what is there not to like about Scrabble (other than losing)?? it involves words, letters, strategy, competition, smarts, luck, memorization and plain ol, use-it-or-lose-it brainpower. anyone can play - but the trick is to know the following:
- all 2 letter words
- all words with a Q and no U
- that Za and Qi are now acceptable words (they were not allowed in the previous version of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary).
- keep letters in your rack that will help you create a BINGO (7 letter word) - like "un" or "ed" or "ing", etc.
there's a great site called the Pixiepit where you can play online - it's very addictive!
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Scrabble is a word game in which two to four players score points by forming words from individual lettered tiles on a game board marked with a 15-by-15 grid. The words are formed across and down in crossword fashion and must appear in a standard dictionary. Official reference works (e.g. The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary) provide a list of permissible words. The Collins Scrabble checker can also be used to check if a word is allowed.
The name Scrabble is a trademark of Hasbro, Inc. in the United States and Canada and of Mattel elsewhere. Scrabble was a trademark of Murfett Regency in Australia, until 1993 when it was acquired by J. W. Spear & Sons (now a Mattel subsidiary). The game is also known as Literati, Alfapet, Funworder, Skip-A-Cross, Scramble, Spelofun, Palabras Cruzadas ("crossed words") and Word for Word.
The game is sold in 121 countries in 29 different language versions. One hundred and fifty million sets have been sold worldwide, and sets are found in one out of every three American homes