Something About SCRABBLE™

A Minimalist Approach to Excelling at the Game
(Published October 20, 2011)

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There's something about SCRABBLE™ that creates a willingness in certain individuals to voluntarily undertake the study of materials that can, at times, be quite dry. You are, presumably, one of those individuals, and that “something” is, presumably, why you are checking out this web page.

This book makes certain assumptions about you. These assumptions include:

  • You are an average-level livingroom player who generally scores about 250 points per game.
  • You would like to become a strong livingroom player (or competent club player) with an average score of 300 - 350 points per game.
  • You are willing to do a reasonable amount of studying to achieve this goal, but you don't want to devote all of your free time to it. Hence, you will appreciate the minimalist approach taken in this book, which includes only those concepts and word lists that are absolutely mandatory for excelling at the game.
  • There are three main parts to the book: Part I - Building Your Vocabulary, Part II - Playing Your Tiles, and Part III - Word Lists. The word lists include: The 101 Two-Letter Words, The 1004 Three-Letter Words, The 289 Vowel Dumps, The 112 Q Words, The 343 J, X, & Z Words, the Top 10 Six-Letter Bingo Stems, The 100 Beginnings & Endings, The 155 Consonant Combinations, and the 412 K Words. A pull-out “crib sheet” is also included in the back of the book.


“This very easy to read monograph is by far the best short piece on scoring at Scrabble I've ever read. I really love the balance between the boring business of memorizing word lists (two sections) versus actual strategic play (seven sections). The author gives a lot of insights on how to manage your rack and how to play the board. This is a great Christmas gift for Scrabble players who average under 350 points per game, which is probably 99% of us. I admit to an average score of 320 and it taught me a lot.”
— Christine (Terra Alta, WV)