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MarkH (MarkH), Friday, 13 December 2002 09:29 (seventeen years ago) link

I have been waiting for this for god knows how long. Farewell ILX...

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Friday, 13 December 2002 10:12 (seventeen years ago) link

so is anyone on there? i just joined

Alan (Alan), Friday, 13 December 2002 10:26 (seventeen years ago) link

I'm on there now.

MarkH (MarkH), Friday, 13 December 2002 10:29 (seventeen years ago) link

are you donut, alang?

MarkH (MarkH), Friday, 13 December 2002 10:32 (seventeen years ago) link

no, i'm "alan" (so clever, you see) with a little "horace goes skiing" icon. is that "starry" you starry?

Alan (Alan), Friday, 13 December 2002 10:35 (seventeen years ago) link

I just signed up but it totally crashed IE so :(

Sarah (starry), Friday, 13 December 2002 10:35 (seventeen years ago) link

I'll try again but I dunno - yes the starry is me then I guess :)

Sarah (starry), Friday, 13 December 2002 10:37 (seventeen years ago) link

ok, Alan, I see you now - I challenge you!

MarkH (MarkH), Friday, 13 December 2002 10:39 (seventeen years ago) link

Me me!!

Sarah (starry), Friday, 13 December 2002 10:39 (seventeen years ago) link

blimey! this is doing my head in, two games at the same time. starry play mark, then we're in some awful scrabble-a-trois. both of you be warned, i will not be v quick, as my boss is looming (ahem) over me as my other colleague is out. i have to set up a load of new macs and can't get away with much internet mallarkey.

Alan (Alan), Friday, 13 December 2002 10:44 (seventeen years ago) link

oo I like the clock icon! OK, two games at once, for the first time in my life......

MarkH (MarkH), Friday, 13 December 2002 10:45 (seventeen years ago) link

Nah sorry guys, it totally crashes IE and I can't do it :(

Sarah (starry), Friday, 13 December 2002 10:48 (seventeen years ago) link

:-(

and mark just bingo'ed. gr

Alan (Alan), Friday, 13 December 2002 10:53 (seventeen years ago) link

mozilla can't take it either :(

actually come to think of it this is good as i have much to do IWL!!

mark s (mark s), Friday, 13 December 2002 11:27 (seventeen years ago) link

taking yr time, alan?

MarkH (MarkH), Friday, 13 December 2002 11:42 (seventeen years ago) link

just gone. sorry, i really am busy. i have to build a new image for a stack of new macs, and NOW the head of design's grey g4 has gone tits up and i'm reinstalling the system.

sorry, you are whooping my slow ass, and will win no doubt. i am rubbish

Alan (Alan), Friday, 13 December 2002 11:50 (seventeen years ago) link

well, I shall be disappearing for lunch 12.30ish anyway.

MarkH (MarkH), Friday, 13 December 2002 11:58 (seventeen years ago) link

oh no, my best move right now is to play TWO of those dubious 2-letter words. they are perfectly legal by the book, but... and a triple word is involved. the ethics of this are dizzying.

Alan (Alan), Friday, 13 December 2002 12:04 (seventeen years ago) link

(I'm sorry I may have posted this before)

Here is the official line (taken from a readme from my own scrabble game for RiscOS!)


The valid two-letter words always cause arguments. According to the makers of
the Scrabble® game, there are a 109 2-letter words that are acceptable in the
British English version of their game. Interestingly, though there are only 96
in the North American version, it is not a sub-set: there are 12 extra words
not in the British English version (AB AG AL DE ED ET HM MM OP PE UH YA).

The only significance of the lowercase words is that they are deemed 'commonplace'.


AA rough, cindery lava
AD advertisement
AE one (Scottish)
AH expresses delight
AI three-toed sloth
am form of 'to be'
an indefinite article
as to the same degree
at in the position of
AR the letter 'R'
AW expresses protest
AX cutting tool
AY affirmative vote
BA (Egyptian) eternal soul
be to have actuality
BI a bisexual
BO a pal
by preposition
CH obsolete pronoun
DA Burmese knife
DI plural of deus
do the verb
EA running water
EE eye (Scottish)
EF the letter 'F'
EH expresses doubt
EL elevated railroad
EM the letter 'M'
EN the letter 'N'
ER expresses hesitation
ES the letter 'S'
EX the letter 'X'
FA a tone of the scale
FY interjection
GI judo/karate outfit
go to move along
GU Shetland violin
HA sound of surprise
he male person
hi used as a greeting
HO expresses surprise
ID part of the psyche
if a possibility
in the preposition
IO an interjection
is form of 'to be'
it neuter pronoun
JO sweetheart
KA (Egyptian) spiritual self
KO Maori digging stick
KY cow (Scottish)
LA tone of the scale
LI Chinese unit of distance
LO expresses surprise
MA mother
me personal pronoun
MI tone of the scale
MO a moment
MU a Greek letter
my possessive pronoun
NA no; not
NE born with the name of
no a negative reply
NU a Greek letter
NY archaic 'nigh'
OB an objection
OD a hypothetical force
OE Faeroe Islands whirlwind
of coming from
OH to exclaim in surprise
OI interjection to grab atention
OM a mantra
on the preposition
OO we (Scottish)
or alternative
OS a bone
OU interjection (Scottish)
OW expresses pain
ox the animal
OY expresses dismay
PA father
PH measure of acidity (allowed because the p is lower case!)
PI a Greek letter
PO chamberpot
QI life force
RE a tone of the scale
SH urges silence
SI ti (a tone of the scale)
so sol (a tone of the scale)
ST interjection
TA expresses gratitude
TE alternative spelling of TI
TI a tone of the scale
to in the direction of
UG arouse loathing
UM indicates hesitation
UN one
up to raise
UR interjection
us personal pronoun
UT note in music (archaic)
we pronoun
WO woe
XI a Greek letter
XU Vietnamese currency (apparently)
ye pronoun (archaic)
YO used to call attention
YU precious jade
ZO Himalayan animal

Alan (Alan), Friday, 13 December 2002 12:09 (seventeen years ago) link

selecta. i am off for optician's appt now so won't play for a while...

Alan (Alan), Friday, 13 December 2002 12:14 (seventeen years ago) link

look out for me on there - i am stove / stove_minion

stevem (blueski), Friday, 13 December 2002 16:57 (seventeen years ago) link

how the hell do you move letter?

Chris V. (Chris V), Friday, 13 December 2002 17:48 (seventeen years ago) link

Er, at the risk of sounding like the biggest fool in the universe, do you have to do anything special to see the board? I accepted a challenge and couldn't see a board or any tiles or anything so I hit "In Progress" on my game and got an ODBC error. Hrm. Shame, I might have got as horribly addicted to it as I was to Wordox a year or so ago...

(I should email the admin guy, I guess, but I don't do email so never mind.)

Rebecca (reb), Friday, 13 December 2002 21:43 (seventeen years ago) link

er, try it again now Rebecca. I just looked at it and its fine. The guy who set it up mentions that it's a beta versh & that there might be bugs.

Just restarted our game from Friday, Alan, if you want to continue....

MarkH (MarkH), Sunday, 15 December 2002 17:40 (seventeen years ago) link

I 5uX0r at scrabble

DG (D_To_The_G), Sunday, 15 December 2002 18:37 (seventeen years ago) link

finish off the game quick (you will win, obv) and we can play again today. i have a much better day today. boss off ill

Alan (Alan), Monday, 16 December 2002 11:50 (seventeen years ago) link

I got beat BAD by MarkH, pH34r him

DG (D_To_The_G), Monday, 16 December 2002 11:51 (seventeen years ago) link

haha, I am in the process of finishing game, Alan, but will disappear at 12.30 to our crimbo lunch, so I pH34r the new game will be a game that spans more than one day......

MarkH (MarkH), Monday, 16 December 2002 11:53 (seventeen years ago) link

oh no, bandwidth used up, OH NO! (saved)

Alan (Alan), Monday, 16 December 2002 12:11 (seventeen years ago) link

yes, I just realised that he means you can't challenge anyone to a game anymore. *Sniff!*

MarkH (MarkH), Monday, 16 December 2002 12:13 (seventeen years ago) link

Y'all should try www.isc.ro. Assuming you don't want to have any free time in your life, obviously.

edward o (edwardo), Thursday, 19 December 2002 11:55 (seventeen years ago) link

Aaaahahahahaha... SCRABBLE-related sports injury!

http://espn.go.com/gen/news/2002/1220/1480138.html

Aaron W, Friday, 20 December 2002 19:59 (seventeen years ago) link

Hmmmm... on second thought, it's not so funny to deserve an "Aaaaaahahahaha"... maybe just a "Ha!"

Aaron W, Friday, 20 December 2002 20:07 (seventeen years ago) link

two months pass...
Anyone online fancy a game of this now? I am at a friends house using his powerbook whilst he cooks and makes me wine - powerbooks are odd....

sarah in highbury, Tuesday, 18 March 2003 20:47 (seventeen years ago) link

Oh knobs I can't seem to get any of it working. Oh well. I will SHOUT if I can get this Literati thing going.

sarah in highbury, Tuesday, 18 March 2003 20:52 (seventeen years ago) link

I tried to follow the original link but it didn't work.

That Girl (thatgirl), Tuesday, 18 March 2003 20:53 (seventeen years ago) link

Ooh... games.yahoo.com - literati, i'm in... beginners lounge four! anyone? anyone? bueller?

sarah in highbury, Tuesday, 18 March 2003 20:56 (seventeen years ago) link

five months pass...
if anyone can send me a scrabble online game link i would be very happy not to mention grateful to the extreme...lifes not the same without the playsite game being taken off ..............thanks for your anticipated help.....xx

steve taylor, Sunday, 24 August 2003 15:41 (sixteen years ago) link

i was disappointed to hear about playsite, but i've just been playing literati all the time anyway lately. same concept, a bit different, just as addictive.

http://games.yahoo.com/games/login2?page=lt

JuliaA (j_bdules), Sunday, 24 August 2003 15:50 (sixteen years ago) link

eight months pass...
I want to play scrabble

Dee Dee, Thursday, 13 May 2004 02:01 (sixteen years ago) link

i like www.isc.ro (which I was introduced to here). I'm completely addicted. anyone wants to play me I'm WSHQ.

Robbie Lumsden (Wallace Stevens HQ), Thursday, 13 May 2004 08:22 (sixteen years ago) link

Um, I'd like a game, but I'm at work so there could be long pauses whilst I um, hide from BOSSdo stuff, answer phones ect, is that an issue? Do they time games?

Sarah (starry), Thursday, 13 May 2004 08:26 (sixteen years ago) link

Games are timed, but I find (I am at sortof work at the moment) that a 60 minute game (30 minutes each) is plenty of time, allowing for bos interruptions.

Robbie Lumsden (Wallace Stevens HQ), Thursday, 13 May 2004 08:30 (sixteen years ago) link

Ooh alright, I'll give it a go... I'm downloading the thingie right now!

Sarah (starry), Thursday, 13 May 2004 08:32 (sixteen years ago) link

Er, starry292. What dictionary do they use? I play SOWPODS and can access OWSI easily fer reference if need be...

Sarah (starry), Thursday, 13 May 2004 08:33 (sixteen years ago) link

God this is wierd!

Sarah (starry), Thursday, 13 May 2004 08:36 (sixteen years ago) link

Man is it my go?!

Sarah (starry), Thursday, 13 May 2004 08:37 (sixteen years ago) link

woooo! the game begins! WSHQ - Put - 10

Robbie Lumsden (Wallace Stevens HQ), Thursday, 13 May 2004 08:37 (sixteen years ago) link

kinda felt like crying as a friend dropped four bingos on me in one game recently. final score of 590-389. p rough to get a fairly respectable score and still come out over 200 points down.

Merdeyeux, Monday, 8 December 2014 23:44 (five years ago) link

I had a few rage-quitters recently, calling me a cheat etc.. not just for two letter words but obscure ones. The miserable fuckers!

xelab, Tuesday, 9 December 2014 00:01 (five years ago) link

no mercy

Nhex, Tuesday, 9 December 2014 00:04 (five years ago) link

three months pass...

Best recent plays (vs. Pogo computer): "cocaine" and "estrogen" for bingos, and "rascally"--tagged on the suffix--for a triple-word score. (Turns out it begins with r, not w.)

clemenza, Thursday, 19 March 2015 03:12 (five years ago) link

Not allowed: "proggier."

clemenza, Wednesday, 1 April 2015 00:52 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

Had an open "-ox" yesterday adjacent to an open "-ode," joined them with an "l": lox and lode. In another game, I was trying unsuccessfully to find a place for "foggier," couldn't, then spotted an open "r" up top. Sure, why not? It worked: "froggier" is an actual word.

I play this game way, way too much.

clemenza, Monday, 4 May 2015 21:52 (five years ago) link

don't apologize, froggier is a kick-ass word

Nhex, Monday, 4 May 2015 22:36 (five years ago) link

Now don't get all froggier than thou on me.

clemenza, Monday, 4 May 2015 22:43 (five years ago) link

seven months pass...

had SYNERGY in wwf but couldnt place it :(

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 16 December 2015 16:55 (four years ago) link

sounds like you didn't

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Wednesday, 16 December 2015 20:17 (four years ago) link

I've basically kicked isc.ro--haven't been on for close to two years. Now fighting Pogo addiction. I set the bar for a good game there at 500 points; the computer never bingos (although it is programmed to play a somewhat smart end-game), and if you match a blank on the board, you can "steal" the blank back. I probably explained this upthread somewhere. I've had numerous funny/weird bingos, but can't think of them right now.

clemenza, Wednesday, 16 December 2015 20:32 (four years ago) link

lol 2002: "Holy shit, you can play Scrabble on the internet!"

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Wednesday, 16 December 2015 20:40 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

was playing a rando in wwf, think I won the very 2 first games ever played vs this person, then she proceeded to win the next 40 straight O_O

I just won the last 2 tho so watchout

johnny crunch, Thursday, 4 February 2016 18:56 (four years ago) link

I can be such a poor sport online, I would've cursed her out after about 10 straight (why I only play computers now).

clemenza, Thursday, 4 February 2016 19:15 (four years ago) link

heh a different rando (with a avatar pic of him in a buffalo bills sweatshirt, smiling broadly w/ his wife and cats beside him) did curse me out and accused me of cheating recently and resigned in a huff when I played 'azotes'

johnny crunch, Thursday, 4 February 2016 19:22 (four years ago) link

truthfully I like the challenge if ppl cheat, tho I never do, don't see the fun in that

johnny crunch, Thursday, 4 February 2016 19:23 (four years ago) link

no pride, no soul brother

Nhex, Thursday, 4 February 2016 19:31 (four years ago) link

If you suspect I'm cheating, you can resign in a huff; if you're convinced I'm cheating, make it a minute-and-a-huff.

clemenza, Thursday, 4 February 2016 20:17 (four years ago) link

three months pass...

very little is more satisfying than trailing almost all game, to an opponent who beats me at like a 5:1 ratio, & making a penultimate move that traps them & my knowing they know they cant win :)

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 17 May 2016 18:29 (four years ago) link

Those are great. I just finished a game where I was trailing most of it, had to make some vowel-dump rack management moves late, but finished with GUIDANCE for 107 and the win.

pleas to Nietzsche (WilliamC), Wednesday, 18 May 2016 21:14 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

"Biggie" is okay (as in, "no biggie"). "Biggied"--I biggied that motherfucker--is not.

clemenza, Saturday, 4 November 2017 23:41 (two years ago) link

Funny to think back to a time when playing scrabble online warranted an exclamation mark.

chap, Sunday, 5 November 2017 15:18 (two years ago) link

I've been binging for a couple of weeks on Pogo--going to try my best to stop for a while. I'd kept away for a year before that. I tend to fall back into it when I'm feeling a lot of stress at work. It's got to be the most idiotic addiction in the world.

clemenza, Monday, 6 November 2017 02:18 (two years ago) link

ten months pass...

After four or five years away, I stupidly started playing on the Internet Scrabble Club again. Stupid because of how addictive it is with me. When it comes to online scrabble, I’m what’s referred to, in a Scorsese film, as a degenerate gambler.

It’s much harder now to get your rating up than it used to be. I went through seven or eight accounts before--I’d quit for a while, then come back with a new username--and I would always manage to get my rating up to 1,500 before leaving. I can’t do that now, even though I’m better than I used to be. I’ll get a little over 1,400, then I’ll drop back. The other players are just too good.

You still get the occasional fraud. I won’t quit a game, no matter how badly I’m behind. I’ve quit once in 800+ games. It was against this player who was clearly using some kind of program. In a three- or four-minute game, this guy (or woman) was laying bingos left and right—four in the first 90 seconds. Making bingos is to be expected; if I get good letters and an open board, it’s not that unusual for me to make two or three in a short game. But it’s also the kind of bingos that’s a giveaway. Almost all of mine fall into one of three categories: “-ers” words (e.g., “jumpers”), “-ier” words (e.g., “mintier”), or “-ing” words. The first one this guy made was “agitable.” Okay, fine--those are common letters, that’d be one you could memorize easily. There were a couple more unusual ones after that. He changed letters at one point, I played, and then he instantaneously laid down “judoists” over a triple-triple for almost 200 points. “Judoists”? It’s a legitimate word--we were playing automatic validation--but give me a break. The human mind just doesn’t pick that word out in a split-second (least of all a player with a ~1,200 rating). So I left the game.

clemenza, Sunday, 16 September 2018 16:21 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

Tried mallese--what everyone speaks in Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Clueless--on Pogo. Didn't fly.

clemenza, Sunday, 29 September 2019 21:51 (seven months ago) link

My favourite ever Scrabble moment was when I turned FELINES into WIFELINESS

i could chug a keg of you (flamboyant goon tie included), Monday, 30 September 2019 03:37 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

Specifically to play a friend--who in the end wasn't able to set up an account--I stupidly went back on isc.ro for a few weeks. The level of a play is ridiculous now. 10 years ago, I went through four or five accounts, always bringing my rating to 1500 before starting a new one. About five years ago I returned, and I couldn't get the rating over 1400. I've got to be 50% better than I was 10 years ago (hundreds and hundreds of games on Pogo), but I'm bailing again at 1307. I'm constantly playing people with ratings of 1100 or 1200 who a) have peak ratings of 1500/1600/1700 a few years ago, and b) lay bingos left and right. If you get caught up in it like I do, it's just too nerve-wracking.

I was playing someone a few days ago, rating of ~1150. I was up about 50 points, I had a play, and she had seven letters left. I looked at her letters and they were very un-bingo like: the 'q' was in there, also an 'm'; she had a blank, but it looked like a total jumble. Just to be sure, I played something at the bottom of the board so my last letter was part of the bingo lane--she'd now have to build on my letter.

In about one second flat--she obviously had her word and needed one extra letter from me--she lays "quagmire" across a triple-triple for 203 points. That's what you get from an 1150 player on there now.

clemenza, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 17:22 (five months ago) link

four months pass...

Just Pogo, but played "executed" across a triple-triple for 262 points, which I think is the most I've ever had for a single play.

clemenza, Tuesday, 7 April 2020 15:42 (one month ago) link

Crazily, the https://isc.ro/ site mentioned upthread still exists and I've created a new account!

Unchanged from 2002 from what I can see...

Grandpont Genie, Tuesday, 7 April 2020 15:56 (one month ago) link

Definitely still there. See my post three up--haven't been back since.

clemenza, Tuesday, 7 April 2020 16:05 (one month ago) link

Cool. what's your account id? I'm ScrabOX3.

Grandpont Genie, Tuesday, 7 April 2020 16:08 (one month ago) link

I just got a notice yesterday on my Scrabble app yesterday that come June all ratings are getting wiped clean and a new system will be in place

anybody know what this is about?

Yanni Xenakis (Hadrian VIII), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 16:11 (one month ago) link

kudos clemenza!

Yanni Xenakis (Hadrian VIII), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 16:11 (one month ago) link

GG: verlander. I said I wouldn't go back, and I've managed not to, but I'm okay with having a game with someone specific if you can pick a time. (I know this sounds ridiculous, but I have a real addiction problem.)

clemenza, Tuesday, 7 April 2020 16:16 (one month ago) link

That's amazing clemenza

My highest play is WANGLERS for 167

The play I'm most proud of though is when I bingo'd with FELINES and then turned it into WIFELINESS a few turns later

*Ctrl-F* ah I posted about that already, well, I was very proud

we have no stan but to choice (flamboyant goon tie included), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 19:31 (one month ago) link

Re: the notice, it was tl;dr, but basically EA's stepping out of Scrabble and new version (Scrabble GO) from Scopely (which includes in-app purchases?) takes over in June.

My highest is CYANIDES for 158. You all are monsters.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 19:41 (one month ago) link

In App Store now, but requires iOS 10+. Hello, darkness, my old iPad 3.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 19:44 (one month ago) link

The old EA app was okay. Replicated the board game with reasonable faithfulness. I am sweetly sad that it is going away.

Scrabble Go is a garish mess, with loads of mini-games and mini-challenges and pointless levels and a baroque metasystem of gems / money / points / badges / leagues / tickets. Meant to be both opaque and addictive a la Candy Crush etc. It also very much incentivizes connecting to your Facebook friends or whatever, as opposed to playing as an anonymous guest.

There is still a decent game underneath all this colorful filigree, and I've had one or two opponents who did all right against me. But I'm at like a 98% win rate so I wanna hang back until it gets enough refugees from the old EA app who can actually play strategically.

cuomo money, cuomo problems (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 19:51 (one month ago) link

ha xp

REQUESTS, 212

So I read up on the Scopely reboot and of course it fucking sucks and like everything else simple and good in the world has to be made ugly and complicated and thoroughly monetized

It looks like Candy Crush or some shit with all kinds of lights and pastel buttons and avatars, w/ ads and "social component" and interruptive "mini-games" and incentivized gold fucking tokens and leveling up etc.

Yanni Xenakis (Hadrian VIII), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 19:51 (one month ago) link

WHY

Yanni Xenakis (Hadrian VIII), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 19:52 (one month ago) link

FGTI: I remember your felines-into-wifeliness post, that's impressive. I'm guessing only 5-10% of my bingos incorporate a letter already down (and I don't think I've ever laid one incorporating two or more letters). My best play in an actual non-computer game was "quilters" on ISC; over 200, but not as high as other plays mentioned above.

clemenza, Tuesday, 7 April 2020 20:06 (one month ago) link

Just so as not to be a grumpy gus, the one thing I do like is its equivalent of the speed mode (duels).

In EA Scrab you had to wait 24 hours before "nudging" an opponent. Then if another 24 hours went by you could "force forfeit" them. So a game could go on for a week or so, and so I'd have like 8 games going at once, which is not ideal. I do like the opportunity to sit down and concentrate with sufficient pushback from the other side.

cuomo money, cuomo problems (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 20:08 (one month ago) link

24 hours?!? I used to play 3-minutes games on ISC.

clemenza, Tuesday, 7 April 2020 20:10 (one month ago) link

There was a timed play option (2 or 5 minutes per move) on the EA app.

Scrabble Go duels are much faster, like 30 seconds? Also various times solo games.

cuomo money, cuomo problems (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 20:23 (one month ago) link

the 24-hour nudge thing never bothered me because I keep as many as fifteen or twenty games going at once...I'm rarely waiting to play

anyway I'm hoping after they get ppl hooked on this they will offer up a no-frills game to buy

Yanni Xenakis (Hadrian VIII), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 21:31 (one month ago) link

Very important correction: "executed" was for 212 points, not 262. Pogo displayed 162 for the word--correct--then I added 100 in my mind for the bingo, rather than 50. (The 'c' was already down on one double-letter square, one of the vowels was a blank, and the 't' was on the other double-letter square.)

Three minutes I can handle--30 seconds, that's crazy talk. (When I went back in the fall, the three-minute games had gotten a little too nerve-racking.)

clemenza, Tuesday, 7 April 2020 22:05 (one month ago) link

On EA I had 525 for best game, a 1635 ELO rating, best word was LEAVINGS for 158. 58% win percentage, which seems about right. If pitted against a broad range of serious (but not obsessed) Scrabblers I think that's about how well I'd do.

In Scrabble Go it's, sheesh, 690 "Scrabble Score" (whatever that means), best word 113, best game 465.

Nothing is comparable about these numbers because it's different conditions, a different dictionary, and a radically different competitor pool.

cuomo money, cuomo problems (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 22:42 (one month ago) link

Anyone ever played the Quackle computer? It's ridiculous. I'll have to play 25 games before I win one.

http://people.csail.mit.edu/jasonkb/quackle/

http://people.csail.mit.edu/jasonkb/quackle/doc/blockdiagram.png

clemenza, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 01:29 (one month ago) link

On isc.ro all night, till six this morning, mostly losing. It's entirely Grandpont Genie's fault. And if not him, then China, Nancy Pelosi, and the World Health Organization.

clemenza, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 17:27 (one month ago) link

One of the best things about the ISC, though I don't use it often, is that you can watch highly-rated games in progress, often one of their computers against a famous Scrabble player. (Yes--within this parallel universe, there are famous players.) Here's a screenshot I took of a game probably still going on between Joel Sherman and Zurix, an ISC computer. Sherman's won the National Championship a few times, I believe (and is well known for various eccentricities). He's playing the blue tiles.

http://phildellio.tripod.com/joel.jpg

As soon as I finish here, I'm going to go inhume some zatak.

clemenza, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 21:33 (one month ago) link


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