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bio website monsteradvancer.com
location Des Moines, IA
age 34
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seen Dec 19 '13 at 23:13

My interests span the geek spectrum unabashedly.

Some of my favorites categories (with a few examples) include:

  • programming (Java/Groovy/Javascript)
  • board games(Dominion, Co-op games like Pandemic)/table-top rpgs(Pathfinder),
  • music -> vocal(I sing myself-baritone) and instrumental music(Grieg)
  • literature(Scarlet Letter, Brave New Word, 1984).

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awarded  Yearling
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awarded  Autobiographer
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awarded  Analytical
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comment Dictionary for Scrabble that doesn't contain ridiculous words
If you are going to exclude I think the key is excluding non-subjectively. You can trim the list down by cutting words by definition--letter words(ar, ef, el, es, ex), sound interjections(hm, mm, oi, oy, sh), greek letters (mu, nu, xi), etc. Anything less is subjective and is the same as saying you can only use words that all players know. Words like aa, ai and id have very definite meanings and are not archaic. Excluding all 2-letter words or based on point values, just feels like changing the game altogether. At that point, just take the tiles and make your own game--you might have more fun.
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comment Dictionary for Scrabble that doesn't contain ridiculous words
I think everyone learning (or having a copy of) the two-letter word list is a far cry from "Scrabble-for-blood". It is something more akin to a knowledge equalizer (a handicap). Although the term "Scrabble-for-blood" gives me a lot of good ideas for some fun game variants. I also think as soon as you start talking "normal" you have entered into @Johno's answer (which is quite valid) because you have entered the subjective zone. There are non-subjective ways to trim down that two-letter list.
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awarded  Teacher
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awarded  Editor
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revised Dictionary for Scrabble that doesn't contain ridiculous words
Added reference to two-letter word list that has definitions as well.
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answered Dictionary for Scrabble that doesn't contain ridiculous words
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awarded  Supporter
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answered Citadels: Can two Circus Tents be built in the same city?