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Apr 8, 2010

Play proper Scrabble while you still can

The very notion of Scrabble Trickster, a new version of Scrabble where proper nouns are allowed, does make one nostalgic for traditional Scrabble. Why not celebrate the game that hasn't changed since 1938 tonight?


Scrabble lovers the world over have their K-N-I-C-K-E-R-S (18 points) in a twist over an announcement that proper nouns will be admitted into the game.

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4 thoughts on “Play proper Scrabble while you still can

  1. Catherine Rytmeister

    Silly! You can’t get 18 points for K-N-I-C-K-E-R-S – one of the “K”s must be a blank!!!! Only 13 points. Unless you get onto a premium square, and you’d have to, with a word that long. And if you were using all your letters you’d get another 50 points. So we’re looking at 63 at least, more unless you are only adding letters on ordinary squares.

    I don’t believe I wrote this. It’s so Scrabble-nerdy. Oh dear. I’ll stop now.

  2. warwick fry

    No such thing as ‘proper’ scrabble! What about bilingual scrabble? (yes, I have played it and it moved a lot faster than ‘straight’ scabble -exciting moments!). Good to have variants. Bobby Fischer invented various alternative chess rules as exercises in teaching chess. And then there is ‘losing chess’ … where you have to lose pieces instead of winning them, and a form of chess where first player has one move, second player has two moves, first player 3 moves … etc. etc. Very good to see through combinational play. Scrabble purists, get real !!! (within a consensual ruleset, of course … )

  3. Jane Nethercote

    Thanks Catherine. I knew I was taking a mathematical risk when I decided to add up K-N-I-C-K-E-R-S.

  4. Caths

    Hee hee I guess we can forgive you Jane. Wanna play Facebook scrabble? (Mind you, the online dictionary it uses is complete rubbish…)

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