Sunday, September 03, 2006

Scrabble is fun on a miserable Saturday afternoon

On Saturday afternoon, Wife and I played Scrabble. It was the first time we'd played in ages, possibly even a year. We used to play often. Two or three times a day sometimes.

It was good to play again. I won't say who won or lost. Suffice to say there was not even 20 points in it, and we both had scores well over 300. I was especially happy with my "glitter" at the top, using all my seven letters and hitting a triple-word square for a nice 80 points. I later added an "a" at the beginning, hitting another triple-word square, making "aglitter".

On a related note, did you know that the official Scrabble rules differ depending on which side of the Atlantic you are playing? In particular, the American rules (not sure about Canadian rules) ban the use of racist terms, while they are acceptable in the UK. And rightly so, they should be acceptable; they are, after all, still words. You cannot deny their existence. Ridiculous.

Here's our board at the end of play.



Blogger Red said...

You're very gallant. We both know that -- had I won -- I would be screaming it from the rooftops. But well done to you.

03 September, 2006 11:12  
Blogger Fruning Graplecard said...

Isn't "Tondo" a proper name? What are your rules man! For goodness sake, you'll be allowing textspeak next!

("Aglitter" was a work of genius)

03 September, 2006 13:14  
Anonymous lee said...

My roommate likes to make up words. If you challenge her and it's really a word, then you lose your turn or something like that. Do you all play like that too? Certainly makes it more interesting.

03 September, 2006 16:15  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Red: Gallant, yep, that's me!

Fruning: Tondo = a circular painting or relief.

Lee: We don't make up words! All are in the Official Scrabble Words handbook. The way your roomie plays is correct, although we don't play that rule. The flipside, though, is that if you challenge her and it's NOT a word, then she should reclaim those tiles and miss that turn. Again, them's the rules, so if it's good for the goose, it's good for the gander, as they say.

03 September, 2006 18:35  
Anonymous the cappuccino kid. said...

me and vic play. i win more often than mpt. she hates it.
can i ask, as you are an educated man of the world, ever heard of a game called "NILE" or have my parents got the only one left in exsistance?

03 September, 2006 18:41  
Blogger Adam said...

we always play dirty sex scrabble - but then again, you guys are brits so that's a given I imgine

03 September, 2006 18:43  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Cappy: Educated man of the world?! Funny. Anyhoo, nope, never heard of that one. Is it any good?

Adam: That's all we Brits do, play dirty sex games. It's great being British.

03 September, 2006 19:04  
Blogger mister anchovy said...

all scores over 300 are good in my and Tuffy like to play too! fact I may have to go challenge her to a match.

03 September, 2006 22:53  
Blogger apositivepessimist said...

ouff I love scrabble...was in heaven when I found it online...then the site stopped having it.

tho I have to say I was a tad miffed when the word "dux" got challenged and turns out it wasn't an acceptable word.

04 September, 2006 02:06  
Blogger Cynnie said...

I LOVE scrabble..
I'm not really a competitive person until it comes to a game of scabble..
then I'm a crazy woman..

04 September, 2006 03:41  
Blogger Pie said...

Looking at the words you guys have I don't think I'd stand a chance. The only way I could win online games was playing people who had English as a second or third language.

04 September, 2006 08:35  
Anonymous the cappuccino kid. said...

it's very simalar to scrabble in that it has a board divided into roughly the same amount of squares and you have to place tiles, to make a "river". i will try to persuade the unit to lend it to me, and i will take some pics and do a post.

04 September, 2006 09:03  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Mr A: Thanks. Hope she accepted your offer and that you had a good game.

APP: Nothing wrong with "dux". It's in the Official Scrabble Words book for UK play, anyway. It means a leader. Maybe it's not an acceptable Australian word?

Cynnie: It brings out the worst in you, huh?! Funny!

Pie: Don't forget English is Wife's second language, but she often beats me!

Cappy: That sounds cool. You should definitely take some pics and do a post. Maybe someone somewhere will see it and say that they've got the game too.

04 September, 2006 09:20  
Blogger apositivepessimist said...

naah it is here but I was on a yank website...the person I was playing after they challenged it said yer an aussie aren't you. bastids!

04 September, 2006 10:48  
Blogger AC said...

Hey Pie, ever heard of an online scrabble helper buddy? Try it and u r gonna be a master in a month.

04 September, 2006 13:53  
Blogger Spangly Princess said...

good board, some excellent verbiage there. I am distressingly poor at scrabble, a thing which I've never entirely understood since I feel that on some level I *ought* to be good at it

05 September, 2006 15:18  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

APP: Grr, that's annoying!

Thanks Spangly. You know, though, it's like getting to Carnegie Hall...

05 September, 2006 18:54  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

I love Scrabble!!! Love it!!!!

Haven't played in ages.

Um, about the racist words...if you have letters to make a racist word, you can do tons of other words. Like raging. Like gearhead.

So I wouldn't rule out intolerant terms...because all I would do is seriously wonder why someone would turn a scrabble game into a political agenda by mixing the letters intoa racist meaning.

It's just as easy to make a word without a political or racist agenda.

05 September, 2006 23:43  

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