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...

Friday, 23 September 2016

Bangalore Scrabble Club Team Tournament

The Bangalore scrabble club team tournament is underway. The 5 teams are as follows:
Team Stingers headed by Nupur
Team Formidables headed by Manju
Team Rack Stars headed by Sanjoy
Team Camelias headed by Mohsin
Team Czars headed by Lennie

scrabble board 1

The latest standings are below:

STINGERS
WINS
LOSSES
SPREAD
NUPUR
0
1
-93
RADHIKA
1
3
-218
YASH
2
0
42
VIDYA
0
2
-50
GAUTHAM
0
0
0
TOTAL
3
6
-319

FORMIDABLES
WINS
LOSSES
SPREAD
MANJU
7
1
830
DIPANKAR
0
1
-28
HEMANTH
0
0
0
CHRIS
1
2
-152
RACHEL
1
0
46
9
4
696

THE RACK STARS
WINS
LOSSES
SPREAD
SANJOY
0
0
0
SHANKAR
2
0
69
AUBREY
0
0
0
SUSHANTO
0
1
-7
DEEPA
0
0
0
2
1
62

CAMELIAS
WINS
LOSSES
SPREAD
MOHSIN
0
0
0
CECIL
3
0
279
SARAS
0
2
-310
ARVIND
1
1
-34
MOHAMMED
0
1
-46
4
4
-111


CZARS
WINS
LOSSES
SPREAD
LENNIE
1
1
15
NALINI
1
1
-78
HARSH
0
1
-57
NEELAM
0
2
-208
SUCHINDRA
0
0
0
2
5
-328

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Chennai Open Scrabble Championship 2016

The recently held Chennai scrabble open championship proved to be a fantastically organised event thanks to a super venue SA engineering college and the Madras Scrabble Foundation:

chennai scrabble

With Ashok in town the tournament went as smoothly as you could expect:

India scrabble

The games were fun and it proved competitive till the very end:
scrabble games 1

scrabble games 2

scrabble games 3

scrabble games 4

scrabble games 5

In the end Mr. Ramachandran prevailed with a well deserved 7 game win streak and as you can see the trophies were fabulous:

scrabble prize

However this was more than just us playing scrabble. Big congratulations to the Madras Scrabble Foundation for inviting 280 kids to compete across many divisions. While you may instantly recognise Solai Aditya winner of Division B at the Nationals there are many more stars in the making:

scrabble kids 1
scrabble kids 2

scrabble kids 3


scrabble kids 4
As you can see they are pretty good at it too:

scrabble kids game

Finally it was time for the prizes and here are some snapshots of some future super stars in the making:
scrabble kids prize 1

scrabble kids prize 2

scrabble kids prize 3

All in all a terrific tournament with some great memories.



Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Bangalore Scrabble League Tournament 2016 - Final Standings

The Bangalore Scrabble League Tournament 2016 has concluded. Here are the final standings. Nupur has won it, Manju is in second place, yours truly finished third. Congratulations to all the participants who made this a grand success and a big thank you to Chris for reviving Bangalore Scrabble. Here are the final standings:

Standings
Player
Handicap
Win
Loss
Spread
1
NUPUR
-20
33
9
2030
2
MANJU
-45
31
11.0
2001
3
RAJVEER
-55
30
12.0
1915
4
SANJOY
-65
29
13.0
1659
5
MOHSIN
-60
26
16.0
2331
6
LENNIE
-35
25
17.0
659
7
RADHIKA
-35
22.5
19.5
-179
8
YASH
0
22
20.0
547
9
SHANKAR
25
22
20.0
-11
10
HEMANTH
0
21
21.0
597
11
SARAS
0
21
21.0
321
12
NALINI
-20
21
21.0
188
13
DIPANKAR
-35
20
22.0
-947
14
VIDYA
15
19
23.0
-225
15
REX
-10
19
23.0
-353
16
HARSH
45
19
23.0
-774
17
NEELAM
10
16
26.0
-918
18
CHRIS
10
15.5
26.5
-1079
19
SHAILAJA
15
15
27.0
-1578
20
ARVIND
10
14
27.9
-1876
21
AUBREY
0
12
30.0
-1710
22
DEEPA
40
9
33.0
-2598

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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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