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Lexicographer

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Lexicographer0
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Dancing RobDancing Rob156,376
09 Apr 2013 02 Jan 2014
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A more useful solution for those who want to play legitimately. You'll need a fairly high level of skill to get it anyway, but these are the basics.

1 - When you play, always try to score for more than one word at once.

To use a couple of visual examples when the word DATE is on the board. A novice player might play

DATE
I
N
E
R

which isn't a great play.

A more experienced player would do something like this instead.

DATED
------- I
------- N
------- E
------- R

Or maybe even this.

DATE
- DINER


2 - learn the two letter words, most importantly the ones related to the high scoring letters

Your best friends are the following words

JO
QI
AX EX XI OX XU
ZA

On a related note, other short words with these letters are also handy, particularly words with a Q that don't require a U. the most useful 5 are these. (QADI is also in some Scrabble type dictionaries, but not this one!)

QAT
QAID
QATS
QI
QIS


3 - try to keep a balanced rack at all times. You ideally want as close to 4 constonants / 3 vowels. Don't be afraid to change your letters when you have a particularly bad set of tiles. It's better to pass, then score 25 next round than score 7 for two rounds in a row. On a related note, multiple duplicate letters are generally bad, so try to get rid of them where possible.

4 - Look for seven letter words. Having a blank or S helps, but any of the letters you can use to make the work RETAINS aren't bad.

5 - play close attention to board position, try to avoid giving easy access to the high scoring squares

edit:

finally achieved it!

worth noting that it didn't pop immediately. I won a game to take me to 1508, at which point the achievement did not pop. Later that day, I won another game, at which point, the achievement popped.
olde fortran 77QADI isn't in the AlphaJax dictionary. It won't accept it. cry
Posted by olde fortran 77 on 24 Dec 13 at 15:01
Dancing Robthanks, will amend!
Posted by Dancing Rob on 29 Dec 13 at 18:57
The GlobalizerFYI, this took me just over net +50 wins playing "Skill Match" games (where you are matched against players of even skill). I'm a former tournament Scrabble player, so I was 57-4 when I got it, but your mileage will obviously vary. Just wanted to give a sense of the number of games to expect here.
Posted by The Globalizer on 22 Feb 14 at 18:31
The GlobalizerAlso, a few more handy U-less Q words:

QOPH
QINDAR
QINTAR
TRANQ

SUQ is also pretty handy in a pinch.
Posted by The Globalizer on 22 Feb 14 at 18:34
WoodsMonkTaking forever! currently at 1432 without boosting it.. but now I'm only getting like 2 points for a win and 20 for a loss D:
Posted by WoodsMonk on 22 Jun 14 at 20:00