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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Saturday, 30 May 2015

Bayer National Scrabble Championships Standings after Round 10

The Nationals have kicked off. Here is an update of the standing after round 10 from the Scrabble Association of India:

Premier Division:
1        Mohan Chunkath    8    +366
2        Varisht Hingorani    8    +331
3        Sherwin Rodrigues    7    +721
4        Sanjoy Gupta    7    +652
5        Ranganathan Chakrav    7    +408
6        Kurian Tp    7    +280
7        Nakul Prabhu    6    +1051
8        Sunny Bhatia    6    +68
9        Udayan Grover    6    +67
10        Mangala Bhandarkar    6    -10
11        Shaikh Ahmed    6    -139
12        Carolann Pais    5    +216
13        Irineu Gonsalves    5    +192
14        Manju Pai    5    +47
15        V Ramachandran    5    -36
16        Douglas Lobo    5    -58
17        Priya Karkhanis    5    -167
18        A Krishnan    5    -323
19        Ramchandran Chidamba    4    +206
20        Aditya Iyengar    4    +91
21        Manju Sood    4    -126
22        Bhushan Pradhan    4    -153
23        Anthony Gomes    4    -288
24        Nidhi Singhvi    3    -350
25        Samrath Singh Bhatia    3    -376
26        Romilla Thakur    3    -497
27        Sudhir Kamath    3    -523
28        Pc Jose    3    -528
29        Neena Shahani    3    -554
30        Joe Rodrigues    3    -568

High game:    Nakul Prabhu    627
Open Division:
1        Brian D'Souza    8    +733
2        Sridhar Paidikondala    8    +548
3        Nupur Sood    8    +409
4        Subodh Tripathi    7    +663
5        Zeba Sultan    7    +622
6        Vraj Jain    7    +340
7        Meena Kalyan    7    +287
8        Phil Paes    6.5    +409
9        Hyder Quraishi    6    +342
10        Kala Ganesh    6    +321
11        Satish Srinivasan    6    +320
12        Meena Bakhru    6    +266
13        Viji Ramachandran    6    +145
14        Yash Potnis    6    +103
15        Virendra Braganza    6    +31
16        Prashant Venkatraman    6    +16
17        Rehet Singh Bhatia    6    -22
18        Sylvia Coelho    5.5    +257
19        Ritu Chadha    5    +247
20        Rekha Sanzgiri    5    +168
21        Purshottam Keswani    5    +131
22        Gaurav Bhargava    5    +51
23        Nikheel Ruparel    5    +46
24        Vedika Hingorani    5    +2
25        Gover Mubarakai    5    -7
26        Meena Thakker    5    -24
27        Vaibava Kamalasanan    5    -101
28        Solai Adithya    5    -321
29        Mehul Arora    5    -497
30        Vidya Goggi    4    +385
31        Aruna Grover    4    +87
32        Rajeev Menon    4    +70
33        Kreishna Parmar    4    +29
34        Mehjabeen Peeradina    4    -74
35        Prateek Wadhavkar    4    -85
36        Sai Shiv    4    -139
37        Laura Braganza    4    -140
38        Creswell D'Souza    4    -188
39        Shaurya Puri    4    -413
40        Sai Vignesh    4    -665
41        Aravind    4    -958
42        Asha Namdev Kamath    3    +374
43        Ganesh    3    -47
44        Bharath    2    -1012
45        Krishna Vora    1    -1959
46        Dummy    0    -750

High game:    Sai Vignesh    629

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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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