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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 9.1.2012 edition (September 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452108242
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452108247
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 6.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A fresh, amusing, 21st-century guide to everything Scrabble." 
-Will Shortz, crossword editor, New York Times, and puzzlemaster, NPR


"Guides and manuals tend to be grim, charmless things. But not this one! If you consider SCRABBLE (and/or its digital knockoffs) a small key pillar of modern civilization--or even just an intellectually nutritious way of killing time with friends and family--why wouldn't you immediately buy a book as smart and literate and companionable as the game you love to play?" 
-Kurt Andersen, host of Studio 360 


"It's more than a dictionary or list of words to memorize. The way it's arranged by categories should make it easier to recall the words when next you play. And there are lots of surprises." -Psychology Today

"Bukszpan makes learning some of the Scrabblish basics a lot of fun." -CNET

"4 stars" -LitPick

From the Back Cover

Za. Cwm. Alaska. Laura. Juba. Qi. Magneto. Rousseau. Tsktsk.
What do these words have in common?
Knowing them will help you master the board in games from SCRABBLE to Words With Friends and beyond.
Part strategy guide, part celebration of all things wordy, Is That a Word? explores the often bizarre-but totally playable-words in the SCRABBLE dictionary. Combining tips, tricks, facts, word lists, and more, each page helps take an obsession with word games to the next level.
Is That a Word? is your ticket to total word domination. 

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Enjoyed every second of it.
Muffin
So there's yet another reason why authors are much better off self-publishing nonfiction books.
Anise
A helpful and interesting book to assist with scrabble and words with friends.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Fran Galt on October 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is an enjoyable read for a Scrabble buff, and a newcomer to the competitive Scrabble world would surely pick up a few new words. That said, however, the author and publisher do their audience no favor in their sloppy proofreading, which might result in adding unacceptable words to readers' Scrabble vocabularies. My cursory reading found four such errors:

On page 52, the nonword UNIDEAD should be replaced with the intended UNIDEAED.
On page 58, the nonword STENTO should be replaced with the intended STENTOR.
On page 89, the nonword OUTBALL should be replaced with the intended OUTBAWL.
On page 105, the nonword VIZSLAL should be replaced with the intended VIZSLA.

Some of Bukszpan's strategies may also be helpful to the novice, but his statement (page 113) that if your opening rack is AEINORT "the best thing to do is actually to pass," hoping your opponent will set up a bingo for your next play, is naive. This is an obvious strategy that would fool no competitive opponent, who (unless he could play a bingo) would simply use the opportunity for a free exchange of undesirable tiles, leaving you facing the same situation as before against a better-equipped opponent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amy T on December 26, 2012
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Good gift for scrabble lover. Nicely laid out, so one can sit down and read it, or just pick up and peruse for a few fun, informative minutes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Muffin on September 18, 2013
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A MUST for any lover of words - especially word game players and those hooked on SCRABBLE .
Enjoyed every second of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GM PEDREGAL on May 14, 2013
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I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys Scrabble and would like to enhance their playing experience and skill in the game.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sherie R on December 19, 2012
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Since you can't find the definition of a lot of the crazy words used in Words with Friends, this is an interesting addition to the standard dictionaries---
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Guild TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 5, 2013
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This book is a great introduction to the history,rules and word possibilities in the world of scrabble.
If you are unfamiliar with Scrabble and the many similar word games such as "Words With Friends",Lexulous",Bananagrams",etc;this book will give you some small idea of some of the wild,unusual and seldom heard or used words that get accepted in Scrabble.If you are an avid Scrabble player ,the various rules will be "old Hat" to you ,but at least you should find many words here to add to your repertoire or arsenal,or whatever it is called in Scrabble.There is a fairly extensive list of Scrabble books you might want to look into,as well as a list of the Dictionaries that are accepted to resolve arguments as to whether or not words are legitimate.There is no Index of the words given in the book,so it may be difficult refinding a word in the future.Just to give you an idea of some very unusual words you'll find in the book,here's a sample:

Lev:the currency of Bulgaria

Sybo: a variety of onion also known as the Welsh onion(also cibol)

Mot: a witty remark

Eft: a newt

Dene: a valley

Milt: to fertilize with fish sperm

Haar:a fog

Nucha:the nape of the neck

Spliff: a marijuana cigarette

Squiffy:inebriated

All these and hundreds more right here for the taking,but don't be surprised if you friends want to avoid playing with you and suggest playing Horseshoes instead or maybe a boxing match,as dueling with pistols is no longer in style.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anise on December 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I giggled all the way through the first thirty pages of this book. Lots of fun trivia about Scrabble (although if you're looking for something along the lines of a dictionary, this really is not it.) Then they made me put it back at New Seasons. Well, that's where I should have bought it, because Amazon's current information is that it will take ONE TO THREE MONTHS for this to ship.

Now, I never review the delivery service. In this case, though: a.) I have read part of the book, and I really, really want to read the rest and b.) I seriously think that the author should consider self-publishing future books, so it's not really about the delivery as such. I don't know who is responsible for this, but I doubt it's Amazon. The publisher and distributor were clearly not on top of things at all.

So there's yet another reason why authors are much better off self-publishing nonfiction books. We, as readers, are at the mercy of the geniuses who couldn't handle actual publishing and distribution. We don't get the opportunity to read these works. And if we DID read the first thirty pages, we're stuck wondering if the rest of the book is as good!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debbie K on February 25, 2014
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Originally purchased as a gift for Scrabble players (of which I am one!), I liked it so much that I kept it, and had to order another in time to give for the holidays!
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