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Scrabble II introduction.
Scrabble II rules.
It was created before the Nice Letter Distribution and Stretch Bonuses were implemented. Back then, Scrabble II words averaged about 5 letters; now they average about 6 letters. So, no matter how impressively Scrabble II stacked up against "regular" Scrabble in this old page, it would go a quantum leap beyond that now.
The glorious Scrabble boards presented here come from the eighth season in which the Dover Scrabble Club played the perfected form of Scrabble called Scrabble II. The 3-month season dated from January 2010 through March 2010. I invite you to compare your own completed Scrabble boards with these beauties.
Scrabble II is . . .
That's it in a clear and concise nutshell, but it's well worth visiting my main Scrabble page for an engaging discussion of these fixes to the classic game.
Of course, I don't expect anyone to read through this page as he would an article or novel. Just scroll around focusing on a single aspect at a time.
Notice the nice, long, fresh words. And how familiar they are, coming from our own vocabularies, as opposed to what you would find on tournament Scrabble boards, slathered with "valid letter sequences" drawn from memorized lists.
Observe the Words on the final board which are organized by length. Tournament Scrabble boards are sick with the 2-letter and 3-letter words since all the pros do is dump problem letters until they can finally make a 7-tile play.
Speaking of baby stuff, note how free our games are of the shopworn Scrabble trash. You will see nary a QI, ZA, XU, JO, QAT, QAID, SUQ, QOPH, VAV, WAW, AZO, JIN, and on and on. We operate in the old-fashioned belief that Scrabble is a word game!
Note how fresh and different each game is by virtue of scooping the tiles from a mixed set. Look at the variation in Power tiles from game to game; and the Tile oddities; and the Percent expected vowels which says at a glance how vowel- or consonant-heavy the game was compared to the standard game. The statistic varies between about 80% (rather consonant heavy) and 120% (rather vowel heavy).
Note the offbeat words we come up with, like PARANOID, INFINITE, BAUXITE, GUZZLE, UNSOCIAL, ENVIOUS, NARTHEX, WOMBAT, VOODOO, VACUUM, OCARINA, EVACUEE and on and on.
Take a look at our Unplayed tiles. You might be dazed by some of the long strings of letters you see there because you're used to stodgy, antisocial, tournament-style, one-on-one games. We give priority to multi-person games, which are livelier and more wide-open. Check your box top; Scrabble was designed for up to four players! If things go your way, you might go out with an 8-tiler and catch your opponents with full racks - up to 24 tiles!
"Unplayed tiles" shows the tiles left on the players' racks at the end of a game.
"Power tiles" shows all the power tiles (J Q X Z _ S) in the game, played and unplayed.
"Tile oddities" shows when a given letter showed up significantly more or less times than you would expect with the classic set of Scrabble tiles.
"Percent expected vowels" shows the deviation from the expected percentage of vowels (A E I O U) based on 42 vowels per 100 tiles (42%) in the standard set. (Example: Game has 49 vowels out of 109 total tiles. 49/109 = 0.45; 0.45/0.42 = 1.07; Percent expected vowels = 107%)
Game 015 - January 28, 2010 Total tiles played: 105 Unplayed tiles: O Y Power tiles: 10 X Z Z _ _ _ S S S S Tile oddities: no J no Q Percent expected vowels: 102% Words on final board: 8: DEFEATED UNIRONED ENLISTED ROASTERS OUTPITCH PARANOID 7: RAZORED GALLEON 6: SYMBOL MALIGN BEAUTS HOUSED FREAKY 5: FECAL WEAVE PAVED 4: ZEAL ZOON 3: ZAX UDO 2: BY LA EH DO ER ME AD Game 021 - February 4, 2010 Total tiles played: 104 Unplayed tiles: L O W A S B I E U U Power tiles: 9 J _ S S S S S S S Tile oddities: 5F no K 7L 10N no Q 10R 7S no X no Z Percent expected vowels: 86% Words on final board: 9: CONFLATES 8: REASONER SADDENED INFINITE 7: DOUSING REASONS FLOATER LECTURE SORRIER 6: FROSTY TWENTY LAVING SPURNS 5: DITCH METAL VERGE JAILS 4: BALM WAND FUME 3: 2: Game 022 - February 14, 2010 Total tiles played: 104 Unplayed tiles: M U R R R Power tiles: 13 J Q X Z Z _ _ _ S S S S S Tile oddities: 4B no C 4F Percent expected vowels: 94% Words on final board: 9: INQUIRIES GENERATOR 8: DOUBLING 7: SPILLER OUTMOVE PLATTER LEAFIER GREATER 6: BASKET OUTFOX OKAYED 5: ANODE LONER DIVOT HUZZA 4: MIST DEAF NABS 3: BAR SAW FIB JOY WON 2: BE AT EL AR BE TO TO EN DO EX Game 023 - February 14, 2010 Total tiles played: 117 Unplayed tiles: O U Power tiles: 13 J J Q X X X Z Z _ _ _ _ S Tile oddities: 14A 7G 4P 10R 1S 3X 4_ Percent expected vowels: 96% Words on final board: 8: ROTATING 7: OUTLIVE GURGLED FRANKED ZOOMING GREATER QUIPPER BAUXITE VARIETY 6: ZYGOTE TAGGED MOLEST PIXELS 5: PIXIE BEGAT JIVER 4: FLAW QUIZ HAVE CRAW AJAR BEAM 3: FAR AGA ERR AMP FIT 2: OW BY MA PA OR AX Game 025 - February 18, 2010 Total tiles played: 112 Unplayed tiles: P A T I O T Power tiles: 16 J J J Q Q X Z Z _ _ _ _ S S S S Tile oddities: 3J 11T 4_ Percent expected vowels: 85% Words on final board: 8: GLISTENS WRINKLED BEAUTIFY CIGARETS 7: IMITATE JANITOR BRASHER 6: QUAINT PITIES DECADE PLAQUE GUZZLE HAZARD CARTON 5: MOODY BOXER MOVER 4: IRON HOVE RAJA FIFE TOLD 3: JAR 2: RE TI OH NO EH ME ON DO OS Game 026 - February 18, 2010 Total tiles played: 110 Unplayed tiles: A Power tiles: 12 J Q X X Z _ _ _ S S S S Tile oddities: no B 5G no K 14N 12O Percent expected vowels: 99% Words on final board: 8: UNSOCIAL FOLLOWER RETAILED 7: OUTROAR ENTWINE PEONIES ANNOYED LANOLIN SHAVING DOTTING MONGERS 6: AUTISM CANNON PAGODA 5: ZONAL QUINT 4: FLEX GIVE 3: PIX DUO JIG 2: LA AN IF EM OX NO Game 027 - February 18, 2010 Total tiles played: 112 Unplayed tiles: U Power tiles: 11 J X Z _ _ S S S S S S Tile oddities: 5G no K 7L 4M no Q 4W Percent expected vowels: 93% Words on final board: 7: BIGGEST BEELINE ORDERED JAVELIN AURORAS ENTRANT ZEALOTS SWAGGER SOMEONE APLENTY DETAINS 6: HUNTED AMBUSH YOWLED 5: AGILE CRIME 4: NUMB WAFT DOOR WILL 3: VAT FIX VAN 2: AB EM AT TI ON SH UT Game 028 - February 18, 2010 Total tiles played: 111 Unplayed tiles: E I Power tiles: 8 J J Z _ _ S S S Tile oddities: 4C no D no K no Q 11R 1U 4W no X 4Y Percent expected vowels: 99% Words on final board: 8: ANAGRAMS CATEGORY 7: WOOLIER JOINTLY THROATY VOUCHES FOOTAGE LIMITER RETIREE 6: OILIER BANNER NOVICE CLOWNS SARONG 5: AWAIT SPRIG TRAIN 4: HOVE LAZY JINN WARY 3: SHE 2: BE AR YO OR EN Game 030 - February 25, 2010 Total tiles played: 110 Unplayed tiles: H T E K A V E R Power tiles: 12 J Q Q _ _ _ _ S S S S S Tile oddities: 6G 4M 7U 5V no X no Z 4_ Percent expected vowels: 97% Words on final board: 9: SQUATTEST 8: UNTAGGED 7: RITUALS SEQUOIA ENVIOUS CHORALE AWFULLY EVADING HOGGING 6: SAVORY OBLIGE UNCLAD MOMENT 5: MAVEN ITEMS NOISE INLAY 4: BEAR JUST QUID 3: OFF CUP 2: AH YO MU AS UT Game 032 - February 25, 2010 Total tiles played: 112 Unplayed tiles: U I Power tiles: 11 X Z Z _ _ S S S S S S Tile oddities: 4C no F 5G no J 7L no Q Percent expected vowels: 102% Words on final board: 8: STEEPING SEDITION 7: AMATEUR THROATS DENIALS UNSOWED PLASTIC GAUDIES EXALTED 6: ACETIC SNAKES LENGTH CHILLS CRAGGY 5: OZONE IVORY EARLY 4: VARY COOL CLUE BOOM 3: VAN AIT ADZ 2: GO NO AS Game 034 - March 4, 2010 Total tiles played: 110 Unplayed tiles: J I P O T U G Power tiles: 9 J X _ _ _ S S S S Tile oddities: 7D 18E 5H no Q 10T no Z Percent expected vowels: 104% Words on final board: 9: CHEERIEST 8: HOLIDAYS 7: DRIFTED BLUEING HURRIES MEANDER WOODIER 6: HERNIA DELUXE BUTTON COOTIE SMUDGY FOOTED PEEVED 5: VITAL ABOUT EXACT 4: MEAT HIKE PUNT 3: OVA SHE 2: BY OR AB IF NO AW GO DO YO EN SO HE ME ED Game 036 - March 4, 2010 Total tiles played: 107 Unplayed tiles: A A Power tiles: 13 J J J Q Q X X Z _ S S S S Tile oddities: no C 3J no K 7L Percent expected vowels: 109% Words on final board: 8: FEISTIER SEEMLIER REQUITED 7: FLEXORS OPINION WAXIEST LOUNGER 6: BRAVED OXYGEN ALLELE 5: DINGY AGATE AROMA 4: LAWN SEEN VOLT FEAT ADIT QUIZ WEAL JOIN JURY 3: AGA HUE JOE GAG ORT TOW 2: BE LA RE ON AN HE Game 039 - March 11, 2010 Total tiles played: 109 Unplayed tiles: I F Power tiles: 6 Q _ _ _ S S Tile oddities: 4B no J no K 7L no X no Z Percent expected vowels: 114% Words on final board: 8: HURRYING VOLITION 7: THRIVES LEAFIER AMULETS TRAINER PLATOON 6: BECOME BEANIE BUTTON WAILED MANUAL PHOOEY EIGHTY BOILER LIQUOR 5: FREED 4: EVER 3: BIG FIE 2: LO EN WE ME AD UP BE AH ED LO AY PI BE LO AN Game 040 - March 11, 2010 Total tiles played: 111 Unplayed tiles: T T Power tiles: 8 J X Z _ S S S S Tile oddities: 5C no Q Percent expected vowels: 93% Words on final board: 8: ADOPTION TICKLISH REGULARS 7: SCUFFED DIETARY BEATING LATHERS MODULAR 6: BEMOAN METRIC ADORED CITIES CRINGE VIEWED PORTER 5: PUNCH ZONAL 4: ZERO SCAT 3: FAX GAL JOT WRY 2: EM IF EL PA XI OR AH Game 041 - March 11, 2010 Total tiles played: 108 Unplayed tiles: I O L Power tiles: 12 J Q X Z _ _ _ _ S S S S Tile oddities: 4B 5H no K 4_ Percent expected vowels: 86% Words on final board: 10: PLURALIZED 9: ENTRANCED 8: HAIRIEST EIGHTIES 7: RANCHER OBEYING NARTHEX BUDDIES 6: BARING WOMBAT 5: CLOWN GOOFY OFTEN 4: QUAY CUPS PAVE HOLY ROTS PELT FLEX FIVE 3: HEW JET TAB 2: BE PA AS HE Game 042 - March 11, 2010 Total tiles played: 109 Unplayed tiles: Q T Power tiles: 12 J Q Q X X Z _ S S S S S Tile oddities: no F 12O 4P 4Y Percent expected vowels: 99% Words on final board: 9: UNVARYING 8: SPLASHER SEDITION 7: SWILLED DULLEST COMPANY WAXIEST COUNTRY 6: VOODOO AMAZED LOOTED BEETLE BOTANY 5: BOOZE VAPID 4: PIGS WAXY QUIP CARE KEEP 3: VAT JAY MAT 2: AT AD BE YO Game 045 - March 18, 2010 Total tiles played: 113 Unplayed tiles: K O S S X Power tiles: 12 Q X X Z _ _ _ S S S S S Tile oddities: 9D 4F 5G no J no W Percent expected vowels: 89% Words on final board: 9: UPRIGHTED 8: UNSOLVED FUNNIEST DORMANCY 7: GADGETS GLUMMER 6: GINGER VACUUM LADDER HOOFER QUOTED ANYONE HEALER 5: DODGY FAVOR VOTED SPINE ALTAR EXTRA PIECE BIDDY 4: HAZE 3: PIP FRY 2: IF TA AR Game 048 - March 18, 2010 Total tiles played: 110 Unplayed tiles: B E C H Power tiles: 9 J Q Q X X _ S S S Tile oddities: 14A 5C 4H no K 10N no Z Percent expected vowels: 102% Words on final board: 10: ADVANTAGES 9: 8: 7: COPIOUS OCARINA ARUGULA WEANING BOOTIES REPLANT 6: FAUNAE OCTANE SEXING 5: WOMEN FRYER BLAME VALVE MINCE 4: QUAY QUAY HARD CHEW 3: END HEY JUG EYE FAX NOT AWE 2: AG HE ER DO OR Game 049 - March 18, 2010 Total tiles played: 105 Unplayed tiles: N V R Power tiles: 10 J J X Z Z _ _ S S S Tile oddities: 4C no K 4M no Q Percent expected vowels: 95% Words on final board: 8: WEBBINGS UNCOMMON FRAILEST HORMONES 7: GETAWAY REBOOTS REEDIER FIANCEE 6: METEOR ENTITY JAILER PRINCE 5: CIVIL PATCH GOUGE JUMPY 4: OOZE DRAW 3: ZIT RED REP ERR FOX 2: HO OX OS OS UT Game 052 - March 25, 2010 Total tiles played: 111 Unplayed tiles: O E Power tiles: 13 J Q Q X Z _ _ _ S S S S S Tile oddities: 5G no K Percent expected vowels: 95% Words on final board: 9: RERAISING 8: UNFLAWED SEAPLANE STINGIER 7: RECOILS GURNEYS INDEXER FAINTER 6: RECOIL DEEPER UPBEAT BAITED 5: WAVED BLOOM NACHO 4: GURU VIVA SLOW ZITS AQUA 3: QUA JIG OIL 2: AD OS TO EF Game 055 - March 25, 2010 Total tiles played: 114 Unplayed tiles: A Power tiles: 11 Q Q X X Z _ S S S S S Tile oddities: no J no K 4M 12O 4W 4Y Percent expected vowels: 108% Words on final board: 8: DEVOURED OUTFOXED 7: BOSSING GYRATED EMANATE LINTIER TEDIOUS EDITION QUIETED 6: DENTAL SOFTLY 5: MOOSE QUASI WOMEN EXTOL 4: MIRY TONY HAZY QUAG FLAW MAXI 3: TOP CAR WED 2: EL OW HE US Game 056 - March 25, 2010 Total tiles played: 107 Unplayed tiles: Q U Power tiles: 13 J Q Q X Z Z _ _ S S S S S Tile oddities: 7G 15I Percent expected vowels: 107% Words on final board: 9: GRAINIEST OUTRIDING GRISLIEST 8: 7: EQUATOR GRUNTER GRIMIER SEIZING ELATION ESCAPED 6: FAWNED TOFFEE MANNER 5: GAZER HELIX VIGOR FOLIO CROOK 4: COZY 3: JOB WAR ZIP 2: GO AB SO EN OW Game 061 - March 31, 2010 Total tiles played: 118 Unplayed tiles: I Power tiles: 12 J J Q X _ _ _ S S S S S Tile oddities: 6C no K 12O no Z Percent expected vowels: 112% Words on final board: 8: DEVOTION RELIABLE JINGLERS 7: LEVERED IMAGINE HANDIER ACETATE WEBLOGS QUIETED 6: POUNCE AUGERS QUEASY PRICEY WOOFER 5: COUNT CILIA CACTI ABUSE TABOO 4: JAVA VOWS FOES 3: LAX 2: LO EN YO AX TA TO Game 063 - March 31, 2010 Total tiles played: 112 Unplayed tiles: U R Power tiles: 12 J J Q Q _ _ _ _ S S S S Tile oddities: 5H no K 13O 9U no X no Z 4_ Percent expected vowels: 109% Words on final board: 8: HANGOUTS SQUIRTER VAUNTING MUNITION 7: METERED HANGOUT EVACUEE LEATHER TISSUES 6: GOOGOL THORNY ELOPER BROOCH 5: TWICE AUDIO WOULD 4: JOIN JAVA DINT QUIT FOIN 3: 2: MI EN ME AS US ED AT EN OH
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