Word Ways


Ralph G. Beaman


In the August 1974 Word Ways, Ron Jerome presented a Scrabble game in which two players cooperate with each other to produce the astonishing score of 4,047 points. However, his solution contained a minor flaw -- no true Scrabble game could have used all 100 tiles, for the game ends when one player uses all his tiles and has no more to draw. Further examination of the details of play revealed that much of the score depended upon the formation of the high-valued words BENZOXYCAMPHORS and SESQUIDUPLICATE. The former word is worth 59 points before its 27-fold multiplication, but the latter is worth only 42 points and not carrying its share of the load.