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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Useful Scrabble Score Sheet

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, 26 July 2015

Sherwin Wins Pune Scrabble Championship 2015

Sherwin Rodrigues has won the Pune Scrabble championship. The tournament that featured 15 rounds of competition had a record turnout of 60 participants. Here are the complete standings:

Pune Scrabble Championship, July 2015

Final Standings

Rank Won-Lost Spread Player
1 12½–2½ 1299 Sherwin Rodrigues (#1)
2 11–4 818 Varisht Hingorani (#3)
3 11–4 699 Nakul Prabhu (#5)
4 11–4 228 Samrath Bhatia (#15)
5 10–5 1025 Ramchandran Chidambaram (#14)
6 10–5 461 Udayan Grover (#2)
7 10–5 407 Sunny Bhatia (#19)
8 10–5 269 Sudhir Kamath (#21)
9 9½–5½ 808 Shaik Ahmed (#8)
10 9–6 728 Carolann Pais (#6)
11 9–6 720 Irfan Siddiqui (#4)
12 9–6 621 Mangala Bhandarkar (#9)
13 9–6 207 Hyder Quraishi (#26)
14 9–6 132 Pramit Kamath (#7)
15 9–6 125 PC Jose (#18)
16 9–6 124 Nidhi Singhvi (#13)
17 9–6 −95 Ruparel,Nikheel (#37)
18 8½–6½ −19 Chatterjee,Dipankar (#20)
19 8½–6½ −183 Subodh Tripathi (#28)
20 8–7 653 Lennie D'Souza (#11)
21 8–7 513 Zeba Sultan (#35)
22 8–7 378 Hriday Samtani (#29)
23 8–7 362 Neena Shahani (#25)
24 8–7 356 Sanjay Bijlani (#16)
25 8–7 −29 Manju Pai (#22)
26 8–7 −40 Rehet Bhatia (#43)
27 8–7 −83 Priya Karkhanis (#17)
28 8–7 −88 Dhyan Gandhi (#52)
29 8–7 −192 Romilla Thakur (#27)
30 8–7 −218 V Ramachandran (#10)
31 7½–7½ 339 Meena Bakhru (#24)
32 7½–7½ 85 Sylvia Coelho (#42)
33 7–8 267 Kala Ganesh (#33)
34 7–8 189 Vraj Jain (#38)
35 7–8 164 Eeshan Malhotra (#58)
36 7–8 104 Satish Srinivasan (#32)
37 7–8 74 Rex D'Souza (#23)
38 7–8 35 Rajeev Menon (#40)
39 7–8 −12 R Nalini (#12)
40 7–8 −291 Caryl Gonsalves (#39)
41 7–8 −316 Viji Ramachandran (#48)
42 7–8 −452 Meena Kalyan (#44)
43 7–8 −690 Milon Nag (#36)
44 6–9 97 Sridhar Paidikondala (#34)
45 6–9 74 Viren Braganza (#41)
46 6–9 4 Vedika Hingorani (#47)
47 6–9 −23 Saraswati R (#30)
48 6–9 −129 Aruna Grover (#46)
49 6–9 −275 Gaurav Bhargava (#31)
50 6–9 −405 Priya Kshirsagar (#49)
51 6–9 −721 Prateek Wadhavkar (#50)
52 5–10 234 Rekha Sanzgiri (#45)
53 5–10 12 Arindam Basu (#55)
54 5–10 −197 Supriti Malhotra (#60)
55 5–10 −259 Laura Braganza (#53)
56 5–10 −386 Krtin Juneja (#51)
57 5–10 −933 Sushanto Bhattacharya (#54)
58 4–11 −1188 Nandita Sarkar (#56)
59 4–11 −1633 Sian Virani (#57)
60 0–15 −3754 Atharshsiddharth Umapathy (#59)

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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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