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No-Dictionary Scrabble


Ralph G. Beaman


In the August 1974 Kickshaws, Dave Silverman suggested a number of Scrabble variants for jaded players. One that he neglected to mention does away with the dictionary entirely, allowing any combination of letters to count as a "word". In this version, Scrabble is reduced to a purely mathematical game, one in which players alternately place one to seven numbered tiles on the board in such a fashion as to maximize their own score and minimize their opponent's opportunities.