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2001-10-29 16:20:32+00 by Dan Lyke 5 comments

What do you do with a person who plays EXPONENT across two triple word squares?

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#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:08+00 by: phoffman

Add "TIAL" to the end? Or "S" to the beginning, then duck?

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:08+00 by: Dan Lyke

I was hoping for IATION, but, alas, the tiles didn't have that in store. The leading S is made impossible because one of those triple word squares is at a corner. The real issue, of course, is that the word multipliers are cumulative, 9 times the word score plus the extra 50 points for using all letters is a pretty unassailable lead.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:08+00 by: other_todd

Marry them.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:09+00 by: Mars Saxman

Mind explaining the joke to someone who's never played Scrabble?


#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:09+00 by: Dan Lyke

The board is 15 by 15, there are triple word score squares only on the corners and the center of each side. Players have 7 letters from which to build words, and (after the first move) they must incorporate letters already down on the board. And rarer letters, like "X", have higher scores. Furthermore, there's a bonus for playing all 7 of your letters at once.

So in a game where good players score in the 300 to 400 range for the game (the recent world championship was won with about 450 points, and I feel like such a geek for knowing that), and in my circles averaging 20 points a move means you're doing fairly well, that's a roughly 150 point move.