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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Useful Scrabble Score Sheet

Here is a very useful scrabble scoring/tile tracking sheet from one of my colleagues Shankar in the Bangalore Scrabble Club. I often strugg...

Monday, 28 August 2017

Mindsports Scrabble Olympiad World Scrabble Championships - Day 6

David Eldar is the new world scrabble champion after beating Harshan Lamabadusuriya 3-0 in the best of 5 finals at Nottingham. Here are some game boards from day 6 of the 2017 world scrabble championship from the third place game courtesy Austin Shin:

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Mindsports Scrabble Olympiad World Scrabble Championships - Day 5

We are all set for the finals. There will be a new champion to be crowned from a best of 5 between two of the worlds best scrabble players David Eldar and Harshan Lamabadusuriya. Here are some game boards from day 5 of the 2017 world scrabble championship featuring the quarter and semi finals courtesy Austin Shin:

Friday, 25 August 2017

Mindsports Scrabble Olympiad World Scrabble Championships - Day 4

The league phase has concluded and we are all set for the knock out phase. So it will be 1 vs 8, 2 vs 7, 3 vs 6, and 4 vs 5 in the quarters. A mouth watering David Eldar vs Nigel elimination game. Here are the top 20 from the league phase:

Round 35 Standings

RankWon-LostSpreadClassPlayerLast Game
126½–8½+2093ANigel Richards (#1/NZL)1L:370-460:#6
224½–10½+757AAustin Shin (#7/ENG)2W:531-310:#14
323–12+1185AHarshan Lamabadusuriya (#6/ENG)2W:460-370:#1
422½–12½+1244BNeil Scott (#14/SCO)1L:310-531:#7
522–13+1549BGoutham Jayaraman (#20/SGP)1W:467-350:#11
622–13+817AMark Nyman (#4/ENG)1W:407-397:#13
722–13+519CElie Dangoor (#27/ENG)1W:466-428:#17
821–14+1675ADavid Eldar (#2/AUS)2W:504-384:#3
921–14+1202APaul Gallen (#5/NIR)2W:554-378:#19
1021–14+888ADavid Webb (#11/ENG)2L:350-467:#20
1121–14+811BDavid Koenig (#13/USA)2L:397-407:#4
1221–14+806CNeil Rowley (#31/ENG)1W:540-293:#22
1321–14+580BWaseem Khatri (#17/PAK)2L:428-466:#27
1420–15+1059ABrett Smitheram (#3/ENG)1L:384-504:#2
1520–15+888AJoel Wapnick (#9/CAN)2W:378-292:#21
1620–15+830CVincent Boyle (#23/SCO)2W:460-396:#63
1720–15+638DChris Cummins (#34/SCO)2W:460-421:#49
1820–15+402APaul Allan (#8/SCO)1W:430-315:#18
1920–15+384BCalum Edwards (#19/ENG)1L:378-554:#5
2020–15−788CAlex Tan (#26/MYS)2W:421-377:#30

Here are some game boards from day 4 of the 2017 world scrabble championship event courtesy Austin Shin:

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Mindsports Scrabble Olympiad World Scrabble Championships - Day 2

Here are some game boards from day 2 of the 2017 world scrabble championship event courtesy Austin Shin:


Here are the top 20 after day 2 courtesy Mindsportsacademy:

Round 17 Standings

RankWon-LostSpreadPlayerLast GameNext Game
114–3+639Austin Shin (#7/ENG)2W:464-417:#11st vs. #13 @1
213–4+943David Koenig (#13/USA)1L:390-534:#52nd vs. #7 @1
312–5+1346Paul Gallen (#5/NIR)2W:534-390:#131st vs. #2 @2
412–5+625Mark Nyman (#4/ENG)2W:494-370:#201st vs. #1 @3
512–5+571Nigel Richards (#1/NZL)1L:417-464:#72nd vs. #4 @3
611–6+1011David Eldar (#2/AUS)1W:547-358:#292nd vs. #5 @2
711–6+932Harshan Lamabadusuriya (#6/ENG)2W:451-353:#191st vs. #34 @4
811–6+910Brett Smitheram (#3/ENG)2W:454-387:#341st vs. #30 @5
911–6+825Vincent Boyle (#23/SCO)2W:447-310:#241st vs. #17 @6
1011–6+726David Webb (#11/ENG)1L:404-417:#81st vs. #20 @7
1111–6+710Mohamed Kamara (#35/SLE)1W:484-383:#122nd vs. #8 @8
1211–6+605Chris Cummins (#34/SCO)1L:387-454:#32nd vs. #6 @4
1311–6+484Waseem Khatri (#17/PAK)1W:424-372:#102nd vs. #23 @6
1411–6+436Paul Allan (#8/SCO)2W:417-404:#111st vs. #35 @8
1511–6+366Abdullah Abbasi (#30/PAK)1W:418-394:#382nd vs. #3 @5
1610–7+1012Goutham Jayaraman (#20/SGP)1L:370-494:#42nd vs. #11 @7
1710–7+896Gerry Carter (#22/THA)1L:335-495:#182nd vs. #29 @9
1810–7+702Mohammad Sulaiman (#38/CAN)2L:394-418:#301st vs. #10 @10
1910–7+594Jason Carney (#18/ENG)2W:495-335:#221st vs. #14 @11
2010–7+562Neil Scott (#14/SCO)1W:400-387:#322nd vs. #18 @11

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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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