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Cheaters' Scrabble

Updated on December 21, 2017
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Mr. Vanek has always colored outside the lines if he chose to.

The rules: There are no rules. No pencil, no paper, no points.

The basic idea behind our version of the classic Scrabble is simple: See what interesting words you can make and help your partner make theirs.

Here’s how we play:

Try and find ways to build words that act as a platform for all the players to build off of, not just yourself. It’s all about cooperation, not competition.

Play your words with an eye toward creating structures efficient for all players to build off of.

Remember: You’re all on the same team. And if you were raised to fear coloring outside the lines, take a deep breath. It’s OK, no one will arrest you. (At least not for this.)

We still chose 7 chits to begin with. But… If you get three of a letter, or too many vowels or consonants, don’t be afraid to throw one back and chose another.

If there’s not room enough for your word; move all the words on the board to make room. (We do this usually only at the beginning of the game when moving everything isn’t onerous.

In a tight spot? Need just one more square to fit your word? Get creative. Why not use a square outside of the board? (Think outside the box.)

Don’t hesitate to ask other players if they either have a letter you need or if they can play a word with the letter you need.

Acronyms, abbreviations, foreign words, even made up ones are acceptable.

Need a blank and don’t have one? Turn over any marked chit, call it a blank and use it as one where ever you like. Simply fix the cheat whenever you get the letter that the pseudo-blank is standing in for.

If you have a great word, don’t be afraid to ask if you can play it off a certain place on the board.

If you need a letter or letters to make your word, its perfectly legit to ask other players if they happen to have the one you need and either will give it to you and they can chose another, or trade for it.

You can dismantle an already played word and take the letters you need to make a new word. (keep the leftovers on your rack.)

Take the letter(s) you need from an already played word, replacing the taken letter with another to spell a new word.

You can play a ’W’ upside down to make an ‘M’ if you need to. Or use an ‘E’ turned on its side for an ‘M’. Or a ‘V’ upside down to make an ‘A’ if need be.

At the end of the game, turn over any pseudo-blanks that are on the board and find homes for them.




Okay: That’s how we play the game. Now: How will you? Relax and just have a good time. Save the whole dog-eat-dog thing for those who need it to bolster their low self-esteem. (And as Dickens would say; “Pity them and despise their ignorance”).

(p.s. "Scrabble" is a registered trademark of the Milton Bradley Company.

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