Online playThere are many opportunities to play Scrabble online with players from around the world or against the computer. Some of these have tournaments set up. There is often a choice of lexicons, but we would like to have Collins Scrabble Words to match what we play at clubs and tournaments.
On web based platforms you can sometimes watch live games or view archived games.
On programs such as Quackle there is also deep analysis via simulations. Expert players use such programs to do post mortems.
You can play against an AI bot (several types are available), against a friend or a stranger.
You can observe games in progress or examine a completed game.
The 2021 WESPA World Championship, an elite invitational event, was conducted online using Woogles. Other online tournaments are held using Woogles.
David Webb, one of Britain's top players, has a YouTube channel zapateo99 which has videos of games he has played on ISC, with a voiceover explaining his thinking.
Quackle was created by two extremely strong Scrabble players: Jason Katz-Brown and John O’Laughlin. Quackle uses Monte Carlo simulation based primarily on points earned and letters left on the rack to make decisions, and allows you to input any position and then simulate, providing an analysis of which play is best as well as key statistics, such as bingo percentage, average score, and standard deviation.
Elise uses exhaustive search to play a perfect end-game.
It has not been updated since 2013. You need to provide a lexicon (it has CSW12) .
Word study and judgingThere are programs that can be used for searching for anagrams or patterns, for word study, and for adjudication of a play of one or more words. The strictest mode of judging is used in proper competitive play where a play of more than one word will only give a Yes or No, without revealing which words are wrong, and not giving extra information such as definitions or parts of speech.
There are also mobile apps for iOs and Android
The Zyzzyva Word Judge is the de facto standard for adjudicating attournaments in Australia and indeed the world.
ULU comes equipped with both of the lexicons used in English-language Scrabble: the NWL2018 lexicon for North America, and the CSW2019 lexicon for the rest of the world.
ULU's Search page enables you to find words that match letter combinations, with or without blanks and wildcards. It also finds words matching any pattern you name, words that contain only a subset of letters you name, words of a certain length, or any combination of these things at once. You can also limit search results to show only the number of matches or to show which blanks make matches. Tapping a word brings up a page of more detailed information about that word.
ULU's Judge page lets you see whether or not words you type are all valid, as you would need when playing tournament Scrabble.
ULU also includes a customizable timer for use in tournament Scrabble or in other games
Other word games
It became popular because you can boast on social media how many turns you took.
There are variants such as
- Absurdle which frustrates you by apparently changing the target word so you are given the least amount of information, while keeping answers to guesses still valid.
- Hello wordl which allows you to choose word length (4 to 11)
- Jotto Mastermind which only tells you how many Jots (letters contained) and how many of these are in the correct position. Words do not contain repeated letters.
The goal of the puzzle is to find all of the words that can be created with the given seven letters. Words must be 4 letters or longer. Words must contain the middle letter. Letters can be used more than once.
Unforunately many words that you try are not in their lexicon. The E C D H I K W puzzle shown has 49 solutions in their system including what they misleadingly call a pangram (just one in this instance). They, and the New York Times, use pangram to mean a solution which uses all seven letters (perhaps with repeated letters).