Scrabble Words With Q With and Without her Best Friend U

The Mystery of the 17th Lady

If you are like most scrabble players you dread drawing the letter Q.

But just in case you are reading this and saying “Man I’m past that stage, I know when to hold and when to exchange my tiles!”, well you don’t need this article then. Or could it be that like me you are always on the lookout for new ideas in everyday places? Or write your comments in the appropriate capsule below to help us solve the ongoing mystery of the 17th lady.

You guessed it! We are talking about the 17th letter of the English alphabet, the formidable letter Q. She is powerful and puzzling. And could cost you 20 points if you fail to understand her personality, her attraction, her company, her surprisingly long word list.

You see the singular Q has a twin, or you could say four sisters called U’s that are so essential to your scrabble word list; and she tends to behave disagreeable without them around. You could get lucky and draw a blank tile. But some experts such as Joe Edley and John D Williams authors of ‘Everything Scrabble’ would advise you to hold on to your blank tile as a future building block for a bingo.

Ooops! You are a wet newbie? So sorry! A bingo is where you use all seven letters on your rack thus scoring a 50-point bonus.

We don’t know which scrabble products you might be using. Hasbro? Mattel? Or some online version like Facebook Scrabble? The layout and rules are basically the same, even for Yahoo Literati. So whether you are a raw beginner or you are now flashing scrabble bingos with hefty Triple Word Scores, you would do well to know your scrabble list of scrabble Q words particularly the Q-without-U-words.

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Scrabble Words With Q Without QU

BUQSHA

BUQSHAS

FAQIR

FAQIRS

QAID

QAIDS

QANAT

QANATS

QAT

QATS

QI

QIS

QINDAR

QINDARKA

QINDARS

QINTAR

QINTARS

QIVIUT

QIVIUTS

QOPH

QOPHS

QWERTY

QWERTYS

SHEQEL

SHEQELUM

SUQ

SUQS

TRANQ

TRANQS

UMIAQ

UMIAQS


Here are the crucial tips to using the Q

1.       As soon as you draw a Q you should start to check how many Us have been played and how many are divided between the bag and you opponent.

2.       Do not hold on to the Q for more than two turns while waiting for blank or a U.  This means that you are playing with six tiles instead of seven.    The same principle applies for holding on to a U while hoping to draw the Q.  You have a 50-50 chance of so doing but again why play with six tiles when you can score with seven.

3.       Where the Q has not yet been played, be mindful of the words AID and AT as these can be used by your opponent to dump the Q.

4.       Near the end of the game you strategy should be to ensure that you aren’t caught with an unplayed Q.  Minus 10 plus 10 will give away 20 points.  Wow!

5.       Learn your Q without U word list if you want to be respected as a serious scrabble player.

Please let's see fair play, don’t use anagrams or Scrabble solvers while playing against an opponent. You may of course use them to improve your game when playing alone.

And as an added bonus I have pasted here a list of Scrabble Q Words from Scrabble Pages:

Starting with A

ACEQUIA ACQUEST ACQUIRE ACQUIT ACQUITS ALFAQUI ALIQUOT ANTIQUE AQUA AQUAE AQUARIA AQUAS AQUATIC AQUAVIT AQUEOUS AQUIFER AQUIVER ASQUINT

Here is the rest of the list of Scrabble words with Q.

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LeanMan 6 years ago from At the Gemba

The queen of scrabble letters indeed, I always like to play with a quart of ale.


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viking305 6 years ago from Ireland

I used to play scrabble years ago before the internet got hold of me and now takes up all my time.

Very interesting and amusing hub. I enjoyed reading it.


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Dobson 6 years ago from Virginia

I use to hate getting the Q because I never knew any words. I wonder if anyone would suspect me now if I began using your list every time I played? It is worth a try!


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Smart Rookie 6 years ago

As a former scrabble addict, I had most of those Q words memorized. I hadn't heard of SHEQEL and SHEQELUM before. Nice hub!


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K9keystrokes 6 years ago from Northern, California

Loving the humor and the game! Makes me very aware of all of those words I missed over the years of scrabble addiction! Nice hub.

K9


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glendoncaba 6 years ago from Somewhere in the hubverse Author

Lean Man@ hey happy scrabbling. But you know as a health reformer I have to slap you on the wrist for the ale:)

Viking@ Thanks for stopping by again.

Dobson@ Just because I have written this hub does not mean that I have memorised all of them but the more I learn and the more I play then I improve. Personally I am better with the shorter Q words. Always fair game to memorise the list.

Smart Rookie@ So you are one of those geniuses with high scores then!


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Morgan F 6 years ago from USA

Cool hub my best luck with a Q was when I landed the word Question on a triple word score. SWEET VICTORY!!!!!!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

Ooh, thanks for the words. I have to memorize this list for next time I play. :-)


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humagaia 6 years ago from United Kingdom

Are we allowed proper nouns and place-names yet in Scrabble?

If so, we have Qatar, Qacentina, Qazvin, Qingdao, Qinghai, Qom, Qum (sooy that next to a u), and it is a pity that there are not two 'q's available as think of the score for Qiqihar (7 letters) or Qwaqwa!

Nice hub. Thought and research provoking.

Now back to reading hubs.


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glendoncaba 6 years ago from Somewhere in the hubverse Author

I quiver to quantify the possible points...alas, no proper nouns still.

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