Energize Your End Game

Energize Your End-game

When the board is tight, forget about that brilliant seven-letter word that is taunting you in the rack. Look between the gaps for generating shocking end-game plays.

WATT?
Brilliant!

OIL and GAS are obvious energy plays; however, you can really power up your end game with all kinds of weird units of measure, including these energy-related terms. Buckle Up!

  • AMP
  • ERG
  • FARAD
  • JOULE
  • KELVIN
  • LUMEN
  • MHO
  • MOL
  • OHM
  • TESLA
  • VOLT
  • WEBER

Get charged up by reviewing the NIST list of units! Sadly, katal, a measure of catalytic (activity) concentration, is not in OSPD.

Obviously, the big idea is to use small words. Dump those high-value tiles before your opponent zaps you!

See you next Sunday!

Scrabble Sunday: Complete Series

  • Energize Your End Game

    Energize Your End Game

    When the board is tight, forget about that brilliant seven-letter word that is taunting you in the rack. Look between the gaps for generating shocking end-game plays. Brilliant! OIL and GAS are obvious energy plays; …
  • Oh No! Ma, I’m Poetic

    Oh No! Ma, I’m Poetic

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    Body Parts on the Rack

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  • Nth Degree

    Nth Degree

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    Breaking Your Vowels

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    Find the Best Play: EELRSTV

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    Bingo Long Words Travel Far (Sometimes!)

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    Find the Best Play: MOKV_ ZE

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    Onomatopoeia is the formation of words whose sound is imitative of the sound of the noise or action designated. BAM! Before we dive into this noisy ocean, let’s be clear on one thing: onomatopoeia is the written equivalent of cupping a hand to your ear in Charades to signal, “Sounds like ….” This is in contrast to solfeggio or solmization, which is the formation of each note in a musical scale (DO RE ME FA SOL LA TI).

    Yeah, But Can You Play Them?

    Cha-cha Question
    As seen on Chacha.com

    This vaguely worded question was answered literally. I’m guessing that the person who asked this question really meant, “Are onomatopoeias allowed in Scrabble?” Of course they are.

    Comic Books, Again

    You may remember the discussion about bilabial fricatives and rude raspberries. PHT and PHPHT are comic book examples of onomatopoetic words. Here are a few more:

    • POW
    • SMACK
    • PTUI

    Sites Dedicated to Onomatopoeia

    As Scrabble players, we probably focus on words with more direct imitations of sounds. To do so is to miss out on prosaic words like CHIRP, SCREECH and WHOOSH.

    Examples of Onomatopoeia

    If you visit www.examples-of-onomatopoeia.com, you’ll get an earful of unexpected onomatopoeias, from ACHOO to ZOOM. The list is far from exhaustive, though.

    A more academic treatment of onomatopoeia can be found on About.com. Naturally, many of the examples are not playable in most games. Still, the trivia is entertaining.

    Let’s Make Some Noise!

    How many onomatopoeias can you find on the board? Ignore that pitiful rack.

    BLAM!
    Answer

    See you next Sunday!

    Scrabble Sunday: Complete Series

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      Energize Your End Game

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    Scrabble Sunday: Body Parts

    Are your tiles seemingly locked up with no chance for release? Don’t despair! Look for common little words that can be “hooked”—that is, they take a letter on either end—or combined with another small word to make a new word. It is easier to shuffle three or four tiles around a main word than it is to shuffle all seven tiles.

    Habeas Corpus

    FLESHLY
    “Aye, a meaty play”

    As you shuffle those tiles around, don’t just look for obvious prefixes and suffixes, such as SUB- and -ING. Compound words are surprisingly common and easily overlooked. Let’s explore our bodies for interesting compounds. (Pay no attention to that bony fellow; he’s just having a bit of fun.)

    Head

    How many compound words can you think of, off the top of your HEAD? The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary (OSPD) lists 39 5-, 6- and 7-letter words! Of course, not all of them are strictly compound words; however, from AIR to WAR, be on the lookout for 3-letter combos to tack on either end of HEAD.

    As you become accustomed to digging up body parts and other common nouns, you will begin to see other combining forms. Other head words include HEADFUL, HEADIER, HEADILY, BEHEAD, COHEAD and HEADER.

    Shoulders

    Don’t shrug off the rest of your upper body parts, many compound words can be formed from them:

    1. NECK: DORNECK, NECKTIE, WRYNECK
    2. BACK: BACKBIT, BACKFIT, BACKLIT, BACKSAW, DIEBACK, FINBACK, SUNBACK, TIEBACK, TOMBACK
    3. ARM: ARMBAND, ARMHOLE, ARMLESS, ARMLETS, ARMLOAD, ARMLOCK, FIREARM (if you’re locked and loaded, you’re armed—get it?)
    4. RIB: MIDRIB, RIBAND, RIBBONY, RIBLIKE, RIBWORT
    5. HAND: Seriously? Ok… COWHAND, HANDBAG, HANDGUN, HANDOFF, OFFHAND, HANDSET
    6. NAIL: HOBNAIL, NAILSET, TOENAIL (we’ll get back to that one!)

    JOINTLY
    “I have a bone to pick with you!”

    Knees

    Now that you’re all warmed up, perhaps you can bend those tiles to your will. Did you know that KNEEPAN is another word for KNEECAP? Other joints to excavate:

    1. HIP: HIPBONE, HIPLINE, ROSEHIP (if you also have the C, S or W, make compound words like BIOCHIP, KINSHIP or WHIPSAW)
    2. ANKLE and WRIST: both of these words need at least eight letters to make compound words, such as ANKLEBONE, WRISTBAND and WRISTLET

    Toes

    We’ve already seen TOENAIL. What if you had PINS instead of NAIL? Is a PINTOE the opposite of a PINHEAD? Of course not. But PINTOES is the plural of PINTO, a spotted horse. Keep an eye out for other funny-looking compound non-words that are actually playable:

    1. TOE: GUSTOES, MOTTOES, PHOTOED
    2. LIP: COWSLIP, FILLIP, LIPPEN, OXLIP, TULIP (which ones are not flowers?)
    3. EYE: BOGEYED, BONEYER, FEYEST, GLEYED, GREYED, HONEYED, HOSEYED, KEYED, OBEYED, PREYED, SOCKEYE, WHEYEY

    Finally, we come to the FOOT, and what a treasure trove we’ve stumbled upon! These are true compound words, funny-looking compound non-words, uncommon combining forms and 8-letter monsters. Just look at all these:

    BAREFOOT BIGFOOT BIGFOOTS CLUBFOOT CROWFOOT FINFOOT FINFOOTS FLATFOOT FOOTAGE FOOTAGES FOOTBAG FOOTBAGS FOOTBALL FOOTBATH FOOTBOY FOOTBOYS FOOTED FOOTER FOOTERS FOOTFALL FOOTGEAR FOOTHILL FOOTHOLD FOOTIE FOOTIER FOOTIES FOOTIEST FOOTING FOOTINGS FOOTLE FOOTLED FOOTLER FOOTLERS FOOTLES FOOTLESS FOOTLIKE FOOTLING FOOTMAN FOOTMARK FOOTMEN FOOTNOTE FOOTPACE FOOTPAD FOOTPADS FOOTPATH FOOTRACE FOOTREST FOOTROPE FOOTSIE FOOTSIES FOOTSLOG FOOTSORE FOOTSTEP FOOTSY FOOTWALL FOOTWAY FOOTWAYS FOOTWEAR FOOTWORK FOOTWORN FOREFOOT HOTFOOT HOTFOOTS OUTFOOT OUTFOOTS WEBFOOT

    See you next Sunday!

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      Find the Best Play: MOKV_ ZE

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  • Nth Degree

    Today, we’ll deal with all of those juicy consonants. Actually, they’re not so juicy when there’s hardly any place to play them! You really need to know a handful of vowel-starved words to minimize the penalty points at the end of the game. That 30-point lead you enjoy will be wiped out if you have ten points worth of tiles when your opponent goes out … with an 11-point play!

    Power Play

    NTH is a useful play. It means being the last in a series of infinitely decreasing or increasing values, amounts, etc. We’ve all heard of “nth degree,” which denotes the utmost in something. Points-wise, it’s hardly the utmost of anything but, still.

    Strumming Down in the Valley

    CRWTH is an ancient, stringed musical instrument.

    CRWTH
    Crwth-in-case” by Harry Campbell – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Crwth-in-case.jpg. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

    CWM is a bowl-shaped, steep-walled mountain basin carved by glaciation, often containing a small, round lake.

    Related words: CIRQUE and CORRIE

    Rude Raspberries

    PHPHT

    Comic books really help us learn words. You’ve seen the big balloons dripping with saliva to simulate a tongue-rattling raspberry. Turns out, the writers were only exaggerating slightly (especially with the saliva!) You can play PHT or even PHPHT. If you’re really into bilabial fricatives, you can also play BRR and BRRR. Apparently, BR isn’t cold enough to qualify. It’s all a matter of degree.

    Keyboard Design

    QWERTY rhymes with dirty – which is probably the look you’ll get if you play this consonant-rich word. But it’s in the Official Scrabble Player’s Dictionary. So PHPHT!

    ListsThat Make Us Go HMM…

    Here are a few web pages that have more “consonant-heavy” words. As always, double-check the agreed upon dictionary with your opponents, unless you’re playing online, where the software prevents unacceptable words.

    Longest Words Quiz #1

    These anagrams are all playable and have only one vowel. How many of them can you unscramble?

    Longest words with one vowel
    Answer

    See you next Sunday!

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  • Breaking Your Vowels

    Aiieee! You just filled your rack with every vowel in the bag. Or so it seems. You are sick of playing two-letter words and you don’t have the guts to play ILEA. Before you decide to trade in those tiles, read on!

    Miaou

    Praise the Cat and Pass the Fish

    Learn these variant spellings for hallelujah and meow:

    1. ALLELUIA
    2. HALLELUIAH
    3. MEOU
    4. MIAOU
    5. MIAOW
    6. MIAUL

    A well-fed cat is a happy cat. Derek McKenzie has 101 fish in Flash Vocabulary #4. Here are a dozen you can use to dump your vowels, with a bit of help from the board:

    • BIGEYE
    • BONACI
    • CARIBE
    • DANIO
    • DORADO
    • LAUNCE
    • MEDAKA
    • MOLLIE
    • REMORA
    • ROBALO
    • WAHOO
    • WEEVER

    To Have and to Hold

    Swapping tiles is not always desirable. If you need ammuniton—even if you have to fire blanks—check out ScrabbleFinder.com. You’ll discover 274 words, from AA to URAEI.

    Quiz: Vowel Play Suspected

    Without using the blank, can you come up with the best way to use the most tiles, yet score the least amount of points?

    Old MacDOnald Had a Farm
    Answer

    See you next Sunday!

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      Energize Your End Game

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    Scrabble Sunday: Quiz!

    Welcome to another edition of Scrabble Sunday! This is a straight-up quiz:

    What is the best play you can find for this rack?

    Hint: you will be able to use all seven tiles.

    EELRSTV
    Answer

    See you next Sunday!

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      Energize Your End Game

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      Breaking Your Vowels

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    Scrabble Sunday: Bingo Quiz!

    The premise of games like Scrabble and Words With Friends is mastering anagrams. The ultimate anagram, of course, is the Bingo, using all of your tiles in one turn. In most games, that means using seven tiles to create words of seven or more letters. Before rushing off to play your next Bingo, here are a few points to consider. Ha-ha, I said “points”. I’ll probably do that at least once more – it’s in my blood.

    Opening up Pandora’s Box

    The allure of playing all seven tiles must be tempered by the understanding of the consequences. Your score is pointless if you provide your opponent with the keys to the board! Be wary of placing high-value tiles in the path of a triple-word square. Your vocabulary just might get a rude shock when that safe-looking Q, J or V gets connected with a word bomb. Heh, you’ll probably utter your own F-bomb, if that happens!

    Bonus

    In Scrabble, the bonus is 70 points added to your score. In Words With Friends, it’s only 35. In my opinion, it’s generally not worth playing a Bingo in Words With Friends just for the points. Always add up your potential score, and then look for better plays! The time you spend trying to place a lousy Bingo like RESTART might be better spent shoe-horning some tiles into a more lucrative crossword formation.

    Naturally, this is less of an issue early in the game. In fact, it appears that Words With Friends challenges you to find seven-letter words from your very first rack! If you can get started with three or four Bingos early on, you’ll build up a formidable lead that’s tough for your opponent to overcome.

    Strength of Opponent

    If you like a challenge, you should play opponents who are really good. They will help you become a better player, strategically. If you have a habit of “setting up” your opponents, by ignoring the advice about Pandora’s Box, for example, they will literally beat it out of you – unless you are a glutton for punishment.

    On the other hand, if you are the stronger player, don’t hesitate to deliver that same punishment to your opponents. They might be F-bombing you as you Bingo them into oblivion but, eventually, they should improve. Or they’ll abandon the game. Either way, the survivors will be stronger. This is how super bacteria do their work, you know…

    Sneaky Setups

    This is not something to do with stronger players. A sneaky setup is a play that allows for a monster play on your next turn, assuming your opponent doesn’t mess it up. First of all, you almost always need a little help from the “bag” of tiles. If you don’t get the right tile or tiles, the setup won’t work. Here is an example:

    Sharon vs. Mitch

    Suppose I wanted to set up that juicy triple-word square on the right edge. I could use IT to play FIT and hope for any of the following:

    • draw AR and play GAROTTED
    • draw EH and play DOGTEETH
    • draw a high-value tile that goes on the triple letter square below FIT

    First of all, Sharon is not likely to leave that option open for my next turn – she started the game with PULLETS! Look at her last play, too. She is a strong player with the lead and I know better than to open Pandora’s Box against her. I opted for a less tantalizing play:

    Sharon vs. Mitch

    As it turns out, Sharon had a monster Bingo, waiting in the wings:

    Sharon vs. Mitch

    Let’s Play Bingo

    Each of the racks needs two letters to make a bingo. Three racks have only one solution, while the rest have at least three answers. For an additional challenge, try to craft three coherent sentences—four words to a sentence—reading in order from top to bottom. (The sentences are not related to each other.)

    Bingo!
    Answer

    See you next Sunday!

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    • Breaking Your Vowels

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      Aiieee! You just filled your rack with every vowel in the bag. Or so it seems. You are sick of playing two-letter words and you don’t have the guts to play ILEA. Before you decide …
    • Find the Best Play: EELRSTV

      Find the Best Play: EELRSTV

      Welcome to another edition of Scrabble Sunday! This is a straight-up quiz: What is the best play you can find for this rack? Hint: you will be able to use all seven tiles. Answer
    • Bingo Long Words Travel Far (Sometimes!)

      Bingo Long Words Travel Far (Sometimes!)

      The premise of games like Scrabble and Words With Friends is mastering anagrams. The ultimate anagram, of course, is the Bingo, using all of your tiles in one turn. In most games, that means using …
    • Find the Best Play: MOKV_ ZE

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      Welcome to Scrabble Sunday! This is a straight-up quiz: What is the best play you can find for this rack? Hint: you will not be able to use all seven. Answer

     

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    Scrabble Sunday: Best Play?

    Welcome to Scrabble Sunday! This is a straight-up quiz:

    What is the best play you can find for this rack?

    Hint: you will not be able to use all seven.

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    • Energize Your End Game

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    • Oh No! Ma, I’m Poetic

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      Body Parts on the Rack

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    • Find the Best Play: EELRSTV

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  • Bye-bye PeoplePerHour.com

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    Want to see what seller frustration looks like? Just check out the reaction to a recent change instituted by PeoplePerHour.com.

    When Sellers have received low ratings for their recently delivered work, they will be getting a warning email and if in the next reviews they fail to increase their average feedback rating over a minimum quality standard, then their selling privileges on PeoplePerHour will be suspended.

    In the blog post announcing this change, the author claims that it will increase the quality of services provided by the sellers. Many sellers had something to say:

    PeoplePerHour
    Sellers speak out against new policy

    My personal view on the matter is that freelance websites should rely on the buyers’ feedback to provide guidance to other buyers. Let the market decide which freelancers are worth hiring.

    I decided to cut my losses on PeoplePerHour.com. I had two positive experiences and one bad experience. I reinvested all of my earnings back into marketing my profile. I left on a positive note; one of my projects was the inspiration for a product that is now in development.

    Super Shortcuts Using Everything and Quick Cliq

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    Since I have been using Everything.exe as a portal into my daily files, I was slow to realize that I was missing an opportunity. Quick Cliq saves a few steps over continually hunting for a document. I don’t always think of using shortcuts to launch documents, even though that is a fundamental aspect of Graphical User Interfaces!

    Another fundamental feature is the use of keyboard shortcuts. By combining these two obvious productivity enhancers with Quick Cliq, I now have handy super shortcuts for my active documents.

    This is not ground-breaking at all. In fact, it is the first shortcut type defined in the Quick Cliq Help File! Nevertheless, if some variation of the following has not occurred to you, you can set it up in about five minutes. (Click the image for the full size.)

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    The important thing to remember is that you don’t have to use Everything.exe. Anytime you can right-click a document and get the Quick Cliq context menu, you can add that document to your super shortcut menu. However, if you have been relying on Everything.exe to find daily files, this should get you thinking about ways to save time and repetition.