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COURSE DESCRIPTION Play better, maybe become family champ! Learn which tiles to play, which to hold See scoring Hot Spots on the board Find bingos using all 7 tiles- 50 extra pts Learn strategy- offense & defense Chances to play open instructional games If interested, play competitively 1 on 1 Learn about Asheville Scrabble Club Local, regional, national tournament info
INSTRUCTOR JACOB COHEN Retired teacher and principal Co-Director of the Asheville Scrabble Club Playing competitively since 2009 Webmeister & statistician of clubs website www.ashevillescrabble.com www.ashevillescrabble.com
RECOMMENDED BOOKS Everything Scrabble, 3 rd edition by Joe Edley and John D. Williams Jr. ISBN: 978-1-4165-6175-0 $16.99 (this course is adapted from this excellent reference) Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, 4 th edition, Merriam-Webster ISBN: 978-0877799290 $7.50 Optional: Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players ISBN: 0-14-200226-7 $16.99
COURSE PLAN Week 1 Course Overview Glossary Week 2 Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, 4 th ed. (OSPD4) Define what you mean by a definition Q without U words; short Q words Words with no vwls Board orientation and notation Week 3 Finding and using Hot Spots on the board
Course Plan Week 4 Demo Game: Mark Schmidt, Brett Haughney, expert players, Asheville Scrabble Club Week 5 Cheat Sheet Scrabble Guy Teaches the 2s in 5 Minutes! Move Tiles on Your Rack- useful letter combos Tile Order of Usefulness Rack Management
Course Plan Week 6 Bingos Strategy- Offense and Defense Phoneys- if & when to play them Week 7 After you are the family champ… Club and Tournament Play Asheville Scrabble Club website Week 8 Demo Game: Mark & Brett have a rematch
EACH WEEK WE WILL HAVE Scrabble Babble (Scrabble topics for the day) ~40 babble verb- divulge secrets Scrabble Dabble (word play- build Scrabble skills) ~15 dabble verb- work with in a non-serious manner Scrabble Babel (break time- no Scrabble!) ~10 babel noun- confusion of voices and other sounds Scrabble Scrabble (play Scrabble w/each other ) ~55 scrabble verb- to grope about frantically (looking for words) and, at the same time, some of you may choose to: Scrabble Rabble (play an open instructional game) ~55 rabble noun- disorderly crowd of people (arguing about strategy!)
QUESTIONS Why did you choose this class? Want to increase your scoring average? Want to learn which are the best tiles to hold onto? Want to find the best scoring spots on the board? Want to learn offensive and defensive strategy? Want to be your family champ? Want to find out about club and tournament play?
GLOSSARY Alphagram- alphabetic arrangement of letters; Ex: AIJNORT is alphagram for JANITOR Anagram- word spelled with exact same letters as another word. Ex: KITCHEN, THICKEN Bingo- use all 7 letters on rack; score 50 extra points Bingo-friendly tiles- ERS?, AL?, AERST, CANISTER Blank- indicated as ?, most valuable tile-versatile Block- play word to stop opponents possible big score Challenge!- announce to check if word is acceptable Closed Board- few or no places to play bingos/hi scores Dump- low-scoring play; gets rid of poor letter combo Endgame- strategic play when fewer than 8 tiles in bag Exchange- use turn to trade in 1-7 tiles; need 7 in bag
GLOSSARY Extension- add 2+ letters to a word on board; (often to TWS); Ex: CON-QUEST, QUEST-ION Fishing- playing off or trading 1-2 tiles looking for bingo Hold!- announced when considering a challenge Hook- add letter to front/back of word to make new one; Ex: HARD + Y = HARDY; C + HARD = CHARD Hot Spots- TLS-TLS, DLS-DWS, TLS-DWS, TWS-DLS, DWS-DWS, TWS-TWS; all places for high scores Leave- group of tiles left on rack after play, before draw Open Board- many places to play bingos/hi score plays OSPD- Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, 4 th ed. Parallel Play- Ex: M A R L A T E (LATE, MA, AT, & RE all score)
GLOSSARY Phoney- unacceptable word (not found in OSPD); may stay on board if unchallenged; some played deliberately (like bluffing in poker) Power Tiles- ten most valuable- 2 ?s, 4 Ss, J, Q, X, Z Rack Balancing- leaving letters on rack that will help score well on next turn; good ratio of cons/vowels Stems- 6 & 7-letter bingo-friendly combos to add 1 letter Ex: SATIRE (add 1 letter to make 70 words); NASTIER (add 1 letter to make 69 words) TWL- Tournament and Club Word List- list of acceptable words (all OSPD, plus about 200 offensive words); not used in schools or by most living room players; no definitions provided
SCRABBLE DABBLE 1 _ HONG 2 _ AGON 3 _ IMID 4 _ ANTA 5 _ VIES 6 _ BACK 7 _ VARY 8 _ FOUL 9 _ PRIG 10 _ EGER 11 _ PERM 12 _ HIDE 13 _ PALS 14 _ AGMA 15 _ HOST 16 _ AGUE 17 _ IWIS 18 _ KING 19 _ PLAT 20 _ LAKY 21 _ NOME 22 _ OMIT 23 _ HILI 24 _ HEIR 25 _ PICE 26 _ LAID 27 _ DEAL 28 _ RIAL 29 _ RIMY 30 _ ROOD HOOK WORDS- Each of these 4-letter words is found in the OSPD4. Add a letter in front of each one to make a common 5-letter word.
SCRABBLE DABBLE 1 _ EYED 2 _ FIRE 3 _ FOOT 4 _ CONS 5 _ GAPE 6 _ LOBE 7 _ GREE 8 _ MAGE 9 _ HEAP 10 _ HEFT 11 _ LEFT 12 _ LIEN 13 _ GLOW 14 _ LOFT 15 _ LORY 16 _ LUNT 17 _ HANT 18 _ MELL 19 _ RUTH 20 _ NAVE 21 _ RUSK 22 _ MIRK 23 _ TROP 24 _ VAIL 25 _ BONY 26 _ VERY 27 _ APSE 28 _ VOWS 29 _ WEAK 30 _ WELT HOOK WORDS- Each of these 4-letter words is found in the OSPD4. Add a letter in front of each one to make a common 5-letter word.
OSPD OFFICIAL SCRABBLE PLAYERS DICTIONARY Disagreements about which words were good 1975 OSPD, 1 st edition published Words had to be found in 2 of 5 popular dictionaries 2-8 letters and their longer inflections; Ex: UNLIKELIEST 100,000+ words; no pronunciations; short definitions 2 nd ed 1991; 3 rd ed 1995; 4 th ed 2005 (currently used) Dictionary committee considers additions/deletions
DEFINITIONS Where do you draw the line on completeness? OSPD4 has only minimal definitions; Ex: a mineral Tournament & Club Word List (TWL)- no definitions Some people learn definitions to remember the words Others care only that a word is acceptable People play even though they dont speak English!
OSPD OFFICIAL SCRABBLE PLAYERS DICTIONARY Only 1 definition provided; often an uncommon usage Ex: IMP- v. to graft feathers onto a birds wing RE and UN sections; 100s of undefined words Unless an –ING word listed as noun, then no plural Ex: PLAY v. –S, -ED, -ING; FLYING n., FLYINGS Word or inflection in boldface, then it is acceptable FOCUS, FOCUSING, FOCUSES, FOCUSSED, FOCUSSING, FOCUSSES
OSPD OFFICIAL SCRABBLE PLAYERS DICTIONARY Not all verbs can add ER to make a noun; Ex: PLAY / PLAYER, BAKE / BAKER; PART / but no PARTER * * means a phoney (non-acceptable word) Foreign words generally not acceptable, yet, some seem foreign; acceptable if no English equivalent Ex: currency, titles, etc. PESETA, XU, SAHIB, QAID Some words boldfaced more than once; adj. & verb Ex: adj. BRITTLE, BRITTLER, BRITTLEST v. BRITTLES, BRITTLING, BRITTLES
Q WITHOUT U WORDS Strange?, Yes!; Good?, Absolutely! & very useful! MBAQANGA n pl –S a South African dance music QABALA n pl-S cabala (an occult or secret doctrine) QABALAH n pl –S same as QABALA QADI n pl –S a Muslim judge QAID n pl –S variation of CAID, a Muslim leader QANAT n pl –S a system of underground tunnels and wells in the Middle East QAT n pl –S variation of KAT, an evergreen shrub QI n pl –S the vital force that in Chinese thought is inherent in all things
QINDAR n pl –DARS or –DARKA variation of QINTAR, a monetary unit in Albania QINTAR n pl –S see above SHEQEL n pl SHEQALIM, SHEQELS, an ancient unit of weight TRANQ n pl –S variation of TRANK (i.e. tranquilizer) QOPH n pl –S variation of KOPH, a letter of the Hebrew alphabet QWERTY n pl –S a standard keyboard FAQIR n pl –S variation of FAKIR, a Hindu ascetic Also of note: BUQSHA, BUQSHAS, BURQA, BURQAS, QIVIUT. QIVIUTS, SUQ, SUQS, UMIAQ, UMIAQS
SHORT Q WORDS QATSUQSQUAISQUERYQUOIN QISAQUAEQUAKEQUESTQUOIT QUAAQUASQUAKYQUEUEQUOLL SUQBURQAQUALEQUEYSQUOTA AQUAEQUALQUALMQUICKQUOTE QADIEQUIDQUANTQUIDSQUOTH QAIDEQUIPQUAREQUIETQURSH
SHORT Q WORDS QATSFAQIRQUARKQUIFFROQUE QOPHFIQUEQUARTQUILLSQUAB QUADMAQUIQUASHQUILTSQUAD QUAGPIQUEQUASIQUINSSQUAT QUAIQADISQUASSQUINTSQUAW QUAYQAIDSQUATEQUIPSSQUEG QUEYQANATQUAYSQUIPUSQUIB
SHORT Q Words QUIDQOPHSQUBITQUIRESQUID QUINQUACKQUEANQUIRKTOQUE QUIPQUADSQUEENQUIRTTRANQ QUITQUAFFQUEERQUITETUQUE QUIZQUAGSQUELLQUITSUMIAQ QUODQUAILQUERNQUODSUSQUE
WORDS WITH NO VWLS BRR interj used to indicate that one feels cold BRRR interj see BRR CRWTH n pl –S an ancient stringed musical instrument CWM n pl –S a deep steep-walled basin HM interj used to express thoughtful consideration HMM interj see HM MM interj used to express assent or satisfaction NTH adv pertaining to an indefinitely large ordinal number PFFT interj used to express a sudden ending PHPHT interj see PHT PHT interj used as an expression of mild anger or annoyance
WORDS WITH NO VWLS PSST interj used to attract someones attention PST interj see PSST SH interj used to urge silence SHH interj see SH TSK v -ED, -ING, -S to utter an expression of annoyance TSKTSK v -ED, -ING, -S to tsk
Board Notation Center square 8H or H8 If word is horizontal, list number first If word is vertical, list letter first
Notation Examples WATCH, 8D HALTER, E7 Give position from first letter of word
Finding Hot Spots on the Board As a novice tournament player, I once asked an expert, Whats the difference between a novice and an expert? The novice finds words on his rack to play on the board. The expert finds the best spots on the board, and, then, finds the words on her rack to fit. Hot Spots are what experts find and play.
Premium Squares 61/225 squares DLS light blue TLS dark blue DWS light red TWS dark red design symmetry by architect/creator, Alfred Butts
Premium Squares Hot Spots Parallel Play TLS-TLS DLS-DWS TLS-DWS DLS-TWS DWS-DWS TWS-TWS
Parallel Play Look at 8L Your rack includes DEFN
Parallel Play play FEND at 8L to score 72 points
TLS-TLS dark blue-dark blue columns B, F, J, N rows 2, 6, 10, 14 Hot Spots play high point tiles F, H, J, K, Q, V, W,X, Y, Z also B, C, M, P
TLS-TLS dark blue-dark blue BEBOP 23 pts HONED 21 pts WELCH 29 pts PRETZEL 44 pts
DLS-DWS light blue-light red columns C, D, L, M rows 3, 4, 12, 13 2 DLS-DWS possible on same columns and rows
SCRABBLE DABBLE 1 _ AGNATE 2 _ ANTRUM 3 _ ARMFUL 4 _ ARRANT 5 _ AUDING 6 _ ENFOLD 7 _ ETHANE 8 _ GAINST 9 _ LATTEN 10 _ STOUND 11 _ LEANLY 12 _ LIABLE 13 _ LISTEN 14 _ LOWERY 15 _ LUMPEN 16 _ MARTEN 17 _ MONGST 18 _ NEATEN 19 _ OFTEST 20 _ VENUES HOOK WORDS- Each of these 6-letter words is found in the OSPD4. Add a letter in front of each one to make a common 7-letter word (a BINGO).
SCRABBLE DABBLE 1 _ OXTAIL 2 _ PENDED 3 _ RECKED 4 _ REPAID 5 _ RACKET 6 _ RATIFY 7 _ PRAISE 8 _ REASON 9 _ REFACE 10 _ PREACH 1 _ RIDENT 2 _ ROUBLE 3 _ RUDELY 4 _ RUMPLE 5 _ SCENDS 6 _ SPOUSE 7 _ LAYOFF 8 _ THEISM 9 _ OOLOGY 10 _ VERBID HOOK WORDS- Each of these 6-letter words is found In the OSPD4. Add a letter in front of each one to make a common 7-letter word (a BINGO).
SCRABBLE DABBLE 1 CHAY 2 POLY 3 SIMP 4 BLAW 5 BAHT 6 ALEC 7 CAPH 8 CAKY 9 MARC 10 YALD 1 ORAD 2 EGAL 3 KOTO 4 EPHA 5 WONK 6 LAZE 7 FIAR 8 AGIN 9 GAOL 10 HANT 11 LATH 12 HILA 13 PIAL 14 IMAM 15 VINA 16 MOLA 17 PALY 18 MYNA 19 PRAM 20 NONA ANAGRAMS- Each of these uncommon 4-letter words is found in the OSPD4. Find a common word anagram for each one.
SCRABBLE DABBLE 1 AWRY 2 DOBY 3 BENE 4 BREE 5 BONK 6 CEIL 7 POCO 8 EDDY 9 DELF 10 OHED 1 OYER 2 NEIF 3 FROE 4 KEPI 5 HYTE 6 METH 7 PLIE 8 LWEI 9 NEUK 10 FILO ANAGRAMS- Each of these uncommon 4-letter words is found in the OSPD4. Find a common word anagram for each one.
TILE ORDER OF USEFULNESS AND MNEMONIC CHEER BLANKety-BLANK, SEX Z RAH, North Carolina, DiM, TIcKLe, POY, JeFf BiG, WU V Q! ? SEX Z RAH N C DM TIKL POY JF BG WU V Q
RACK MANAGEMENT UNBALANCED RACK = CAN EARN BAD LUCK
RACK MANAGEMENT Dont duplicate any letter on rack, except E & S Keep about same # vowels/cons in your leave Hold as few high-point tiles as possible in leave Learn and use vowel dumps to improve rack Consider exchange if bingo unlikely in 3-4 turns
BINGOS 50 extra pts- use all 7 tiles to make 7+ letter words Key to high scores- experts play 2-3 per game Look for common beginnings- AB, AD, AIR, ANTI, BE, BI, COM, CON, DE, DIS, EM, EN EX, FORE, HAND, HEAD, IM, IN, ISO, MID, MIS, NON, OUT, OVER, POST, PRE, RE, SEA, SUB, TRI, UN, UP
BINGOS Look for common endings- ABLE, AGE, AL, ANCE, ANE, ANT, ARY, ATE, DOM, EAU, ED, EE, ENCE, ENT, ER, EST, FISH, FORM, FUL, GHT, GRAM, HOOD, IA, IAL, IBLE, IC, ICAL, IER, IES, IEST, IFY, ILE, ILY, INE, ING, ION, ISE, ISH, ISM, IST, ITE, ITY, IUM, IVE, IZE, LAND, LESS, LET, LIKE, LOGY, LY, MAN, MEN, MENT, NESS, OID, OSE, OUGH, OUS, OUT, SHIP, SES, SIS, SOME, TURE, WARD, WEED, WISE, WOOD, WORM
BINGOS Study high-probability bingo stems Mnemonics to remember letters to add to stem Club website Bingoes page- excellent resource ASC Co-Director Bill Snoddys Bingo Slide Shows Bingoes
STRATEGY Offense Balance your rack equal vowels/consonants Letters in CANISTER are most bingo-friendly Consider your leave as well as your play Premium square combos for big scores Parallel plays for maximum scores Use S and blank preciously; they are most versatile Find your best play, then find a better one Find alternate place to play in case you get blocked Play words with hooks for future plays High probability bingo stems and mnemonics Open up bingo lanes especially when behind Consider playing phoneys End game considerations
PHONEYS AND WHEN TO PLAY THEM Common in club and tournament play Ethical? comparable to bluffing in poker When you have little to lose- way behind in game When you want to test opponents word knowledge When opponent just lost a challenge- gun shy When you have many good plays- risk higher score When you want to improve your leave When you want higher point spread- tournaments Caution- player may challenge own phoney if you, mistakenly, add an S to the phoney to make a new word
OPEN BOARD many scoring options S on QUIRE & play vertical word thru TWS play from TWS H1-4 if you have IN, hook to G row 13, build bingo high pt tile at 14J-N ex: JIBED 62 pts DWS-DWS thru E 5G 15 L-O, FLEX 54 pts
CLOSED BOARD few scoring options any rows/columns open for large scores? bingo lane column I if have S for BRINGS lane H1-8 for an ING bingo, opens rows 1-5 TIME or TIMED at F7 for 26-28 pts Ahead?- keep it closed Behind?- open it up
BOARD SUMMARY far ahead? (70+ pts)- close down board, even for fewer pts if you can block opponent far behind? (70+ pts)- keep board open to bingo, and high plays with J, Q, X, Z you and opponent about even? (within about 30 pts) consider openings you give opponent versus your rack leave keep board open if you have bingo-friendly tiles keep board more closed if you have poor letters
STRATEGY Defense Avoid placing vowels next to premium squares Answer opponents big play with equal scoring Shut down board when ahead Block plays with C and V (no 2-letter words with them) Shut down bingo lanes Avoid opening up Hot Spots Consider + & - of challenging a phoney High probability bingo stems and mnemonics- helps you recognize rack and its bingoes or not Consider when to exchange tiles Consider tracking which tiles have been played Watch opponent carefully for behavioral tipoffs End game considerations
SCRABBLE DABBLE 1 BISNAGA 2 CATALOS 3 VEDALIA 4 DRAYAGE 5 ANAPEST 6 DOGBANE 7 AMBONES 8 ECHNIDA 9 CUMARIN 10 OCTANOL 1 AVODIRE 2 OVERSAD 3 TEREFAH 4 HALTERE 5 FINAGLE 6 REFUTAL 7 RIVAGES 8 MUTAGEN 9 NEGATON 10 PREWRAP 11 NILGHAI 12 NILGHAU 13 SAINTLY 14 SAVIOUR 15 BIOGENY 16 TUBULIN 17 RESTYLE 18 MITOGEN 19 WETTISH 20 NIVEOUS ANAGRAMS- Each of these uncommon 7-letter words is found in the OSPD4. Find a common word anagram for each one. All have either a common beginning or ending.
SCRABBLE DABBLE 1 B _ SC _ _ T 2 _ LM _ N _ C 3 R _ _ DW _ Y 4 H _ _ RS _ Y 5 V _ N _ LL _ 6 _ N _ T _ MY 7 T _ BL _ _ D 8 C _ R _ F _ L 9 C _ H _ _ TS 10 M _ S _ C _ L 1 CR _ N _ _ M 2 M _ _ LB _ X 3 S _ _ S _ CK 4 PL _ G _ _ D 5 R _ T _ ND _ 6 _ ST _ _ ND 7 _ NF _ D _ L 8 P _ _ NF _ L 9 N _ M _ R _ L 10 F _ RT _ L _ FILL-INS- Seeing consonants in their correct position in a word can lead to finding the word. Using only vowels (no Ys) find the common words.
AFTER YOU BECOME FAMILY CHAMP… No one wants to play you anymore! Yet, you still have the Scrabble jones! Youre not sure you want to become "serious" Yet, you wonder how competitive youd be Thats why we have Asheville Scrabble Club! And, tournaments everywhere, even cruises!
Club Play & Tournaments cross-section of America friendship mental challenge fun with words thrill of competition Asheville A-1 "Autumn Leaves" Scrabble Tournament 100 Tiles http://the100project.org/100-tiles/
WHAT TO EXPECT AT ASHEVILLE SCRABBLE CLUB Equipment provided: boards, tiles, racks, clocks, score sheets Clocks give = time for both players; quickly becomes automatic We help you with competitive play so youll keep playing with us Cheat Sheet first 3 times, free challenges vs. advanced players Zyzzyva Word Judge used to decide if a word is acceptable Knowing a words definition unnecessary; but, helpful to some No dues first 6 months; $20 year thereafter, or $2 per meeting North American Scrabble Players Association (NASPA)
ASHEVILLE SCRABBLE CLUB WEBSITE www.ashevillescrabble.com Home/News Where We Play Asheville Scrabblog Club Players New to Our Club? Stats Bingoes Tournaments Study Aids Resources Directors Questions/Contact
SCRABBLE DABBLE 1P _ _ T _ _ I _ 2V _ _ C _ _ I _ 3B _ _ _ A _ _ E 4_ A _ E _ D _ _ 5_ _ _ _ I _ ET 6_ U _ I _ _ _ Y 7_ _ U _ _ HE _ 8_ O _ _ TI _ _ 9F _ _ ME _ _ _ 10P _ _ _ A _ _ E TOUGH FILL-INS- Use this rack to make common words. A C L N O R W
SCRABBLE DABBLE 1 DEIIINV_ _ _ _ _ POWER 2 EHLMORS_ _ _ _ _ WEIGHT 3 CDEGIST_ _ _ _ _ SHIRT 4 AECNNOT_ _ _ SULTAN _ 5 AGHILMT_ _ _ _ _ _ DUALITY 6 BEILMNT_ _ _ _ _ COLOR 7 IKMOPRT_ _ _ _ _ EWE _ _ 8 AENRSTW_ _ _TURBAN _ _ 9 BDELMTU_ _ _ AIRMEN _ 10 AENRTUW_ _ OPERA _ _ _ TOUGH FRONT EXTENSIONS- Extend the words in right column by adding letters from one of the racks in the left column. The racks are not paired with the words opposite them.
QUESTIONS Are you glad you chose this class? Has your scoring average increased? Have you learned which are best tiles to hold onto? Do you know the best scoring spots on the board? Have you learned offensive and defensive strategy? Are you now or will you be your family champ? Are you interested in club and tournament play?