There are the official rules of Scrabble – and then there are the “rules” that Club members have authored or learned and applied. A sampling:
- There’s no such thing as a triple triple (it’s so unlikely you needn’t defend against it).
- Bingos are overrated.
- If your opponent missed the play the first time, s/he’ll miss it the second time, too.
- Better to have challenged and lost, than not to have challenged and lost.
- It’s a game of luck, but you make your own luck.
- Just play the game, and get on with life.
- If you can’t close a hotspot, open another.
- Setting yourself up: be careful!
- The endgame: when in doubt, play out in two moves.
- (David sent this to Josh via WhatsApp, after Josh told him that his opponent at the Tel Aviv Scrabble Club had played the Collins-only word SECODONT# against him) The FIRSTDONT is playing Collins in the first place; the SECONDONT is going back after quitting.
- If I like Collins, it’s mainly because it makes OWL look (almost) sane. (Note: Josh had recently begun playing in the Tel Aviv Scrabble Club, where the Collins lexicon is used.)
- When adjudicating words, make sure you use the correct dictionary.
- So your opponent is picking all the good tiles? Remember that your hand and theirs go into the bag in the same way…
- A bingo is a bingo is a bingo (make the play, and don’t worry about what it opens)
- A vowel-heavy rack with a U and a blank? Think Q!
- One strike [major error], your game in danger; two strikes, yer out!
- In a close endgame, don’t empty the bag!
- When you see a good play… look for a better one.
- I had nothing to play and nowhere to play it.