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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 ninth season in which the Dover Scrabble Club played the perfected form of Scrabble called Scrabble II. The 3-month season dated from April 2010 through June 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 further discussion of these much needed fixes to the classic game.
I wouldn'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 shows 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).
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 003 - April 10, 2010 Total tiles played: 110 Unplayed tiles: D O U W Power tiles: 10 J X X X Z S S S S S Tile oddities: 4B no C no Q 8U 3X no _ Percent expected vowels: 94% Words on final board: 8: BULLETED SANDLOTS RADIATES UNBANDED GORGEOUS 7: NEARING BAFFLES PETTING DIURNAL 6: PIXIES 5: BULKY TAXON LARVA VIEWS REMIT 4: BUNG THUD HAZY OPEN 3: FAT ERA JOE TAT SIX AHA 2: AB BY YO Game 007 - April 15, 2010 Total tiles played: 110 Unplayed tiles: Q H Power tiles: 14 J Q X X Z _ _ _ _ S S S S S Tile oddities: 4F no K 4_ Percent expected vowels: 94% Words on final board: 8: UNPLAYED DEGRADES LARYNXES WINDIEST 7: 6: LITTER EXCUSE POGROM COWARD AVENGE TATTOO PULSED JAMMED 5: FAZED FLOOR FAMED OFTEN RAZOR TEETH 4: PAIL BITE 3: SOD BUM TOW BOY FEW FRO 2: BY EF Game 009 - April 15, 2010 Total tiles played: 95 Unplayed tiles: G L I L D E A U U I S Power tiles: 12 J J X X Z _ _ _ _ S S S Tile oddities: 4P no Q 4_ Percent expected vowels: 101% Words on final board: 10: ABORIGINES 9: BEHAVIORS 8: LOITERED 7: SWERVED GOONIES WORMING PREYING 6: MARRED 5: PIVOT RAZOR RAKED PIPED STOUT 4: BOXY HEAP CRUX 3: FAT JAW AGO JAY JAG HEM 2: MA HE PA MU AT Game 014 - April 21, 2010 Total tiles played: 107 Unplayed tiles: G I Power tiles: 12 J J X _ _ _ S S S S S S Tile oddities: 5G 14I no Q no Z Percent expected vowels: 105% Words on final board: 8: OBEDIENT BEARINGS INFUSION 7: EMPTIER DAIRIES JOINERS MARRIED 6: STATUE SETTEE GENTLE 5: SIXTY UVULA HIKES LOOSE WRUNG 4: BODE CRAW LAWN OINK LIEU EVIL 3: REF JOG TAT WIT 2: OR WE EF MU AG ED Game 018 - April 28, 2010 Total tiles played: 98 Unplayed tiles: I I O Q I E S C _ Power tiles: 12 Q Q Z Z _ _ _ S S S S S Tile oddities: no F 5G no J no K no X Percent expected vowels: 109% Words on final board: 8: ANNULLED GLADNESS RADIATES 7: BEADING ADORING OUTSIDE LAMPOON OCTAVES 6: PIQUES GUITAR GOLDEN 5: YODEL AGLOW HYENA PIQUE 4: TOLE BUZZ ZITI 3: ERR EWE 2: ER YE OS IT NO Game 026 - May 5, 2010 Total tiles played: 112 Unplayed tiles: Q Power tiles: 8 J Q Q Z _ _ S S Tile oddities: 17A 4H 1U no X Percent expected vowels: 97% Words on final board: 9: CONFIGURE 8: MACAROON 7: ARRANGE EYEWEAR SHANKED WIMPIER SPENDER 6: VENDED LOAFER PLACED RATION RATHER THRONG 5: VALID QUILL BLAZE ABOVE 4: KART SHIP VINY RAJA 3: AID OAF JAG 2: DO EF RE AB AR AD Game 031 - May 8, 2010 Total tiles played: 107 Unplayed tiles: U N A I O Power tiles: 14 Q X X X Z Z _ _ _ _ S S S S Tile oddities: no F no J 10N 13O 3X 4_ Percent expected vowels: 96% Words on final board: 9: HARBORING 8: UNMOORED POWERING LEARNERS 7: WINNERS OUTGAVE 6: COOING CRAZED HEXING BUNKED GLOSSY 5: QUEST ROUND MOLDY 4: TOOL MULE OBOE BAIL ELAN 3: ZIP ICY ZIT GIT WAX VEX 2: MY AX XI BY Game 034 - May 12, 2010 Total tiles played: 100 Unplayed tiles: O U E _ Power tiles: 9 Q Q Z _ _ _ S S S Tile oddities: no B 4H no J 12O 1R 4V no X 4Y Percent expected vowels: 110% Words on final board: 8: FLOATING HOMETOWN UNITIZES 7: ROUTING DEVOTES 6: FLYING WAGONS AVIDLY PIECED DEVOTE HINGED 5: HANDY VOICE SQUAD PANDA 4: CUKE OATH QUAY 3: OWE WAD TON ZEE SHY RAY OAK VAN ONE 2: OS Game 039 - May 20, 2010 Total tiles played: 91 Unplayed tiles: O T T N A N Y L O N L R E N A E L O Power tiles: 7 J X Z S S S S Tile oddities: no B no K 10N 12O no Q no _ Percent expected vowels: 100% Words on final board: 9: DEFEATING 8: SCARRING 7: FIFTEEN HONORED FEUDING VELVETS 6: NEARER JURIST 5: ALLOW ZOOMS ROUGE HOTEL COMET WARPS STAIN EVERY 4: 3: THE EWE WAX ZIP MOO 2: OR AD OH Game 040 - May 20, 2010 Total tiles played: 107 Unplayed tiles: U U U Power tiles: 10 Q X Z _ _ S S S S S Tile oddities: no J no K 4V Percent expected vowels: 108% Words on final board: 9: WEASELING 8: AVOIDING SEAFARER DELIGHTS 7: SURFACE FRETTED PATTIES MAILERS PEERING 6: QUAVER PEALED NOTARY ENDIVE 5: PAILS ODDLY 4: OUDS NOVA LOOT VIBE 3: FIX ZEE 2: AR WE AS GO EF YE Game 047 - May 28, 2010 Total tiles played: 102 Unplayed tiles: Q I Power tiles: 6 Q X Z _ S S Tile oddities: 14A 5G no J no K 11T no V Percent expected vowels: 108% Words on final board: 8: STILETTO CLAMMING 7: TAUNTED PEERING COUNTED FRIZZED OXTAILS OUTWORE TATTLED 6: LENDER IRONER 5: 4: MIDI TOGA PUMA 3: FAX AGE NIP FAR TAG EGO WAY AYA BOA BAY HEY AYE 2: AB TO TA TA SO AS WE AB Game 054 - June 2, 2010 Total tiles played: 97 Unplayed tiles: U G L I Power tiles: 8 J X Z _ S S S S Tile oddities: no C 4H no K 5P no Q 10R Percent expected vowels: 90% Words on final board: 8: PRISONER ABRIDGED 7: LOANERS UNLOADS DRIFTED FLESHED EMPTIED 6: BODING REAPER ROTTEN 5: SHONE SORRY JAWED PIETY SWEAR 4: OXEN PROW HIVE WHEN 3: ZIP ORE 2: EN EL ER BE DO OR OS Game 059 - June 10, 2010 Total tiles played: 107 Unplayed tiles: A A E Power tiles: 10 Q Q X _ _ _ S S S S Tile oddities: no F 5G no J no K 10N 13O 2R 4Y no Z Percent expected vowels: 104% Words on final board: 9: QUAINTEST 8: BALANCES SPLINTER 7: DENTING HOMAGES LOUSIER ANNOYED 6: WOOLEN DANGED GEODES 5: HOTEL MEALY VENUE YUCCA HONED 4: QUIT GOOD OVAL EVEN YETI DOVE 3: LOX 2: DO HO OX HE DO EH YE US Game 060 - June 13, 2010 Total tiles played: 105 Unplayed tiles: A I A G Power tiles: 8 J Q _ S S S S S Tile oddities: 14A no K 7U no X no Z Percent expected vowels: 107% Words on final board: 8: UNLEADED ABORTING REVERTED 7: FURIOUS 6: ANTHEM SOUSED UNDIES PLATEN DREAMS PROVEN 5: WASTE PUTTY TWICE ADIEU AWARD ALIEN SORRY VINYL 4: SAND AQUA 3: NAG OAF JET 2: AD AY LO Game 063 - June 23, 2010 Total tiles played: 100 Unplayed tiles: E O O A A I I Power tiles: 13 J Q X Z _ _ _ S S S S S S Tile oddities: no C no H 5W Percent expected vowels: 102% Words on final board: 8: UNAFRAID 7: SIMPLES SWABBED EVASION AEROBIC 6: EQUATE SPIFFY 5: VIAND TUTOR FEWER GROUT ENEMY BLANK 4: ZOOS SWIG NOON FAWN BURP KNEE NORM JUGS EWER EDIT 3: TAX 2: EN SI ID Game 070 - June 30, 2010 Total tiles played: 105 Unplayed tiles: V U E Power tiles: 14 J X X Z Z _ _ S S S S S S S Tile oddities: no K no Q 7S Percent expected vowels: 95% Words on final board: 8: AWAITING VIOLATES CROUCHED SWISHIER 7: SMATTER EXERTED JASMINE BUSTING SPARROW ARRIVED BOILERS 6: EXOTIC COPIED 5: FORAY TOPAZ LIMIT 4: GULF GREY 3: DAY ADZ 2: AX YO AS BY Game 071 - June 30, 2010 Total tiles played: 103 Unplayed tiles: I O Power tiles: 11 J Q X _ _ _ _ S S S S Tile oddities: 4B 4C no K 1L 10R no Z 4_ Percent expected vowels: 100% Words on final board: 9: DEDUCTION ERUPTIONS 8: SMOTHERS ENCASING RECOILED 7: BEADING BEARDED JARRING WITTIER NIFTIER WORRIER 6: OPAQUE BASICS 5: BOOTY DARNS 4: AQUA 3: VEX JET BOD 2: BE EX RE EN GO OW ME OR BE
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