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September 29, 2009 - Cindy Votruba
This past weekend I got to play Super Scrabble. Now this was a whole new experience for the girl who grew up playing the regular game with her mother and grandmother. I remember my grandma’s old board and the “S” tile with the toothmarks from one of the dogs my mom had when she was a teen. It was with those games that I learned “qua” was a word and we didn’t really try to make two words in one turn.
I remember the first time I used all seven of my letters. I thought it was such an accomplishment. At first I was going to make the word green. Then it turned into greener. And I had a “y” leftover. So I had to look and see if “greenery” was a word, and sure enough it was! Fifty extra points for me! Hey, I was a teen when that happened, it was exciting.
Super Scrabble is basically three extra rows on each side added to the regular Scrabble board. There’s double the letters and even quadruple word and letter scores. One can score 800 points in a two-player game if possible. Some of the players, including Ross, made words I’ve never heard of. I didn’t know “adz” was a word. I’ll have to remember that for the next time I play with my mom. We played teams and one of the teams was able to use all seven tiles twice during the course of the game. Ross and I did have some good plays, including “jazz.” (yes, there’s two zs and js in this game). One of the zs was on a triple letter score and the word also fell on a double word score. That little word almost got us 100 points. But it was close as another team was building a word close to that spot. Did we let out a sigh of relief when the word ended when it did, otherwise we’d never be able to lay down “jazz.”
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