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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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Scoring when two triple word squares are covered in one play

The word QUAGMIRE is on the board vertically, with the Q on the top row, second column. The next player creates SQUEEZED horizontally, landing the S on the triple word square in the top row, first ...
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How do premium squares work across multiple turns and words in Scrabble? [closed]

The official Scrabble rules contain the following: Premium squares only count on the first turn they are used on. If a subsequent turn uses a letter that was previously placed on a premium square, ...
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Can I make a word going through another word?

For instance the word PLAY is on the board, and I put BOARD using the A from PLAY. Is that acceptable?
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Limits on using new words in scrabble

The example from Scrabble manual have the following picture illustrating the scoring: In the following, the words added on five successive turns are shown in bold type. The scores shown are the ...
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Add to an existing word

If an s is added to the end of an existing word, does the s have to be the first or last letter of the new word or can it be somewhere between?
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Word premium applies to 2 words?

We had a family scrabble game that erupted into a debate. I have searched these forums, and while I found several threads that seemed to apply to this scenario, it wasn’t quite clear. The question ...
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Is adding a parallel word that only intersects the end letter of an existing word allowed in Scrabble?

I won a game by getting lots of points doing it ;) but was contested and I could see their point. Here are two examples: PLACES OTHER or BRILLIANT SCORE I can see from the official ...
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What languages / countries do not have a dedicated Scrabble set?

There are, obviously, different Scrabble sets for other countries with different letters and - I assume - alphabets. I also assume the letter breakdowns (and point values?) differ - letter commonality ...
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Can I place a row of letters that makes multiple new words in combination with tiles already on the board?

player A makes LACE as a horizontal line play. player B adds Y to make LACEY then puts E A vertically to make YEA down in the same play I claimed that was not legal as it is two turns in one. The ...
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Is this a legal Scrabble play?

My sister played the three circled letters on her turn. Is it legal?
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How does this Example Endgame work in Scrabble? Playing Out Scenario

In Wikibook's Scrabble guide, they have a Scrabble/Endgame section. In the Example Endgame Subsection, they show how a person could play out his letters, knowing through tile-tracking that the ...
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In Scrabble if you use all your letters to make up a word, do you get an extra points?

In Scrabble, if you are able to use all your letters to make a word, do you get any extra points?
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Do you score for all smaller words within the long one in the same move in scrabble?

If the word you play in scrabble contains several smaller words, do you score all of them, or just the longest? E.g. TRAIN as TRAIN+RAIN+IN, or just TRAIN? Cannot find it clarified in any rules...
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In Scrabble, can a normal play be scoreless?

Scrabble rules say thay after at least six consecutive scoreless turns the game ends. Under North American tournament rules, the game ends when... at least six successive scoreless turns have ...
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In Scrabble, how to determine the main word if the player has just played one single tile but formed two different words?

Suppose that a Scrabble player has just made his/her turn. He/she played just a single tile but made two different words. One of the newly formed words is horizontal and another one is vertical. I am ...
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If British and American spellings of a word differ, which one should I prefer when playing Scrabble?

I have looked for some words in Scrabblewordfinder and Collins Dictionary. I found that in every pair like metre–meter, colour–color, defence–defense and so on, both words in each pair are usually ...
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Does Scrabble allow playing words which contain diacritics in their original spelling?

I know the fact that the words which are always capitalized aren't permitted in Scrabble. But there are some French loanwords incorporated into English, which aren't capitalized and aren't proper ...
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Latest Collins Scrabble Words list in text file

Where can I find the latest Collins Scrabble Words list in a text file? Googling this seems surprisingly difficult to find. I can only find some sites where I can check if the word is in the list.
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What is considered a good score in Scrabble?

In Scrabble, what is considered a good score for: A two player game A three player game A four player game In a two player game with my sister, we once got a 236/249 scoring game. When we played ...
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How do you score a word that has multiple bonuses?

How do you score a word that begins on a triple word space, ends on a double word space and uses all seven of your tiles?
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Can I use plurals in scrabble?

Can plural form of words be used in the scrabble? For example, table, obviously can. But can I extend it to the "tables" for example?
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What are the criteria for the best move in Scrabble? [closed]

Suppose you're playing (classical, not duplicate) Scrabble and it's your turn. My question is: What would be a good general defintion of a best move for you? The definition could be of a ...
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Strategy for two blank Scrabble tiles

I had two blank tiles at the beginning of the game. The other letters were not high scoring letters, but I was able to use all seven, for a total of 59 points. Would it be a better strategy to use the ...
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How do I replace lost plastic tiles for Scrabble?

Two of the letter tiles from my Hungarian language Scrabble set are lost. These are bright gray plastic tiles with the letters etched and painted on them. Is there a way I can obtain replacement for ...
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What does playability of a Scrabble word mean?

While studying Scrabble word lists through Zyzzyva, I came across the term playability order. I understand the term probability order, which lists the most probable tile combinations on a rack of 7 ...
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Minimum score for 7 letters and what beats it

My girlfriend and I got into a discussion about scrabble the other day and we were wondering what the smallest score you could get for a 7 letter word is, presuming the board is empty. The word can be ...
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What are good tips for playing the endgame in Scrabble?

Toward the end of the game, you want to get rid of as many tiles as you can so that they don't count against you. Or do you? Yesterday, with less than 20 tiles to go, I got a few points for extending ...
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Which words count for a double word score? [duplicate]

In Scrabble, if you make a new word and one of your letters adds onto another word making a whole new word, but this letter falls onto a double word score and you want to count it for the higher word ...
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Scrabble Triple Word Score Question

In Scrabble, If on the board there is: PICKLE If you start at the E tile, go down one tile, then right one tile there is a triple word score. If you put SO vertically at the end of pickles (So the ...
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How many allowed scrabble words are there in different languages

I just read about Nigel Richards winning the french scrabble championship after learning 370,000 french words by heart. There was also mentioned that the Islandic scrabble society invited him to the ...
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Origin of scores for letters in Scrabble (in relation to their frequency in a langauge)

In Scrabble, each letter is worth a number of points. Typically, the rarer the letter, the more score it has, see Scrabble letter distribution and score. Does anyone know how these scores are being ...
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How common are offensive words in tournament Scrabble play?

There are a number of different 'official' Scrabble dictionaries, but at least for this question I'm primarily interested in North American play, and so I'm interested in two word lists particularly: ...
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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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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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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 it's 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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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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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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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 black....
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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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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 is ...
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How is the board game version of 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...