Seven Letter Success

The Crone played a lot of Scrabble on her trip to the UK, with mixed results.

Scrabble Rosie had invested in Super Scrabble which boasts a double sized board and the opportunity to not just triple but quadruple some word scores. The Crone could hardly wait to try it. Sadly though, she was bested by big board–and by her friend who managed 4 seven letter words, and a final score of more than 700. Very galling.

On the plus side though, the Crone was able to introduce her sister, the Cackler,

Bad hair day for the Cackling Crone

Bad hair day for the Cackling Crone

to the delights of Lexulous on Facebook and already sees encouraging signs of an addiction to match her own. The Cackler, despite the fact that she is currently in the lead with excellent plays like SHACK, QUEST and a particularly well-placed VIZOR, claims she is a Scrabble novice and so here, for her benefit and yours is the Crone’s handy beginner’s guide to Scrabble excellence:

  • If you pick up an “i” get rid of it immediately, otherwise it will multiply
  • If you pick up a “v” seek out a triple letter score, but if you can’t find one still play it immediately, otherwise, like a cancerous mole, a computer virus or a rotten apple in a barrel, it will slowly blight everything around it on your rack
  • Welcome a hand that contains the humble ‘t”, “n” and “l”–of these are seven letter words most often made
  • The two-letter word list is a Scrabble player’s best friend–keep a copy to hand and use that little clickable link at the top of the score box on Lexulous
  • Don’t always feel the need to spread. The dense two or three row pile-up of two letter words is often more high scoring than high-value letters squandered on low-value squares
  • Don’t play Scrabble Rosie –it’ll only end in tears

About Liz Barron

US Peace Corps Volunteer in Armenia. Permanent address in Washington DC. Deep roots in Northern Ireland and persistent Belfast accent. Blogger,cook, mother, grandma, Scrabble-player and enthusiastic world traveler.
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