• If you read this blog, you should be committed. Seriously.
  • Calendar

    November 2007
    S M T W T F S
    « Oct   Dec »
  • Recent Comments

    Jorge on MM10 – 24 Hour Movie Marathon…
    Jorge on Got Me On My Knees
    Jorge on Got Me On My Knees
    Rebecca Larocque on Got Me On My Knees
    Beth on Got Me On My Knees
  • Categories

  • Archives

  • #MMFive 24 Hour Movie Marathon A Night at the Opera Audition Awesome Banlieue 13 Batoru Rowaiaru Battle Royale Birthdays Bloopers Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Camping Canada Cat Children Conversations Dave Death Race 2000 Delirious Dirty Harry District 13 Dolemite Eddie Murphy English FAIL Forbidden Planet Friends Friendship Fun Fundraising Funny Gaming Glengarry Glen Ross Government Hai-Kuul Haiku Halloween Home Improvement Humour I ♥ Huckabees Kids Kung Fu Hustle Lars and the Real Girl Lifeboat Logan Memorial Moon Movember Movie Marathon Movies Music Near Dark New Year Oldboy On the Waterfront Outpost Parents Photography Prostate Cancer public transit Rant Road House Shaun Hatton Spam Stories Stupid The Big Lebowski The Descent The Iron Giant The Mist The Oh In Ohio The Way of the Gun Toronto Toronto Thumbs Tremors
  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 302 other followers

  • How Many?

    • 145,597 hits
  • Meta

  • MyFreeCopyright.com Registered & Protected
  • Advertisements

Scrabulous Tips


I’m competitive in a weird way.

I’m not really afraid to lose, but at the same time, I don’t really like it. Who does?

When I lose at something, it’s more about improving my general skills than beating a specific person (except when it comes to the Spiderman: City Raid game that Dave, Beth and I are addicted to).

One of my favourite games is Scrabble. I wrote an article recently about how much I love playing Scrabble on Facebook. I’ve completed about 87 games and won 67 of them.

I suspect that a lot of my opponents think I am some kind of Scrabble Wizard, which is really not the case.

Considering that most of these people are my friends, I would like to offer up some of the cheap tricks that I use to usually score big points.

To Be or Not to Be

I have made a lot of Bingos. A Bingo (in Scrabble) occurs when you use all seven of your tiles at once, as a new word, or part of an existing word. On top of the normal score for the word, one gets a 50 point bonus for using all of their tiles.

A really good trick to spelling large words is to use an underrated prefix. The BE combo, as I like to call it. Here are some examples of random tile draws and what you can make out of them using this strategy…

  • LDEOCUB – You could spell the word CLOUD, but it would be better to spell the word BECLOUD
  • MEBASCL – You could spell the word CALMS, but it would be better to spell the word BECALMS
  • CEKSBED – You could spell the word DECKS, but it would be better to spell the word BEDECKS
  • GMOOLBE – You could spell the word GLOOM, but it would be better to spell the word BEGLOOM

See? A great cheap trick that nets you an extra 50. That could mean the difference between losing and winning. Or the difference between winning and kicking major ass.


8 Responses

  1. Well, I’ll bedarned! I’ll totally beusing that the next time I play.

    I’ve got the hang of it already!

  2. Oh wild Scrabulous Wizard. We are not worthy of your secrets.
    Now I’m going to try your mojo on another unsuspecting scrabulous player….


  3. We are bemused and beguiled as we muse over your guile.

  4. Alas, J-man, I am not addicted to Spiderman: City Raid. In fact, I stand by the comment I left on Dave’s blog: “That game is hard”

    Also, your link to my blog in this posting doesn’t work.

    Thanks for nothing.

    Oh wait, you gave that Scrabble tip…. thanks for something =)

  5. Weird.

    It should work now, Beth!

  6. Hooray! It works now! Bethy thanks you for the link love!

  7. The thing I found most useful was just knowing when to look for the seven letter word – if you have 3 vowels in your rack there’s a reasonable chance you have one, 2 or 4 still worth looking. Otherwise, much less so! (The exception in your post doesn’t seem to me to spell the word you claim 😉

  8. Oops!
    Thanks for the save, Sarah.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: