Photo Essay

Playing Scrabble

Beginning & End Diptych (Scrabble Board Game 7)

My husband agreed to do a Scrabble series with me for a week...We used the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary Fourth Edition and the two letter word sheet to help us in this game to either check on the spelling or to learn a new word that we did not know existed in the English language. I also have included a couple of games with scores here on this essay as an example of what the tile board looks like at the end of the game.

Sometimes it can be difficult to make a word out of the tiles that we select out of the bag. We may get all vowels for instance. In that situation we have the option to pass our turn and trade in our tiles for new ones. We allow ourselves 7 tiles for each time we play. If we get rid of all 7 tiles to make a bingo then we add 50 more points to the score that we made...The game really becomes challenging at this point for the other player to keep up.

In my opinion it is more fun to have a good playing partner than it is to win every game. My smart husband won 5 games out of 7 in the week that we did this series. I set the timer on 10 seconds to record a variety of expressions on our faces and I thought the results were interesting. One of the new words that I learned while playing the game is "phiz"...which means facial expression.

No matter how old or how young a person is, we need to keep on learning in life and it is beneficial to express ourselves with new words...but most importantly of all is to remember them.

I hope that our game series will inspire others to play, have fun and to learn. Sometimes I even play Scrabble by myself to keep in practice.

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6 responses

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (27 Jun 2010):

    This is a great photo essay Andrea! That was a great plan to set a timer to get various game playing expressions! I definitely voted on this essay : )

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (28 Jun 2010):

    Great series, Andrea!! Wish I could be there to play along. Still teaching this week (almost finished).

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (28 Jun 2010):

    Thank you Ann and Donald...Your comments and your votes mean a lot to me. I very seldom do photo essays but had fun with this one.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (30 Jun 2010):

    I'm delighted that you did an essay on your scrabble series! I actually learned the answer to a question I had, that I was too embarrassed to ask--I didn't know what a bingo was--and now I know!! So your essay is right on the're never to old to learn, you just grow old when you stop wanting to learn! I definitely gave this one a yes vote!!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (5 Jan 2012):

    Such a clever and creative essay, my friend. Love it. Sure gets my vote.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (5 Jan 2012):

    I voted, Andrea!

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