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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Here is a very useful scrabble scoring/tile tracking sheet from one of my colleagues Shankar in the Bangalore Scrabble Club. I often strugg...

Saturday, 16 January 2016

iGate Scrabble Championship 2016 - Standings after Day 3

The iGate Scrabble Championship 2016 kicked off this week. Here are the standings after day 3 from the Scrabble Association of India:

Nigel and Hubert are battling it out at the top, The critical phase of the tournament has started with the King of the Hill format now in force.

Rank Won-Lost Spread Player Last Game
1 25–4 3517 Nigel Richards (A1) 2L:437-447:A2
2 23–6 1574 Hubert Wee (A2) 1W:447-437:A1
3 19–10 1187 Tony Sim (A11) 1W:445-435:A4
4 18–11 491 Marlon Prudencio (A4) 2L:435-445:A11
5 17–12 551 Gerry Carter (A6) 2W:469-343:A7
6 17–12 404 Mohan Chunkath (A7) 1L:343-469:A6
7 17–12 −55 Jayaska Baranage (A23) 1W:435-412:A8
8 16–13 932 Russel Honeybun (A5) 1W:531-285:A14
9 16–13 260 Sherwin Rodrigues (A3) 1W:449-437:A19
10 16–13 242 Udayan Grover (A8) 2L:412-435:A23
11 15½–13½ 16 Carolann Pais (A16) 1W:412-326:A20
12 15–14 591 Douglas Lobo (A14) 2L:285-531:A5
13 15–14 59 Sanjoy Gupta (A12) 1W:389-270:A18
14 15–14 −447 Michael Tang (A13) 2W:360-303:A29
15 14½–14½ 50 Shaila Amalean (A19) 2L:437-449:A3
16 14–15 367 Goutham Jayaraman (A15) bye
17 14–15 −90 Mohsin Ahmed (A20) 2L:326-412:A16
18 14–15 −169 Jose de Abreu (A18) 2L:270-389:A12
19 14–15 −197 Rajveer Rawlin (A24) 1W:386-341:A9
20 14–15 −616 Manju Sood (A29) 1L:303-360:A13
21 13–16 733 Odette Rio (A9) 2L:341-386:A24
22 13–16 −105 V. Ramachandran (A28) 1W:395-392:A22
23 13–16 −553 Pramit Kamath (A21) 2W:454-420:A32
24 13–16 −823 Suthirappan Assarat (A22) 2L:392-395:A28
25 12–17 −1508 Sunny Bhatia (A32) 1L:420-454:A21
26 11–9 −153 Nakul Prabhu (A17) bye
27 11–18 −380 A Krishnan (A30) 1L:300-303:A25
28 11–18 −987 Bhushan Pradhan (A25) 2W:303-300:A30
29 9–20 −1115 Rohaina Tanveer (A31) 1W:494-387:A27
30 8–21 −1780 Mangala Bhandarkar (A27) 2L:387-494:A31
31 1–28 −2146 Radhika Mahalingaiah (A26) bye
32 0–13 −975 Irfan 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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