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Scrabble Letters

July 28, 2013 | | Add a Comment

Scrabble LettersScrabble has been around since the 1940s and is currently sold in over a hundred countries with 29 language versions available. With its easy game play of forming words with Scrabble letters, it is understandable why it is highly appealing, resulting in several Scrabble-inspired word games. Clearly, the stars of the game are its letter tiles and the following are some interesting things about them.

 

History of Scrabble letters

Alfred Butts created Scrabble based on another word game he also made, Lexiko, which had the same letter tiles. The frequency and distribution of the Scrabble tiles were determined by a close inspection of different sources, most particularly the New York Times. At first, Butts used his penknife to cut the original set of wooden letter tiles. Later on, when manufacturing became much easier, the Scrabble letters began to be made from Vermont Maple wood. Originally, there were only one hundred letter tiles, but the addition of two blank tiles made the total 102.

 

Letter Distributions and Point Values

Each language has a different letter frequency rate, so the letter distribution in Scrabble varies across the globe. However, generally speaking, the rarer a letter is used, the higher point value it has and vice versa. For example, in English, vowels are frequently used especially the letter E, so they are worth only a point each. The following is a list of the distribution of Scrabble letters in English versions of the game:

K, J, Q, X, and Z – 1 tile each

B, C, F, H, M, P, W, and Y – 2 tiles each

G is the only letter with three tiles

D, L, S, and U – 4 tiles each

N, R, and T – 6 tiles each

O is the only letter with 8 tiles

A and I – 9 tiles each

E has the most tiles at 12 (it is the most frequently used letter in the English language)

Because K, J, Q, X, and Z aren’t that frequently used, they carry higher point values at 5, 8, 8, 10, and 10 respectively. Aside from the vowels, the letters N, R, T, L, and S are also worth one point each. D and G are worth 2 points each, while B, C, M, and P are worth 3 points. F, H, V, W, and Y are worth 4 points each. Finally, the blank tiles that can represent any letter carry no points.

The most number of letter tiles is 120 and they are used in the Italian and Portuguese versions of the game. In the Malayan version, the letter A has the most number of tiles at 19, which is nearly a fifth of the total number of letter tiles. Using all seven letters in one move is called a bingo (in France and Spain, it is called “scrabble,” while in other countries, “bonus” is used), which rewards you with extra points. The highest-scoring 7-letter word is “quartzy,” as long as it is formed across a triple-word square and the Z is strategically placed on a double-letter square. The Spanish word “etario” is a seven-letter word that will most likely appear in a player’s Scrabble rack. Theoretically speaking, the highest score that can be obtained when playing in a US tournament is 1,778 points. The move will involve joining 8 tiles that are already on the board with new ones to form the word “oxyphenbutazone.” Three triple-word squares are also required to obtain this high score.

 

Records and Other Trivia

In 2008, Scrabble celebrated its 50th anniversary alongside Britain’s Prince Charles’ 60th birthday. To honor both occasions, black, brown, and white Scrabble tiles were used by Lizzie Sanders to create a portrait of the prince. In addition, the biggest Scrabble game was played at the Wembley Stadium, also in Britain. Every tile was a 6×6 feet square, approximately the size of a dining room table! At least two strong men were needed to lift each square.

With over 150 million Scrabble sets sold, it is no surprise to know that there are at least 1 million missing letter tiles all over the world! Moreover, if all the Scrabble letters ever made were to circumnavigate the planet, it would do so eight times!

If you have a vowel-rich letter rack, don’t panic. There are two-letter words that consist of only vowels! These are “aa,” “ae,” “ai,” “oe,” and “oi.” Also, there are more than a hundred acceptable two-letter words that use every letter in the alphabet, save for one: the letter V.

Scrambling for information about Scrabble letters is a fun thing to do and you can share what you learn to your opponents while playing this classic and well-loved word game!

Hanging with Friends Cheat

June 23, 2013 | | Add a Comment

Hanging with Friends CheatIf you love word games, you’ve probably played most of them already and it’s extremely likely that one of those word games you’ve tried out is Hangman. Like most games, Hangman has also evolved into other games like Hangaroo and Hanging with Friends, the latter of which is quite possibly one of the most popular Hangman versions ever. Playing this game tests your guessing and word-building skills. It is not surprising then that a Hanging with Friends cheat has become a necessary aid for some players. What’s more, you will find several types of cheats such as the Hanging with Friends Solver and the Hanging with Friends Word Builder.

 

Two Types of Hanging with Friends Cheat:

Hanging with Friends Solver

Since you will be guessing letters (and a word eventually), a Hanging with Friends solver always involves typing in letters. You first have to indicate how many letters are in the word that you are trying to guess. The minimum word length is 4 and the maximum is 8.

Next, you need to input the letters that you already know such as the available vowel or vowels shown at the start of your turn or the letters that you have already guessed correctly. Make sure to place them in their corresponding boxes to make the Hanging with Friends cheat accurate enough. For letters that you don’t know yet, just leave the corresponding boxes empty. In some Hanging with Friends cheat solvers, you can also provide the letters that you have guessed incorrectly. When done, click the “get words” button.

The dictionary used in this Hanging with Friends cheat has over two thousand words. Thus, whenever you use it, the cheat will generate all the possible words found within its dictionary that have the same letters and letter locations that you entered.

 

Hanging with Friends Word Maker

Using this form of Hanging with Friends cheat is helpful most especially if you wish to maximize your score. With a Hanging with Friends word maker, you can include the location of the bonus: DL, TL, DW, or TW. You then enter the 12 letters you have in the blank box provided and click the play button.

Once you click on this button, you will be presented with two types of words: words with high points and beat- the-cheat words. Each high-scoring word has a dollar sign beside it. On the other hand, words under the second category are often harder to solve and come with a star.

Every word generated will also include the score they result in. You will also be given a preview of how a word will initially look like to your opponent (the last vowel of a word is often shown and is considered a free vowel). Moreover, you can also see how the word will look like once three relatively easy guesses are made.

With these features, you can strategically pick a word from the generated list to increase the chances of making your opponent guess incorrectly.

If you want to cheat at Hanging with Friends, go ahead. Just make sure not to use a Hanging with Friends cheat too often so that your opponent will not suspect you and you can still exercise your own word building skills.