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Thursday, November 19th, 2015
7:17 pm
Scrabble Online
Absolutely love playing Scrabble! There is an "app" I downloaded and have been playing for years on my Android (it's somehow also tied into Facebook). Two issues with this online version:
1. Obnoxious commercials after each and every move (annoying, waste of time and did I mention annoying) - but that's the annoying price for free, I guess.
2. Not everyone plays honest. Some opponents clearly have obtained words that were achieved by some type of "word assist" programs.

So two questions:
1. Are there any legitimate sites to play for free without all the @#$%&* commercials?
2. Any site where the opponents use their own brain versus a word generator on the Internet?

Thank you!
Monday, March 31st, 2008
8:43 am
movies featuring Scrabble playing
Can anyone think of any movies that feature Scrabble playing (not counting documentaries devoted to the topic)? The only one I can think of is The Handmaid's Tale--but surely there are more.

Current Mood: curious
Sunday, March 30th, 2008
5:58 pm
Off-Topic, but Watch Me On TV TOMORROW!!!!!!
Ok folks, here's the big announcement!

Last fall I auditioned for, was chosen, and taped an episode of the game show "Merv Griffin's Crosswords," aka just "Crosswords."

Tomorrow is my first air date. Go to http://www.crosswords.tv/showtimes/wheretowatch.aspx
Then click on your state and your market.
(Or maybe on the state that has a station you can get. Say you're in Canada and can pick up some US TV, or like my sister, in Madison but probably pulls from Chicago. I'm making it complicated, but seriously - just click around and find a station you can see!!!.)

Here's the catch: My show is the SECOND of the day. That means in markets where the station plays two shows, you will be able to see me tomorrow. In markets where it's only shown once a day, I don't air until July 23. Still, after tomorrow I can blog about what happened and what didn't happen.

Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow! The Big Broadcast Day!

Watch and cheer me on, even though you'll be cheering for something that's already happened.


Current Mood: excited
Sunday, January 13th, 2008
7:40 pm
So here is the situation. I turned in all but an ER. What would you have done?

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007
10:48 am
Online Scrabble - FIE!
When I BINGO twice in a game, I want to win it.
When I break 400 points in a game, I don't want to lose by A LOT.
When I lose to a Canadian, I don't want to hear a comment about the relative value of our currencies.

If I were not such a gentleman, I would shake my fist and yell "FIE!" at my typesetter
Thursday, September 6th, 2007
10:39 pm
Has this ever happened in Scrabble history?

A player has three Is on his/her rack. The player dumps one or two of the Is (via trading tiles or playing a word). The player draws new tiles and does NOT get at least one new I?

I know it is mathematically possible, but I've never seen it happen. Certainly not to me. In any of the email games I'm playing now. Or ever.
Wednesday, July 25th, 2007
3:24 pm
The website "Scrabulous" sounds like a Harry Potter spell. There. I've said it.
Friday, November 10th, 2006
6:22 pm
Wednesday, October 11th, 2006
10:59 pm
From the mouth of babes...
Today my son said he learned a new word [in his "gifted & talented" class] -- "cwm". I said, "Ooh, that's a 'Scrabble' word!" To which he replied (with not a little attitude), "Yeah, Dad, pretty much every word more than 1 letter long in English is a 'Scrabble' word". [He's 10.]
Tuesday, October 10th, 2006
5:24 pm
Do you want to know what is stupid?
I will tell you what is stupid.

It is stupid that of all the sizes and shapes of boxes in which you can by scrabble (Traditional! Deluxe! Portable! Vintage!) not a single box is sized so that the dictionary can fit in it.

I bought the wooden box specifically because I figured the dictionary would fit. It does not. Why not? cf "stupidity" above.

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006
4:24 pm
Before I die, I want to play MBAQANGA in a scrabble game.

What word (CRAZIEST does not count) would make / has made you very happy to play?
Saturday, August 12th, 2006
8:19 am
Post & Gloat
Hello, all! I wanted to take a moment to spread the word about scrabbleshots, a new livejournal community where you can post photos of your completed Scrabble games - no more, no less. We'd also be happy to add this community to our user-info to give it some shared promotion amongst our memebers.

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006
10:05 pm
Nobody is yappier than my mom.
So my mother and father are visiting, and Ma and I were playing Scrabble. And she puts down YAPPIER for a Bingo. So I look it up, and it isn't in the Scrabble dictionary. And Ma is all "Is 'yap' in there?" And I said it was. "So one dawg can be YAPPIER than another dawg, right?"

"What I think isn't the issue. It isn't in the dictionary."

"Look. If you are more happy than someone you are happier, right?"

"Ma -"


"Right, but it doesn't matter." I knew where she was going.

"So why can't one dawg be yappier than another dawg?"

"There isn't an argument to be made here. It's not in the dictionary."

"So the dictionary is missing words."

"Ma- this is the Scrabble dictionary, its the rules."

"Yappier is a word! It's not fair to make me take it off."

"Ma, this is the Scrabble -"

"And you had all those cockamamie words last game!" She was referring to the fact that I had played AA and ULU and ZA, and showed her all of them in the dictionary when she whined about it.

"Ma, look. There isn't really a debate here. It's not-"

"Pop! Would you take 'YAPPIER'?" Pop said that he would. I had the dictionary in my hand, and I was feeling like Father Callahan in 'Salem's Lot as his powerful magical Cross started to fade and become an ordinary object.

"I'm not going to play with you if you cheat!" she threatened.

"Ma -" I began and then suddenly a new thing kind of snuck into my coconut. Having not experienced it before, I didn't know its name, but I think I am going to call it "Maturity." I did not like this thing. "Ma -" I said, "... you're right. I'm sorry. Put it down. Let's see... that's 87 points."

"See? It's a friendly game!" she said happily.

"Although a lot less friendly than it was a few minutes ago," I didn't say out loud.

And later in the game, when she asked if she could look up a word in the dictionary before her turn, I mumbled, "why? if it wasn't in there you'd just want to play it anyway." but aside from that I was perfectly cheerful and friendly, while this "maturity" thing made sure I continued to be so, as every fibre of my being tried to get its weight the hell off of my throat.

YAPPIER. That's going to annoy me for a very long time.
Friday, June 23rd, 2006
3:39 pm
Just a general wondering, has anyone been able to download a Scrabble-like game onto their cell phone? I can't imagine that it exists but I'm still curious.

Also, I usually play Scrabble on ISC but on the occasions that I play with real life friends, where can I get a Scrabble dictionary. You know, the kind that has words like "za" and "qi" so I don't get accused of making words up.
Monday, May 29th, 2006
1:05 pm
Custom Scrabble Board
Custom Boards by Kelly Smith

The custom tiles are extra. I chose the acorns for the back and the brown with white tiles for the front. Kelly is very accommodating and works with you to do the board just as you want it. I've heard complaints about the custom board pictures in the center of the board so I had mine put around the outside so it's not distracting. I own flying squirrels and I'm a nature lover. I sent Kelly pictures of the flying squirrels and she did several mockups for me to approve.

Expensive you say? Give up one weekend tournament and it will be paid for.

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Wednesday, May 17th, 2006
11:50 pm
Magnetic Scrabble for Sale?
Hello scrabble friends.

While digging through my grandfather's closet, I found a shrinkwrapped magnetic version of scrabble. It is probably from the mid to early 80's.

I was wondering if I could get anything for it? If so, how much it would be worth? Also.. is there a way to identify it?

Finally, if I do sell it, would anyone be interested? Thanks :)

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Tuesday, April 25th, 2006
8:16 am
Quadell's tip of the day: 4-letter vowel dumps
The 2-letter vowel dumps (in TWL06) are AA, AE, AI, OE, and OI. The only three-letter vowel dump is EAU. Here are the 4-letter words with only one consonant; they can be very useful to clean up a stubbornly vowel-heavy rack.

You probably already know many of the 4-letter vowel dumps that start with A, like AEON, AERO, AIDE, ALOE, AQUA, AREA, ARIA, ASEA, AURA, and AUTO. Here are the others:

AGEE - to one side
AGIO - a premium paid for currency exchange
AGUE - a malarial fever
AJEE - alt sp of agee, to one side
AKEE - a tropical tree
ALAE - pl of ALA, a wing
ALEE - toward one side of a vessel
AMIA - a freshwater fish
AMIE - a female friend
ANOA - a wild ox
AWEE - awhile

As for the 4-letter vowel dumps that start with E, you know EASE, EAVE, and EURO. Here are the others.
EAUX - pl of EAU, water
EIDE - pl of EIDOS, an essence
EMEU - alt sp of emu
EPEE - a type of sword
ETUI - a case for holding small articles

4-letter vowel dumps that start with I:
You know IDEA and IOTA.
ILEA - pl of ileum, a part of the small intestine
ILIA - pl of ilium, a bone of the pelvis
INIA - pl of inion, a part of the skull
IXIA - a flowering plant

4-letter vowel dumps that start with O:
You know OBOE, OLEO, and OOZE.
OBIA - alt sp of obeah, a form of sorcery of African origin
ODEA - pl of odeum, a theater or concert hall
OGEE - an S-shaped molding
OHIA - a tropical tree
OLEA - pl of oleum, oil
OLIO - a miscellaneous collection
OUZO - a Greek liqueur

4-letter vowel dumps that start with U:
UNAI - alt sp of unau, a two-toed sloth
UNAU - a two-toed sloth
UREA - a chemical compound
UVEA - a layer of the eye

4-letter vowel dumps that start with consonants:
BEAU - a boyfriend
CIAO - bye!
JIAO - alt sp of CIAO
LIEU - stead
LUAU - a Hawaiian feast
MEOU - alt sp of MEOW
MOUE - a pouting grimace
NAOI - pl of naos, an ancient temple
QUAI - alt sp of QUAY, a wharf
RAIA - alt sp of RAYAH, a non-Muslim Turk
ROUE - a lecherous man
TOEA - a monetary unit of Papua New Guinea
ZOEA - a larval form of certain crustaceans
Thursday, April 20th, 2006
12:44 pm
Quadell's tip of the day: 3-letter J words
Getting stuck with the J is almost as expensive as getting stuck with the Q. Luckily, there are twenty-six 3-letter J-words to help you, besides the one 2-letter J-word, JO, meaning sweetheart.

Some of the 3-letter-words starting with J are quite common: JAB, JAM, JAR, JAW, JAY, JET, JIG, JOB, JOG, JOT, JOY, JUG, and JUT. But others are more unusual.

JAG - to cut unevenly
JEE (or GEE) - to turn right. Or the letter G.
JEU - a game (pl is JEUX, worth at least 40 pts when played parallel to POTTING, for example)
JEW (offensive) - to swindle
JIB - to refuse to proceed further
JIN - a supernatural being in Muslim mythology
JOE - a fellow. or coffee.
JOW - to collect a toll
JUN - a coin of North Korea (pl in JUN)
JUS - a legal right (pl is JURA)

All these take an -S, except where a different plural is listed. Note that *JOS is not valid, since the plural of JO is JOES.

There are no 3-letter-words with J in the middle, but there are three that end in J. (All take -ES, but not -S.)

HAJ (or HADJ) - a pilgrimage to Mecca
RAJ - sovereignty
TAJ - a conical cap worn in Muslim countries
Wednesday, April 19th, 2006
9:04 am
Quadell's tip of the day: place names.
Place names are usually not valid, of course, since they're capitalized. But just like people's names, sometimes the word will happen to be valid. Here is a list of some useful place names that are valid (TWL06 only).

Alaska - a type of fabric
Berlin - a type of carriage
Bolivia - another fabric
Boston - a card game
Chad - a scrap of paper
China - fine porcelain ware
Chile - chili
Colorado - type of cigar
Holland - another fabric
Japan - a glossy, black lacquer
Jordan - a type of container
Morocco - a soft leather
Paris - a European herb
Phoenix - a mythical bird
Texas - a structure on a steamboat
Toledo - a finely tempered sword
Zaire - monetary unit of Zaire
Tuesday, April 18th, 2006
2:16 pm
Scrabble could keep tribe's language alive
Here's a great news article: Scrabble could keep tribe's language alive


Dakotah culture is in stark danger of extinction. Just 27 people in all of Minnesota, original home of the Dakotah Sioux, speak Dakotah, DeCoteau says. About 100 speak it on the Lake Traverse Reservation of South Dakota, where DeCoteau held the recent tournament. When those elders die, the language could die, too.

That, DeCoteau hopes, is about to change, thanks to the game found in one of every three American homes: Scrabble.
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