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    Default Re: A question for Scrabble players....



    Quote Originally Posted by goldstar View Post
    Thanks Steve.
    Since it is only my wife and I playing we are pretty liberal. We allow dictionary consultation at all times.This way we stay married!
    I let my wife go fishing for words for as long as she likes.
    Yes it can slow the game but it gives opportunity to refill glasses and cook dinner. Also educates us and avoids bad play as my "i" "I" confusion above.
    In family settings no need for formalities in my view, unless everyone agrees to it of course. To be honest, I've never played a game of scrabble where every rule was followed to the nth degree. But I know there are some hardcore board gamers out there that more than likely do. Of course those that play competitively and in tournaments will be held to the rule book which is understandable. But that level never interested me anyway.
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    Default Re: A question for Scrabble players....

    When the kids were small, we would play scrabble...
    And, knowing kids, rules were more like guidelines...

    so the rule was if you couldn't say the word out loud without laughing, it didn't count.
    We had some "interesting" words thrown out, I'll tell ya!

    Lots of fun and good memories...
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    Default Re: A question for Scrabble players....

    Yeah, Scrabble is like astronomy. Take it too seriously and the fun flies out the window.
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    Default Re: A question for Scrabble players....

    Quote Originally Posted by KT4HX View Post
    In family settings no need for formalities in my view, unless everyone agrees to it of course. To be honest, I've never played a game of scrabble where every rule was followed to the nth degree. But I know there are some hardcore board gamers out there that more than likely do. Of course those that play competitively and in tournaments will be held to the rule book which is understandable. But that level never interested me anyway.
    My ex and her mom and I used a dictionary on occasion. Like if someone came up with a word and one or more were like "huh??" We followed the rules, but tried to keep it light-hearted and fun. I miss those days, those two were great Scrabble players.

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    Default Re: A question for Scrabble players....

    Scrabble motto:

    Win if you can, lose if you must, but always cheat.
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    Default Re: A question for Scrabble players....

    My Mom was a good Scrabble player, as was my sister. We enjoyed that game over the years. We followed most of the rules, but would allow a word lookup prior to playing it. No fishing the dictionary, though; if you had a particular word in mind, you could look it up. When my sister was young, she would try making up words and playing them, hoping she would not get challenged. Once she played the word "kea" and we challenged her. Turns out it is a word, a particularly assertive New Zealand parrot. Sarah got lucky that time, as she was as surprised as we were that "kea" really is a word!

    I play occasionally with another friend, but don't enjoy it much, as I almost never win, and she doesn't try very hard not to gloat when she wins. She plays all the time and has memorized a bunch of obscure words, e.g. words with a q but no u, odd technical terms, or two-letter words no one ever uses but competitive Scrabble players. She also tries to push non-words like abbreviations or non-standard spelling, and takes it with ill grace when I challenge her. Takes all the fun out of it, really.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Voyageur View Post
    My Mom was a good Scrabble player, as was my sister. We enjoyed that game over the years. We followed most of the rules, but would allow a word lookup prior to playing it. No fishing the dictionary, though; if you had a particular word in mind, you could look it up. When my sister was young, she would try making up words and playing them, hoping she would not get challenged. Once she played the word "kea" and we challenged her. Turns out it is a word, a particularly assertive New Zealand parrot. Sarah got lucky that time, as she was as surprised as we were that "kea" really is a word!

    I play occasionally with another friend, but don't enjoy it much, as I almost never win, and she doesn't try very hard not to gloat when she wins. She plays all the time and has memorized a bunch of obscure words, e.g. words with a q but no u, odd technical terms, or two-letter words no one ever uses but competitive Scrabble players. She also tries to push non-words like abbreviations or non-standard spelling, and takes it with ill grace when I challenge her. Takes all the fun out of it, really.
    I'm more like you Mary. Games are supposed to be fun, not for proclaiming victory and superiority.
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    I used to play with my grandmother, who took a perverse pleasure in always beating me and my sister. She also was a maven on the NY Times crossword puzzle every day.
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    Us Scrabblers are always looking for the unusual word to play and us astronomers have some advantage in this respect.
    For many years I was waiting for "syzygy" to drop into my rack and finally yes! The two "Y's" a blank and a z.
    I played it and my wife looked at me kind of funny. "Yeah, sure, pull the other one!".

    Worst games ever were when I played a Swiss friend in Switzerland. He beat me every time to my shame. Turned out his job was as a proof reader for an English publishing house so I didn't feel so bad about it....
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    Quote Originally Posted by helicon64 View Post
    I used to play with my grandmother, who took a perverse pleasure in always beating me and my sister. She also was a maven on the NY Times crossword puzzle every day.
    My grandfather was like that with my brother and me with the games. For example, he would delight in hitting our croquet balls with his, whacking them far off the course. My brother was little and would be near tears, but Grandpa didn't care. He was the kindest, nicest grandpa except in games, where he was ruthless.
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