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Is adding a parallel word that only intersects the end letter of an existing word allowed in Scrabble?

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 ...
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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'll answer the same as a few other answers. No But with a different justification. Nigel Richards won the 2015 French-language Scrabble World Championship without knowing what the words mean. From ...
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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?

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 ...
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Does Scrabble allow playing words which contain diacritics in their original spelling?

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 ...
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Was it ever the case that Scrabble tiles had to be placed contiguously?

It seems it has never been a rule. I've found a (non-HTTPS) site here that shows previous rules from different version of the game. The oldest rules they have are from 1948, the year the game became ...
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Is this a legal play in Scrabble?

This is a perfectly legal move covered by the third point in the rules excerpt below. https://scrabble.hasbro.com/en-us/rules New words may be formed by: Adding one or more letters to a word or ...
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Is this a legal play in Scrabble?

That is legal, if ax and ea are valid words. When you place tiles alongside another word on the board, every single new combination of letters that is formed must also be valid words and are counted ...
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Scrabble Triple Word Score Question

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 ...
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Scrabble - Parallel Words joined at one letter

The official rules state: New words may be formed by: Adding one or more letters to a word or letters already on the board. Placing a word at right angles to a word already on the board. The new ...
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Impossible Scrabble Words

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 ...
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In Scrabble if you use all your letters to make up a word, do you get an extra points?

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. ...
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How common are offensive words in tournament Scrabble play?

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 ...
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Impossible Scrabble Words

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 ...
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Was it ever the case that Scrabble tiles had to be placed contiguously?

This was never an actual rule, but it's easy to understand how someone could misread the rules to think it was. The original printed rules for scrabble include this rule (emphasis mine): 4. All ...
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In Scrabble, does a blank tile on the double/triple word square count?

Yes. It doesn't matter which tile is on the double/triple word space, if you make a word while placing a blank tile on one of these squares, your word score is still doubled/tripled. From the official ...
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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 hoped this question could be trivially answered with reference to the Official Scrabble Rules but it turns out to be not quite as well defined as you might hope. The only references to challenges ...
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In Scrabble, can a normal play be scoreless?

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. ...
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Is this a legal Scrabble play?

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 ...
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Do you score for all smaller words within the long one in the same move in scrabble?

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 ...
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Strategy for two blank Scrabble tiles

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 ...
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Does Scrabble allow playing words which contain diacritics in their original spelling?

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 ...
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Can I place a row of letters that makes multiple new words in combination with tiles already on the board?

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 ...
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Minimum score for 7 letters and what beats it

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 ...
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Can I use plurals in scrabble?

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 ...
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Which words count for a double word score?

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 ...
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What are the odds in Scrabble of not being able to make a legal move on opening turn

(NOTE : Final revision of my original answer) The odds of the first tileset not having a single valid word is exactly 91,595,416 / 16,007,560,800 or .5722%, with it occuring once every 174.76378 games....
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If I extend a word, do I get points for all the words, or just the straight line word?

You are correct (you get points just for SADE and EN, not for the other words still on the board that were on the board before your turn). Here's the rule from the official rules (emphasis added): ...
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In Scrabble, what happens if a player has to leave the game early?

While there are no explicit rules in Scrabble to handle this, it's pretty straight forward to do this in Scrabble with minimal disruption. I've done this on several occasions. Leave any tiles on the ...
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Scoring first word with all 7 letters

You get both. In fact, there are three bonuses that you can get on your first turn, evaluated in this order: Double letter score (if you play your word such that it hits one of the double letter ...
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