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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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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 Scrabble. In the rules examples, they show the word "FARM" being played intersecting with "HORN", so that is clearly using "FA" ...


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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 word must use one of the letters already on the board or must add a letter to it. Placing a complete word parallel to a word already played so that adjacent ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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 letters played in any one turn must be placed in one row across or down the board. They must form a single complete word in that row and, at the same time, form ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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 words ...


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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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(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. This value is calculated by using the dictionary found in this answer, but can be adapted for any other dictionary. This was brute-forced via python. Code ...


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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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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): The score for each turn is the sum of the letter values in each word(s) formed or modified on that turn Perhaps an even easier way to resolve this doesn't even ...


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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 board where they are. Even if you could remember which tiles they played, you wouldn't want to. Tiles that are played are essentially communal property, as ...


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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 scores that are 5 away from the starting square) Double word score (from the starting square) Bingo: +50 points for using all your letters Let's say you play the ...


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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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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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Yes, you can play words just like in a crossword puzzle. As long as the words are left to right or top to bottom. There are three ways to connect words (except for the first word. First, connect it like a crossword: B O PLAY R D Second, extend a word: LIVE add an S LIVES Third, put a word next to another word so the neighbors form new words: PROP ...


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That is touched upon in the official History of Scrabble by Hasbro, the owner of Scrabble. Legend has it Butts studied the front page of “The New York Times” to make his calculations for the letter distribution in the game. This skilled, cryptographic analysis of our language formed the basis of the original tile distribution, which has remained constant ...


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