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What does the Scrabble board look like in foreign languages?
I recently saw a 19x19 Scrabble board, which might be used in German, but I'm not sure.

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The main difference between the different language variants of Scrabble is predominantly the letter distribution and values, the board dimensions always stay the same.

There are however a number of non-core variants of scrabble that have boards with different dimensions, including Super Scrabble with a 21x21 board and Scrabble Junior with 11x11, 13x13 and 15x15 variants.

In addition to these official Scrabble branded variants, there are also a few non-Scrabble games like Scrabeo or Slovodel that look similar, but have different dimensions (17x17 for Scrabeo, 16x16 for Slovodel).

As it was in a different language it's entirely possible what you saw was a competing game, rather than a Scrabble game.

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The board is the same shape in every language as far as I know

What changes are letters and letter distributions:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scrabble_letter_distributions

Welsh is a notable one:

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Edit: A 21x21 board apparently exists and seems to be a licensed variant of the game: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Scrabble

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Credit: Kevin Marks from San Jose, USA - Super Scrabble, CC BY 2.0

  • I can't access it at all. But I really saw a 19 by 19 grid somewhere. – Scratch---Cat Sep 18 at 14:00
  • I don't doubt you. I also don't think it was a standard variant of any language edition of Scrabble. A quick search found this: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Scrabble – tanerkay Sep 19 at 3:56
  • I can't access it. – Scratch---Cat Sep 19 at 21:09
  • I tried using the Wiki Hacker website. – Scratch---Cat Sep 19 at 21:16
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My Aunt gifted me a Dutch Scrabble game many years ago. The board was identical to the English one - but the letter mix was very very different: 20 "E"s instead of 12 and 3 "Z"s worth 2 points each rather than 1 of 10 points.

I suspect that you happened upon a double-board. 15^2 = 225 and 19^2 = 361 so that board had almost twice as many squares as the standard one. Removing a small number of agreed letters from a double set would have made a quite playable game with a greater skill-to-luck ratio than the standard.

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