Questions tagged [scrabble]

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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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?

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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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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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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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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Is there a Scrabble word analysis tool that can find the highest possible scoring word of a certain length like 11-letter word (unlimited rack)?

I'm looking for a word analysis tool (website/software) like Zyzzyva that look for the highest possible scoring word per word length. I.e., I want to know a list of high-scoring 11-letter words (...
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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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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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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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What two-vowel combinations are important to keep in Scrabble?

For example, there is a free "r" on the board. I have the letters "endueoe". I could do either the word "endure" or "enduro". The former would leave me with an '...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Which of these rules for a Scrabble first turn play are official?

I've played scrabble with different groups of people and their rules on first turns vary a lot. The rules I've seen used are: Double score for first turn (Scrabble rules confirms this and is the ...
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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 ...