What is Scrabble?

Scrabble is essentially a word game which can be played by 2-4 players at a given time on a board which comprises a grid of squares in a 15 X 15 format. The squares are assigned different scoring attributes. There are 100 tiles to draw from and players must draw 7 tiles initially and maintain the same number on their racks till they are exhausted. Each tile has a point value attached to it. If all 7 tiles are used in a word an additional 50 points is added to the players score. The goal is to win by scoring more than your opponent. Scrabble is now increasingly played competitively across several countries on the globe and in several languages.

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Useful Scrabble Score Sheet

Here is a very useful scrabble scoring/tile tracking sheet from one of my colleagues Shankar in the Bangalore Scrabble Club. I often strugg...

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Bayer National Scrabble Championships Standings after Round 10

The Nationals have kicked off. Here is an update of the standing after round 10 from the Scrabble Association of India:

Premier Division:
1        Mohan Chunkath    8    +366
2        Varisht Hingorani    8    +331
3        Sherwin Rodrigues    7    +721
4        Sanjoy Gupta    7    +652
5        Ranganathan Chakrav    7    +408
6        Kurian Tp    7    +280
7        Nakul Prabhu    6    +1051
8        Sunny Bhatia    6    +68
9        Udayan Grover    6    +67
10        Mangala Bhandarkar    6    -10
11        Shaikh Ahmed    6    -139
12        Carolann Pais    5    +216
13        Irineu Gonsalves    5    +192
14        Manju Pai    5    +47
15        V Ramachandran    5    -36
16        Douglas Lobo    5    -58
17        Priya Karkhanis    5    -167
18        A Krishnan    5    -323
19        Ramchandran Chidamba    4    +206
20        Aditya Iyengar    4    +91
21        Manju Sood    4    -126
22        Bhushan Pradhan    4    -153
23        Anthony Gomes    4    -288
24        Nidhi Singhvi    3    -350
25        Samrath Singh Bhatia    3    -376
26        Romilla Thakur    3    -497
27        Sudhir Kamath    3    -523
28        Pc Jose    3    -528
29        Neena Shahani    3    -554
30        Joe Rodrigues    3    -568

High game:    Nakul Prabhu    627
Open Division:
1        Brian D'Souza    8    +733
2        Sridhar Paidikondala    8    +548
3        Nupur Sood    8    +409
4        Subodh Tripathi    7    +663
5        Zeba Sultan    7    +622
6        Vraj Jain    7    +340
7        Meena Kalyan    7    +287
8        Phil Paes    6.5    +409
9        Hyder Quraishi    6    +342
10        Kala Ganesh    6    +321
11        Satish Srinivasan    6    +320
12        Meena Bakhru    6    +266
13        Viji Ramachandran    6    +145
14        Yash Potnis    6    +103
15        Virendra Braganza    6    +31
16        Prashant Venkatraman    6    +16
17        Rehet Singh Bhatia    6    -22
18        Sylvia Coelho    5.5    +257
19        Ritu Chadha    5    +247
20        Rekha Sanzgiri    5    +168
21        Purshottam Keswani    5    +131
22        Gaurav Bhargava    5    +51
23        Nikheel Ruparel    5    +46
24        Vedika Hingorani    5    +2
25        Gover Mubarakai    5    -7
26        Meena Thakker    5    -24
27        Vaibava Kamalasanan    5    -101
28        Solai Adithya    5    -321
29        Mehul Arora    5    -497
30        Vidya Goggi    4    +385
31        Aruna Grover    4    +87
32        Rajeev Menon    4    +70
33        Kreishna Parmar    4    +29
34        Mehjabeen Peeradina    4    -74
35        Prateek Wadhavkar    4    -85
36        Sai Shiv    4    -139
37        Laura Braganza    4    -140
38        Creswell D'Souza    4    -188
39        Shaurya Puri    4    -413
40        Sai Vignesh    4    -665
41        Aravind    4    -958
42        Asha Namdev Kamath    3    +374
43        Ganesh    3    -47
44        Bharath    2    -1012
45        Krishna Vora    1    -1959
46        Dummy    0    -750

High game:    Sai Vignesh    629

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Altezas Win Inaugural Edition of the Wordaholix Scrabble League

The Altezas led right from the start to capture the title at the inaugural edition of the Wordaholix scrabble league. They did this winning 94 out of the 168 games played registering an impressive spread of 2094. Team Diadochi came in a close second with 90.5 wins. The final standings after 3 days of exhilarating competition are as follows:
Team
Standings
Win-Loss
Spread
Altezas
1
94-74
+2094
Diadochi
2
90.5-77.5
+920
Caziques
3
82.5-85.5
-457
Bashaws
4
69-99
-2557

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Wordaholix Scrabble League - Altezas still on Top after Day 2

After the second day of proceedings at the Wordaholix Scrabble League the Altezas are still on top. However team Diadochi has made a nice run and is only 4 games away from the leaders. Some terrific individual performances from Udayan, Sherwin, Carol, Jose and Shaikh. Hear are the updated standings after day 2:
Team
Standings
Win-Loss
Spread
Altezas
1
65-54
+1886
Diadochi
2
61-58
+298
Caziques
3
58-61
-1233
Bashaws
4
54-65
-951

Monday, 25 May 2015

Wordaholix Scrabble League - Altezas on Top after Day 1

The Wordaholix Scrabble League kicked off yesterday. The Altezas are off to a quick start with 32 wins out of the 56 games played. Here are the complete standings:

Friday, 22 May 2015

The National Scrabble Championship is here

Finally the much awaited Nationals is here. The event taking place over 3 days in Mumbai over the next week from May 29-may 31 holds particular significance as Scrabble Champions Tourney places are up for grabs. Here are the details:

Sunday, 10 May 2015

WORDAHOLIX SCRABBLE LEAGUE all set for Take Off

The inaugral edition of the WORDAHOLIX SCRABBLE LEAGUE, India's unique scrabble league is all set for kick off in Mumbai between the 25 th and 28 th of this month. The one of a kind team competition organized in a competitive league format will initially have 4 teams having 7 scrabblers apiece. The teams have been constituted based on the India ratings of each player and will have equal competitive strength. There will be 24 rounds of competition in all. The teams are as follows:
Team I – Altezas (Highnesses)
1. Sherwin Rodrigues
2. Shaikh Ahmed
3. Sanjay Bijlani
4. Sudhir Kamath
5. Kala Ganesh
6. Parvaty Raghunathan
7. Sridhar Paidikondala
Team II - Bashaws (High Ranking Military Officers)
1. Udayan Grover
2. Bhushan Pradhan
3. Samrath Bhatia
4. Hyder Quraishi
5. Vaibhava
6. Aruna Grover
7. Rehet Bhatia
Team III – Caziques (Chiefs)
1. Varisht Hingorani
2. Radhika Mahalingaiah
3. R. Nalini
4. Aditya Iyengar
5. Sunny Bhatia
6. Rekha Sanzgiri
7. Vedika Hingorani

Team IV – Diadochi (Monarchs)
1. Jose De Abreu
2. Carolann Pais
3. Mangala Bhandarkar
4. Priya Karkhanis
5. Phil Paes
6. Yash Potnis
7. Ritu Chadha
Co-sponsored by Wordaholix Mindfield LLP Indus Ind. Bank and JVPG, a total prize money of 1.96 lakhs is on offer, with the winners set to take home a cool Rs 70,000.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Malta International Scrabble Open Results

David Webb has won the main event of the Malta International Scrabble Open held between May 2 and May 4. The full standings are available from poslfit.com:

Division 1 Standings: Round 28

[ Congratulations to our Champion: David Webb! ]
Division 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
Division 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
[photo of David Webb]
1. David Webb
[no photo available]
2. Austin Shin
[photo of Theresa Brousson]
3. Theresa Brousson

Rank
Name
Home
W-L
Spread
1
22.0-6.0
+1799
2
21.0-7.0
+2138
3
18.0-10.0
+1078
4
18.0-10.0
+120
5
17.0-11.0
+660
6
16.0-12.0
+981
7
16.0-12.0
+260
8
15.0-13.0
+476
9
15.0-13.0
-206
10
14.0-14.0
+354
11
14.0-14.0
+310
12
14.0-14.0
-141
13
14.0-14.0
-395
14
14.0-14.0
-412
15
13.0-15.0
-299
16
12.0-16.0
-290
17
11.0-17.0
-304
18
9.0-19.0
-794
19
5.0-23.0
-2757
20
2.0-26.0
-2578

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Different Words Same Meaning

Citolas, Citoles, Cithrens, Citherns, Cithers, Citterns - A Guitar
Waivode, Waiwode, Woiwode, Voivode - An army leader
Cagouls, Cagoules, Kagouls, Kagoules, Kagools - An anorak
Eulachan, Eulachon, Oulachon, Oulakan, Oolakan, Ulikon - A candlefish
Kiester, Keister, Hurdies, Patootie - The Buttocks
Didakei, didakai, Diddicoy, Didicoi, Didicoy - A Tinker
Cabala, Cabbala, Kabala, Kabbala, Kabbalah, Qabala, Qabalah - a Jewish doctrine
Yoghurt, Yaourt, Yogurt, Yoghourt - A type of curd
Narwal, Narwhal, Narwhale - An Arctic aquatic mammal
Lekythus, Lecythus, Lekythos - An ancient oil Jar
Germen, Germain, Germaine, Germin - Something that serves as an origin
Filemot, Philomot, Philamot - A dull brown shade
keblah, Kibla, Kiblah, Qibla - The direction muslims face while praying
Litchi, Lichi, Lychee, Lichee - A fruit
Poursue, Pursue, Persue, Poursew Pursew - To follow
Pummelo, Shaddock, Pompelo - A citrus fruit
Repreeve, Reprive, Repryve - To delay
Baklava, Baklawa, Baclava - A middle eastern desert
Nilgai, Nilgau, Nilghai, Nilghau, Nylghai, Nylghau - a large antelope
Cassina, Cassene, Cassine, Cassena - an evergreen tree
Narghile, Narghily, Nargile, Nargileh, Nargily - a hookah
Dirdam, Dirdum, Durdum - uproar
Shechita, Shehitah, Shehita - krosher killing of animals
Mezuzot, Mezuzoth, Mezuzah, Mezuza - a Jewish scroll

Combo Words of Two Words that are Good Both Ways

Bedrail - Railbed
Dovering - Ringdove
Hangover - Overhang
Turnover - Overturn
Runover - Overrun
Roadside - Sideroad
Outburn - Burnout
Woodworm - Wormwood
Linecut - Cutline
Outpass - Passout
Outspeak - Speakout
Comedown - Downcome
Upclose - Closeup
Outback - Backout
Pinhead - Headpin
Mateship - Shipmate
Cutover - Overcut
Upstart - Startup
Outshoot - Shootout
Overwing - Wingover
Fantail - Tailfan

Common Words with Not so common Anagrams

Tailors - Oralist, Rialtos, Sliotar
Almonds - Dolmans
Mustard - Durmast
Stadium - Dumaist
Romance - Cremona
Cauldron - Crunodal
Acolyte - Cotylae
Cilantro - Contrail
Decagon - Congaed
Ethical - Alethic
Strongly - Strongyl
Ungrazed - Gazunder
Expires - Prexies
Detangle - Danegelt
Teardown - Danewort
Erasions - Sensoria
Innovate - Venation
Inundate - Antidune
Invocate - Conative
Antidote - Tetanoid
Liaises - Silesia
Coalise - Celosia
Isotherm - Moithers
Heroism - Moreish
Sedation - Astonied
Marries - Simarre
Tsunami - Manitus, Santimu
Cheerio - Echoier


Those Handy Pyramid Words!

Pyramid words are words which start at 2 letters but can be extended to 7 letters and beyond. For example take the word loofahs, we start with lo, next we get to loo, followed by loof, loofa, loofah and loofahs. Thus by knowing loofahs we get to know a total of 6 words. Other examples include:
Abasers, Amenders, Amusers, Barbers, Bingers, Chained,
Chiasmal, Daledhs, Divests, Erasers, Fasties, Godsons, Hookahs, Jambees, Jamboks, Kaingas, Kinases, Lapsers, Maliced, Mentors, Nursery, Parkiest, Poleyns, Reeders, Reposes, Singers, Skaters,Tapetis, Teasers, Ureases, and Woosells.

There are some reverse pyramid words too. Take the word drooped for example, we start with ed, then ped, then oped, then ooped, rooped and finally drooped.Other examples include:
Aemules, Afeared, Borates, Cleared, Demures, Escapes, Glaired, Hamates, Lemures, Mananas, Penates, Retapes, Scraped, Testates, Upreach, Vacates, Whooped, Yslaked and Zananas.

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