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How to Win at
Know Your Twos and Threes.
Sorry, but if you want to
(at least against non-
players) you need to
commit to memory
every two- and (for the more serious) three-letter-word in the
. You can find on
a list of both
. Knowing your twos and threes is critical for making high-scoring
Manage your Rack, and
Stop That Snickering
for a particularly bad rack of tiles is easy (and, in some cases, valid), but the more
cause is probably poor rack management. Often, it's better to play a
some bad tiles (
, Ws, Ks, or double
s) than it is to play a
word and be left with IIJK.
Oar Damages Organ (Anagrams Are Good).
The factor that
separates the men from the boys
, as it were, in
Scrabble is the 50-point bonus that accompanies the playing of all 7 tiles, known as a
. Critical to getting the bingos is the skill of
ming, or seeing words in scrambled-up letters. Example: Quick, make 3 different bingos from the letters AENORST! (Answers in this
). Being able to find seven-letter words out of a pile of
, unfortunately, is a skill that can only be developed through practice.
It's the Defense, Stupid.
Yes, it's true, Scrabble is also a
. Most defense has to do with either bingos or
. Placing a high-
letter in a triple-triple
(that is, on the edge of the board, where it can be part of an eight-letter word that touches both triple-word score squares) is allowing your opponent to both bingo and multiply the word's value by nine.
. Also, the concept of "closing the board" is an important one; if you're not getting bingo-prone tiles, try to avoid creating wide-open lanes for your opponent to play them.
Yes, cheating is allowed. Playing words not found in the dictionary being used (called "phonies") is fine, as long as your opponent doesn't
them. Thus, against a
, you might make a
that creates the phoney word OB*, confident in the knowledge that your opponent doesn't know his
. Another baiting tactic involves playing a likely-sounding phoney
(e.g., CHALKER*), and, when your opponent pluralizes it (making CHALKERS*), challenging it off the board. The pluralizing S (and any letters
ed to it) is removed from the board, but the original
remains. Heh heh.
Be Really Goddamned Lucky.
No matter how many twos or threes you know, or how long you spend staring at seven-letter
s, you could still draw an all-
rack, while your
draws DEIQUZ? on the first turn (or, rather, QUIZzED). That's the way it goes. But with the above steps, the
s' influence should be minimalized.
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English words that end with V
The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary
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