General Scrabble Game FAQ
How can I improve my SCRABBLE game skills?
Learn the 101 two-letter words, as well as the three-letter words that can be formed from these two-letter words by adding a letter either to the front or back (ex: ya, pya, rya, yah, yak, yam, yap, yar, yaw, yay). By learning and taking advantage of these few hundred words you will probably increase your scores at least 50 points per game. Also, read Everything SCRABBLE®, published by pocket books, isbn 0-671-86686-9, written by Joe Edley, three-time national SCRABBLE champion, and John D. Williams, Jr., executive director of the National SCRABBLE Association. This is the only current all-purpose book that can take a novice or intermediate player to a higher plateau of skills. This book has many strategy hints, word lists, puzzles, methods for finding seven- and eight -letter words quickly, examples of master SCRABBLE® play and more!
My wife scores 400-450 points per game. Would she be considered an expert?
Not necessarily. At SCRABBLE clubs and tournaments, experts average between 330-450 points per game. However, the competition is probably much stiffer than your wife encounters, and she may have to adjust her thinking to adapt to the typical 25 minute time limit per person per game when using a chess clock. A better measure of skill is determining the "average points per turn" score. If your wife averages 30 or more points per turn, not counting tile exchanges, then she may very well be a SCRABBLE expert. The very top SCRABBLE players average 35 or more points per turn, not counting exchanges. We suggest she visit and play at a SCRABBLE club or tournament and see how she fares.
Everyone who plays in a National Scrabble® Association sanctioned tournament earns a rating. Anyone with a rating above 1600 is considered an expert in SCRABBLE. The National Scrabble® Association recognizes over 300 SCRABBLE experts.
I've invented a really good variation of the SCRABBLE game. Would Hasbro or The National SCRABBLE Association be interested in trying it and possibly promoting it in the United States and Canada?
The SCRABBLE Brand Crossword Game has the potential to metamorphose into perhaps hundreds of enjoyable variations. Hasbro and the National SCRABBLE Association have heard and seen many of these fine alternate versions of the game. There are no plans to promote any of these variations. The game as it is has shown strong staying power. We'd like to continue to spread the word about SCRABBLE Brand Crossword Game.
Is there an "official" dictionary for SCRABBLE Players?
Yes, Merriam-Webster's Official SCRABBLE® Players Dictionary, Fourth Edition (OSPD4). For club and tournament play, it is the Official Tournament and Club Word List, Second Edition (OWL2), also published by Merriam-Webster, Inc., and sold exclusively through www.wordgear.com. It is derived from the Official SCRABBLE® Players Dictionary, Fourth Edition, supplemented with nine-letter words and their inflected forms taken from Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition (MW11). This book contains words only, no definitions or part-of-speech labels, and includes all inflected forms spelled out in full.
Do you make games for people with special needs?
You may wish to contact Maxi Aid at 1-800-522-6294 or visit their website at: www.maxiaids.com for information regarding games designed for people with special needs. They have thousands of products designed especially for the blind, low vision, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, arthritic, and the physically challenged. Some of our games that they produce and are available in their catalog are: Monopoly, Talking Battleship, Scrabble, Checkers, Connect Four, Aggravation, Perfection, and Upwords.
How many of each letter tile is included in a Scrabble game?
Scrabble tile letter distribution is as follows:
What is the total face value of all the Scrabble tiles?
Total face point value is 187.
I looked up a legitimate word using the SCRABBLE online dictionary