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Braconid scores big in Scrabble

Braconid (a parasitic wasp) scored 176 plus a 5 point failed challenge penalty; this helped Brett Smitheram win the world Scrabble championship, with the finalists both connected with the UK TV words and numbers gameshow Countdown. Brett takes home around £5,800 from the event at the Grand Palais in Lille. The board in the final match.
posted by Wordshore on Sep 4, 2016 - 21 comments

"Exquisite," he said, "on a triple word score."

How Nigeria has come to dominate the competitive Scrabble circuit. [SLWSJ]
posted by Chrysostom on May 19, 2016 - 24 comments

I WOULD certainly do it all over again

Creator of long-running soap opera Neighbours and widely considered "father of Australian TV" Reg Grundy dies aged 92. [more inside]
posted by NordyneDefenceDynamics on May 9, 2016 - 8 comments

Grateful Dead Home Movies

Grateful Dead home movies filmed by Justin Kreutzmann (son of drummer Bill) on the road late 1987 to Sept 1988.
posted by wmoskowi on Apr 28, 2016 - 7 comments

As-tu une technique particulière pour apprendre le vocabulaire? - Non.

Kiwi Nigel Richards wins French Scrabble contest, doesn't even speak French. - Finale [more inside]
posted by unliteral on Jul 21, 2015 - 33 comments

hasbro: 11 points.

Can you claim copyright on a list of words? When it comes to Scrabble, Hasbro seems to think so. This isn't the first time they've filed copyright claims related to the game, though it may not have been so effective.
posted by divabat on Oct 9, 2014 - 17 comments

"We do have SOME stage parents. Not many," Williams says ruefully.

Every parent wants his or her kid to be great at something. That's only natural. But it's also natural to read Word Freak and hear John Williams talk about the assorted cast of rogues who populate the grownup tournament and worry that your kid will love Scrabble TOO much, that they'll end up consumed by a game, one day fleeing to Iceland and writing anti-Semitic screeds on rolls of toilet paper. Inside the 2013 National School Scrabble Championship.
posted by Chrysostom on May 21, 2013 - 26 comments

Beat the Cheat

Nicholas J. Johnson is a no good dirty rotten cheat. So when he invites you to play an incredible new game that he’s invented, you probably shouldn’t come…
posted by filthy light thief on May 17, 2013 - 18 comments

Happy National Scrabble Day!

A Poem So You’ll Know All 101 Two-Letter Words
posted by Wordwoman on Apr 13, 2013 - 39 comments

This is how we play Scrabble.

We are delighted to present Scrabble enthusiasts everywhere with The Scrabble Player's Handbook, a definitive and free ebook on how to play Scrabble, written by a dozen of the best tournament players in the world. All twelve authors have competed in past World Scrabble Championships and have spent over a year combining their knowledge into this one free Scrabble resource. Definitive. Accessible. Free. What more do you need to know? [Website links to a 6.6 Mb PDF.]
posted by not_on_display on Jan 23, 2013 - 25 comments


Is it time to re-value the tiles in Scrabble?
posted by Chrysostom on Jan 21, 2013 - 42 comments

Articulate it ain't thusly, Joseph

The Case of the Stolen Blanks — The real story behind the cheating scandal at the National Scrabble Championship.
posted by cenoxo on Aug 22, 2012 - 52 comments

How I Scored A Million Points In SpellTower

My father-in-law Jerry is great at word puzzles. Over the holidays, I showed him SpellTower on my iPad. By the time I took my iPad back at the end of the trip, he had already broken the SpellTower “Puzzle Mode” record on the Game Center leader board by almost 100,000 points. So I asked Jerry if he would share his strategy
posted by growabrain on Jun 10, 2012 - 17 comments

Jomama is totally a word

Scrabble, as played by Eddie Guerrero's rules
posted by frimble on May 23, 2012 - 20 comments

Scrabble word list changes: "WESPA hopes this North American isolationism will end one day, for the good of global Scrabble."

On January first the official club and tournament word list used by competitive Scrabble players outside of North America (SOWPODS or CSW or Collins) will change. The updated international word list contains 1532 additions and 145 deletions (pdf) of words of eight or fewer letters. There are no new two-letter words. New words of note: CLIT, CUMS, INBOX, MUNGE, QIN, SPLOG, VOIP, WIKI, XRAY No longer allowed: ACIDFREAK, FOOTROT, MOLEHUNT, PORNOMAG, VICTROLLA, WYSIWIG, YOS [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Dec 30, 2011 - 76 comments

no phoneys

This weekend marks the one-year anniversary of the lowest combined game score in a game of Scrabble, -22, played between Marlon Hill (−6) and Ben Schoenbrun (−16) on July 3, 2010, in Albany, NY. It also marks the anniversary of Edward De Guzman's record-setting final score (771) (PDF details, annotated gameboard), as well as Nigel Peltier's record seven bingos in a single game (picture of final board). Still more Scrabble records. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Jul 1, 2011 - 46 comments


Scrabb.ly: Massively multiplayer online Scrabble.
posted by sveskemus on Oct 15, 2010 - 37 comments

LADYGAGA for 14 points

Mattel are reportedly planning to change the rules of Scrabble to allow proper nouns, to bring in younger players and "introduce an element of pop culture into the game".
posted by acb on Apr 6, 2010 - 146 comments

Cheap Talk - Econ and game theory from Jeff Ely and Sandeep Baliga

On pinball's downfall; draft Scrabble; strategies for choosing a seat; visiting our old friend, swoopo.com; and meatball theory: various and sundry economical, game theoretical, and miscellaneous morsels from the folks at Cheap Talk.
posted by cortex on Nov 18, 2009 - 53 comments


Scrabulizer lets you enter the current state of your game in Scrabble and shows you all possible moves. They've also discovered a move worth 2044 Points
posted by minifigs on Sep 29, 2009 - 57 comments

Not just another dictionary

Wordnik - An ongoing project devoted to discovering all the words and everything about them. [via]
posted by tellurian on Jun 22, 2009 - 15 comments

Scrabble: The Beautiful Word

Scrabble put these out for their 60th anniversary. [more inside]
posted by gman on Apr 24, 2009 - 32 comments

Should the rules of Scrabble be changed?

Za and qi are now worth more than money, power, and sex. [more inside]
posted by twoleftfeet on Mar 18, 2009 - 53 comments

a selcouth galimatias

International House of Logorrhea, at The Phrontistry, a free online dictionary of weird and unusual words to help enhance your vocabulary. Generous language resources, 2 and 3 letter Scrabble words l The Compass DeRose Guide to Emotion Words l all kinds of glossaries for color terms, wisdom, love and attraction, scientific instruments, manias and obsessions, feeding and eating, carriages and chariots, dance styles and all kinds of fun word stuff. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye on Jan 11, 2009 - 12 comments

Word Withdrawal

The sad day has come: Facebook has shut down Scrabulous. Read the complaint here (PDF). Those suffering from withdrawal can head on over to Scrabulous.com. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Jul 29, 2008 - 108 comments

Scrabble vs. Scrabulous

Toymakers Hasbro and Mattel claim that the popular online game Scrabulous (available on Facebook) infringes on the trademark for the board game Scrabble. They have not yet filed suit, but have asked Facebook to desist in its alleged infringement. Scrabulous is one of the top ten plug-ins on the site, developed by brothers Rajat and Jayant Agarwalla in Calcutta, India. "There has been speculation that the challenge to Scrabulous had been launched as Hasbro and Mattel prepare their own online version of Scrabble." Electronic Arts holds the license to the electronic rights to Scrabble. Facebook users are rallying to save the game. [more inside]
posted by ericb on Jan 17, 2008 - 94 comments

James Leong wins 2007 Scrabble Player's Championship

Wunderkind James Leong of Vancouver, BC defeated veteran Jerry Lerman of Foster City, California, with a score of 423-377 to win the 2007 Scrabble Player's Championship in Dayton, OH. He takes the top prize of $12,500. Held during years when the bi-annual Nationals don't occur, this is the biggest tournament of the year. The tournament attracted about 450 players from around the world. Think you've got what it takes? You'll probably want to study up.
posted by solid-one-love on Aug 8, 2007 - 38 comments

Abdominal / Format

Format, Abdominal - Vicious Battle Raps, Hit Song previously
posted by hypersloth on Jan 26, 2007 - 25 comments

Word of the day: QUIXOTRY

Michael Crest, a carpenter, beat supermarket deli worker Wayne Yorra 830-490 at the Lexington Scrabble Club in a record-setting game on Oct 12' 2006. The game set records for highest score for (i) most points in a game by one player - 830, beating the previous highest 770 set in 1993, (ii) the most total points in a game - 1320 (iii) and the most points on a single turn - 365, for Cresta's play of QUIXOTRY. Stefan Fatsis, author of "Word Freak", has a nice write-up of the game (lots of misc. links in that article) If all this leaves your hands twitching for those tiles, start Quackling (both, MAC and Win versions available).
posted by forwebsites on Oct 26, 2006 - 33 comments

Triple Word Score. Again and again.

A 14-letter word on a 15-row Scrabble board, and other adventures at the 2005 National Scrabble Championship. Check out the final board and try putting some of those words into sentences.
posted by icontemplate on Aug 24, 2005 - 48 comments


Babble - a seriously addictive hybrid of Boggle and Scrabble.
posted by Melinika on Jul 31, 2005 - 14 comments

Soap - 6 points

The first rule of Internet Scrabble Club is that you make a predictable Fight Club reference in any posts pertaining to it.
posted by armoured-ant on Feb 17, 2005 - 66 comments

311 points

CRAZIEST = 311 points Scrabble can seriously affect your mental health. [Flash]
posted by lagado on Sep 22, 2004 - 36 comments

My Scrabble value can beat all y'alls.

What's your name's value in Scrabble? And please, no "it's a trick question, you can't use proper nouns" whining. (via Elayne Riggs)
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Jan 10, 2004 - 28 comments

World Scrabble Championship

The World Scrabble Championship is taking place this week in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 98 players from 38 countries are competing in the seventh biennial WSC. The format: everyone plays 24 games over three days, then the top two finishers play a best-of-five match for the championship. Past winners include three Americans, two Canadians and an Englishman, but this year's final pits two Thai players: Pakorn Nemitrmansuk vs Panupol Sujjaykorn.
posted by Daze on Oct 23, 2003 - 15 comments

Busy Marquee

Busy Marquee. "The idea behind Busy Marquee is very simple and yet very immature: find signs that have interchangable letters, bring your Scrabble skills, and rearrange omnipresent advertising to form Dadaist bits of landscape." My boner is screaming hello!
posted by mcsweetie on Dec 12, 2002 - 33 comments

Scrabble, as the experts play it.

Scrabble, as the experts play it. Review various championship scrabble games -- play by play, word by word. The board at the end of the final game of the 2001 World Championship includes such oddities as GAJO, DARG, and VOZHD, but also WITTIEST and PADDLERS. (You can follow that game from the beginning. Looks like the 2002 tournament doesn't happen for another few months.)
posted by Tin Man on Sep 19, 2002 - 25 comments

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