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From the Bigger Is Better Department...

Selchow and Righter/Hasbro has released another game in the Scrabble® series of word games: Super Scrabble. Unlike their previous efforts to 'gimmick' the brand, this game is actually a reasonable enhancement idea, preserving the simplicity of the original game while renewing it.

Super Scrabble's premise is simply: "Take Scrabble, and double it.". That is, there are approximately twice as many squares on the board (it's now 21x21), and there are twice as many tiles to play with (they've taken the distribution from the original set, and simply doubled the number of tiles of each letter (including blanks)). Obviously, the new, larger board means more premium squares, and they've extended out to Quad-letter and -word scores. Any ten-letter words with a Q and two Zs out there?

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/me looks at you quizzically.

/me looks at you quizzically.

Funny; only today I was thinking about a mini-scrabble with half the number of spaces and tiles.

Oh, and "quizzically" is 11 letters, not 10. Would still count for the bonus, of course.

Of course it would, and since I can't count, it's actually an eleven-letter word I was looking for, anyway - one that would hit TWO Quad-Word score spaces. If played starting or ending on a QW square, assuming 'CALL' was already on the board, it would be worth 738 points, including the rack-clear bonus.

I don't think I've ever scored that much in THREE GAMES of the regular version, never mind on a single word...

I've scored well over 400 on a number of occasions.

We don't usually play very tightly, but any of the games where I've hit three 7-letter bonuses are a candidate for 400 points.

Suze regularly scores more than 350 (she's an absolute demon at placement of words right alongside other words, and very good at using and reusing the high scoring letters), so if I don't get at least a couple of 7-letter words in a game, she's going to win. Since I'm good with anagrams, I tend to go for those, just to keep up. But she still beats me most of the time.

I played with Jamie yesterday, but since he has a relatively poor vocab I was helping him some turns. Wow, he picked up some great letters, there were three really easy 7-letter bonuses I saw right off (I didn't spend any time trying to really look for them).

but said new edition is like 30 dollars and not easy to find :(

On the shelves at The Compleat Strategist, 33rd St. just east of Fifth Ave., less than a block away from the Empire State Building.

umm and also like 2 1/2 hrs each way from me :)