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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Thursday, 14 January 2016

iGate Scrabble Championship 2016 - Standings after Day 1

The iGate Scrabble Championship 2016 has kicked off. Here are the standings after day 1 from the Scrabble Association of India:

Division A Round 9 Standings

RankWon-LostSpreadPlayerLast Game
18–1+1040Nigel Richards (A1)1W:461-366:A9
28–1+463Hubert Wee (A2)2W:415-369:A22
37–2+490Marlon Prudencio (A4)1W:494-269:A7
46–3+685Odette Rio (A9)2L:366-461:A1
56–3+471Carolann Pais (A16)1W:457-410:A18
66–3+371Gerry Carter (A6)2L:382-455:A3
76–3+294Sherwin Rodrigues (A3)1W:455-382:A6
86–3+173Suthirappan Assarat (A22)1L:369-415:A2
96–3+40Tony Sim (A11)1W:478-367:A8
105–4+453Mohan Chunkath (A7)2L:269-494:A4
115–4+139Goutham Jayaraman (A15)2W:458-359:A12
125–4+118Shaila Amalean (A19)2W:465-461:A27
135–4+79Rajveer Rawlin (A24)2W:440-404:A25
145–4−30Jayaska Baranage (A23)2W:499-388:A5
155–4−88Nakul Prabhu (A17)2W:524-407:A29
164–5+48Mohsin Ahmed (A20)1W:416-415:A28
174–5−7Jose de Abreu (A18)2L:410-457:A16
184–5−54Michael Tang (A13)2W:429-387:A32
194–5−98Sanjoy Gupta (A12)1L:359-458:A15
204–5−245Udayan Grover (A8)2L:367-478:A11
214–5−266Douglas Lobo (A14)2W:428-346:A31
224–5−320Rohaina Tanveer (A31)1L:346-428:A14
234–5−432Manju Sood (A29)1L:407-524:A17
243–6−65Russel Honeybun (A5)1L:388-499:A23
253–6−120A Krishnan (A30)1W:405-352:A21
263–6−285V. Ramachandran (A28)2L:415-416:A20
273–6−316Sunny Bhatia (A32)1L:387-429:A13
283–6−375Bhushan Pradhan (A25)1L:404-440:A24
293–6−506Mangala Bhandarkar (A27)1L:461-465:A19
302–7−636Pramit Kamath (A21)2L:352-405:A30
311–8−646Radhika Mahalingaiah (A26)bye
320–9−1559Irfan Siddiqui (A10)bye

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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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