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Willy is Fine, And Fanny Is Just As Good, But Zocco Is Better
Mattel Scrabble Original
Member Name: Sexy Kay
Mattel Scrabble Original
Date: 22/08/02, updated on 22/08/02 (819 review reads)
Advantages: Stimulates the brain
Disadvantages: Can send you to sleep
"It's in the OSW."
"Ooooh, 'it's in the OSW'. Yea, right! Show me, go on, go on. What is it then?"
God, I hate to lose! Especially if my boyfriend's playing. Just seeing his smug face and that superior, I'm a BA (Hons) ACA, expression. If I was ever tempted to smack someone it would be at that moment. Of course I don't. I wouldn't - and I forgive him ... eventually. But a zocco?
I still don't know what the word means as in our 'Official Scrabble Words' (OSW) book it doesn't tell you, which is somewhat frustrating. Zocco isn't in my Concise Oxford Dictionary either. But I have to grudgingly admit defeat. If it's listed, it's okay. I can't help thinking though that if he hadn't have had two C's and an O left I'd have won. I could have added my final A, and made zoa, and finished with more points.
"What on earth is a zoa?"
"Oh gosh", I mumble, "I thought everyone knew that, don't go on ... you won and that's it ... I'll do supper and clear away ... I said I would if I lost."
I actually enjoy playing Scrabble! I love games where I have to think and work the brain cells. Some people write that Scrabble is 'educational' and other such stuff, but I like to play it purely for fun. Why must everything be taken so seriously? I suppose I do learn new words along the way - you need to if you want to win. I'm not sure how much use this always is though. It's not so easy to bring words like zygal (H-shaped) or xylem (woody tissue) into a conversation at the office or do
wn the pub. Well maybe after a few drinks anything is possible, "The xylem on that plant over there seems to be growing in a distinctly zygal pattern, don't you think?"
"You wot? Yea, I'll have another beer, Kay-sey-Way-sey. An assylum for mygal, you say? Hee, hee!"
Scrabble is great for two to four players, and if you are alone you can even play with yourself. The game is like taking it in turns to make up a crossword, by placing interlocking words onto a board with 225 squares (that's 15 by 15). It's easy to play but not necessarily so easy to win, there are a few 'tricks of the trade'.
It helps, for instance, to know some very strange two letter words, as this can help to join new words on to existing ones. Er (interjection expressing hesitation), words such as ch, da, fy, ko, st, xu, yu* and more obvious ones like ef, em, en and so on.
Right let's have a quickie (game).
The letters are all on 'tiles', there are 100 of these, and each player chooses seven - without peeking, of course. You'll see that all of the letters have a value of between 1 and 10. The easy letters to include in words, like vowels, are mostly 1's and the more difficult letters to use such as a Z or Q are 10's.
To keep it brief, and not to bore the pants off you (we can't have Dooyoo members all sitting at their computers pantless, can we?), the players take it in turn to lay words. The first player places her/his word across the centre square on the board. The next player then adds one or more tiles (letters) to those already played so as to form new words. This goes on and on and on and on until someone dozes off, or all of the tiles have been used up and one player has none left.
Does that make sense? Oh (interjection expressing surprise), when a player lays, say three tiles, she/he picks up three more.
To score you add up the valu
e of the letters you have laid e.g. that blooming zocco would be 'worth' Z(10)+O(1)+C(3)+C(3)+O(1) which adds up to um (interjection expressing hesitation) 18. So zocco is worth 18 points and the clever-clogs with the most points at the end of the game (i.e. when all the tiles are used), wins.
Io (interjection expressing joy), but there are bonus points as well. Wake Up!! No one sleeps while I'm performing.
On the Scrabble board there are cunningly placed Premium Letter Squares and Premium Word Squares. Plonk your tiles appropriately on these and the value of your letter or words can be doubled or even trebled. Zocco becomes 54 (18 x 3), for example, if the word crosses a triple Premium Word Square. It's another trick of the trade, though I suppose an obvious one, to be aware of these and to use any spare brain cells to see if you can use Premium Squares advantageously.
Let's have a 'relief from the boring bits break' before anyone raises an ob (objection) and my ka (spirit) becomes full of wo (variation of woe). Nice big breaths now.
OK, let's get back to it. No! Got you there, you can't use OK in Scrabble it's not a 'proper' word. Okay is alright - my boyfriend sometimes uses this in moments of passion, that is, until he is all okayed out. Where was I? Ah (interjection expressing surprise etc) yes. If a player makes a word using all of his seven tiles she, or an unlikely he, scores an extra 50 points, in addition to her/his regular score - and everyone else has to take off all of their clothes. I lied about the last bit. This is strictly only applicable, or acceptable, in selected company. So lace your corset up again granny.
And just one tiddly bit more of the rules before I move on. At the end of the game each players score is reduced by the sum of their unplayed tiles. If one player has used all of her/his tiles, her/his score is increased by the
sum of the unplayed tiles of all the other players. Mmmm, that looks as clear as mud.
Anyway, I expect you know how to play Scrabble. It's the world's leading word game, over 100 million sets have been sold in over 120 countries - so there's a very good chance you will have had a dabble at Scrabble. If you haven't, shame on you.
The only problem with Scrabble is that it can sometimes be very slow. Some people, mentioning no names, can ponder their tiles for what seems an eternity. I've got round this now. I've bought the 'De Luxe' version of the game (£29.99). As well as having a board that turns, it also has an 'electronic timer' which can be set for either one, two or three minutes. You give this a bash when it is someones turn and they have to lay their tiles before the timer bleeps for the third time. I prefer to set it on one minute, otherwise I tend to get a bit restless. Keeping the mind ticking over quickly is what I like. If it all drags on too long I can lose interest and fade away into fantasy land.
I also prefer to play as a foursome, much more fun. Especially if there is a bit of rivalry and an 'edge' to the game. Have you ever played Strip Scrabble for instance? Just joking, I wouldn't want BF flashing his ko at everyone. Hope there wasn't an aw (interjection expressing disappointment) there. Shouldn't really mock him he is my jo (Scots word for loved one). Nevertheless if there is an incentive to win it makes it all the more interesting.
I'm not sure if my slight modifications would please the originators of the game, Alfred Butts and James Brunot. The beginnings of Scrabble date back to the 1930's, but weren't perfected and marketed until 1949. This was in the USA and it took off very slowly. In 1949 only 2000 sets were sold. They plodded on without much more success until 1952 when the game just took off selling 4.5 mill
ion sets in the next two years. After this Scrabble spread worldwide reaching us in 1954 and has gone from strength to strength. That was all a bit serious!
Let's lighten up again. Anagrams of Scrabble are Cabblers, Clabbers and Scabbler. I think they are the only three, and they could well be in your dictionary. For example, a Scabbler is a quarry man who shapes stone slabs - it may come in useful one day!
Many first names are acceptable in a game of Scrabble (because they have other meanings) such as Ann, Ben, Betty, Dick, Eric, Fanny, Hazel, Jean, Jill, John, Ken, Nick, Paul, Ted and dear little Willy - there's a few Dooyoo'ers there.
There's a small town called Scrabble in Virginia, USA and a Scrabbletown in Maryland, again USA. And we mustn't forget Hardscrabble in the state of New York.
Hold hard! Think I'd better finish now as I'm going on far too long, but Scrabble get's into your blood doesn't it? It's a great game (with the timer). The highest score you can get with four letters is for Jazy (I think), oh and in Poland the Z is only worth 1. See, play it and you may end up with loads of absolutely useless information! (Ohhh but it's sooo edukaytional - sorry, I forgot!)
Trust your pants are still riding high!
*ch: dialect pronoun meaning I, da: a Burmese knife, fy: interjection expressing disapproval, ko: a Maori digging stick, st: interjection requesting silence, xu: a Vietnamese coin, yu: precious jade.
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