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During June, we set the following Solitaire Scrabble Game for our members :

 

Scrabble Solitaire is played with a subset of the 100 tiles. Your subset is :

L I F E I N L O C K D O W N I S N E V E R E N D I N G

 

Your first rack is the first 7 letters from that phrase : L I F E I N L.

You can play as many or as few letters as you like on each move , but to fill your rack for the next move, you keep the unplayed letters and take the next consecutive letters from the 27 tile phrase.

For example if you played FILL on move 1, your next rack would be E I N + O C K D.

This continues on with your next and subsequent moves so if you played NICKED from your second rack (making FE and ID)

 you would have O + O W N I S N as your third rack. etc.

 

Your objective is to play all 27 tiles and score as many points as you can. 

 

Some hints :

1. Playing fewer tiles sometimes scores more in the long term than playing one long original word (For example NICKED may have accrued more points by playing ED, KED, NICKED).

2. Because you can see the future tiles, you may be able to play a couple of smaller scoring moves to ensure you get a bonus word in a few letters time.

3. You may even be able to set up a 9 timer if you can place a tile between two triple word scores.

 

Remember your objective is to score as many points as you can, this may be consistently scoring 25 points on every move or a couple of very big move scores. 

You must take the tiles in order from the phrase. The last letter you draw will be the G.

 

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Report on the results !

 

Thanks to everyone who submitted an entry to this puzzle - it wasn't easy so top marks just for entering. 

There were a surprising number of different bonus words appearing over the different entries and these included FLOCKED (by far and away the most popular) as well as :

FLICKED, CLINKED, VENINES, RENDING (a last move double-double) and SNORING.

A few people managed some nine- timers too. These included OVERSEEN (Frank) and SWERVING (Joyce). We also found INFERNOS when we attempted the puzzle. 

In second place, with an impressive 311 was  Joyce but the DESERVING (nine letter word, nine timer!) winner was Wanda with 380 points. Well done Wanda!

 

Her moves and board are attached.

RACK

WORD

POSITION

SCORE

CUMULATIVE SCORE

LIFEINL

LI

H8a

4

4

FEINLOC

IN

H9a

8

12

FELOCKD

FLOCKED

I7a

86

98

OWNISNE

OW/WE

M6d

32

130

NISNEVE

WEE

N6d

6

136

NISVENR

WEEN

N6d

7

143

ISVENRE

IN

M9a

3

146

SVENREN

INS

M9a

3

149

VENREND

FIND

I7d

8

157

VEBRENI

INN

H9a

3

160

VERENIN

NO

K6d

2

162

VERENIG

DESERVING

O7d

218

380