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April 8, 2011 1:59 AM Subscribe
What's the best bang for my buck when it comes to improving my Scrabble game in a very limited time period?
posted by lollusc to sports, hobbies, & recreation (14 answers total) 50 users marked this as a favorite
I used to be a very obsessive Scrabble player. I didn't consider it a real game if I didn't break 400 and get multiple bingos. I haven't played for over a year, for various reasons, but have just been challenged to a game by a new friend who I think is as obsessive as I used to be.
I want to be a worthy opponent.
The game is in five days. Let's assume I can devote two hours a day between now and then to getting my skills back up to scratch. What's the best use of my time?
I already know all the two letter words, and most of the three letter ones (I used to know them all). I know all the q words that don't use a u. I know the top 20 most frequent seven letter words.
Am I going to improve most by spending those two hours a day actually playing games? (probably against a robot, because I'm not on Facebook and don't wish to be). Or should I learn as many more lists as I can? (Hooks? Words with j, z, q, etc?) Playing texttwist or related anagram games? A combination of these things?
If you recommend lists, tell me which ones and bear in mind that they've got to be realistic to memorise in such a short timeframe.
Incidentally, if anyone has a recommendation for an online site to practise at, that would be great. It needs to use SOWPODS, and have a decent robot. I am too shy to interact with real people.
I don't need general tips for improving my game. I've read just about every strategy book and website there is.