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Blanking Out At Howick

Roger Cole-Baker invented a piece of new terminology last year. It is blanking out, and refers to the condition where you have great trouble thinking of any bonus words because you have two blanks. At the Howick tournament he showed me one where Dianne Cole-Baker had EEIOS with two blanks. She did find a bonus word to play, but on investigating later they discovered there was 42 possible 7 letter words. With a totally different combination Cicely Bruce from the Whangarei Club reached an endgame where her letters were FIKNT and two blanks. She was delighted to find that not only could she spot the 7 letter word she needed to win, but when the combination was checked later that word was the on

Hooking A Big Fish

Sometimes you can score well, not with a bonus word, but by taking a smaller score to set yourself up for a hook that only you can take advantage of and then using that hook next time to get a big score. Sometimes that can be when you have the last S in the bag, but unless the blanks are gone as well there is always the danger of your opponent placing their bingo their using a blank as an S. A set up for one of the big 5 which have no 2nd letter is a lot safer because even if your opponent has a blank it is unlikely that making the blank specifically that letter will make a bingo and it won’t be worth them playing it if it is not a bingo because it doesn’t score nearly as many points for the

Get Your Motor Running

Have a try at finding the words in the letter combinations below: A P I L N O S E H I L L O O A C I L N 0 S There are only 3 words, so have a go at the quiz before you move on. Just before I give you the answers to those we’ll have a quick look at the 7 letter words you might play if your rack was PETROL with a blank. I will put the blank letter in lower case: PROLaTE Having flattened sides due to lengthwise elongation dROPLET A tiny drop PRETOLd Past tense of the verb PRETELL, to tell beforehand POiTREL A piece of armour for the breast of a horse POLiTER Being mo

Do You Know Your German Grandmother?

The dictionary says that OMA is a term for a German grandmother. It is a common word to see on the scrabble board because it might be played when somebody hooks an O in from of MA or it might be played when OM gets an A put after it. There is an alternative spelling for a German grandmother – OUMA – but that seems to be played less often. Anyway, this quiz is on how well you know your OMA and OUMA. In both cases the only letter to go after them is an S, but do you know what letters can go in front of those words? The blog is about the letters you can hook next to 3 letter words with an A and an O such as OMA. Do the OMA/OUMA quiz now and you can see the answers at the end of the blog. The fi

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