Here are some tips and tricks to help you succeed in SCRABBLE - everyone's favorite word game!
Each game includes 2 Blank tiles. These tiles can be used for any letter you want! In the Game Options, you can choose whether the blanks can be played once per game only, or you can choose to "recycle" the blanks after they have been played by replacing a blank with a matching letter from your rack!
Use the Premium Squares. Where
you play is often more important than what
you play. The 8 triple word score squares are often the most important areas of the board. Use them first, or your opponents will! When you have a high-scoring letter such as J, Q, X, or Z, try to place it on a triple letter or double letter score square!
Use the S and Blank tiles wisely!
The S is the most valuable letter in the game,
since it can be used to double your score. Instead of using the S or blank tile as
part of only one word, make the S your link between a new word and an old
word! This way, you will get points for two words for the "price of one"!
For example, you could play the word "cat" alone. On your next turn,
you can play the word "dogs" by using the S to make the word "cats"
AND the word "dogs" at the same time! Sometimes you can also use letters
such as Y, R, and D in the same way.
Look for word beginnings and endings!
Look in your rack for certain letters
that can become beginnings and endings for lots of different words.
Examples of prefixes include: RE, UN, OVER, etc
Examples of suffixes include: -ED, -ING, -ER, etc.
Length doesn't matter!
A long word is not always a high-scoring word.
The point values of the individual letters and the premium squares usually
have a bigger impact on your score than the length of the word. The word ZA,
for example, often gives you more points than a longer word like ANTLER, since
the Z alone is worth 10 points!
Learn the special words!
In SCRABBLE, there are certain words that are not
common in everyday language but extremely useful in the game. These words
CWM - a geographical feature also known as a CIRQUE
QAT - a kind of shrub
QI - vital force, also spelled CHI
XI - a Greek letter
ZA - short for PIZZA