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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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What is the lowest score scrabble game possible if both players place valid words on each turn?

Probably the shortest game ended in a negative score when both players passed in consective turns and players could even worse deliberately but snarling the board so badlY that words can't be placed ...
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Woogles puzzle: Why is K9 WILL significantly better than 2M WOE?

I'm confused. I did the Woogles.io puzzle: I played 2M WOE which scores 34 points, but the answer is K9 WILL which scores 28 points. The Woogles.io analysis bot indeed prefers WILL, despite it ...
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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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What is the position on compound words in German language Scrabble?

I have tried googling this and have found nothing. Maybe it's just that I don't speak German so can't google properly. So, I understand that in German arbitrary compound words can be created. It is ...
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Is there a dictionary for Woogles.IO?

I've been getting into Scrabble recently, playing at Woogles.IO. Only I don't know what are or aren't counted as words there. I realize that, depending on playing mode, I can try placing words ...
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Adam Logan vs. Ben Schoenbrun (2023 Canadian Scrabble Classic): where can JUN be placed?

In this YouTube video, the commentators say in this position that if Adam Logan plays JUN then Ben Schoenbrun will play SIJO and win. However, I cannot find where JUN can be legally placed on this ...
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Have the two English Scrabble™ dictionaries ever gotten out of sync?

Currently, in North America, the definitive reference for which words are valid in tournament play is the NASPA Word List, which in 2019 replaced the Official Tournament and Club Word List. However, ...
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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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How many letters are needed for a bingo in 9 tile Scrabble?

When playing the 9 tile variant in scrabble do you need to play all nine tiles at once for a bingo or just 7 tiles as per the regular rules.
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Does Scrabble alllow inflection and agglutination in various languages?

In English, words are pretty much independent dictionary units, though we do have "socks" alongside "sock", "agglomerator" alongside "agglomerate", and the like,...
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Why is the first word doubled in Scrabble?

How does the first-word-is-double-points rule affect the game of scrabble? From a game design point of view. I wonder if it gives an (additional?) advantage to the first player, or actually makes the ...
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Is this a legal play in Scrabble?

My friend played the 'A' and the 'X' tiles underneath the word REARMICE and I was confused as I didn't believe it was legal to play words alongside other words. He also stated that he received points ...
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Scrabble question about adding prefix and suffix in single play

"Invest" is on the Scrabble board with spaces before and after. I have "d,e,e, and r" sitting in my tray. Is it legal to add "re" before and "ed" after in a ...
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Scrabble scoring [duplicate]

DOGS was on the board. I added "OB," thereby forming "OB," "OD," and "BO." Do I count the triple letter bonus twice--because the "B" was used to form ...
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Alternate spellings in Scrabble

A question about alternate spellings of accepted Scrabble words: For example, "aby" (to endure or abide) can also be spelled "abye." Supposing I place the tiles for "aby" ...
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What 2-letter words were added/removed in each eddition of the OSPD?

It's pretty easy to find a current 2-letter word list for Scrabble. Where can I find the changes that happened to the 2-letter word list in each version of the Official Scrabble Player's Dictionary? ...
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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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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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Has it ever been an official rule that I have to demonstrate knowledge of what a word means in order to play it in Scrabble?

I was playing a game of Scrabble with a friend recently. We agreed on the dictionary to use for challenges and began. Partway through the game, I picked an uncommon word to play and my friend asked me ...
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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 this a legal move in scrabble?

In a game of Scrabble, the original word on the board was “AMEND”: AMEND I added an ‘S’ to the end to spell the word “SPA” vertically. AMENDS P A I thought it was a legal move, but it was ...
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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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Are double movement in Scrabble allowed?

I am trying to put the word "ring" in scrabble in one move together with the the word er in the opposite direction. My girlfriend says it is cheating, is it ? There is obviously a lot at ...
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Double/triple space scoring [duplicate]

If you play a letter on a double or triple space and it makes 2 different words going in 2 directions, do you get double/triple points for BOTH words??
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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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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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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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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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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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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 place a row of letters that makes multiple new words in combination with tiles already on the board? [duplicate]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 ...