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Scram Scrabble June 16, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Travel & Leisure, Word Play.
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Playing games gives us a chance to live, love, laugh, and learn . . . no electronic gadgets (televisions, computers, cell phones) required.

One of our favorite word games . . . Scram Scrabble.

The letter tiles from Scrabble are all you need ~ no timers, no paper, no pencil, no game board.  It works best with three to five players, but two or six players can play without changing the rules.

IMGP0722a1.  Place Scrabble tiles face down on the table.

2.  Players draw seven tiles each.  Keep them face down until all players have drawn.

3.  Someone shouts “Go!” or “Start!” or “Happy Father’s Day!”

4.  Everyone turns over his or her tiles and uses the letters to form cross words.  Player A used his 7 tiles as follows:

W  R  I  T
E
S
T

5.  As soon as one player uses all seven tiles, s/he yells “Take 2” and everyone must take 2 more tiles and merge them into their crossword puzzle by adding on to existing words or rearranging words already formed.  If Player A drew an E and an R, he might add those letters as follows:

W  R  I  T  E  R
E
S
T

6.  Once again, as soon as a player uses all tiles, he yells “Take 2” and everyone takes 2 more tiles.  If Player A drew an A and a T:

W  R  I  T  E  R
E
S  A  T
T

7.  Players are free to move letters and can completely dismantle a crossword puzzle to shift letters around during the game.  Player A could rearrange his letters to create:

W  R  I  T
E
S   T  A   R   E
T

devious-hobbes8.  Once all the tiles are drawn, the first player to use all his or her tiles in a completed puzzle yells “Scram Scrabble!”

That player wins the round . . . unless one of his words is misspelled (or fabricated).

9.  Each round takes ten-twenty minutes, depending upon the skill of the players and the number of players involved ~ with 2 players, it takes longer to draw and use all tiles.  With 6 six players, the rounds speed up because players have fewer tiles to draw and use.

Great for adults and children or teams ~ with an adult and a young child (who is just learning to read) on each team.

WARNING:  It’s addictive!  Players often want to finish their crossword puzzles before starting the next round.

Fred-'n-Barney

Ready . . .  Set . . .  S-C-R-A-M!

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To all you DADS out there . . . Happy Father’s Day!

Hope your day overflows with memory-making sweet surprises and lots of sticky fingered FUN.

Aah . . . that’s better!