how to excel in scrabble?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    There are many ways to become a better Scrabble player. Here are a few strategies that have worked well for me over the years.

    One of the best things you can do to become better at Scrabble is to read a lot - that will improve your vocabulary. It also helps to buy a Scrabble dictionary so that you will notice some little known words that you can use.

    Learn the list of all the two letter words. They can be very important to getting a good score in Scrabble. There is a list of about 130 two letter words and you can find them listed in many Scrabble dictionaries and in books about Scrabble. Once you’ve learned all the two letter words, move on to three letter words. Knowing these words can help you use unusual spaces on the board and often get good scores.

    There are of course basic things like planning ahead to get as many double and triple letter and word scores as possible.

    Learn as many words as you can for the rare letters – X, Q, J, Z, K. You can score a lot of points by playing these letters well. Know which Q words do not need a U. Keep any U in your rack in case you need it, but also so that your opponent won’t be able to take advantage of it. Know that “qi” is a word.

    Pay close attention to the letters s, r, d and the blanks. They can often be added to the end of a word already on the board and can help you get scores for two or more words in one turn. Be wise in your use of these letters. Try to hold on to the S or the blank until you can maximize your points with them. The blank is perfect for making seven letter words.

    Pay close attention to those little spaces on the board where you can sometimes make several small words at the same time by placing just a couple of letters. You can often get very good scores this way.

    Be careful to not open up double and triple letter and word scores for your opponent. But also look ahead and plan situations for yourself - try to set up situations where you can take advantage of those spaces.

    Be on constant lookout for 7 letter words, and for places to play them. Try to make a 7 letter word every turn. The letters A, E, I, N, R and S are great in combination to make 7 letter words.

    Shuffle your tiles often so that you are more likely to notice various possibilities. Look at them in different ways and in different combinations. Keep moving them around while it is your opponent’s turn.

    Look ahead. It is often a good idea to keep at least one vowel and one consonant on your rack – that is, don’t use up all your vowels or all your consonants in one turn, unless of course you are using all your letters. That protects somewhat against a bad draw.

    Anticipate what your opponents next move might be, and try to prevent it. Defensive play is as important as any other aspect of Scrabble. Also try to set up future plays for yourself, but be very careful when the play is moving toward the corners of the board where four of the triple word spaces are. It is sometimes better to choose not to play a great word because it will open up a good space for your opponent.

    Always pay close attention to what letters have not yet been played, and plan accordingly.

    Play anagrams as practice. This will help your Scrabble skills as you get better at finding more words from one group of letters.

    Play as often as you can and with different people. One of the best ways to improve your skills is to play with a number of people who are better than you. You will learn strategies from them, and you will also learn new words.

    Get computer scrabble. It will help you improve your skills and help you learn new words.

    If you like Scrabble, you may find this link interesting.

    http://www.slate.com/id/2152255/

  • 4 years ago

    Blank Scrabble Board Template

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Here are a bunch of good Scrabble articles that will help you shake up your game:

    Advanced Scrabble Techniques - http://www.puzzle-place.net/advanced-scrabble-tech...

    Scrabble House Rules - http://www.puzzle-place.net/scrabble-house-rules.h...

    Tips to Transform Your Scrabble Game - http://www.puzzle-place.net/scrabble-tips.htm

    Enjoy!

  • Kate D
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Always be on the lookout for opportunities to play a "bingo" (when you can use all 7 letters on your tray at one time and get a 50-point bonus for whatever word you play).

    Also, when you have an "S," try to use it to pluralize a noun or verb that's already been played while at the same time making a whole new word that crosses the first word. (For example, if you have the letters "SOLARIT" and you or your opponent has already played the word "FARM," you might be able to play the words "FARMS" and "TAILORS" at the same time with your letters and get a "bingo.")

    Lotsa luck!

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    I'm not sure about templates but you should be able to create a spreadsheet in Excel using formulas. I've set up one for my checking account that includes my weekly direct deposits and I've balanced to the penny each month since setting it up 2 years ago.

  • 1 decade ago

    Create long words, put it on the bonus squares, use high scoring words (Q, X, Z, K, J), try using all 7 pieces, you get 50 points bonus for doing that.

  • 1 decade ago

    Lovers of language (or lexophiles) may not be the best Scrabble® players. Even if you’re a good speller, and have a huge vocabulary, your Scrabble® scores may not be particularly good. People who enjoy the game often find themselves stuck scoring in the low 300s, and may be beat by other players, some of them quite young, who appear veritable geniuses at the game. If you’re a Scrabble® addict who continues to be annoyed by low scores, don’t lose heart. There are ways to become a better Scrabble® player that have little to do with spelling skills or love of vocabulary.

    One way you become a better Scrabble® player is by studying common racks that can yield numerous different words, giving you much greater likelihood of finding a place for a bingo, seven letter word that uses all your tiles, and result in a 50 point bonus. The ultimate rack for the scrabble player is the tiles TISANE, which can be combined with all but a few letters to yield a word. SATIRE and RETINA also yield multiple words and combine well with other letters.

    Part of learning to become a better Scrabble® player is understanding the concept of hooks. Hooks are tiles on the board which you can add to in order to create stronger and higher scoring words. Lots of players can find bingos, but then can’t find a place to put them. Memorizing hooks to words can help you find what seem like impossible places to play bingos, or simply high scoring words. For example, the board may be locked up, and the word loin is open in front. You can use the hook letter E to form eloin. Too many times, players may fail to recognize hooks at the beginning of words.

    Another essential to become a better Scrabble® player is to memorize all two-letter words. It’s often possible to play a word directly on top of another one. Many players think only of playing something across one letter, but many words can yield huge points when set directly on top of something else, which is possible under many circumstances. Most Scrabble® experts insist that memorizing three letter words is also essential.

    It is especially important to understand the nature of tiles like J, Q, Z, and the blank. All three letters each have two letter words, which can be played to great effect when needed, respectively JO, QI, and ZA. You should also memorize the short list of Q words that don’t require a U, especially the words QAT, QI, and QAID, if you want to become a better Scrabble® player. Blank tiles, two per each game, are very special, since they can turn the ordinary word into a bingo. Most players recommend hoarding blanks for bingos, or using them to make words that will score at least 50 points.

    Other seasoned players suggest that if you want to become a better Scrabble® player, you should look for common word endings, like ING, TION, IER, IEST, and IES. These can again help you find longer words, and you may want to save these tiles until you come up with bingos. It’s also a good idea to think of how your words affect other players. You want, in many cases, to avoid leaving your opponents with opportunities to score high because you’ve place high scoring letters next to double and triple word scores.

    This strategy is not always used, and some of the best players prefer boards that are very open, with lots of opportunities to make bingos. Some players recommend that you always play your own game, without considering the other opponents. Always make the best possible score, and don’t worry about the scores or word opportunities of others. This game theory works well if you are excellent at forming bingos. It may not be the best strategy if you’re still memorizing.

    Lastly, it’s very easy for lexophiles to get hung up on needing to know the definitions of words. Some of the best players don’t know them. Memorizing bingo racks and all their possible combinations is more mathematical than language oriented. Players may contend that to become a better Scrabble® player, you need to forget what the words mean, and simply memorize as many of them as possible, using whatever strategies you can to always produce the best scoring words. Again this theory tends to work extremely well in practice, and it has brought many young players into the competitive world of Scrabble® tournaments, simply because they’re very good at memorization, seeing hooks, and making bingos

  • 1 decade ago

    make sure to create longer words and see to it that you will place letters on the boxes with bonus,.Ü

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