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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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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, 5 July 2015

Nigel lifts the Kings Cup for the Eleventh Time

Nigel Richards has won the King's cup in Thailand becoming a  Eleven Time champion at the Event. He edged out Hubert Wee in a close finish. The entire standings are available from the original coverage at  poslfit.com:

2015 King's Cup Standings: Round 29

[ Congratulations on Nigel Richards of New Zealand, for successfully defending his title to become an eleven-time King's Cup Champion! ]
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[photo of Nigel Richards]
1. Nigel Richards
[photo of Ming Hui Hubert Wee]
2. Ming Hui Hubert Wee
[photo of Odette Carmina Rio]
3. Odette Carmina Rio

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Name
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W-L
Spread
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2
20.0-9.0
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3
19.0-10.0
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4
19.0-10.0
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18.5-10.5
+1331
6
18.0-11.0
+911
7
18.0-11.0
+838
8
18.0-11.0
+650
9
18.0-11.0
+473
10
17.5-11.5
+1157
11
17.0-12.0
+654
12
17.0-12.0
+514
13
17.0-12.0
+383
14
17.0-12.0
+374
15
17.0-12.0
+282
16
16.5-12.5
+790
17
16.0-13.0
+980
18
16.0-13.0
+680
19
16.0-13.0
+624
20
16.0-13.0
+367
21
16.0-13.0
+44
22
16.0-13.0
+23
23
16.0-13.0
-362
24
15.5-13.5
-94
25
15.0-14.0
+573
26
15.0-14.0
+567
27
15.0-14.0
+522
28
15.0-14.0
+333
29
15.0-14.0
+82
30
15.0-14.0
+25
31
15.0-14.0
-108
32
15.0-14.0
-488
33
15.0-14.0
-538
34
14.5-14.5
+301
35
14.0-15.0
+432
36
14.0-15.0
+380
37
14.0-15.0
+134
38
14.0-15.0
+122
39
14.0-15.0
+105
40
14.0-15.0
-6
41
14.0-15.0
-29
42
14.0-15.0
-61
43
14.0-15.0
-105
44
14.0-15.0
-482
45
14.0-15.0
-877
46
13.5-15.5
-585
47
13.0-16.0
+477
48
13.0-16.0
+137
49
13.0-16.0
+88
50
13.0-16.0
-267
51
13.0-16.0
-548
52
13.0-16.0
-618
53
13.0-16.0
-627
54
13.0-16.0
-673
55
12.0-17.0
-370
56
12.0-17.0
-444
57
12.0-17.0
-714
58
12.0-17.0
-1502
59
11.0-18.0
-262
60
11.0-18.0
-465
61
11.0-18.0
-955
62
11.0-18.0
-1093
63
10.0-19.0
-1111
64
8.0-21.0
-1558
65
3.0-26.0
-3449
66
0.0-29.0
-2900

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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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