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How to Play Scrabble
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A player can challenge a word by looking it up in
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Hi, I'm Aubrey for About.com. Today, I'm going to give you a basic idea how to play Scrabble. To get started, let's go over the equipment / game pieces.A Scrabble game board has a grid with 15 squares across and 15 squares high.There are 100 Scrabble tiles. All but 2 of the tiles have a letter on them. The remaining 2 tiles are blank and can be substituted for any letter. The tiles are worth different points depending on how common or uncommon the letter is. Blank tiles aren't worth any points.To get started, each of the players will select a tile out of the bag, without looking. Whoever picks the tile closest to the letter "A" will go first. A blank tile is considered better than an "A" tile. Players will then return all of the letters to the bag. Next, each player will start by selecting 7 tiles from the bag, again without looking into the bag.
The first player will use two or more of their the letters to compose a word. They will place this word on the board either vertically or horizontally. The first letter of the first word must be placed on the star square at the center of the board. This star will count as a double word score on the first play. Players will then take turns playing, going in a clockwise direction around the board. Once a player puts a word on the board, they must select new letters to replace those they played, so they always have 7 tiles.During their turn, a player can either place a word on the scrabble board, exchange tiles, or pass on their turn. If a player passes two consecutive times then the game ends. If a player decides to exchange their letters, they cannot place a word on the board until their next turn. Word scores are calculated by adding up the numbers on each of the tiles. Extra points can be earned by arranging a word over premium squares. These squares are multipliers, they either multiply an individual letter or the entire word by the value listed on the square. The specific values are printed on the board. If a player puts a word on the board and one of the tiles touches a tile in an adjacent row, it must also form a word. A players receives points for any of the words they play or modify during their play.If someone plays all of their tiles in a single word, they receive a 50 point bonus, to be added after factoring in any multipliers from premium squares. All words in the Standard English dictionary can be used, except for: abbreviations, proper nouns, prefixes, suffixes, as well as words that have apostrophes or hyphensA player can challenge a word by looking it up in an agreed upon dictionary. The tiles are removed if the word is incorrect.
Additionally, the player loses the turn. A tile is not to be moved once it has been placed on the board, unless a word has been challenged and successfully disproven. The game is over when all of the tiles have been selected from the bag, and one of the players has played all of their tiles.After tallying all of the points, the player with the highest score wins.
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