A classic word-game where players try to use their tiles to create long and exotic words to earn the most points.

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How can I best assess the quality of a game of Scrabble?

As a child, I played Scrabble with my grandmother. At the end of each game, she would tally the total score (i.e. both players' combined), and consider the game a good one if the total was high, a ...
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Scrabble - What if any “House Rules” work to even the playing field with more and less experienced players?

Related:What is a fair Scrabble handicap Scrabble is a great game for competitive type A types and the learning curve is STEEP at first. Great game. Like most games, house rules vary and are fine as ...
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For Scrabble, Is there a most common phonies list anywhere?

There are all kinds of lists out there to improve one's Scrabble play. For instance, I have a book called Bob's Bible which helps with all kinds of anagrams and other unique groupings. Google search ...
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What is a fair Scrabble handicap

If its with someone who is ESL with limited vocabulary and never played Scrabble before with you being a native speaker who played Scrabble lots.
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Online Scrabble-like game with play-ahead feature?

I just played my turn in Words with Friends, and notice I can make a killer word on my next turn, unless my opponent plays too close to that area and blocks my making that word. Are there any online ...
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Scrabble variation: use double and triple word scores (but not double/triple letter scores) twice?

Is there a popular Scrabble variation that: lets you play double/triple word scores twice, once vertically and once horizontally? does NOT let you play double/triple letter scores twice? This ...
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Scrabble First Turn Questions

I've played scrabble with different groups of people and their rules on first turns vary a lot. The rules I've seen used are: Double score for first turn (Scrabble rules confirms this and is the ...
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In Scrabble, What is the big deal with playing with etched in tiles?

Some people raise the issue of "brailling" tiles and refuse to play with etched in tiles, such as those that which commonly come with a store bought version of Scrabble. Is this a big deal? Have ...
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What is the standardized format for Scrabble match annotations?

I have seen graphical walk-throughs before of past Scrabble matches. Watching the masters play is a great way to learn. Is there a widely accepted manner in which to annotate games? If so, is there ...
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Is there a normalized scoring format for Scrabble?

While mostly skill, Scrabble does of course have that chance element. You could lose to an inferior play or beat a more skilled player based upon tile distribution in the game. Is there any system ...
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Learning new Scrabble words?

I downloaded the zyzzyva program and have been using it to sharpen my anagram solving skills, but it isn't great to learn new words with. I'm probably not using it right, but it seems like there are ...
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Do great Scrabble players ever turn in their tiles?

Presumably you would trade in tiles if you thought you would get in one turn, after trading, more than what you'll get in the next two turns without trading. But then, maybe you should make defensive ...
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Would changing the value of Scrabble tiles have a negative effect on the game?

This morning my Facebook friends are up in arms about a proposed re-valuation of Scrabble tiles in line with letter frequency in modern language usage: Scrabble: Should letter values change? All of ...
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How is Words With Friends different from Scrabble?

I like to play a game called Words With Friends, which is a freenium version of Scrabble. I thought it was however functionally the same. However, I've just seen that Zynga, the creators of the game, ...
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1953 version of Scrabble includes 4 wooden dice - why?

I have acquired a 1953 version of Scrabble. Included with the usual 100 wooden tiles are 4 wooden dice. Each face of the dice has the dots imprinted using one of these 3 colors; red, green or ...
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What's the etymology for the term “Bingo” in Scrabble?

Using all 7 tiles nets a Scrabble player a 50-point bonus and is sometimes referred to as a "Bingo". I'm curious: how did that term come into use and why does it have such meaning?
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Dictionary for Scrabble that doesn't contain ridiculous words

In playing Scrabble with friends, where can I find a dictionary that doesn't contain the ridiculous two-letter words that turn the game into a contest to see who has spent the most time reading the ...
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Are slang words allowed in Scrabble?

In Words with Friends, a Scrabble clone for the iPhone, slang words - such as the following - are permitted: za, slang for "pizza," lez, slang for "lesbian," And so on... Are slang words allowed ...
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Computer Scrabble UI & communication protocol?

I've recently gotten into playing Scrabble and I was wondering, what's the deal with Scrabble programs? I come from the world of computer chess where chess engines are distributed independently from ...
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How are Scrabble Bingo's calculated with regard to word multipliers?

Are bingos added to the basic score of the word and then modified by multipliers or are they added on after the play is scored?
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double movement in Scrabble

Can you resolve a dispute between myself and my girlfriend? She recently won a game with what I think is a double movement( although there's no mention of this in the rule book). She put one two ...
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Am I allowed to use archaic words in Quiddler/Scrabble?

While playing Quiddler tonight, I played both words "SIC" and "QUO". Both got challenged and both were in the dictionary that we agreed upon (dictionary.com). But the question of whether I can use ...
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Which Electronic Scrabble Games / Platforms Offer The Hardest Computer Opponents?

One can do a google search to find which websites and which smart devices have Scrabble applications, but I find that computer players vary widely and are often misclassified. For example, Lexulous ...
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Is there an official Spanish Scrabble Dictionary?

Last time I checked, there were some issues of contention with how the Spanish alphabet should be represented such as c+h vs ch, l vs ll, r vs rr and borrow letters such as k and w not used for ...
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Are tile bonuses counted twice if 2 new words are formed?

An example: O O There is a triple letter tile to the right of the bottom O. If I place an x on it, do I score 50 points (scoring the tile twice) or 34 (scoring it once)?
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Scrabble computer version that uses the new dictionary? (OSPD4/OTCWL2)

Is there a version of the computer Scrabble game that uses the new dictionary (not really new anymore, came out in 2006)? I know about ISC, but we're looking for something that my technophobic ...