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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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In Scrabble, does a blank tile on the double/triple word square count?

If the blank tile is on a triple word tile while you are making a word, does it still count as a triple word?
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Smallest Scrabble board with all letters in play

Was just doing a mental exercise and thought I'd ask people with actual knowledge and expertise in the game's theory: What is the "smallest" legal Scrabble board on which all letters have ...
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Was it ever the case that Scrabble tiles had to be placed contiguously?

I learnt to play Scrabble with my grandma in the 80s, and for years she was the only person I played against (I didn't have a board). She played the rules she was taught when she first learnt the game ...
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Scoring first word with all 7 letters

What scoring conditions apply if all 7 letters are used for the first word in Scrabble? Does the player get double points for the word AND 50 points for using all their tiles?
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Can I ignore parts of words to make valid words?

In scrabble can you form a word ignoring the last letter of a word on the board. Ex. REEK is on the board Then I add T, to form TREE, ignoring the K. It looks like this on the board: TREEK
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Is this move permitted in Scrabble? [duplicate]

My wife and I had a heated discussion on whether the move below was permissible under the official Scrabble rules. In this case, I added the letters O, I to form OE and OI. She claims it was a double ...
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8 letter word beginning and ending on triple word scores [duplicate]

I played the 8 letter word emerging, using the middle e already on the board, and starting and ending on triple word scores. Is the score tripled, and then tripled again before adding the 50 pt bonus,...
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In Scrabble, what happens if a player has to leave the game early?

Earlier today, a group of us were playing Scrabble. One of us had to leave early due to something external. What happens to that player's tiles?
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Which language of Scrabble scores the most points on average per game?

Some languages have more words than others, especially 2-3 letter words, which would probably allow for a higher average game score. For example, although the same language, English, the Collins 2019 ...
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Scrabble - Parallel Words joined at one letter [duplicate]

Parallel words joined at a single letter forming a second word. I cannot seem to find a clear answer to this scrabble question. Say player one plays, "scrabble" as their first word. Is it ...
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If you have 2 "s" in your rack, do you score statistically higher playing the extra "s" immediately or saving it?

Although it doesn't happen often, when I have 2 "s" in my rack, I'm not sure if I should try to use one immediately to score an additional 2-7 points, or save both s's for bingos/parallel ...
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What are the differences in strategy going first vs going second, vice versa, in Scrabble?

My initial thoughts: when going first, you have no choice but to open the board, but you get to choose how you want the board to be opened, most likely based on your rack and if you know your opponent'...
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When is it worth playing around "s" in Scrabble? I.e., trying not to spell words that "s" can be appended to for a parallel word

I often find myself in situations where I have to choose between a high scoring word where the opponent can stick s to score highly, or if I should pick a lower-scoring word that you can't add "s&...
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How much of an advantage does it give to draw all 2 blank tiles and/or 4 S tiles in Scrabble?

I'm playing against someone who I've had close games with, but now they're up 110 points in a game (they have 420, I have 310) where they drew all the S's and blank tiles. I wonder if this is a ...
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Does my Scrabble play have to be all adjacent tiles?

Do all tiles played in one move need to be adjacent to each other? Example - there is a Y on the board, can a player place the letter E on both sides to make the word EYE ?
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What are the odds in Scrabble of not being able to make a legal move on opening turn

I've been playing the game for 50 years and this happened to me recently: I had the following rack PBQZJDH And so I could not play a legal move. I've been trying to work out the odds of this (no ...
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How would it change the game play style if players can see each other's racks in Scrabble?

I've always been curious, and wanting to try this with a friend, but I don't know any real life friends that would play me. Also no apps that I know support it afaik, and you'd have to manually tell ...
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How many vowels and consonants should you keep at the end of the turn in Scrabble?

I'm no professional player at all, but it seems like a balanced rack could be keeping a certain number of vowels/consonants. Considering there are 100 letter tiles, 56 consonants and 42 vowels, with a ...
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If using an anagram solver is possible/permitted in Scrabble, what additional strategies should you use?

Often on online multiplayer apps of Scrabble and Words With Friends, you have unlimited time to make your move. As a result, most people use anagram solvers to "cheat". However, because this ...
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If I extend a word, do I get points for all the words, or just the straight line word?

I'm having an argument that will determine the winner Board looks like this: S AB DE N D If you add E to get: S AB DE EN D Do you get points for just SADE and EN, or do you get AB and DE as ...
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first player had to pass- points for second player?

First player had to pass in opening the game due to drawing all consonants and had no options after searching helps on google. Would the next player get double points instead?
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consequence for illegal double word plays

When a player uses tiles that do not properly spell an acceptable word and their opponent successfully challenges, the offending player loses their turn. What is the consequence when a player makes ...
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How to count a word covering both triple and double word cells? [duplicate]

In my game I managed to produce a word womanizers which covers both "double word" and "triple word" squares. Should I myltiply final count by 2, 3 or 6?
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Scrabble game rules [duplicate]

While playing scrabble, the word mount was on the board, my opponent added ing, making the word mounting, then wanted to make a word off the g in the same turn, is that a legal play?
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Scrabble premium word score question [duplicate]

In the following scenario, does a double word premium apply to both words made on the same turn? Player 1 plays the word "book". Player 2 plays the word "shot", placing the "s" on a double word score ...
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Where can one find an up-to-date list of all accepted Scrabble words

I would like a list of all up to date Scrabble words. Where can I find one in list form please? I have tried Tile Fish and also Collins.
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Scrabble vs. Unspeakable Words

What are the differences between the letter distribution and the letter scoring on Scrabble and Unspeakable Words? Are there any other differences? Are these games similar in some ways? Next ...
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Impossible Scrabble Words

Are there any words that are impossible on Scrabble even if the blank tiles are used? I mean that the words can't be played because there are not enough tiles to play it.
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What does the Scrabble board look like in foreign languages?

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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What is the highest game score theoretically possible in Scrabble using 1 player and the International Scrabble Dictionary?

This is one for simulation and some guesses on the strategy to used e.g. is it best to always get the bonus every turn or do the most combinations even if it doesn't use up all the letters every turn. ...
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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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Position of new words when adding to existing words

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?