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...

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Nigel Wins iGate Scrabble Championship 2016

Nigel continues his domination  of the iGate Scrabble Championships winning the 2016 edition with over 2 games to spare. Here are the final standings from the Scrabble Association of India:

Rank Won-Lost Spread Player Last Game
1 30–5 3764 Nigel Richards (A1) bye
2 26–9 1538 Hubert Wee (A2) 1W:416-367:A20
3 23–12 973 Marlon Prudencio (A4) 2W:342-327:A6
4 21–14 716 Gerry Carter (A6) 1L:327-342:A4
5 21–14 506 Mohan Chunkath (A7) 1W:540-387:A11
6 20–15 1256 Russel Honeybun (A5) 2W:531-327:A8
7 20–15 729 Tony Sim (A11) 2L:387-540:A7
8 19–16 513 Jose de Abreu (A18) 1W:451-441:A23
9 19–16 484 Sherwin Rodrigues (A3) 1W:513-451:A15
10 19–16 189 Udayan Grover (A8) 1L:327-531:A5
11 19–16 −93 Jayaska Baranage (A23) 2L:441-451:A18
12 18½–16½ −219 Carolann Pais (A16) 1W:453-412:A13
13 18–17 663 Douglas Lobo (A14) 2W:441-387:A12
14 18–17 317 Goutham Jayaraman (A15) 2L:451-513:A3
15 18–17 −341 Michael Tang (A13) 2L:412-453:A16
16 17½–17½ 168 Shaila Amalean (A19) 1W:556-230:A28
17 17–18 −328 Sanjoy Gupta (A12) 1L:387-441:A14
18 17–18 −595 Suthirappan Assarat (A22) 1W:453-346:A21
19 16–19 784 Odette Rio (A9) 2W:517-440:A24
20 16–19 −313 Mohsin Ahmed (A20) 2L:367-416:A2
21 16–19 −334 V. Ramachandran (A28) 2L:230-556:A19
22 16–19 −571 Pramit Kamath (A21) 2L:346-453:A22
23 16–19 −1237 Sunny Bhatia (A32) 1W:507-310:A29
24 15–20 −710 Rajveer Rawlin (A24) 1L:440-517:A9
25 14½–20½ −249 A Krishnan (A30) 1W:451-378:A25
26 14–21 −1235 Manju Sood (A29) 2L:310-507:A32
27 13½–21½ −985 Bhushan Pradhan (A25) 2L:378-451:A30
28 13–22 −1616 Mangala Bhandarkar (A27) 1W:428-362:A31
29 11–24 −1175 Rohaina Tanveer (A31) 2L:362-428:A27

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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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