Scrabble: Bicker Only Endears Deeply*

Reader Mark has outed himself as a Scrabble fan and is hoping there are others in the area who know what order to put the letters x, z and a to score 19 points.

If you're interested in a local game, please email us and we'll put you in touch.

*Scrabble: In Brockley, Players Needed

33 comments:

Brendan said...

What about Connect Four?

Hugh said...

Any up for some chess?

Anonymous said...

BC board game night!!

Anonymous said...

Soggy biscuit?

Anonymous said...

If that's an organic biscuit, i'm in.

Anonymous said...

If I thought you were serious about chess I'd happily take you down, er take you on...

Anonymous said...

Agricola, anyone?

Anonymous said...

Or Settlers of Catan?

Brockley Nick said...

Isn't Settlers of Catan getting dangerously into Warhammer 40K territory? Not that there's anything wrong with that...

Anonymous said...

Nick, have you played Settlers? It's nothing like Warhammer 40K. No little metal figures or anything like that. Just a board, two (normal) dice, cards, houses and roads - pretty much the same kit as Monopoly.

Settlers is a superb game - 15 million sold worldwide, etc. And very trendy in Silicon Valley - see http://online.wsj.com/article/SB126092289275692825.html

Try asobrain.com for an good (though unauthorised) online version.

Anonymous said...

Not sure why you can't see the "tml" at the end of that URL: it is there.

Anonymous said...

No idea what that is, Nick, but Settlers of Catan is a pretty straightforward family board game (though infinitely more fun than the likes of Monopoly. It's a mystery to me why that and other dire board games continue to outsell the games actually worth playing....)

Ticket To Ride is another very good one.

Sam@JamCircus said...

Scrabble down Jam Circus, come use the Deluxe board, you can spin it and the letters dont even move, magic.

Ed said said...

French defence followed by early King castling. Oh and Diplomacy is a great WWI board game, like Risk in Europe but better. Played both at prep school, great days. Scrabble doesn't test vocabulary or mental agility but rather one's understanding of the game, particularly the board...

Anonymous said...

Do you have a Scrabble word list? Otherwise things could turn nasty.

Scrabbaholic said...

"Scrabble doesn't test vocabulary or mental agility but rather one's understanding of the game, particularly the board..."

Bit of a meaningless statement - you could say the same about chess - and be equally wrong.

There is an element of luck in Scrabble, unlike chess, but it takes mental agility to assess the board in Scrabble and make the best choices. And you need the vocabulary to play well (though you don't need to know the meanings of the words - I probably know the meaning of less than 50% of the words I play in Scrabble).

Anonymous said...

Its all of the hundreds of 2 and 3 letter words that win games.Most of which are only used In Scrabble.

Hugh said...

Chess played properly is for true intellectuals. I guess I'm alone here.

Anonymous said...

Anyone up for beating Hugh to death with a stick?

Tressilliana said...

Hugh, if I didn't abhor boasting, I would venture to suggest that my 16-year-old son, who is quite a good chess player, could probably beat you with his eyes blindfolded. But I do, so I won't.

Anonymous said...

DON'T FEED THE TROLL!

Hugh said...

Boasting about hypotheticals for which there's no evidence isn't really boasting. But please go ahead and out of amusement I'll refrain from disabusing you of your misplaced, above-station imaginings.

mg said...

Settlers is brilliant. And a board game night would be great, I shall suggest it for Brockley Max.

Anonymous said...

Excited to hear about other Settlers of Catan fans in Brockley. It's pretty far from from Warhammer, Nick!

The Royal Albert said...

@mg, Great idea for a night for the Max, although I'm not sure where we say the arts come into scrabble!

Sam@JamCircus said...

scrabble is the purest art form. scrabble to the max

Anonymous said...

Scrabble ? Words fail me.

Tamsin said...

A good idea - I like scrabble - the right combination so far as I am concerned of luck and skill.

Now that I am at the right computer to fish it out - have this offering:

Is it possible to make a meaningful statement using all the tiles of Scrabble set?

Further to your previous answers (Q&A March 24, April 3)

Eunice Mary, quite impetrative,
How do your foxgloves grow,
Baked in a blazing April heat,
Late-frosted in June's ice a(n)d sno(w)?

The blank tiles are shown bracketed.

Anonymous said...

Very good, though not sure about 'impetrative'?!

Anonymous said...

Ha! That was a joke, wasn't it, anon@17.04? Almost too subtle for me.

Tamsin said...

I wasn't either when I first found it - but it is in the complete OED - although they do say "rare" - do do with obtaining by request, eliciting.

Anonymous said...

Top Trumps, anyone?

Anonymous said...

@Tamsin

A bit late, but how about:

"To, what fiery pursuit for pique!
Tho' gorged, boozed, kava'd,
no more secrets between us ~
'tis all in vain in a lexical game"

From the Perplex City puzzle game. Not sure about kava'd, though.

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