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I have the Scrabble CD; routinely lose to this SOB (choose "champion" level) What I wanna know is what ever-lovin' dictionary is this entity getting all those obscure words from- certainly not one I've ever used! I've never seen so many bizarre spelling "variations", either!

(I do manage to beat him 1 out of 20 games- usually when I concentrate on denying him access to premium squares and situations.)

Any others want to share their experiences with this malevolent cyber know-it-all? (Maven; not me!!)



I used to play Scrabble with my wife but she was moody about it and didn't always want to play when I wanted to. So I went out and bought the CD (first edition) and started playing it on our computer (which never refuses to play). She didn't appreciate that I played it all the time and never played against her anymore (well, duh, I tried to get her to play as much as possible). Actually, I WAS playing too much at home at the expense of other duties. So, I brought it to work.

Now, at lunchtime only of course, I plug it in and am highly addicted. Best of all, Maven moves almost instantly and I don't have to "wait" for anybody to play again.

I started at the Level 2, I believe they call "Expert", and played about 200 games winning about 3 of 5 games on average. I've gone on to Level 3 ("Advanced") where Maven starts using those crazy words and I can only win about 1 out of every 3 1/2 games. I can't imagine what the Championship level would do to me.

Learning all the two letter combinations is very important, I think any of the decent scrabble sites will list them for you to copy. I have particular success with H's and Y's attached to Triple Letter Score squares going two ways….really adds up the points.

Of course, there are the desired “bingo's” (using all the letters). Gathering an I, N, and G sometimes leads to a nice 7 (or 8) letter combination but sometimes it can bog you down as well.

Have fun!

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