Sunday, November 04, 2007
Let me tell you: Scrabble is a great game. When our family went to San Antonio two summers ago, I played it with my sister-in-law and had a blast.
Last Sunday I played with some friends, and they showed me "Speed Scrabble." In this version, everybody starts out with seven tiles (as in a normal game). The difference is that instead of playing on a board with everyone adding to the same group of tiles, each person makes their own set of words. As soon as someone has used up all their letters, they call out, "Take two." Everybody -- whether or not they've used up their tiles -- takes two tiles and tries frantically to work it into their words. I was definitely out of my element: I usually had more tiles that needed to be made into words than completed words. But the worse I did, the more I wanted to play again!
Fortunately, they had a dictionary nearby so that you could check on words that were unfamiliar. (You're just supposed to check on words you'd already thought of -- not browse for new words!) One guy used the word "adze"!
I bought my very own version a few weeks ago, and I decided that it was high time that I learned to play Scrabble better. Some night last week I sat down and started my own version of Speed Scrabble, starting with seven tiles and adding letters by increments of two!
Last night I used every up tile in the box to make the setup shown above. And yes, I'm very proud of it. That's why I had to take a photo before I cleared it off!