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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Friday, 22 May 2015

The National Scrabble Championship is here

Finally the much awaited Nationals is here. The event taking place over 3 days in Mumbai over the next week from May 29-may 31 holds particular significance as Scrabble Champions Tourney places are up for grabs. Here are the details:


Juhu Vileparle Gymkhana Club, N South Road Number 12A, Vithal Nagar, Juhu, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400049


1) Premier (India Rating of 1200 & above)
2) Open (India Rating below 1200 and unrated players)


24 rounds - 27 rounds
First 12 rounds (Australian Draw format)
Last 12 rounds (King of the Hill format)
The exact number of games would be decided at the beginning of the tournament.

Dictionary: Collins Scrabble Words (CSW) 2012

The following are the registered participants:

Premier Division (30 Entries)

Sanjoy GuptaBangalore
Manju SoodBangalore
Charles CarneiroDelhi
Sudhir KamathDelhi
Sunny BhatiaDelhi
Douglas LoboGoa
Rajiv AntaoGoa
Joe RodriguesGoa
Irineu GonsalvesGoa
Anthony GomesGoa
Ramchandran ChidambaramHyderabad
Shaik AhmedHyderabad
T.P. KurianChennai
Ranganathan ChakravarthyChennai
Mohan ChunkathChennai
Carolann PaisMumbai
Nakul PrabhuMumbai
P.C. JoseMumbai
Sherwin RodriguesMumbai
Samrath Singh BhatiaMumbai
Varisht HingoraniMumbai
Abhijit PradhanMumbai
Bhushan PradhanMumbai
Mangala BhandarkarPune
Priya KarkhanisPune
Udayan GroverPune
Aditya IyengarPune
Manju PaiPune
Romilla ThakurPune

Open Division (50 Entries)

Satish SrinivasanBangalore
Nupur SoodBangalore
Yash PotnisBangalore
Vidya GoggiBangalore
Solai AdithyaChennai
Sai ShivChennai
Sai VigneshChennai
Karthik GanesanDelhi
Dev GargDelhi
Mehul AroraDelhi
Shaurya PuriDelhi
Erol JorgeGoa
Sylvia CoelhoGoa
Meena ThakkerGoa
Falguni ThakkerGoa
Sridhar PaidikondalaHyderabad
Rajeev MenonHyderabad
Kaveri Priya PuttiHyderabad
Kinnera Priya PuttiHyderabad
Asha Namdev KamathKerala
Huzaifa FaizullabhoyKolkata
Nikheel RuparelMumbai
Kala GaneshMumbai
Parvathy RaghunathanMumbai
Viji RamachandranMumbai
Creswell D'SouzaMumbai
Rachita NarsariaMumbai
Rekha SanzgiriMumbai
Ritu ChadhaMumbai
Kreishna ParmarMumbai
Phil PaisMumbai
Rehet Singh BhatiaMumbai
Vedika HingoraniMumbai
Meghana PondaMumbai
Purshottam KeswaniMumbai
Eeshan MalhotraMumbai
Darshil DaveMumbai
Brian D'SouzaMumbai
Pramod KheraMumbai
Zeba SultanMumbai
Neena ShahaniPune
Meena BakhruPune
Virendra BraganzaPune
Laura BraganzaPune
Aruna GroverPune
Meena KalyanPune

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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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