Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Signs that your scrabble partner isn't an experienced player

"What sort of a word is fa?!?" (or re, or qi, or de, or any of the standard 2-letter words).

"What does qat mean? How can you not know? Why would you learn a word without knowing its meaning?"

"That's not a word!"
"It's in the Scrabble dictionary. You can look it up if you like."
[He looks it up.]
"It's in there, but I still don't think it's a word."
"If it's in there, it's a legal play."
"But it's not a word! You're cheating!"

"I can't believe you used that triple letter score! I set that up for ME! You aren't playing fair."

(Yes, my father is visiting this week. Blogging may be light, or it may be whiny. Maybe even both. Are you excited yet?)


Cee said...

I whinged to my Mum that she'd stolen a three word score I'd set up for use by me and me alone the other day, and she chuckled and said, "Tough titties, kiddo." She has obviously played more scrabble than me, and is very hard hearted about it all. Maybe you could use the same approach with your dad :-)

StyleyGeek said...

Oh, I do use the same approach!

With the triple word score, I was just surprised that he expected it to still be there the next turn. It wasn't a difficult set up (an n four squares away). I try never to leave an opening to a triple word because I just assume the other person will be able to use it. If I have to leave an opening, I view it as me just having given away 30+ points. I guess other people don't always share my pessimism!