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, 3 July 2016

Nigel Wins Kings Cup 2016

Nigel did it again winning the 2016 edition of the Kings cup beating Pichai 2-1 in the Grand Finale. Here are the final standings from the original coverage on Poslfit.com:
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[photo of Nigel Richards]
1. Nigel Richards
[photo of Pichai Limprasert]
2. Pichai Limprasert
[photo of Thacha Koowirat]
3. Thacha Koowirat

Rank
Name
Home
W-L
Spread
1
21.0-8.0
+1123
2
20.0-9.0
+1451
3
20.0-9.0
+1286
4
19.0-10.0
+1312
5
19.0-10.0
+1286
6
19.0-10.0
+967
7
18.0-11.0
+1031
8
18.0-11.0
+940
9
18.0-11.0
+890
10
18.0-11.0
+601
11
18.0-11.0
+466
12
17.0-12.0
+1256
13
17.0-12.0
+698
14
17.0-12.0
+648
15
17.0-12.0
+635
16
17.0-12.0
-44
17
16.5-12.5
+638
18
16.5-12.5
+421
19
16.5-12.5
+241
20
16.0-13.0
+790
21
16.0-13.0
+535
22
16.0-13.0
+492
23
16.0-13.0
+318
24
16.0-13.0
+199
25
16.0-13.0
+42
26
16.0-13.0
-269
27
16.0-13.0
-306
28
15.5-13.5
-275
29
15.0-14.0
+1023
30
15.0-14.0
+748
31
15.0-14.0
+665
32
15.0-14.0
+484
33
15.0-14.0
+224
34
15.0-14.0
+222
35
15.0-14.0
+167
36
15.0-14.0
-4
37
15.0-14.0
-267
38
15.0-14.0
-352
39
15.0-14.0
-559
40
14.5-14.5
-109
41
14.0-15.0
+452
42
14.0-15.0
+413
43
14.0-15.0
+72
44
14.0-15.0
-11
45
14.0-15.0
-98
46
14.0-15.0
-100
47
14.0-15.0
-566
48
14.0-15.0
-603
49
14.0-15.0
-709
50
13.5-15.5
+272
51
13.0-16.0
+285
52
13.0-16.0
+46
53
13.0-16.0
-20
54
13.0-16.0
-102
55
13.0-16.0
-374
56
13.0-16.0
-404
57
13.0-16.0
-640
58
13.0-16.0
-783
59
12.5-16.5
-103
60
12.5-16.5
-537
61
12.0-17.0
-374
62
12.0-17.0
-566
63
12.0-17.0
-742
64
12.0-17.0
-947
65
11.0-18.0
-335
66
11.0-18.0
-449
67
11.0-18.0
-455
68
11.0-18.0
-866
69
11.0-18.0
-1719
70
10.5-18.5
-1394
71
10.0-19.0
-1257
72
9.5-19.5
-1253
73
9.0-20.0
-1397
74
7.0-22.0
-1910
75
6.0-23.0
-2140

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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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