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Word Up

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the causes-couple-competitiveness dept.

Games 208

theodp writes "Depending on your perspective, the National Scrabble Championship is a major sporting event, an unrivalled intellectual competition, or the world's biggest dork-fest. So says Slate's Dan Wachtell, who turned to an anagram-drilling Unix program to gain an edge on the 850+ competitors. While hardly mainstream, competitive Scrabble is getting newfound attention thanks to the publication of Word Freak and release of Word Wars."

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Word is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corp. (2, Funny)

Try to think about i (661547) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996358)

Thanks for your cooperation.

Mary-Kate Olsen, 1986 - 2004 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9996359)

So young, so tragic

You did it wrong... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9996406)

This is how you should have done it:

Subject: Sad news ... Mary-Kate Olsen, dead at 18


I just heard some sad news on talk radio - Horse/Sleepover movie actress Mary-Kate Olsen was found dead in her New York home this morning. There weren't any more details. I'm sure everyone in the Slashdot community will miss her - even if you didn't enjoy her work, there's no denying her contributions to popular culture. Truly an American icon.

First Post! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9996364)

I did coke with Quincy Carter!

Re:First Post! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9996375)

who is quincy carter??

Score -1, Jock Joke (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9996404)

This is a nerd website. Jocks and/or surfers are not welcome here.

Word To You, Bro (5, Interesting)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996365)

Scrabble is getting newfound attention thanks to the publication of Word Freak and release of Word Wars."

I like Scrabble so much, I keep running down the battery on my PDA playing the scrabble-like game on it. It gave me the low battery warning this morning so I had to read during lunch.

I'll give these a look though, particularly Word Wars as even AVP wasn't as exciting as most alternative film is. Truth has a habit of being far more interesting than fiction, what with the boring repetitiveness of formula cinema.

To Scrabble beginners, here's some advice: Make the best of the least letters. High scores can be achieved with 2 and 3 letter words and leave fewer openings for opponents. Study the Scrabble dictionary between games. RE, LA, NU are words ;-)

When I heard that the end of wooden tiles was coming, I dashed down to the local game shop and scored one of those sets. I can't imagine playing this with plastic bits, not after my dad taught me the game ages ago. Call me tradition bound.

Dork certainly is a fitting description of someone who turns to a computer to help them with words. It's a game of pitting intellect vs intellect, not intellect vs 'Fred'*.

* Fred is a cycling term for wannabe, but with a strongly negative connotation

Re:Word To You, Bro (1)

civman2 (773494) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996379)

Unless the UNIX computer was his brain, the article makes no mention of his use an anagram finder...

Re:Word To You, Bro (3, Insightful)

vslashg (209560) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996505)

Unless the UNIX computer was his brain, the article makes no mention of his use an anagram finder...

From the article:
So, in the weeks leading up to the competition, I crammed. Nightly, you could find me awake at 2 a.m. typing strings of letters into a Unix-based program that would quiz me on their anagrams. I took these quizzes until the wee hours of the morning, while my girlfriend slept soundly next to me.

Re:Word To You, Bro (5, Informative)

svyyn (530783) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996584)

Unless the UNIX computer was his brain, the article makes no mention of his use an anagram finder...

At the top of the article is a small menu with days of the week. Click on 'Mon' or http://slate.com/id/2105210/entry/2105211/ [slate.com] . Took me a bit to find it too.

Re:Word To You, Bro (1)

Suppafly (179830) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996594)

apparently they give different copies of the article to different people since that who paragraph you've quoted isn't in the article.

Re:Word To You, Bro (1)

thentil (678858) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996877)

The link in the write-up (http://slate.com/id/2105210/entry/0/) points to the most recent entry; the quoted text in the parent, and in the write-up, are from monday's entry (http://slate.com/id/2105210/entry/2105211/). When the write-up was done, tuesday's report probably wasn't up yet.

Re:Word To You, Bro (5, Insightful)

urlgrey (798089) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996463)

I for one am quite glad to see the geeky, simpler games getting a bit of attention. Growing up I played this game with my parents at our kitchen table.

I'm sure Scrabble ended up being a significant confidence booster for me, particularly when I started winning a few games.

Whatever the case, it was a cool feeling for a kid to be able to get a feeling of being "just as smart" as his parents. (Hey, they may have thrown the game in my favor, but who's to say? I don't suspect they did, but nevertheless, it was a cool feeling.)

Oh yeah, and three cheers for wooden tiles! :-D

----

Re:Word To You, Bro (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996507)

I for one am quite glad to see the geeky, simpler games getting a bit of attention.

I'm pretty much at the other end of video games. All that interests me is strategy games now, FPS and stuff is in my past. I find I have a lot more fun playing board games, like Settlers of Cataan, Empire Builder (Russian Rails for 2-6 comrades, ETA late fall) and so on are much more rewarding. I never foresaw the day I would actually be playing games with bits of wood on cardboard, after all those scintillating colors and 5.1 sounds and stuff. Funny how that happened.

Re:Word To You, Bro (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9996491)

Dork certainly is a fitting description of someone who turns to a computer to help them with words. It's a game of pitting intellect vs intellect, not intellect vs 'Fred'*.

* Fred is a cycling term for wannabe, but with a strongly negative connotation



Given your snobby attitude, I'd say your games are more intellect vs 'Dick'*.

* Dick is used as a colloquialism [thefreedictionary.com] in the UK to indicate someone "who is ostentatiously and irritatingly knowledgeable."

Re:Word To You, Bro (3, Informative)

DumbWhiteGuy777 (654327) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996694)

In response to RE and LA being words, that's because they're on the music scale or something like that. DO, RE, ME, FA, SO, LA, and TI are all also words. And if you use or someone else uses them, you can pretty easily add onto them(E.G. RE one turn, then add QUIRE onto it, and that's two turns) and then you can rack up some big points.

/Me is a closet Scrabble nerd

Re:Word To You, Bro (3, Funny)

NotQuiteReal (608241) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996804)

You say I can't imagine playing this with plastic...

...But you can play it on a PDA? Sheesh.

Werd up (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9996370)

Fo'shizzle mah nizzle.

Coming to where-you-is-at soon, Scrabble: Urban Edition.

Re:Werd up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9996405)

Fo'shizzle mah nizzle.


Coming to where-you-is-at soon, Scrabble: Urban Edition.
Urban my a55, the only people you hear talk like that are white, middle class kids. Like to drop a few of them in Compton, just around dark..

Re:Werd up (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9996572)

Can we throw in a few corporate rappers too?

Re:Werd up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9996776)

What have you got against the A55 Trunk Road across North Wales [nwales-traffic.co.uk] ?

I am glad (1)

kc0re (739168) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996373)

I am glad that the someone referred to the scrabble competition as the "geek-fest", instead of G3, an Apple conference, Comdex, or Defcon. Using the Unix program to come up with words is for the weak (anyone know where i can get it?).. With the Olympics being the only thing on TV, they should make it an Olympic event.

Re:I am glad (3, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996473)

I am glad that the someone referred to the scrabble competition as the "geek-fest"

I was taught some kid version of checkers, back in the day, and went on a family vacation to the Keewenau Peninsula (Eagle River, MI) where this whitehaired old hotel owner (The Swank Hotel -- his last name was Swank) was the county checkers champion. He schooled me and gave me no breaks. Never underestimate old men with board games, like checkers, chess, dominos or Scrabble, especially where they have months to pass (between tourist seasons) to hone their l33t sk1llz.

Re:I am glad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9996796)

Olympic sport, eh? Just last night I was talking to a friend about how people are trying to get Bridge (the card game) to be an Olympic sport. We both noted that Scrabble might as well be an Olympic sport if Bridge is. Odd timing of this article.

POST # 10,000,000 !! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9996387)

I got it !!! WOOT!!!

Unix Program For Scrabble? (5, Funny)

Crzysdrs (801722) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996388)

Unix Program to play scrabble? That seems like overkill. Plus it would really make the game pointless for other players.

L
B O R I N G
S
P A T H E T I C
R
S A D N E S S

Re:Unix Program For Scrabble? (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996434)

Unix Program to play scrabble? That seems like overkill. Plus it would really make the game pointless for other players.

Ah, but with a fixed random number sequence, so the gameplay is the same each time, this could be the Holy Grail of Yet-Another-Benchmarks someone could specifically tailor processors to excell at. ;-)

Re:Unix Program For Scrabble? (1)

mikael (484) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996688)

There used to be a software version of Scrabble which allowed you to play against other players by E-mail.

Scrabble assistant programs are somewhat useful. You enter the letters that you have and it provides a list of possible words that use all or nearly all of the letters. Good for reminding those obscure words, but you're probably better off browsing through the dictionary, reading books or solving the daily crossword.

Re:Unix Program For Scrabble? (3, Informative)

nessus42 (230320) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996812)

There used to be a software version of Scrabble which allowed you to play against other players by E-mail.
There still is:

http://www.thepixiepit.co.uk/scrabble/index.htm
Scrabble assistant programs are somewhat useful.
You mean like

http://www.a2zwordfinder.com/main.html

?

|>oug

**** I FUCKING HATE NIGGERS **** (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9996392)

faggots!!!

MOD PARENT UP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9996413)

for god's sake

Spelling Bee (2, Interesting)

savagedome (742194) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996393)

While we are talking about word fest and such, don't forget the National Spelling Bee [spellingbee.com]

ESPN telecasts and I always watch it :D
Its pretty entertaining actually in a nerdy kind of way. (Isn't that the reason we are all on slashdot!)

And Bill Simmons (The Sports Guy on ESPN) wrote an interesting diary [go.com] too.

Re:Spelling Bee (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9996458)

If you have enough interest to sit through a spelling bee, you should check out the movie Spellbound. It's a documentary that follows some kids all the way to the national spelling bee. I rented it because I thought it was going to be a Christopher Guest style mock-umentary, but found it pretty interesting. Some of the kids were pretty bizarre.

The pinnacle of acheivement (5, Funny)

GeorgieBoy (6120) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996409)

You know you've reached the top when Slashdot calls your "sporting" event a "dork-fest". There is no higher complement.

Re:The pinnacle of acheivement (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9996811)

I suppose you meant "compliment", you word freak! :)

scrabble americans (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9996411)

Talk about a game us americans are pretty poor at. About the most difficult word I hear outta most people mouths during our off house is the popular SH*T.

Anyway :P just had to put my 2 cents in.

Re:scrabble americans (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9996441)

I see english isn't your first language, therefore I extend you and yours a warm, welcoming FUCK OFF

... and the CSI episode (3, Informative)

inio (26835) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996415)

competitive Scrabble is getting newfound attention thanks to the publication of Word Freak and release of Word Wars.

... And the CSI episode Bad Words [tvtome.com]

Girls!!!??? (2, Funny)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996416)

Will there be girls and nookie? Ohhh please please please...PLLLEEEASE.

Ok, I'm a techno geek at heart. But this, THIS is just sad. Hell, if you are looking for a place to sacrifice virgins, you couldn't find a better place.

Re:Girls!!!??? (3, Funny)

IGTeRR0r (805236) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996436)

I disagree. I've sacrificed three virgins because they saw me reading Slashdot. Of course, I don't think that's what you mean, but...

Er, most scrabble freaks ARE girls (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9996472)

Take a look at the article. Estimate the gender proportion.

Women tend to like word games more than men do. Scrabble competitions are mainly composed of housewives reinvigorated after a life of raising kids by this game.

It's what bridge used to be.

The problem is that these are saggy, married girls. *sigh*

Um, I don't think so (4, Funny)

writertype (541679) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996593)

Since you're a geek at heart, your logic skills must be above par. Let's try a little thought exercise.

Do you remember college? The arts classes you detested? Those classes enrolled humanities majors -- people who studied history, philosophy, theater, English literature -- you know, the people who used language and social skills to learn. Remember all the hotties in there? How eager they were to discuss Kant, feminism, and the impact of the Impressionist movement on French Romantic literature? Remember how insecure those girls made you feel?

Here's a hint: those girls knew how to play Scrabble. And read Lord Chatterley's Lover. Think of it as CounterStrike for people who can carry on a conversation.

(Oh, and Lord Chatterley's Lover is kind of like this weird encrypted ASCII porn. It, like, uses your imagination to generate images! And girls dig it!)

Re:Um, I don't think so (0, Troll)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996646)

If it wasn't for the excessive amounts of pot and Sky Vodka...I might remember.

On a serious note however, I value what people have to say of their own experences. I could give a damn about the kinda BS "Intellectuals" shove in their face only for them to come back and regurgitate it back at me.

Keep it real, keep it clean, keep it pure. No liberal additives please.

Re:Um, I don't think so (3, Funny)

Loadmaster (720754) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996647)

I remember college. I read Lady Chatterly's Lover there. How was the Lord's book?

Play now! (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9996418)

The fellow @ www.themaninblue.com has an excellent javascript/dhtml version available online.

see here [themaninblue.com]

I just stumbled upon it the other day, looking for ways to practice to beat my mother-in-law ;)

sporting event? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9996429)

I liked the post about the game scrabble... but what is the sporting event you mentioned?

Big point scrabble words... (3, Informative)

cr0sh (43134) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996431)

While not the biggest, a great "power word" is "fajita" - placed right (and make sure it is in your "agreed upon" dictionary) - this sucker can get you big points in one wallop.

There are much better words out there, though - /.'ers, what are your suggestions?

Big point scrabble words...For the birds. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9996464)

The names of cities and birds.

I use to embarass others by going for the big words, while others were getting the easy ones.

Re:Big point scrabble words... (3, Interesting)

itwerx (165526) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996523)

...make sure it is in your "agreed upon" dictionary...

Words from any language are acceptable. Depending on who in my family is playing any given game can involve up to ten languages (more if you count things like Ye Olde English and Latin).
Gets kind of interesting at times! :)

Re:Big point scrabble words... (1)

DrSkwid (118965) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996530)


does fanjita count ?

Re:Big point scrabble words... (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996790)

I dunno, but I'd let you play fanculo. Extra points for 'fanocchio'.

Note: this is not an overture.

Re:Big point scrabble words... (2, Interesting)

elhaf (755704) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996536)

I once got a 50-point bonus for using all my tiles, plus triple-word score and at least one double letter for "cousinly". You know, like motherly. Of course I was challenged, but I was fortunate that the dictionary we used had it explicitly listed under cousin. So I got about 90 points on just that one play. Of course I won that game.

You Roc (2, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996566)

"power word" is "fajita"

Liked ROC, myself, until an architect friend pulled ADZ on me .. the bastard!

Re:Big point scrabble words... (1)

Paladine97 (467512) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996653)

Antidisestablishmentarianism?

Re:Big point scrabble words... (2, Informative)

TheGavster (774657) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996703)

'Ouija' is great for either bringing some vowels into play to get the game moving, or to tick off people hunting for vowels by sticking them somewhere inaccessible.

Re:Big point scrabble words... (1)

thejoelpatrol (764408) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996854)

That's a proper noun, though. A strict no-no with everyone I play.

Re:Big point scrabble words... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9996717)

C
O
W
ANONYMOUS
R
D

Re:Big point scrabble words... (1)

Crazy_MYKL (721064) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996859)

"Muzjiks" [reference.com] is 128 points off the first draw.

Re:Big point scrabble words... (1)

lavaface (685630) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996881)

also jonquil . . . yowza!!

slashdot team (1)

Turn-X Alphonse (789240) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996433)

Wheres the slashdot team? :o

We need a team of the greatest geeks ever to win it in our name.... but then they might stop reposting the same articles with thousands of speeling mistaks and we'd lose our respect for them

Re:slashdot team (1)

0racle (667029) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996489)

You might want to rethink that. Have you seen some of the spelling around here? It can be pretty bad, mine included.

Re:slashdot team (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9996666)

STFU FUU! WTF R U T3LK1NG ABTU?

(lameness filter is like a pretty butterfly that eats a haiku)

Best Online Scrabble (5, Informative)

john.mull (790526) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996461)

The best online scrabble can be found at Internet Scrabble Club [www.isc.ro] . Usually several hundred or more players online at any given time from around the world. Multiple dictionaries from several languages and even a UK British dictionary. Very fun, playable from Linux and MacOSX via a Java applet (in the browser?), elsewise a quick download of a java applet for Windows. Many very highly rated national and international players are playing right now.

From the website:

The ISC is the best place on the Internet to play Scrabble in a relaxed friendly environment. You can compete at your own level in English, French, Romanian, Italian, or Dutch while meeting new people and making friends from around the world.

Right now there are 2138 players logged into the ISC and 792 games in progress.

Re:Best Online Scrabble (1)

heptapod (243146) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996605)

If you go to almost any MOO [sourceforge.net] you can find a game of Scrabble along with many people who are up for a game. Plus LambdaMOO [mud.org] has Boggle which is a fine game in its own right. Just @go #6299 for Boggle or create a kid of #42261 for Scrabble.

Re:Best Online Scrabble (1)

haluness (219661) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996649)

> playable from Linux and MacOSX via a Java applet
> (in the browser?), elsewise a quick download of a
> java applet for Windows

Actually, you can also get a jar file that will run on Linux (I use the blackdown JVM). Unfortunately the ISC webpage does'nt mention this anywhere - I had to mail Carol (the admin) to get it.


In hindsight, if I had'nt found it I might have been able to finish my PhD faster :-


BTW, I'm jijog on isco.ro, so if you're online challenge me

Obligatory Critic Quote (4, Funny)

MagicDude (727944) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996476)

Duke- "Quyzbuk"

Marty-"That's not a word"

Duke - "(dials phone) Get Webster on the phone. Noah, how ya doing? It's Duke. How much would it cost to make Quyzbuk a word? (pause) I don't what means, uh, how about a big problem? Great! How about that other word I invented, Dukelicious? No ones using it? What a Duketastrophe."

Red Dwarf Followup (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996779)

LISTER: (Pointing to letters in his rack) That letter, that letter, and that letter. (Pointing to the middle of the board) There.

We see that he is having the first go and we see his rack which has the letters D-A-T-E left on it.

CAT: Hey! I've got you now! (Holding out his letters up for LISTER to see.) Jozxyqk.
LISTER: That's not a word.
CAT: It's a cat word.

LISTER attempts to pronounces the cat "word."

CAT: That's not how you pronounce it!
LISTER: What's it mean?
CAT: It's the sound you get when you get your sexual organs trapped in something

CAT demonstrates with his hands a book shutting and pronounces the word again.

LISTER: Is it in the dictionary?
CAT: Well, it could be. If you were reading in the nude and you closed the book too quickly.

sporting event (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9996477)

It's always great to see the word sport devalued even more to where it is essentially a synonym with 'game.' Hemingway said "Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports ... all others are games." While he was an overrated fuck and there are probably a few things to add - nothing involving an otherwise inanimate ball - it is kind of sad that anything and everything is now called a sport. I guess we need to invent a new word to mean what sport used to mean.

scrabble/literati cheats (1)

Dr Kool, PhD (173800) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996515)

CGI scripts with source -- http://www.cs.ucr.edu/~snematbakhsh/cheats/cheat.h tml

correct link (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9996534)

HERE [ucr.edu]

Not a sport, but... (5, Insightful)

lukewarmfusion (726141) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996518)

Scrabble isn't a sport, but ESPN (Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) had coverage of a Scrabble tournament once. They can make anything interesting. There seemed to be so much drama... the guy had his letters (which we could see), and there were only so many words he could make with them. It was really exciting.

It's the same reason that ESPN's hit such a nerve with World Series of Poker. What normally isn't that great to watch can be made a lot more fun when you're 1) in the know and 2) have overly excited and knowledgeable commentators guiding you through it.

I can only imagine what else they'd try to cover.

Re:Not a sport, but... (1)

bgeiger (42769) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996592)

Too bad they couldn't do that for M:TG. I stayed up to watch a Magic tournament (and this was back when I played a lot) and it was horribly dull.

Re:Not a sport, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9996851)

It was really exciting.

Please wait whilst I extract my eyeballs with a spoon.

The beautiful thing about Scrabble (1, Troll)

Shoeboy (16224) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996531)

Is how it can help us become better Christians. The ability to spot patterns in seemingly random collections of letters is also key to understanding the hidden messages in the bible.

It's all about the acrostics, man. I'm actually working on a unix program to parse the KJV and reassemble the spiritual truths contained in the first letter of each verse. Look for it on freshmeat.

Yours in Christ,
--Shoeboy

Re:The beautiful thing about Scrabble (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9996643)

Is how it can help us become better Christians. The ability to spot patterns in seemingly random collections of letters is also key to understanding the hidden messages in the bible.

It's all about the acrostics, man. I'm actually working on a unix program to parse the KJV and reassemble the spiritual truths contained in the first letter of each verse. Look for it on freshmeat.
Learn statistics, then run your program on 1,000,000 slashdot posts. It says, The end is near...

Obligitory Simpsons Quote (5, Funny)

ejaw5 (570071) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996539)

Bart: Here we go. Kwyjibo. [places his tiles] K-W-Y-J-I-B-O.
Twenty-two points, plus triple-word-score, plus fifty points
for using all my letters. Game's over. I'm outta here. [gets up]
Homer: [grabs Bart with his left hand, holding a banana in his right]
Wait a minute, you little cheater!
You're not going anywhere until you tell me what a kwyjibo is.
Bart: Kwyjibo. Uh... a big, dumb, balding North American ape. With no chin.
Marge: And a short temper.
Homer: I'll show you a big, dumb, balding ape! [leaps for Bart]
Bart: [making his escape] Uh oh. Kwyjibo on the loose!

Re:Obligitory Simpsons Quote (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9996707)

Bart: Here we go. Kwyjibo. [places his tiles] K-W-Y-J-I-B-O.
Twenty-two points, plus triple-word-score, plus fifty points
for using all my letters. Game's over. I'm outta here. [gets up]
Homer: [grabs Bart with his left hand, holding a banana in his right]
Wait a minute, you little cheater!
You're not going anywhere until you tell me what a kwyjibo is.
Bart: Kwyjibo. Uh... a big, dumb, balding North American ape. With no chin.


Apparently Bart couldn't spell Kibo?

Don't say fuck or bugger (2, Funny)

DrSkwid (118965) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996544)

cos ESPN don't like it [dotgeek.org]

I thought you said he used a UNIX program? (2, Funny)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996547)

Quoth the article:
I responded with GEY for 33 to go ahead 371-353. I have no idea what GEY means, in case you are wondering.

Has anyone... (2, Funny)

Neo's Nemesis (679728) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996548)

ever tried playing scrabble of *only* technical words? Very interesting.

SLASHDOT = 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 4 + 2 + 1 + 1 = 12points

Now thats one of the lowest scoring words...

Re:Has anyone... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9996579)

Why not go for higher points and use SLASHAHOLIC?

Re:Has anyone... (4, Interesting)

phraktyl (92649) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996705)

Or, assuming you had one of the letters, say the 'L', on the board in the right spot, say the lower right hand of the board, this could end up as:

S (1) --- On a triple word score
L (1) --- Previously played
A (1)
S (1)
H (4) --- for (8) on double letter score
D (2)
O (1)
T (1) --- on triple word score

Which comes out to 144 points. Not too bad for slashdot!

Remember: In Scrabble, placement is everything.

Hey, its on TV (3, Funny)

egad_man (532232) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996560)

Right after the dodgeball championship on ESPN 8

Re:Hey, its on TV (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9996639)

The OCHO!

Difficulty (2, Funny)

zackeller (653801) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996563)

Wouldn't a computerized Scrabble player have the potential to become unbeatable pretty easily?

Should we welcome our new, dictionary-using Unix overlords?

Why (4, Insightful)

cubicledrone (681598) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996618)

Why is anything that involves knowledge or thinking beyond "which reality show is on tonight?" described by name-calling?

Re:Why (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9996778)

Because people like seeing you spaz's like you get all worked up.

Yahoo! Word Racer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9996626)

I wrote a similar tool to cheat^H^H^H^H^Hwin my way to the top of the leaderboard in Yahoo! Word Racer.

The game is quite simple. There is a matrix of letters and you have to form words by traversing from letter to letter. Naturally the game screams for automation so I stepped up the challenge.

The algorithm to generate words went through several iterations until I came up with the perfect data structure and an optimal implementation. It uses a trie structure for storing all the valid words. Then it stores all the results in a sorted list by score. The hard part was typing in the letters and then typing back the results to the Java Applet. It was too slow; people were scoring before I could type answers! More automation!

I wrote a routine which would scan the screen and take a bitmap. I then performed OCR on the bitmap to determine the letters in the grid. From there I solved the puzzle and then sent the keystrokes to the window programmatically.

So when the game starts I just hit a button and it computes in less than 10 milliseconds and sends out the results. Nobody even has a chance to see the board before I answer all possible words.

Hahahahahaha. Needless to say I'm posting anonymously because I am quite infamous there ;-)

Obsolete phrase (3, Interesting)

cubicledrone (681598) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996630)

While hardly mainstream, competitive Scrabble is getting newfound attention

"Mainstream" was rendered obsolete when search engines were invented. There is no such thing as "mainstream" or "mass market" any more. Detergent is a mass market. Everything else is non-mainstream.

Bah.. Best Scrabble Ever (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9996644)

I just finished a game of strip Scrabble with a nice hot woman. Every 10 points you take a drink, and every 25 points you take off an article of clothing. By the time I had my socks off, she was naked and performing sexual favours. Being a geek is the best.

Anagram-drilling Unix program (2, Interesting)

wviperw (706068) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996656)

I guess I missed the part in the article about the anagram-drilling Unix program.

On that same not, how are computers at playing Scrabble anyway? I would think that they'd be pretty good at it, since they could just generate a list of potential anagrams, check them in a dictionary, and then use a maximize function which would search a couple moves deep for the best scoring path.

Word up is the codeword... (0, Redundant)

BlueJay465 (216717) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996681)

I thought Cameo was only a one-hit-wonder, until I had the misfortune of seeing that stupid video of Posh Spice, or whoever the hell that was who covered this song last.

I hereby banish this discussion back to the 80's!

Literati (1)

DeadBugs (546475) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996696)

I play Literati on Yahoo Games [yahoo.com]

a pretty good scrabble clone. At any given time there can be more than 10,000 people playing. Although sometimes it will not allow you to use words that dictionary.com (the site it uses to check) will find.

UNIX program? Easy! (2, Insightful)

MasterOfMagic (151058) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996721)

I was in CS 1 class last semester, and this was the second program we did. We took a list of words (usually /usr/share/dict) and a set of tiles, and printed out words that matched, as well as their score. Really trivial stuff - any freshman CS undergrad could do it.

hi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9996758)

nerd up

I proposed that way (3, Interesting)

AssFace (118098) | more than 10 years ago | (#9996759)

My fiancee and I played Scrabble every night, sometimes multiple times a night. And yes, we were fully aware of the nerd factor there.

When I proposed to her, it was via the ring in the tile bag.

I later found out that some crappy movie with JLo also had a Scrabble proposal in it, but I haven't seen said movie.

We play less Scrabble these days mainly due to less free time.

Alan, can you hear me? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9996770)

I know you're out there. :)

cheat if u cant beat (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9996798)

hah

isnt this the same as doping athletes, steroids in body builders, and printing your own money if you dont have enough...all cheats, no matter how you want to excuse it...

Scrabble...a sporting event?!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9996808)

Whats next, basic math as an olympic sporting event?

Whoever can apply BEDMAS the fastest wins gold!

The sport of scrabble... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9996863)

I love playing my favourite sport, scrabble, out at the local sports arena.... It's probably the most physically intense sport out there and personal injuries while playing scrabble are very common. I find the competition is very fierce and physical intimidation is quite common.

Last night I was watching scrabble on the local sports channel here. It was an intense battle of physical strength and endurance, similar to a boxing match (only better).

I think scrabble should be added to the next summer olympics because it is the best "sport" out there...Right up there with "sport" fishing and "sport" car races... /end sarcasm

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