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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, 1 September 2016

World Scrabble Championship 2016 - Day 2

We are done with the second days proceedings at the World Scrabble Championship in Lille France. Here are the standings from the coverage out of Lille:

RankWon-LostSpreadPlayerLast GameNext Game
113–3+890Webb, David (A22)2W:464-427:A21st vs. A10 @1
213–3+593Nyman, Mark (A10)1W:453-434:A152nd vs. A22 @1
312–4+992Wapnick, Joel (A15)2L:434-453:A101st vs. A46 @2
411–5+886Ullah, Moiz (A46)1W:487-344:A602nd vs. A15 @2
511–5+815Robinsky, Robert (A26)1W:435-432:A112nd vs. A61 @4
611–5+788Simmons, Allan (A20)1W:454-377:A72nd vs. A2 @3
711–5+785MacKay, Lewis (A7)2L:377-454:A201st vs. A1 @7
811–5+461Jackson, Scott (A61)2W:442-397:A211st vs. A26 @4
911–5+295Eldar, David (A2)1L:427-464:A221st vs. A20 @3
1010–6+868Richards, Nigel (A1)1W:586-387:A402nd vs. A7 @7
1110–6+753Clinchy, Evans (A11)2L:432-435:A261st vs. A19 @6
1210–6+441Panyasophonlert, Komol (A3)2L:389-490:A382nd vs. A60 @5
1310–6+413Allan, Paul (A19)2W:499-323:A322nd vs. A11 @6
1410–6+336Logan, Adam (A9)2L:400-411:A171st vs. A13 @9
1510–6+23Broersma, Jason (A60)2L:344-487:A461st vs. A3 @5
1610–6+20Keller, Jason (A38)1W:490-389:A31st vs. A17 @14
1710–6−110DENNIS, IKEKEREGOR (A13)1W:441-371:A362nd vs. A9 @9
189½–6½+137Berofsky, Evan (A17)1W:411-400:A92nd vs. A38 @14
199–7+896Smitheram, Brett (A4)1W:434-360:A331st vs. A39 @10
209–7+651Shin, Austin (A16)2W:496-455:A531st vs. A25 @24
219–7+625Jighere, Wellington (A8)1W:552-279:A342nd vs. A53 @12
229–7+350Dangoor, Elie (A44)2W:451-437:A251st vs. A21 @8
239–7+241Kelly, Wayne (A39)1W:471-320:A242nd vs. A4 @10
249–7+87Jackman, Bob (A53)1L:455-496:A161st vs. A8 @12
259–7−12Khatri, Waseem (A25)1L:437-451:A442nd vs. A16 @24
269–7−137Koenig, David (A21)1L:397-442:A612nd vs. A44 @8
278½–7½+308Halsall, Trevor (A28)1W:458-347:A302nd vs. A33 @15
288½–7½+52Kirk, Terry (A33)2L:360-434:A41st vs. A28 @15
298–8+525Rau, Stefan (A49)2W:487-345:A181st vs. A31 @11
308–8+466Wiegand, Dave (A5)2W:519-257:A662nd vs. A40 @16
318–8+380Armstrong, Peter (A12)1W:521-392:A272nd vs. A58 @13
328–8+270Zolty, Natalie (A55)1W:426-354:A432nd vs. A27 @19
338–8+237Day, Jesse (A24)2L:320-471:A391st vs. A30 @17
348–8+227Dominiczak, Rafal (A37)2W:453-355:A481st vs. A18 @21
358–8+207Martin, Teo (A43)2L:354-426:A551st vs. A34 @18
368–8+130Cohen, Evan (A31)1W:442-334:A452nd vs. A49 @11
378–8+95Winter, Winter (A36)2L:371-441:A131st vs. A56 @22
388–8−13Awowade, Femi (A40)2L:387-586:A11st vs. A5 @16
398–8−42Lipe, Chris (A30)2L:347-458:A282nd vs. A24 @17
408–8−67Prudencio, Marlon (A27)2L:392-521:A121st vs. A55 @19
418–8−116Perry, Stephen (A58)2W:421-403:A511st vs. A12 @13
428–8−215Chunkath, Mohan (A34)2L:279-552:A82nd vs. A43 @18
438–8−426PAUL, ETA (A18)1L:345-487:A492nd vs. A37 @21
448–8−439Ubeika, Jason (A56)1W:496-467:A642nd vs. A36 @22
458–8−493Carter, Gerry (A32)1L:323-499:A192nd vs. A23 @28
467½–8½−129Haizel, Charles (A23)1W:446-396:A521st vs. A32 @28
477–9+124Delicata, David (A47)1W:543-334:A722nd vs. A57 @23
487–9−66Beevers, Craig (A6)2W:506-443:A622nd vs. A45 @26
497–9−93Tang, Michael (A54)2W:476-308:A591st vs. A64 @25
507–9−314Boyle, Vincent (A57)1W:436-431:A291st vs. A47 @23
517–9−418Abbasi , Shan (A64)2L:467-496:A562nd vs. A54 @25
527–9−437Vicary, Chris (A45)2L:334-442:A311st vs. A6 @26
537–9−563Micallef, Charles (A66)1L:257-519:A52nd vs. A50 @20
547–9−685charles, Leslie (A50)1L:330-407:A141st vs. A66 @20
556½–9½−165Klaphajone, Jakkrit (A14)2W:407-330:A501st vs. A59 @27
566–10−55Bullock, Orlet (A51)1L:403-421:A582nd vs. A42 @30
576–10−144Anderson, Gunnar (A65)1W:506-407:A352nd vs. A48 @32
586–10−258Sharma, Puneet (A59)1L:308-476:A542nd vs. A14 @27
596–10−290Rosenkrantz, Omri (A62)1L:443-506:A62nd vs. A35 @31
606–10−392Linn, Robert (A35)2L:407-506:A651st vs. A62 @31
616–10−492Grossman, Barry (A48)1L:355-453:A371st vs. A65 @32
626–10−775Kennedy, Rik (A42)2W:386-348:A701st vs. A51 @30
636–10−1133Hadi, Hasham (A72)2L:334-543:A471st vs. A67 @33
645½–10½−560Sandu, Dan (A67)2L:379-418:A712nd vs. A72 @33
655–11−531Scott, Neil (A29)2L:431-436:A571st vs. A63 @29
665–11−546Richards, Karen (A63)bye2nd vs. A29 @29
675–11−574Hunt, Stephen (A52)2L:396-446:A23
685–11−666Wai, Tsang (A71)1W:418-379:A671st vs. A69 @34
695–11−728Kuroda, Kunihiko (A70)1L:348-386:A422nd vs. A68 @35
705–11−770Durand, Jack (A69)1W:410-299:A682nd vs. A71 @34
713–13−1415Herve, Bohbot (A68)2L:299-410:A691st vs. A70 @35
721–15−1348Freeman, Lucas (A41)bye

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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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