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, 26 March 2017

Bangalore Scrabble Club League Tournament 2017

The 2017 edition of the Bangalore Scrabble Club League Tournament 2017 has concluded. Yash has won it. Here are some game boards:

Bangalore Scrabble 2017 game 1

Bangalore Scrabble 2017 game 2

Bangalore Scrabble 2017 game 3



Bangalore Scrabble 2017 game 4

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Bangalore Scrabble 2017 game 7

Bangalore Scrabble 2017 game 8


Bangalore Scrabble 2017 game 9

Bangalore Scrabble 2017 game 10

Bangalore Scrabble 2017 game 11

Bangalore Scrabble 2017 game 12

Bangalore Scrabble 2017 game 13

Bangalore Scrabble 2017 game 14

Bangalore Scrabble 2017 game 15

The top 5 are as follows :

1) Yash - 13-5, 808
2) Saraswathi - 13-5, 512
3) Hemanth - 12-6, 725
4) Mohsin - 12-6, 596
5) Sanjoy - 11-7, 547

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Bingoes Only Please

Not to get carried away here but a good set up generated by my colleague Chris from the Bangalore Scrabble Club. Nice bingo list including a nice parallel play:

Scrabble Bingoes

Monday, 20 March 2017

Scrabble Crossword-6

Here is the weekly anagram crossword from expert scrabbler Mohan Chunkath. Each of the solutions that goes into the grid is an anagram of the corresponding clue. The clue and the solution are both valid words in CSW 15. Here is the sixth edition. Solution will appear in the discussion forum below:

Scrabble Crossword 6

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1 CROUPILY (8) 1 VAPING (6)
5 BLEEPS (6) 2 SLYER (5)
9 RIVAL (5) 3 LAYUP (5)
10 ZAS (3) 4 ASININE (7)
12 WITAN (5) 6 LOOSEST (7)
13 NOYES (5) 7 BINAL (5)
14 POCOSIN (7) 8 HYACINES (8)
15 PLAITED (7) 11 MOZO (4)
18 STOITS (6) 16 MAE (3)
21 EXSERT (6) 17 MUD (3)
23 JACKMAN (7) 19 CIT (3)
27 LACUNAR (7) 20 COULISSE (8)
29 MAQUI (5) 22 STONILY (7)
31 VASES (5) 24 ANNOYED (7)
32 YAM (3) 25 MERC (4)
33 OIDIA (5) 26 QUIFFS (6)
34 SUINGS (6) 28 VENUS (5)
35 MADEFIES (8) 29 IMAUM (5)
30 NUDIE (5)

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Scrabble Crossword-5

As a new feature on this blog you will now get a crack at a weekly anagram crossword from expert scrabbler Mohan Chunkath. Each of the solutions that goes into the grid is an anagram of the corresponding clue. The clue and the solution are both valid words in CSW 15. Here is the fifth edition, Solution will appear in the discussion forum below:

scrabble crossword 5


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1 BEDMAKER (8) 1 PLEXES (6)
5 BROMID (6) 2 BOYAU (5)
9 PONTY (5) 3 CHERT (5)
10 CIT (3) 4 TAENIAS (7)
12 VAPOR (5) 6 PYROSES (7)
13 GHOUL (5) 7 LIBER (5)
14 SERVEWE (7) 8 SPODDIER (8)
15 WAFTERS (7) 11 WOCK (4)
18 SEIZAS (6) 16 WAR (3)
21 JAWANS (6) 17 NEW (3)
23 ENCORES (7) 19 SIF (3)
27 CUSPATE (7) 20 ATTICISM (8)
29 ABYSS (5) 22 ENAMOUR (7)
31 TONGA (5) 24 GUDEMEN (7)
32 GIN (3) 25 SAIC (4)
33 USAGE (5) 26 MISSAY (6)
34 LORCHA (6) 28 AMINO (5)
35 DAINTIES (8) 29 BINAL (5)
30 QUATS 

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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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