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The play you describe is both legal and generally easier to do than the multi-cross play you cite as a rules example. The general rules relevant here are that, first, all the letters for a single play must be in a single line, either vertical or horizontal, and second, that all tiles adjacent to another tile (vertically or horizontally) must be part of a ...


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Scrabble does indeed allow words of a foreign origin IF they are used consistently enough in the English language to appear in an English dictionary. Generally speaking this would result in the spelling being anglicised to remove diacritics since they have no meaning in English. As such you are highly likely to find the words naive, nee, cafe in an English ...


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Main words are not a concept of the game of Scrabble itself, only of the written Scrabble notation commonly used to record tournament games (and likely also found in some computerised versions of the game), although it has since been incorporated into some rule sets that also outline the notation system. Since the notation system is used simply to track ...


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From the official rules on Hasbro's website: Premium Word Squares: The score for an entire word is doubled when one of its letters is placed on a pink square: it is tripled when one of its letters is placed on a red square. The Triple Word square triples the value of any word played on it. So in your example, SO would score triple points, but PICKLES ...


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The board layout - the positioning of the bonus squares is different. Words With Friends: Scrabble: Also, the distribution and points scored for the letters in Words With Friends is slightly different to Scrabble. For example, B and C score 3 points in Scrabble, but 4 points in Words With Friends.


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From the official rules: All tiles played in any one turn must be placed in one row only across, or one column only down the board. As you know, it is perfectly fine to score for multiple different words you made on your turn, but only if you made them from tiles played that turn. Since any tiles played on that turn must be in a single row or column, you ...


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According to this reddit thread, the complete list of words in the allowed dictionary (which doesn't list words with more than 15 letters), the Collins Scrabble Words list from 2015, that you can't make with the available tile set is: BAZZAZZ BEZZAZZ PAZZAZZ PIZZAZZ PIZZAZZY BAZZAZZES BEZZAZZES PAZZAZZES PIZZAZZES KNICKKNACK RAZZMATAZZ ...


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Every dictionary has words that would be considered "ridiculous" in it. You can choose to have an arbitrary subset of ridiculous words, but that doesn't really improve the situation any. Most of these are in every reasonably-sized dictionary anyway (e.g. how do you feel about ZAX?). There are a small enough number of 2-letter words that you can ban them on ...


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Short answer: HO is used rather often. LEZ, ABO, GOY are the next most common. Methodology: I have a database of about a million games played on a popular internet Scrabble server played under the standard Tournament Word List. I scanned this for all uses of offensive words. Roughly 360,000 of the 27,000,000 moves used a word from the expurgated list, or 1....


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The Scrabble board is 15 squares square. That means that no word longer than 15 letters can possibly be played. So 'absentmindedness', 'counterbalancing', and 'antidisestablishmentarianism' will never be played in a Scrabble game. There is only 1 'z' and 2 blanks. That means that any word with 4 'z's cannot possibly be played. This is not a particularly ...


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Apparently there is enough of a concern, because according to the latest tournament rules: Tiles that can be distinguished by feel are not permitted, except as deemed appropriate by the Director for players who are blind. In addition, to keep players from swapping tiles with adjacent games: Adjacent games should not use identical tiles. My finger ...


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Answer: A solution that doesn't change the rules of the game is to provide all players with a list of all valid two-letter words. I have tried this methodology and it works fairly well for equalizing the playing field which is part of the subtext of the question. Explanation: One of the underlying problems of your question is the line between casual ...


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Yes, assuming you have a full hand of seven tiles. From the rules: BINGO! If you play seven tiles on a turn, it's a Bingo. You score a premium of 50 points after totaling your score for the turn. If you have fewer than 7 tiles at the end of the game, playing them all doesn't get you this bonus.


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You only score each tile in a word once, where a word is the full sequence of letters added or modified in each column or row by your tile placement. If you check the scoring example in the official rules from Hasbro (click on the Scoring tab, then scroll to the bottom), it will show you how it works. The first word in their example is HORN which gives a ...


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Sounds like 4 stowaways from a game of Kismet, which was Yahtzee with green, red and black spots on dice.


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The tile distribution is different, as are the tile values. Scrabble WWF Letter (#, Value) (#,Value) A (9,1) (9,1) B (2,3) (2,4) C (2,3) (2,4) D (4,2) (5,2) E (12,1) (13,1) F (2,4) (2,4) G (3,2) (3,3) H (2,4) (4,3) I (9,1) (8,1) J (...


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The official scrabble rules state: Before the game begins, all players should agree upon the dictionary that they will use, in case of a challenge. All words labeled as a part of speech (including those listed of foreign origin, and as archaic, obsolete, colloquial, slang, etc.) are permitted with the exception of the following: words always capitalized, ...


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There are two blank tiles which score zero. So if you played a two letter word using a second blank tile connecting to a blank tile, then your turn would score zero even though you played a word. Also, as Nathan has pointed out in the comments, you could play a two letter word with two blank tiles on the first turn.


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Nope. From the official rules (emphasis mine): All letters played on a turn must be placed in one row across or down the board, to form at least one complete word. If, at the same time, they touch others letters in adjacent rows, those must also form complete words, crossword fashion, with all such letters. The player gets full credit for all words ...


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In official use from 1 July 2019: Collins Scrabble Words (2019).txt (279,496 words, 3MB). Collins Scrabble Words (2019) with definitions.txt (279,496 words, 17MB). Old: Collins Scrabble Words (2015).txt (276,643 words, 3MB). Collins Scrabble Words (2015) with definitions.txt (276,643 words, 17MB). If you find any errors, please leave a comment here.


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Learning and retaining a bunch of words is easy; any basic flashcard system can help you do that. However, all those fancy Scrabble words you stuff into your brain won't help you win any tournaments unless you can get them back out again on demand. The tricky part isn't retention, it's recall. Now, ideally, you want to start learning new words when you're ...


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You can do what you want here (score the modified word and the entirely new word). All that matters is whether you play a tile on a premium square. If you do, you'll get the bonus, for that tile or the word(s) containing it, as appropriate. For example, if someone plays CLOUD, with a double-word score square just after the end of it, and you play SWORD off ...


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The minimum score for a seven letter word if you can place the word anywhere is 55. e.g. RETiNAs C2 across. (lower case indicate blanks) The score is 5 for RETNA, 0 for the blanks, and 50 bonus for using all 7 letters. The word would lie on a TL square, but since this is covered by a blank, it gives no bonus since 3x0 = 0. This could be beaten by a ...


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People often consider a blank to be "worth" 25 points to a good player. That is to say, even though it has no points value in itself, it can improve your scoring possibilities by about 25 points through, for example, greatly increasing the chances of using all your tiles. There's no single answer to your question and it will depend on the other tiles in ...


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From the official rules on the Hasbro website: 3: [...] All letters played on a turn must be placed in one row across or down the board, to form at least one complete word. If, at the same time, they touch others letters in adjacent rows, those must also form complete words, crossword fashion, with all such letters. The player gets full credit for all ...


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I play Scrabble with kids all the time, I think the same concepts would work nicely with an ESL opponent. To me handicapping by points (opponent starts with 150 or 200 points or whatever) does nothing to make the game more fun for either player. What does work is allowing my young opponent all the time they need for each turn - I get timed. They get all of ...


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Yes. Any word that is found in a standard English dictionary can be used in the game of Scrabble. There are also Official Scrabble Dictionaries that can be purchased for more word options. (Rules source) Any word found in a standard English dictionary is allowed, which includes plural words. You can look up a word to see if it is legal here, and ...


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The Words List seems to be protected by copyright. I highly doubt downloading the entire list - especially in an easily accessible format - is strictly speaking legal. I found this on the Collins website. Collins is the only online Scrabble word finder to use the official tournament word list. So, I googled official tournament word list, and found this ...


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Let's check the Hasbro rules (http://scrabble.hasbro.com). It's not verbose but it can be inferred from the text. Rules are different for the first play and for subsequent plays. Bold is mine. The first player combines two or more of his or her letters to form a word and [...]. Note that the rules for the first play say to form "a word", not "words"...


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I searched Changes to the Box Top Rules, 1949 - 1999 and found the following clarification was made in 1953: 1953: If a word is formed that covers two premium WORD squares, the score is doubled and then re-doubled (4 times letter count), or tripled and then re-tripled (9 times letter count) as the case may be. Nowhere in the rules was there any mention ...


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