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July 27, 2020

Sometimes I do a blog to reinforce an area of my own knowledge where I have been found wanting. In this case I was playing a game where my opponent played the word PALK. I wasn’t sure about it, but it seemed vaguely familiar so I didn’t challenge. Later in the game I p...

July 13, 2020

Thank you to Liz Fagerlund who contributed the quiz below - (Patrick)

In the first round of the “Virtual World Scrabble Cup” being played on ISC, Patrick was one of the 5 NZ players. NZ played Ireland.

In one of his games Patrick played AIRBASE, a not too difficult 7 let...

July 5, 2020

AINOP =  __________          AINOP + A = __________

ADILU =  __________           ADILU + A = __________

                                               ADILU + E = __________...

June 27, 2020

FABLE (5)

FAUNA (2)

FIELD (12)

FLAME (1)

FLING (17)

FLINT (1)

FLOWN (1)

FLUID (2)

FLUNG (1)

FORCE (2)

FOUND (5)

FRAME (5)

FRERE (1)

FRUIT (3)

FULLY (12)

None of the above words are particularly unusual, but they have been chosen because they might well be played at the start of a gam...

June 17, 2020

AABHM

AABMP

ABEMW

ABHIM

ABMOZ

ABMUY

BCEMO

BEEJM

BEMOP

BEMOY

BHIMO

BKMOU

Just like the 3 words in the title, the letters above all make a word of 5 letters containing B, M and at least one other letter worth at least 3 points.

There are plenty of other words that also fit those cri...

March 15, 2020

For this blog you don’t have to find any 7 letter words. You just have to unscramble the letters below to find one 5 letter word and five 6 letter words

A     A     C     L     L

A     A     C...

March 2, 2020

On Monday night I played Antonia and she started the game with VIG. With mostly consonants on my rack I played PINCH using her I.

That left an interesting position where I was wondering what 4 letters I could add to PINCH to get to the triple word score. So before you m...

February 16, 2020

What words can you make by fitting 3 or 4 letters into one of these layouts?

_      _      _      G      O      E     R

_      _...

January 19, 2020

I have said before that it is sometimes hard to work with 2 blanks. How about trying this combination?

S     S     T     T     Y     ?     ?

There are a cou...

December 21, 2019

Having finished work for the year I was playing a game on the internet and a couple of turns into the game I had this promising rack:

A   I   R   B   U   S   ?

Although AIRBUS is a word the addition of a blank doesn’...

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