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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Friday, 13 January 2017

Capgemini International Scrabble Tournament 2017 - Day 2

The second major of the year the Capgemini International Scrabble Tournament has reached the half way mark. Here are some game boards:

First Retinas from a 6 year old Madhav Kamath in the Newbie division:
Capgemini Scrabble 2017 kids

Here are some more game boards:

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Here are the standings from the Scrabble Association of India:

Rank Won-Lost Spread Player Last Game Next Game
1 16–3 +1283 Nigel Richards (A1) 1W:559-452:A8 2nd vs. A3 @1
2 15½–3½ +920 Pichai Limprasert (A3) 2W:486-327:A21 1st vs. A1 @1
3 15–4 +1227 Hubert Wee (A2) 1W:417-379:A6 2nd vs. A14 @2
4 13–6 +671 Nakul Prabhu (A14) 1W:473-382:A28 1st vs. A2 @2
5 12–7 +1063 Varisht Hingorani (A13) 1W:506-427:A35 2nd vs. A5 @3
6 12–7 +827 Thacha Koowirat (A4) 2W:562-319:A20 2nd vs. A7 @4
7 12–7 +783 Sherwin Rodrigues (A5) 2W:437-379:A10 1st vs. A13 @3
8 12–7 +481 Udayan Grover (A7) 2L:286-643:A11 1st vs. A4 @4
9 11–8 +501 Tony Sim (A11) 1W:643-286:A7 2nd vs. A17 @5
10 11–8 −365 Jayaska Baranage (A17) 2W:468-347:A32 1st vs. A11 @5
11 10–9 +69 Lakshan Wanniarachchi (A9) 1W:460-351:A36 1st vs. A16 @11
12 10–9 +47 Suthiraphan Assarat (A28) 2L:382-473:A14 2nd vs. A35 @6
13 10–9 −121 Aditya Iyengar (A35) 2L:427-506:A13 1st vs. A28 @6
14 10–9 −556 Michael Tang (A16) 1W:430-365:A33 2nd vs. A9 @11
15 9½–9½ −345 Jose de Abreu (A19) 1W:430-364:A27 2nd vs. A20 @8
16 9–10 +421 Pramit Kamath (A29) 1W:465-291:A26 2nd vs. A8 @7
17 9–10 +398 Akshay Bhandarkar (A6) 2L:379-417:A2 1st vs. A22 @10
18 9–10 +249 Charles Carneiro (A21) 1L:327-486:A3 2nd vs. A10 @9
19 9–10 +116 Shaikh Ahmed (A30) 2W:508-329:A34 1st vs. A24 @12
20 9–10 +75 Marlon Prudencio (A8) 2L:452-559:A1 1st vs. A29 @7
21 9–10 +4 Sanjoy Gupta (A22) 1W:400-389:A31 2nd vs. A6 @10
22 9–10 −22 Indunil Amarasinghe (A24) 2W:379-368:A18 2nd vs. A30 @12
23 9–10 −234 Mohan Chunkath (A10) 1L:379-437:A5 1st vs. A21 @9
24 9–10 −248 Douglas Lobo (A20) 1L:319-562:A4 1st vs. A19 @8
25 8–11 −164 Rajveer Rawlin (A31) 2L:389-400:A22 1st vs. A25 @13
26 8–11 −192 Carolann Pais (A25) 2W:483-410:A23 2nd vs. A31 @13
27 8–11 −435 Irineu Gonsalves (A15) 1W:421-419:A12 2nd vs. A27 @15
28 8–11 −686 Eric Kinderman (A12) 2L:419-421:A15 1st vs. A32 @14
29 8–11 −709 Paul Richards (A32) 1L:347-468:A17 2nd vs. A12 @14
30 8–11 −714 Mazher Qureshi (A27) 2L:364-430:A19 1st vs. A15 @15
31 7–12 −955 V Ramachandran (A34) 1L:329-508:A30 2nd vs. A26 @16
32 6–13 −516 Bhushan Pradhan (A33) 2L:365-430:A16 1st vs. A23 @17
33 6–13 −700 Mohsin Ahmed (A26) 2L:291-465:A29 1st vs. A34 @16
34 6–13 −851 Karen Richards (A23) 1L:410-483:A25 2nd vs. A33 @17
35 5–14 −143 Shaila Amalean (A18) 1L:368-379:A24 2nd vs. A36 @18
36 4–15 −1179 Rohaina Tanveer (A36) 2L:351-460:A9 1st vs. A18 @18

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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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