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, 30 August 2015

Second Edition of the Wordaholix Scrabble League this November

The organizers of the Wordaholix league have announced that the second edition of the Wordaholix scrabble league will take place this November. Here are the details:

Dates: Nov 20,21 & 22, 2015.

Venue:  
HOTEL TUNGA INTERNATIONAL PVT LTD,
B-11, MIDC , CENTRAL ROAD,
ANDHERI EAST, MUMBAI - 400 093.

Timings:
Day 1- 9a.m- 6p.m
Day 2- 8a.m- 6p.m
Day 3- 8a.m- 6p.m

Fees:
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Cheques for ₹5000/- to be made out to Wordaholix Mindfield LLP.
Alternately direct transfers can be made to Wordaholix Mindfield LLP,
ICICI Bank,
Account no: 036605001359
IFSC code is ICIC0000366
Last date for payment is September 30th,2015.

Tournament Details:
Dictionary-CSW 15
Number of games and teams will be announced once all  entries are confirmed.

Players registered so far:
1) Ritu Chadha
2) Carol Pais
3) Sylvia Coelho
4) Kala Ganesh
5) Parvathy Raghunathan
6) Rekha Sanzgiri 
7) Caryl Gonsalvez
8) Nikheel Ruparel
9) Radhika Mahalingaiah
10) R. Nalini
11) Sherwin Rodrigues 
12) Varisht Hingorani 
13) Rehet Singh Bhatia 
14) Vedika Hingorani 
15) Vraj Jain
16) Sudhir Kamath
17) Rajeev Menon
18) Nakul Prabhu
19) Manju Pai
20) Romilla Thakur
21) Saraswati Ramanohar
22)Mangala Bhandarkar 
23) Sridhar Paidikondala 
24)Dhyan Gandhi 
25) Prateek Wadhavkar 
26)Meena Kalyan
27) Sunny Bhatia
28) Bhushan Pradhan 
29) Abhijit Pradhan 
30) P.C. Jose
31) Ramchandran 
32) Viji Ramchandran 
33) Priya Karkhanis 
34) Lennie D'Souza
35) Rex D'Souza
36) Shaikh Ahmed
37) M.H. Quraishi 
38) Neena Shahani
39) Zeba Sultan
40) Meena Bakhru 
41) Krtin Juneja
42) Sanjay Bijlani 
43) Ramchandran Chidambaram
44) Udayan Grover
45) Aruna Grover

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

High Probable 7 Letter Words Added in CSW15 - Part 1

Here is the first installment of high probable seven letter words that have been added to the CSW15 dictionary that can be found in WESPA's Collins Scrabble Words 2015 initiation kit. Older CSW12 anagrams are also mentioned.NYTS Fall. 468x90
Anagram
CSW 15 Addition
CSW 12 Anagrams
AAAGINR
NIAGARA
ANGARIA
AABDIRS
BAIDARS
ABRAIDS
AABORST
ROBATAS
ABATORS, RABATOS
AACDETU
ACUATED
CAUDATE
AACERTV
CRAVATE

AACESTU
ACUATES

AADEGOT
GEODATA

AADEGST
AGASTED

AADEILS
ALIASED

AADEIOR
AERADIO

AADERST
ADRATES

AADINST
AIDANTS

AADNOOT
ODONATA

AADNOPR
PADRONA
PANDORA
AAEELMN
MELAENA

AAEGMRT
MARGATE
REGMATA
AAEGNRW
NAGWARE

AAEIMRR
ARMERIA

AAEISTT
AETATIS
SATIATE
AAGILNR
LARIGAN

AAGILRT
RAGTAIL

AAIIMNT
ANIMATI

AAILNOP
PIANOLA

AAIMSTU
AMAUTIS

ABDEERS
REBASED
BEADERS, DEBASER, SABERED
ABDEINV
BAVINED

ABDEISY
BAYSIDE

ABDEOST
SABOTED
BOASTED
ABEEMRT
BEERMAT

ABEENNO
NANOBEE


ABEERTU
BEAUTER

ABEGILN
BEALING

ABEGILR
BERGALI


ABELORT

RETABLO


The new 3 letter words added in CSW15 can be found here.

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Pyramid Words - A Handy Way to Increase Your Scrabble Vocabulary

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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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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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