A balanced rack in Scrabble is one which generally contains 7 different letters, and a reasonable spread of vowels and consonants.

A typical problem rack is one that contains two many Is. If you have two Is on your rack I would advocate trying to play one of the Is off on the next move if possible.

 

However there are many 4 letter words that contain 2 Is. These words are a great way of getting rid of lots of Is at the same time... result!

There are 36 four letter words containing 2 Is :

 

2 of them start and end with an I

9 of them start with an I and have a third letter as an I

25 of them have one I in position 2 and one in position 4. Two such words, TITI and TIKI, were challenged last Thursday. What are the other 23 ?

 

Answers below:

BIDI                     

DIVI   DIXI

FINI

HILI  HIOI

KIWI

LIRI

MIDI  MIHI MINI MIRI

NIDI NISI

PIKI  PILI PIPI

SIMI  SIRI

TIPI   (+TIKI & TITI)

WIKI  WILI

ZITI

 

 

 

How many 4 letter words can you make with A G M and a blank ?

 

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Here there are :

 

AGM + A :  AGMA and GAMA

AGM + B :  GAMB

AGM + E :  EGMA, GAME, MAGE and MEGA

AGM + G :  MAGG

AGM + I :   MAGI

AGM + L :   GLAM

AGM + N :   MANG

AGM + O :  OGAM

AGM + P :   GAMP

AGM + R :   GRAM and MARG

AGM + S :   GAMS and MAGS

AGM + U :   GAUM

AGM + Y :   GAMY

 

19 words in all, many are obscure so well done if you got 8-10, give yourself a pat of on the back if you got more.

 

 

 

Here is the fourth and final posting of alphabets. This last list is the Hebrew alphabet; some of the letters have been newly allowed as words since the Millennium.

All words in the following list ARE ALLOWABLE in Scrabble.

 

Aleph

Beth

Gimel

Daleth

Heh

Vav

Zayin

Cheth

Teth

Yod

Kaph

Lamed

Mem

Nun

Samekh

Ayin

Peh

Sadhe

Koph

Resh

Sin

Tav 

 

I hope you have enjoyed learning the different alphabets, most certainly there are a few letters in each that I didn't know as words. I hope you found some nuggets too!

 

The Arabic alphabet is the third of our alphabet series, and is the least kind to Scrabble players. 

 

Many of the words are not allowed in Scrabble, and those that are have other, more everyday meanings.

 

Here is the alphabet - those marked with an * are NOT allowed in Scrabble.

 

'Alif    * (because of the apostrophe)  (but ALIF is acceptable)

Ba

Ta

Tha   *

Jim    *

Ha

Kha    *

Dal

Dhal

Ra      *

Zain    *

Sin

Shin

Sad

Dad

Ta

Za

'Ain      * (because of the apostrophe)  (but AIN is acceptable)

Ghain    *

Fa

Qaf       *

Kaf

Lam    

Mim

Nun

Ha

Waw

Ya

The second set in our alphabet series is the letters of the Greek Alphabet.

Many of these letters appear in scientific terms so should be well known to mathematicians and physicists !

 

ALL words listed below are valid in Scrabble.

Alpha 

Beta

Gamma

Delta

Epsilon

Zeta

Eta

Theta

Iota

Kappa

Lambda

Mu

Nu

Xi

Omicron

Pi

Rho

Sigma

Tau

Upsilon

Phi

Chi

Psi

Omega