Archived 3-part series on Advanced Scrabble Strategy

Post 1:

You’re in a close game with one of the best players in the world. Your rack is BEEMOTY. You’re down 281-291, and your opponent has just taken 2 minutes and then played WO 14b for 10 points. Your last play was HAO, and before that, they exchanged 6. The pool is AAABCDDEEEEFFJLLLNNOORRRUUVXY.  What is your play? I’ve attached a GCG: Feel free to use Quackle if you want, but again, please do not use Championship Player.

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Post 2:

First, if you have not done so, please look at part 1 of this series below (as that is extremely relevant to this position) and make your play selection! Again, while the lessons in these diagrams are geared towards experts, the themes and strategy can also be understood by lower rated players.After YEP has been played, you seem to be in good shape. You’re now up and you’ve got the T for TWO, and you’re sweating a bingo from the I. Your opponent doesn’t bingo. Then, in another plot twist, your top player decides to make another baffling move, blocking the I, and making another T setup!

 

2-2Score: 316-302
Pool: AAABCDDEEEEFJLLLNNOORUUXY

Last plays: [Opponent exchanged 6, you played HAO, opponent played WO, you played YEP, opponent played REF 14i (11)]

What’s your play? In this position, please also indicate which spot, as many of the candidate options has multiple placements at this point. Again, please don’t consult Championship Player. Results will come on a future post (after Post 3). Thanks!

 

Position 3: What do you play?

p-3Rack: DFFJLRW
Score: 281-281 Last play was HAO.
Pool: AAABBCDEEEEEELLMNNOOORRTUUVXYY

Assume your opponent is rated somewhere between 6-600 in the world.Please state your reasoning 🙂 There are actually numerous options available here, but I think we’re about to uncover something fairly interesting here…

Kenji

200+ Common CSW-only words

One of the most common misnomers of CSW is that it only consists of ridiculous words that have no basis in any native English speaker’s vocabulary.  While there are certainly many words in CSW that are very obscure (and perhaps CSW needs a purge), there are also a significant number of words that I think are also quite intuitive.

Here’s a list that I made below (with the help of the Scrabble community)

AFTERPARTY
AGRONOMICS
AKITA(S)
ANAGRAMMER(S)
APESHIT
ARBORIO
BACKSCRATCHER(S)
BAO
BAREBONES
BASELESSNESS
BEAMER(S)
BEARED
BEARHUGGING
BINK(S)
BLIMPED/ING
BOTTARGA(S)
BRACHIOSAURUS
BREATHALYZER(S)
BUCATINI
BUKKAKE(S)
BUZZSAW(S)
CAJUN
CANISTERED
CANNELONI
CAPITULATOR
CARAMELIZATION
CHLAMYDIAS
CLIFFHANGER(S)
CLOWNFISH(ES)
CONFIGURATE(D/S)
CONMAN(MEN)
CONNOTATE(D/S)
CONSERVABLE
CONSIDERER(S)
CONVO(S)
COORDINANCE(S)
COSPLAY(S)
COTIJAS
COUNTERFACTUALS
CROSSCHECK(S)
CROWDFUND
CURVATE
CYBERSQUATTING
DAUGHTERHOOD
DAYCATION(S)
DONER
EGGIER(EST)
ENGOBE
EQUIDISTANCE
FAIRYTALE
FEIJOADA(S)
FIDGETIER
FISHCAKE
FLAMBEES
FORTHCOMINGNESS
FREEFALL
FRONTERS
FRONTRUNNER(S)
FUNDRAISER(S)
GOALWARDS
HANDSY
HARDLINER(S)
HEADCASE(S)
HORNER(S)
HOVERBOARD
HUCKED/ING
HUMIDER/EST
HUSBANDLIKE
ICONIZE(D/S)
IMARI
INCREDULOUSNESS
INOPERABLY
INTERWEB
JOBSEEKER(S)
KAKURO(S)
KEYRING(S)
KITEBOARD(S)
KNEEJERK
LOCOMOBILE(S)
LORDY
MANCALA(S)
MANCHEGO
MANKINI(S)
MASHUP
MATCHA
MATCHPLAY
MATERNALISTIC
MERFOLK
MILF(S)
MILLEFEUILLE
MINOTAUR
MISTAKENNESS
MODDING/ED
MOONCAKE
MUPPET
NADS
NAMASTE
NAMECHECK(S)
NEGRO(ES)
NIGHTWATCHMAN/MEN
NIGIRI(S)
NUCLEARIZATION(S)
NUCLEIC
NUCLEIDE(S)
NUNHOOD(S)
OBJECTIVIZE(D/S)
ONESIE(S)
OVERHIT(S)
OVERRIPEN(S)
OVERSHARE
PANKO(S)
PASSCODE
PAYPHONE
PEGASUS
PETRI
PHOTOSENSOR(S)
PIXELLATE(D/S)
PORCHETTA(S)
POSTERIZE(D/S)
PUBE
PULSOMETER(S)
QUADRUPLEX(ES)
QUIDDITCH
REBACK(S)
RECLOSE(D/S)
REDEAL(T/S)
REPOST(ED/S)
ROIDS
ROLLERBLADE(S)
ROLLERCOASTER(S)
RUBICON(S)
SCRAPBOOKING
SCREENSAVER(S)
SEMIFREDDO(S)
SEXUALIZATION
SHELLSHOCKED
SHISO(S)
SHOUTOUT(S)
SHROOMED
SINEWIER
SKIMBOARDING
SKINCARE
SKINSUIT
SKYR(S)
SMOKESCREEN(S)
SPACETIME
SPARTANS
SPAZZED/ING
SPORK(S)
SPYCAM
STEAKHOUSE(S)
STRONGARM(S/ED)
SUPERSET
SUPLEX(ES)
SYRAH(S)
TAGLESS
TAILORESS
TARTINE
TASERED/ING
TEABAG(S)
TEALIGHT
THROWDOWN(S)
TIGERWOOD(S)
TIMESHARE(S)
TIMESTAMP(S)
TOOLKIT(S)
TOYBOX(ES)
TRANSITIVES
TRILLIONAIRE
TRIMETHYL
TROJAN
UNADVISABLE
UNCHECK(S)
UNDISCERNING
UNFORMATTED
UNLIQUIDATED
UNSHARPENED
UNTRUSTED
VINTAGED
VIRALITY
VUVUZELA
WAGYU
WANG
WATERMILL
WEIGHTLIFTER
WEIGHTLIFTING
WHISTLEBLOWING
WONDEROUS
WOODCARVING
WRAPOVER
YANKEE(S)
ZIPLINE(S)
ZOOT(S)
ZORBING

100 Ridiculous Scrabble words

Absurd. Ludicrous. Crazy. These are adjectives often used to describe the obscure vagaries in Scrabble’s dictionary. “That can’t possibly be a word!” is a mantra for many new Scrabble players, and, like it or not, some words make it into the Scrabble dictionary that simply don’t belong. While some long words (like BASEMENTLESS, NONHOMOSEXUAL, and COUNTERWORLD) will never show up, many of these words are short enough that they can certainly show up during a game of Scrabble. Here are 100 (non)words that made it into both the American and International dictionaries:

AL
AWFULLER
BAWSUNT
BAYNODDY
BEAUTEST
BENEMPTED
BEUNCLED
BOWWOWED
BROWNIER
BULLCOOK
COALLESS
COONSHIT
CORMOID
DAMNDESTS
DOGHANGED
DRECKISH
DUECENTO
DUMBSIZE
ECOGIFT
ENOUGHS
EPIGONOUS
ES
FLUTEYER
FOU
GOADLIKE
GONOPH
GROVELESS
GUNGIER
HAZELLY
HERTZES
HOTELDOM
IGNOBLER
INNLESS
ISTHMOID
IVORIER
JEESLY
JIVEST
JO
KAKIVAK
KAZACHOC
KEENINGS
KETAINE
KOR
KUE
LIGULOID
LIPOLITIC
LOBTAIL
LOOIE
MALIHINI
MEWLER
MEWSES
MOSTESTS
MUNTINED
MUZJIK
MYC
MYRRHY
OBENTOS
OCHEROID
OE
OIDIOID
ORBLESS
OUTBLEAT
OUTCAVIL
OUTCROW
OUTDREAM
OUTGNAW
OUTHOMER
OUTHOWL
OVERIDLE
OVERLEWD
OVERPERT
OVERRIFE
PALIEST
PARONYMY
PAUROPOD
PAYESS
PEASANTY
PEENINGS
PEMPHIGI
PRELIVES
QUEENCUP
RESUPINE
RIBALDER
RUBBYDUB
RUFOUSES
SAE
SEMIHOBO
SHARKISH
SHITAKE
SIMIOID
SLUBBEST
SNOCOACH
SNOWFLEA
STYLOPID
SUCHLIKES
SUPREMER
TAENIOID
TAPIROID
THRUMMY
TOADLESS
TRECENTOS
UMBELULE
UNCHOKE
UNCURB
VENOMER
WAVERIER
WEEWEEING
WO
WOORALI
ZA
ZAIDEH

200+ Phoney words that should be words

These phoney (or phony) words are invalid words commonly found on Google but are not found in both the North American and International Scrabble Dictionary:

ADBLOCKER
ACTIVEWEAR
ADDON
ADLIB
ADULTING
AGBADA
AIRBED
AIRCRAFTS
ALAKAZAM
ALOT
ALOUETTE
AMORE
ANGUS
ARMBAR
ASADA
ASADO
ASSHOLERY
ASTROTURF
AUTOPARTS
AWESOMEST
BACKDOORS
BACONY
BALUT
BANDAIDS
BANSURI
BARBACK
BARBACOA
BAZINGA
BENGAL
BENZO
BIGSHOT
BINKY
BLACKHAWK
BLEU
BLONDIES
BLOWDRY
BOARDSHORTS
BONAFIDE
BOWTIE
BOXSPRING
BRAEBURN
BRANZINO
BREADINGS
BRUNELLO
BULE
BULGOGI
BUSSER
BUTTHOLE
BUTTPLUG
CABASA
CALROSE
CAMELTOE
CARDLESS
CARNITAS
CASANOVA
CHANTRELLE
CHIMICHURRI
CLUSTERFUCK
COLORBLIND
COORGANIZER
COOWNER
CORNHOLE
CORTADO
CROSSDRESS
CROTCHLESS
CUCK
CUMSHOT
CUPLESS
DATU
DEGEN
DEMISEXUAL
DERP
DICKWAD
DONK
DRAGONFRUIT
DRESSUP
DUMBASS
DWARVEN
EASTSIDE
ESKIMO
ESPELETTE
FABELLA
FAM
FAPS
FARFETCHED
FIVESOME
FOODLIKE
FOULERS
FROGGIE
FUCKABLE
FUCKTON
FUSER

GAH
GAMETIME
GASTRIQUE
GEEKING
GIFTER
GLITCHED
GLORYHOLE
GODZILLA
GOOCH
GOUDA
GRINDCORE
GUAC
GUIDO
HARDCOPY
HEADBUTT
HANBOK
HARDON
HENTAI
HOMEFRONT
HONEYCRISP
HORCHATA
INARI
INCREDIBLES
INCROWD
INDICA
INDIAN
ISOMALT
ITERATOR
JACKOFF
JETSKI
JETTER
JUNGLER
KEVLAR
KEYCHAIN
KITFO
KOMBUCHA
KUSH
KUSHI
LAGGY
LARB
LAUNDROMAT
LEGOS
LILIKOI
LIMONCELLO
LONGBOARDING
LONGTERM
LYOCELL
MACARENA
MAHALO
MALBEC
MEETUP
MOLINILLO
MORESO
MOTORER
MOTORSPORTS
MOUNTIES
MULCHER
NAPTIME
NATTO
NERDING
NERF
NIGGA
NIGHTCRAWLER
NONREAL
NONUSAGE
NOONE
NORMALER
OFFROAD
OKINA
OKONOMIYAKI
ONRAMP
ONSEN
OUTTRAIN
OVERWORLD
PADDLEBOARDING
PANTSED
PASSCODE
PAYDIRT
PEAKER
PEDO
PEPPERONCINI
PILATES
PILEDRIVER
PLUGIN
PLUSHIE
POMODORO
POOFED
POPUP
PRANKERS
PRECUM
PRIX
PROLIFE
PUNKED
PUPUSA
PUTO
QUEEF
QUESO
QUO
RANDO
REARVIEW
REICH
REMUX
REROOT
RESPAWN
RESTAIN
RIDESHARE
RIGHTWING
RINGSPUN
ROLEPLAY
RUNUP
SABERTOOTH
SAKURA
SAPIOSEXUAL
SATAN
SATIVA
SCIENTOLOGY
SEALIFE
SEALION
SEGMENTER
SENPAI
SHAKA
SHEEPS
SHITSHOW
SHOEGAZE
SIGNUP
SKINNYDIP
SKU
SLUSHIE
SOFRITO
SOURCER
SPEEDRUN
STALLER
STANDALONE
STEELPAN
STRAT
STRAWMAN
STRIKED
STROMBOLI
SUBOPTIMALLY
SWEETPEA
SWIRLIE
TANQUERAY
TABLESIDE
TAKOYAKI
TANKTOP
TAQUITO
TARPING
TEABAGGING
TERRACOTTA
TIMBERWOLF
TORTELLONI
TOWNSPERSON
TRADEWINDS
TRAILWAY
TRENDER
TUPPERWARE
TYPER
UNAGI
UNAPPRAISED
UNBOTHERED
UNDRAFTED
UNFLAVORED
UNGRATED
UNGIVEN
UNINTUITIVE
UPLOADER
UZI
VACAY
VETOS
VIBING
VOD
WALKAROUND
WATERBOARD
WESTSIDE
WELP
WIFFLEBALL
WIFI
WISEMAN
WISHLIST
WRITEUP
YOLO
YUBA
ZAMBONI
ZORB