Scrabble New South Wales
Tips for New Players
- Try to learn some of the two and three-letter words and their hooks
- Where possible save an S to score 30 points or more
- Try to save the blank to score a bonus of 50 points by using all tiles
- Aim to balance your rack by keeping an equal number of vowels and consonants. The best tiles to keep are ADEILNRST as they offer the most opportunity for creating a seven or eight-letter word (bingo)
- Play as many tiles as possible each move - providing you don't open too many opportunities for your opponent or leave poor tiles on your rack
- If you have the Q, J, X or Z in your rack, don't hang on to it too long waiting for a better score. It is better to change or accept a lower score
- Look before you leap! Take a second look before you play a word. There may be a better place
- Where possible try not to play words that place vowels next to triple letter or double letter squares
- Maximise the use of the triple letter and double letter squares. They provide the best scoring opportunities when used horizontally and vertically in the same move
- When looking for bingos remember the prefixes un, re, de, be, out and over and the suffixes of ing, ier, ed, ous, iest, ate, ful and ion
- If you have poor tiles on your rack consider changing all or some of them - particularly if your opponent has just done so. In this case, be sure to mix the tiles in the bag well.
- Be aware of the main scoring tiles left in the bag
- GOOD LUCK!