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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Sunday, 15 January 2017

Capgemini International Scrabble Tournament 2017 - Day 4 - Nigel Wins

The second major of the year the Capgemini International Scrabble Tournament has concluded with Nigel running away from the field winning his 7th straight title.  He won 6 straight on the final day with a 30/34 record overall. Here are some game boards from the final day:
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Here are the final standings from the Scrabble Association of India:

Division A Round 34 Standings

RankWon-LostSpreadPlayerLast Game
130–4+2488Nigel Richards (A1)1W:501-317:A3
223½–10½+1097Pichai Limprasert (A3)2L:317-501:A1
323–11+1536Hubert Wee (A2)1W:407-298:A4
421–13+1088Thacha Koowirat (A4)2L:298-407:A2
520–14+1017Sherwin Rodrigues (A5)2W:471-427:A9
620–14+777Tony Sim (A11)2W:546-316:A7
720–14+275Nakul Prabhu (A14)2W:393-366:A8
819–15+719Lakshan Wanniarachchi (A9)1L:427-471:A5
919–15+507Charles Carneiro (A21)1W:439-369:A28
1019–15+222Udayan Grover (A7)1L:316-546:A11
1118–16+1077Varisht Hingorani (A13)1W:480-392:A6
1218–16+647Marlon Prudencio (A8)1L:366-393:A14
1318–16+126Michael Tang (A16)2W:400-363:A25
1418–16+10Mohan Chunkath (A10)1W:500-371:A17
1518–16−269Suthiraphan Assarat (A28)2L:369-439:A21
1617–17+532Akshay Bhandarkar (A6)2L:392-480:A13
1717–17+30Indunil Amarasinghe (A24)1W:456-432:A30
1817–17+28Carolann Pais (A25)1L:363-400:A16
1917–17−440Eric Kinderman (A12)2W:437-408:A23
2017–17−981Jayaska Baranage (A17)2L:371-500:A10
2116–18+348Shaikh Ahmed (A30)2L:432-456:A24
2216–18+43Rajveer Rawlin (A31)2W:402-362:A29
2316–18−416Karen Richards (A23)1L:408-437:A12
2416–18−897Paul Richards (A32)1W:438-313:A19
2515½–18½−384Douglas Lobo (A20)2W:494-468:A22
2615–19−367Pramit Kamath (A29)1L:362-402:A31
2715–19−642Jose de Abreu (A19)2L:313-438:A32
2815–19−734V Ramachandran (A34)2W:424-341:A35
2914–20+134Shaila Amalean (A18)1W:444-388:A33
3014–20−456Sanjoy Gupta (A22)1L:468-494:A20
3114–20−892Aditya Iyengar (A35)1L:341-424:A34
3213–21−1353Mazher Qureshi (A27)2W:425-385:A36
3312–22−698Bhushan Pradhan (A33)2L:388-444:A18
3412–22−1480Mohsin Ahmed (A26)bye
359–25−1391Irineu Gonsalves (A15)bye
366–28−2127Rohaina Tanveer (A36)1L:385-425: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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