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Scrabble Hints and Strategies

While Scrabble will always be second to Boggle for me, it can also be a highly enjoyable word game. Scrabble even has the advantage of being a larger more finite game with a clear start and finish. This, my Boggle website, has quite a few hints on how to be a better Boggle player, and so I figured it was about time to add some hints for other worthwhile board games. Here are a few Scrabble hints and strategies to get you started.

  • Winning at Scrabble means paying more attention to the triple word score, triple letter score, double word score, etc. than the actual creativity or even length of the words themselves. In Scrabble, it's not the length of the words that count, it's the total points received for your entry.
  • Don't be afraid of or ashamed to simply add an "s," an "ed," or an "ly" to a word for your turn in Scrabble if that's what will award you the most points. Many Scrabble players believe this is "cheating" or somehow less good, but it's the key to success!
  • Similar to my last Scrabble hint, along with forming new words, keep an eye out for existing words that you can simply lengthen. Turn "stand" into "standard," for instance.
  • Don't just sit and let your mind wander during other players' Scrabble turns, use the time to look for potential word opportunities for your next turn.
  • Plan your Scrabble words around high point letters like "z," "x," and "q." Remember, it's not about the length of your word, it's about the score.
  • If you find yourself with a "q" letter tile, plan to save any "u" or blank letter tile (which could be used as a "u").
  • As you spell out new Scrabble words, try to avoid creating opportune places for other players to build their words. Basically, keep your own words scrunched together whenever possible.
  • As you reach the later stage of Scrabble, make an effort to rid yourself of high point letters so that those points aren't subtracted from your score at the end of the game. This is a huge priority!