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Drawing a Blank?

Posted by Roy Leban (Creator)

Folks at Puzzazz have been known to play a few games, including Scrabble and Clabbers. We're lucky that not very far away from us is Protiles, the company that makes the wonderful plastic tiles that are required at many tournaments (and which we highly recommend).

They come in lots of pretty colors (Plum Crazy! Tangerine Tango! Sublime Green!) and everybody has their favorite, which makes for some interesting games when everybody brings their own tile bag. Here's a picture from a recent game, when each of the first seven players played a word using a blank. When the eighth player was about to make her play -- a bingo using all seven tiles -- she realized that the tiles on her rack exactly matched the blanks that had previously been played. What word was she going to play?

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      Sean Gugler on

      OH wait, I get it now. Andrew's comment suddenly makes more sense to me. :-) Thanks, Roy!

    2. Roy Leban Creator on

      @Sean: It's only a bingo if all letters on the rack get used. The play is either parallel to or perpendicular to an existing word. In the former case, a new word is formed with one letter from each word; in the latter case, the existing word is extended by one letter from the new word.

      There is also one place to play the 7 tiles to make an 8-letter phony -- a play that looks like it ought to be a word, but it's not in the official dictionary.

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      Sean Gugler on

      Sure, but is it still a bingo if it leaves a tile in her rack?

    4. Roy Leban Creator on

      @Sean: The 8-letter play you're thinking of is a phony -- something that looks a lot like a word, and maybe even gets used as a word, but is not in the official dictionary. The 7-letter word is playable elsewhere on the board, by extending or playing parallel to an existing word.

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      Sean Gugler on

      I verified a 7-letter answer, but wouldn't she have to play an 8-letter word to bingo all 7 of her tiles? I'm not a Scrabble fanatic, though I have played casually; am I missing something here?

    6. Roy Leban Creator on

      @James: There are actually three ways the eighth player can place her bingo on the board. In addition to hooking the 6th letter, as @Andrew suggests, there are two ways you can hook the 1st letter (but they score fewer points). You do need to make the assumption that the board is bigger than 15x15, but with 800 tiles to be played between the players, we figured that would be obvious.

      One nice thing about using your own tile bag is that you're guaranteed to get all the high value letters and both blanks!

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      Andrew Feist on

      You can hook letter 6 off the end of the purple word (at least in CSW).

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      James Lin on

      I verified my answer, but is it actually possible for the eighth player to play it as described?