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February 23, 2010



well maybe, i am afraid of fb apps. they mess with my pc. but, i might waive this rule of mine for a game with you!! i dont know what tranny means thou.
so, see you soon, i think. not tonight , i am beat from tackling the insect world to save the cats that are rachel's and jes' but i do all the work so i say they are my cats, to justify all the work i have done this past 6 days!!!!!!


I won't sue you for playing "tranny" but I might challenge you. Where's my official Scrabble dictionary anwyay? Do they let you challenge in these games, or do they have their own internal dictionaries?


They have their own internal dictionaries, which is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, you can try lots of different combinations that you aren't sure are real words -- but that also causes people to try EVERYTHING imaginable. It either accepts or it doesn't, and there's no penalty if it's not an allowable word.


Tell them the truth Karen. You let me win a handful of games and lured me into a false sense of security before going in for the kill!


No false sense of security with me. The editor keeps kicking the tail out of the former English teacher. :)

Debra Hamel

Okay, I may of course have made some errors, but here is what I get for letter distribution in WWF:

Blank -- 2
A -- 9 -- 1 point
B -- 2 -- 4 points
C -- 2 -- 4 points
D -- 5 -- 2 points
E -- 13 -- 1 point
F -- 2 -- 4 points
G -- 3 -- 3 points
H -- 4 -- 3 points
I -- 7 -- 1 point
J -- 1 -- 10 points
K -- 1 -- 5 points
L -- 4 -- 2 points
M -- 2 -- 4 points
N -- 5 -- 2 points
O -- 8 -- 1 point
P -- 2 -- 4 points
Q -- 1 -- 10 points
R -- 6 -- 1 point
S -- 5 -- 1 point
T -- 7 -- 1 point
U -- 4 -- 2 points
V -- 2 -- 5 points
W -- 2 -- 4 points
X -- 1 -- 8 points
Y -- 2 -- 3 points
Z -- 1 -- 10 points

Regular Scrabble Letter Distribution:

A-9 B-2 C-2 D-4 E-12 F-2 G-3 H-2 I-9 J-1 K-1 L-4 M-2 N-6 O-8 P-2 Q-1 R-6 S-4 T-6 U-4 V-2 W-2 X-1 Y-2 Z-1 Blank-2

Or, with point values:

* 2 blank tiles (scoring 0 points)
* 1 point: E ×12, A ×9, I ×9, O ×8, N ×6, R ×6, T ×6, L ×4, S ×4, U ×4
* 2 points: D ×4, G ×3
* 3 points: B ×2, C ×2, M ×2, P ×2
* 4 points: F ×2, H ×2, V ×2, W ×2, Y ×2
* 5 points: K ×1
* 8 points: J ×1, X ×1
* 10 points: Q ×1, Z ×1


First of all, I would never challenge an editor to any type of word play.

Next, how did you get an image of your Twitter stream into your post???


I am addicted to Words with Friends. However...I think there should be an agreement that you sign that promises that you are not googling "words with five letters that end in z" or something. I've played with people and I just find it hard to believe that they know some of these arcane words. I mean, you pick them up along the way...that three letter word that starts with Q...not posting it here in case I end up playing any of you.

Look for me: dineer526

I must disclose that I was an English major in college. I read a TON. And I'm actually earning money as an editor these days. So, when you completely annihilate me, you can brag to your friends. And if I happen to win, you can use it as an excuse.


There will always be people who "sit on the dictionary," as my sister refers to it. No one begrudges someone for looking up a particular word, or trying out a potential word, but hunting is cheating! I think veteran crossword solvers have an edge (as well as veteran Scrabble players, obviously!). But SO much depends on what tiles you draw. I've had games where I got ALL the high-scoring tiles and other games where I didn't get any. You never know!

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