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Monday, July 6, 2009

Scrabble Board Game - How to Win!!

Here's a game we are all familiar with! Scrabble!! My husband and I played on our last game night, Phoebe was my able bodied assistant! It was a great way for my 4 year old to sound out words and letters. I found this great article "How to Win at Scrabble-Board Game.

This word game presents a number of unique challenges to its players. Memorizing the entire Official Scrabble Player's Dictionary would be great, but it's also unrealistic. Start with these basics first.

Ages 8 years and up
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: n/a

Here's How:
1.Consider balance as you look at the letters on your rack. It might be smart to form a word eliminating double letters in your rack even if it's not the highest-scoring move you have available.

2.See what's on the board before making a move. If few E's have been played, you might chose to create 'were' instead of 'ware,' reducing the chance you’ll draw a double tile.

3.Plan ahead to be able to create long words, possibly even using all the tiles on your rack in one turn (and thus earning bonus points).

4.Don't concentrate so much on one word that you blind yourself to other options.
5.Don't fear the Q! This tile (as well as the somewhat less-frightening X, Z and J) offers some high-scoring potential.

6.Even if you don't have a U to go along with it, there are 16 legal words you can spell with the Q (such as qanat, an underground system of tunnels in the Middle East, and qindar, a monetary unit of Albania).

7.If you get stuck with a lot of vowels, think about iodine -- and the dozens of other vowel-rich words available. (Cookie, anyone?)

8.If you have a lot of consonants, there are legal words without vowels -- myrrh, rhythm and tsktsk, for example.

9.Avoid giving other players easy access to bonus point squares.


1.Practice. You can buy Scrabble books, and there are a lot of useful practice tools available on the Internet.

2.If you study, concentrate on unusual words. Two-letter words are useful in a lot of situations. Q words, X words, J words, Z words and words with lots of vowels also are good to know, as are longer words.

What You Need:
•Scrabble Board Game

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