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'Scrabble' adds 'emoji' and more words to its official dictionary

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It's time to throw away your outdated dictionary and dust off those tiles, baby, because Scrabble is getting some new words. The folks behind Scrabble are beefing up the official Scrabble player's dictionary with 300 new words to keep up with the times and give veteran players some fresh verbs and nouns to memorize. SEE ALSO: Blue shell your friends to bankruptcy in Mario Kart-themed'Monopoly' The 70-year-old board game will be putting out the sixth edition of Merriam-Webster's The Official Scrabble Player's Dictionary this fall, and although not all of the words are exactly new to the English-American lexicon, they're certainly new to the competitive word game. In order to be added to the Scrabble dictionary, words have to fit within a few rules: "Words must be found in a standard dictionary and cannot be abbreviations, capitalized words, or words containing hyphens or apostrophes. All words must also be between two to eight letters in length."


Elite Scrabble Players Are in a Heated Debate About Using Racial Slurs in the Game

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It is an accepted norm of competitive Scrabble that for the duration of a game, from the first tile played to the last, the meanings of words are meaningless. Whatever combination of letters offers the best strategic outcome is the right one. A little old lady once played CUNT against me. A frequently played word is JEW, defined in some dictionaries as an offensive term for "bargain." It gets rid of the tricky J and W.


Robot learns to play dirty Scrabble

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Beating people at Scrabble is already no contest for computer programs, which can easily memorise entire dictionaries. Now a Scrabble-playing program has gone one better by playing dirty. Developed by Eyal Amir and Mark Richards at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, the program is able to predict which letter tiles other players hold, and use this information to choose moves which block a high-scoring word that an opponent might otherwise have played. This aggressive gaming style gives it the edge over previous Scrabble programs, which focus solely on maximising their own scores. To predict what tiles other players hold, Amir and Richards's program begins by eliminating those tiles that have already been played.


I Was Going to Quit Playing Competitive Scrabble. Then Something Utterly Nuts Happened.

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In the world of competitive Scrabble, I'm known less for my playing ability than for writing a lot about the board game invented during the Depression by a guy named Alfred Butts. In 1,603 tournament games over nearly 25 years, I have a winning percentage of .484. If I were a Major League Baseball team, that would place me between the all-time records of the Milwaukee Brewers and the Arizona Diamondbacks. After a New Year's tournament where I blew so many endgames (five) that I had to flee the playing room to break down in private, I thought the next piece I'd write about Scrabble would be one announcing my retirement. I was done with the frustrations and failures, the lapses in memory and judgment, the embarrassing, panic-driven decisions that made me wonder if there's something wrong with me.


Scrabble players unite in Nottingham for championships

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About 80 players are taking part at the Nottingham Conference Centre, with some travelling from New Zealand, Pakistan and Sierra Leone.