VUG VUM

W
WAB WAD WAE WAG WAN WAP WAR WAS* WAT WAW WAX* WAY WEB WED WEE WEM WEN WET WEX* WEY WHA* WHO* WHY WIG WIN WIS WIT WIZ* WOE WOG WOK WON WOO WOP WOS* WOT WOW WOX* WRY* WUD WUS* WYE WYN

X
XIS*

Y
YAH YAK YAM YAP YAR* YAW YAY YEA YEH* YEN YEP YES* YET* YEW YEX* YGO* YID YIN YIP YOB YOD YOK YOM* YON* YOS* YOU* YOW YUG YUK YUM* YUP YUS*

Z
ZAG ZAP ZAX* ZEA ZED ZEE ZEK ZEL ZEX* ZHO ZIG ZIN ZIP ZIT ZIZ* ZOA* ZOO ZOS* ZUZ*


Note: * means 'S' not acceptable

References:
Official Scrabble Players' Dictionary (USA)
Official Scrabble Words Dictionary (U.K.)


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2005 6:50 am    Post subject: COMBINATIONS OF ANIMALS & NAMES Reply with quote

Scrabble words that are made up by adding two animals together:

BATFISH BATFOWL BEARCAT BOARFISH BULLBAT BUGBEAR BULLDOG BULLFROG
CATBIRD CATFISH COWBIRD COWFISH
DOGFISH
FISHWORM FROGFISH
GOATFISH
HORSEFLY
LIONFISH
PIGFISH
RATFISH
SHEEPDOG
WOLFFISH


Names of people that are considered as Scrabble words:

AL
ALEC
ANNA
BEN
BENJAMIN
BENNY
BERTHA
BETH
BILL
BILLY
BOB
BOBBY
CARTER
CHAD
CHASE
CHEVY
CHUCK
DEAN
DEVON
ED
ERICA
FRANK
FRANKLIN
HANK
HENRY
HOMER
JACK
JAKE
JANE
JERRY
JEWEL
JEZEBEL
JILL
JIMMY
JOANNES
JOE
JOEY
JOHN
JOHANNES
JOHNNY
JONES
JOSEPH
KELVIN
KEN
LEE
LOUIE
LOUIS
MARK
MARSHALL
MARTIN
MIKE
MOLLY
MORRIS
PAGE
PAM
PAT
PATTY
PENNY
RANDY
RICK
ROB
ROD
SALLY
SHAWN
SMITH
SONNY
SUE
TERRY
TOM
TONY
VICTOR
VICTORIA
ZOWIE


References:
Official Scrabble Players' Dictionary (USA)
Official Scrabble Words Dictionary (U.K.)


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2005 2:48 am    Post subject: NAMES OF PLACES Reply with quote

Names of PLACES that you can play in Scrabble:

ALASKA
ARLES
BERLIN
BOLIVIA
BOSTON
CHAD
CHINA
CHILE
COLORADO
HOLLAND
JAPAN
JORDAN
MOROCCO
MUSCAT
NOME
PARIS
PHOENIX
SHANGHAI
TEXAS
TOLEDO
WARSAW
ZAIRE


References:
Official Scrabble Players' Dictionary (USA)
Official Scrabble Words Dictionary (U.K.)
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2005 4:27 am    Post subject: hey Reply with quote

hey Very Happy Razz akoy narindi sa sobrang haba ng iyong scrabble , paano pa tayo makapag iiscrabble nyan eh ang haba ng sasauluhin ko Razz Wink Very Happy Smile Surprised musta na

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2005 4:39 am    Post subject: Compilations Reply with quote

Hi Neth!

I just wanted to share my compilations of "Scrabble words" and techniques, anong malay natin, baka someday magkaroon ng 'World Scrabble Champion' na taga-Paete. Smile

Alam mo bagang mayroong mga international competitions ang Scrabble? Mayroon ding national level diyan sa 'Pinas. Nagkalat ang scrabble clubs sa buong mundo. Dito sa Gulf Countries, napakarami ding Scrabble Clubs. Dito naman sa Jeddah, ex-Pres. ako ng Jeddah Scrabble League (JSL).

Balak ko nga pag-uwi ng Paete ay magpa-tournament ng Scrabble para sa mga Batang Paete. pero kailangan ang maraming Scrabble sets at chess timers, sana nga matuloy ano?

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2005 4:52 am    Post subject: ok Reply with quote

[b][i]tito orel,

ok wait kita pag-uwi mo yung anak kong isa eh player naman ng chess sa quinale , baka maisali ko sa tournamnet mo ng scrabble hehehe Razz pwede ba ako sumali jok jok jok Very Happy Laughing

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2005 5:51 am    Post subject: balak pa lang Reply with quote

Kung matutuloy man ang Scrabble Tournament, open yun para sa lahat ng nais sumali. It will be an OPEN SCRABBLE TOURNAMENT, tatlong group yun A, B and C. Yung mga gurang ay sa Gourp A hahahaha! Laughing

As usual, weekend na naman dito, in ten minutes uuwi na ako. Teka Neth pakitanong naman ang cell # ni Dra. Lulu, di ba naiwala ko lahat at aking telephone numbers?

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2005 6:40 am    Post subject: Scrabble Reply with quote

Aurel: Good idea. It will help people learn English and accepted non-English words. Unfortunately, it is hard to play it in Tagalog dahilan sa "kalalakihan" at "kagandahan" lamang ay ubos na ang iyong "A". Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2005 7:15 am    Post subject: Re: balak pa lang Reply with quote

Batang Patio wrote:
. Teka Neth pakitanong naman ang cell # ni Dra. Lulu, di ba naiwala ko lahat at aking telephone numbers?


nakausap ko na si Dra. Lulu di naman niya dala ang cel nya, hayan mo siya pag di ko nalimutan eh dadaan ako sa kanila minsan, sabi nya kasi pupunta sya dito sa shop, siguro busy din

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2005 6:53 am    Post subject: Tagalog Reply with quote

VerMad, may kahirapang laruin ang scrabble sa tagalog, masyado nga maraming letter A Laughing

Pero ito ay available sa ibang foreign languages like Spanish.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2005 6:54 am    Post subject: Thanks Neth! Reply with quote

Maraming salamat ulit. Hihintayin ko na lang ang text niya. Its too bad, malaking kasalanan talaga yung katangahan Laughing

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2005 8:18 am    Post subject: SOME HELPFUL TIPS Reply with quote

SOME HELPFUL TIPS:

Open Play

Most people play Scrabble to win, which is natural and should not be discouraged. However, if you are keen to improve your scoring power and vocabulary, try playing the occasional more open game. This will enable you to concentrate on strengthening your rack-balancing bonus spotting and hook word skills. Here are few tips on open play:

- Try to ensure vowels are next to premium squares to provide scoring opportunities for high-scoring consonants.

- Experiment with playing the first word to the left of the board to enable easier access to the otherwise awkward top left.

- Play conservatively and consider points per tile gained, each move rather than point per move.

- Don’t be afraid to open up the triple word squares and equally don’t think you have to take a triple word square as soon as it is available.

- Change tiles if your rack gets imbalanced and the only moves available block the openings of the board.

- Whenever you get the opportunity start a game with a three-letter word consisting of vowel-consonant-vowel played centrally to open-up all four areas of the board, e.g. ADO, EGO, IRE, OCA, UDO, etc.


Score or Strategy?

The highest scoring move is not always the best play. Always consider lower-scoring alternatives that might be better for your strategy. A lower-scoring move might not give so many points away to your opponents, or might leave you with a better balance of letters on your rack, or might enable you to set yourself up for a good score the next turn. Losing 10 points one turn may provide an extra 20 points the following turn or, if your emphasis had been on rack balance rather than score, it may even yield a 50-points bonus play.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2005 7:12 am    Post subject: LETTER "Q" WITHOUT "U" Reply with quote

Letter “Q” without “U”

FAQIR – variation of FAKIR, a Hindu ascetic
QAID – variation of CAID, a Muslim leader
QANAT – a system of underground tunnels and wells in the Middle East
QAT – variation of KAT, an evergreen shrub
QINDAR – variation of QINTAR, monetary unit of Albania
QOPH – a letter of the Hebrew alphabet
QWERTY – a standard typewriter keyboard
SHEQEL – an ancient unit of weight and money
TRANQ – variation of trank (i.e. tranquilizer)
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