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Everything Scrabble: Official National Scrabble Association a-to-Z Paperback – January 1, 1995

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This book opens with an introduction to the game, follows up with instruction on advanced play, and ends with valuable information for those preparing for tournament-level competition. But there's far more to this tome than the how-to material. It's also a reference manual with such valuable information as a list of crucial but uncommon two-letter words (do you know what a "Li" is?) and a number of words that require a Q but no U. Exercise puzzles are included so you can practice what you learn.

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Joe Edley is the 1980 National Scrabble Champion and is widely considered one of the foremost experts on the game today.  He lives on Long Island. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket; 1St Edition edition (January 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671866869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671866860
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,445,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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69 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Littrell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is the updated and revised edition from 2001, a make-over of the book from 1994. This is a much better book than Edley's The Official Scrabble Puzzle Book from 1997. There are puzzles here as well, but there is just so much more INFORMATION that I would put this book in another league. No aspiring tournament player can afford to be innocent of the knowledge in Everything Scrabble.

Of course authors Edley (three-time national Scrabble champion) and Williams (National Scrabble Association executive director) do NOT tell all. I mean something has to be held in reserve, some tricks and traps and secret knowledge just in case they get the itch to play tournament Scrabble again. In a way I am reminded of poker books rather than chess books. Chess book authors can go ahead and tell all (except for their opening preparations!) because in chess it isn't so much what you know as to what depth and how fast you can calculate. The authors here are more like poker players in that they tell you some of the tricks but they hold back the really esoteric stuff because in Scrabble, knowledge really is power, including knowledge of your opponent.

Scrabble is a game that can be seen as intermediate between poker and chess as far as luck and skill go. Unlike chess there is a clear element of chance involved in any given game--although not as much as in a comparable amount of poker playing. And unlike poker there is a considerable element of calculation needed on any given move. Tournament games run 25 minutes for each player, but there are situations that arise where you could spend half an hour on a play and still not exhaust the possibilities.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By BJWHEELER@PRODIGY.NET on February 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
Everything Scrabble will teach you everything you need to know to become a competitive club or tournament level Scrabble player. It gives you a basic outline on improving your game. While the word lists themselves are slightly outdated, they are accurate for the most part. A word's acceptability depends upon which word source is used. The 2nd edition of The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary contained certain "offensive" terms such as "goy" (a non-Jewish person). These words were eliminated in the family friendly edition (3rd edition of The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary). The Official Word List (OWL)is the word list used in sanctioned tournaments of the National Scrabble Association. It contains words such as "goy". Everything Scrabble is the best "How-To" book on Scrabble that I've run across. I heartily recommend it to all beginning, mid-level, and starting tournament players.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By GMDEMPSEY on September 25, 2002
Format: Paperback
If you want to beat your friends every time when playing scrabble then this is the book for you. It will help you with the most important move in scrabble - the two letter words. That alone is enough reason to buy the book not to mention the hundreds of other helpful tecniques.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By J. Marren VINE VOICE on July 29, 2003
Format: Paperback
Along with the official third edition of the Scrabble dictionary, this is all you'll ever need to become a competent player. It's worth the price just to get the lists of 2-letter, then 3-letter add-on words. Lots of exercises if you're really into it. I play on the computer and have dramatically improved my score with this. As other reviewers have noted, just be sure the words listed are also in the official dictionary--they're not hard to spot and if you make a mistake and get challenged once you'll never forget to avoid them thereafter!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By O. Merce Brown HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 10, 2006
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This is a book all about Scrabble; it is ideal for people familiar with the game who want to improve their playing. It is not an introductory book to Scrabble at all. I have been playing Scrabble for over 30 years at about the same level (not tournament play, just a few times a year with friends) and found it very, very helpful for me, giving me concrete ways to go about improving my score. The cover promises new ways to improve your game instantly, and the book delivers on this promise, detailing strategies and ways of deciding things like when to exchange your letters, how to best use "S"s and blanks, and how and why you should study and know two letter words.

There are many helpful suggestions that can improve your score with study, like word lists to memorize over time, and exercises to improve your abiity to see words from the letters in your rack. Other topics covered include how to make bingos, how to maximize your use of high-scoring letters and board hot spots, how to play on an open board and a closed board, how to end the game well, how to use the letter "Q", Scrabble for children, and using or not using "phoney" words. Scrabble history and tournament play are also covered. Amusing Scrabble anecdotes are told in another chapter.

The strategies for score improvement usually have practice exercises with answers so that you can practically see how to implement the strategies.

The cover says that this book is "The Only Book Authorized by the National Scrabble Association" and I believe it. It's a great book. I think that older teens who love Scrabble would enjoy it, but younger children and complete novices to Scrabble should probably get some experience under their belt before they'd really enjoy and/or understand it. Highly recommended.

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