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...

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Phil Robertshaw Wins UK National Scrabble Championship 2016

The 2016 edition of the UK national scrabble championship has concluded. Phil Robertshaw ran out the winner ahead of an amazing field. Here are some game boards from Chris Hawkins and Phil Robertshaw via Scrabble Snippetz:

UK National Scrabble Championship 2016 Winners

UK National Scrabble Championship 2016 10
UK National Scrabble Championship 2016 11
UK National Scrabble Championship 2016 12
UK National Scrabble Championship 2016 13
UK National Scrabble Championship 2016 14
Here are the top 10 from the final standings after day 2 from Centrestar:
RankWon-LostSpreadClassPlayerLast Game
114–3+1367APhil Robertshaw(GM) (#10)2W:536-468:#5
213–4+938ALewis Mackay(GM) (#5)1L:468-536:#10
312–5+686AWayne Kelly(GM) (#13)1W:446-395:#9
412–5+437AAustin Shin(GM) (#9)2L:395-446:#13
512–5+365ADavid Eldar(GM) (#1)2W:507-401:#11
611–6+567APiotr Andronowski(Exp) (#6)1W:492-418:#8
711–6+467AAllan Simmons(GM) (#2)1W:447-389:#4
811–6+155BNatalie Zolty (#25)1W:456-453:#19
911–6+135APaul Allan(GM) (#11)1L:401-507:#1
1010–7+649ADavid Webb(GM) (#8)2L:418-492:#6

Saturday, 8 October 2016

UK National Scrabble Championship - Day1

The UK national scrabble championship has kicked off in Milton Keynes. A fantastic world class field has assembled. Here are some game boards from Chris Hawkins via Scrabble Snippetz:
UK National Scrabble Championship 2016 1


UK National Scrabble Championship 2016 2
UK National Scrabble Championship 2016 3
UK National Scrabble Championship 2016 4
UK National Scrabble Championship 2016 5
UK National Scrabble Championship 2016 6
Destones is no good here but has an anagram stenosed.
UK National Scrabble Championship 2016 7
UK National Scrabble Championship 2016 8
UK National Scrabble Championship 2016 9

Here are the standings after day 1 from Centrestar:
RankWon-LostSpreadClassPlayerLast GameNext Game
18–1+621APhil Robertshaw(GM) (#10)1W:431-427:#5replies vs. #28 @1
27–2+722ADavid Webb(GM) (#8)2L:393-417:#14starts vs. #17 @2
37–2+562AAustin Shin(GM) (#9)2W:396-388:#17replies vs. #37 @5
47–2+523ALewis Mackay(GM) (#5)2L:427-431:#10starts vs. #1 @3
57–2+492BPenny Downer(Exp) (#17)1L:388-396:#9replies vs. #8 @2
67–2+411ADavid Eldar(GM) (#1)1W:436-381:#2replies vs. #5 @3
77–2+130CStu Harkness (#37)2W:496-297:#31starts vs. #9 @5
86–3+443BVince Boyle (#28)2W:438-360:#32starts vs. #10 @1
96–3+371AJack Anscomb (#15)2W:436-308:#6starts vs. #3 @4
106–3+368AWayne Kelly(GM) (#13)2W:364-353:#7starts vs. #14 @6
116–3+359APaul Gallen(GM) (#3)1W:511-307:#16replies vs. #15 @4
126–3+333ARik Kennedy(Exp) (#14)1W:417-393:#8replies vs. #13 @6
136–3+311APiotr Andronowski(Exp) (#6)1L:308-436:#15replies vs. #20 @9
146–3−28APaul Allan(GM) (#11)2W:508-369:#25starts vs. #12 @7
155–4+359AEd Rossiter(Exp) (#12)1W:543-325:#36replies vs. #11 @7
165–4+329BElie Dangoor(Exp) (#20)2W:502-377:#35starts vs. #6 @9
175–4+317AMark Nyman(GM) (#7)1L:353-364:#13replies vs. #21 @20
185–4+263BQuentin Baker (#31)1L:297-496:#37replies vs. #2 @8
195–4+203CIan Coventry (#40)1L:345-392:#23replies vs. #29 @15
205–4+116ACraig Beevers(GM) (#4)2W:473-419:#39starts vs. #32 @12
215–4+110BNatalie Zolty (#25)1L:369-508:#11replies vs. #23 @10
225–4+71BJackie McLeod(Exp) (#27)2W:406-384:#21starts vs. #30 @11
235–4+15BChris Cummins (#21)1L:384-406:#27starts vs. #7 @20
245–4−20AAllan Simmons(GM) (#2)2L:381-436:#1starts vs. #31 @8
255–4−45BSteve Perry (#29)2W:393-364:#33starts vs. #40 @15
265–4−81BSandie Simonis(Exp) (#32)1L:360-438:#28replies vs. #4 @12
275–4−188BJohn Ashmore (#23)2W:392-345:#40starts vs. #25 @10
284–5+179BPaul Coyle (#30)2L:347-374:#41replies vs. #27 @11
294–5+164BChris Hawkins(Exp) (#22)2W:554-387:#26starts vs. #38 @13
304–5+148CNigel Turner (#46)2W:472-337:#50starts vs. #39 @19
314–5−55CGeoff Cooper (#52)2W:360-334:#38starts vs. #16 @26
324–5−75CChris Finlay (#41)1W:374-347:#30replies vs. #36 @16
334–5−86CAndrew Eames (#39)1L:419-473:#4replies vs. #46 @19
344–5−155CKevin Synnott (#38)1L:334-360:#52replies vs. #22 @13
354–5−285BKwaku Sapong (#18)1W:434-391:#19starts vs. #35 @14
364–5−306CRaymond Tate (#36)2L:325-543:#12starts vs. #41 @16
374–5−331ARafal Dominiczak (#16)2L:307-511:#3replies vs. #52 @26
384–5−387CElisabeth Jardine (#35)1L:377-502:#20replies vs. #18 @14
393–6+185BBob Violett(Exp) (#19)2L:391-434:#18starts vs. #33 @17
403–6+78CGraham Harding (#34)1W:400-300:#43replies vs. #45 @22
413–6+29BFidelis Olotu (#33)1L:364-393:#29replies vs. #19 @17
423–6−52CWanda De_Poitiers (#42)2W:443-342:#47starts vs. #26 @21
433–6−200CKathy Richland (#45)1W:418-313:#49starts vs. #34 @22
443–6−268BJames Burley (#26)1L:387-554:#22replies vs. #42 @21
453–6−416BMartin Thompson (#24)1W:452-376:#44replies vs. #43 @18
463–6−592CPhil Kelly (#44)2L:376-452:#24starts vs. #49 @24
473–6−752CAnn Golding (#49)2L:313-418:#45replies vs. #44 @24
482–7−374CElizabeth Hull (#43)2L:300-400:#34starts vs. #24 @18
492–7−850CCarl Barnes (#50)1L:337-472:#46replies vs. #51 @23
501–8−789CNicky Huitson (#47)1L:342-443:#42replies vs. #48 @25
511–8−911CIain Harley (#48)1W:423-366:#51starts vs. #47 @25
520–9−966CRosemary Wood (#51)2L:366-423:#48starts vs. #50 @23

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Scrabble Words Ending in Q

Here are all the Scrabble words in CSW15 ending in Q:

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3 Letter Words:

Suq (S)

4 Letter Words:

Cinq (S)

5 Letter Words:

Qajaq (S)
Talaq (S)
Tranq (S)
Umiaq (S)

6 Letter Words:

Qulliq (S)

7 Letter Words:

Kamotiq (S)
Tsaddiq (S)
Tzaddiq (S)

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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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