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A Blue Perspective: SSCrabble

27 January 2004

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I think that I might go a bit overboard sometimes.

It started after visiting Pholph's Scrabble Score Generator. I thought that maybe an XHTML/CSS Scrabble name converter would be more useful than using images, and so proceeded to open up TextPad to style some tiles (rhyme!). After whipping up the tiles in a couple of minutes it struck me as a bit trivial to implement just the generator and thought it might be cooler to be able to place the tiles on a board. After making the board ... what the hell, I might as well just do the whole game.

Randomly picked tiles, words from the dictionary, proper connections and scoring. A full game of solitaire Scrabble on a web page, no Java applets, no Flash.

All the functionality is performed using JavaScript, so your browser will have to have it enabled in order to do anything. The bulk of the file size is taken up by the dictionary. The default version uses the UNIX dictionary, which contains 25,000 words, approximately 200kB. However, I've also made a long dictionary version – in case you're a bit of a wordsmith – that uses the Official Scrabble Player's Dictionary; 80,000 words, 600kB. Want the freedom that only off-line Scrabble playing can deliver? Download the zip [207kB] to play it locally.

Probably the hardest part was the logic behind calculating where words start and end: intersections with other tiles, multiple words, etc. The rest of the code involves manipulation of the Document Object Model to draw objects when the user selects and places them. Definitely the biggest JavaScript project I've worked on; most of the time it's one-off functions for checking forms.

There's probably a few errors in there somewhere, as my brain was getting a bit muddled towards the end. But I've played a few games and they all turned out OK, so alpha-testing has passed :o] If you do happen to find any errors, just tell me here or here. I should be adding a few small features over the next couple of days, so you can include wishlists there as well.

As per usual it's pure XHTML/CSS using relative units, so feel free to resize text as your bi-focals require. Tested in IE 6 (Win), Opera 7.11 (Win), Mozilla 1.5 (Win).

UPDATE: Olly Betts has spent a fair bit of time debugging the original scripts and even included functionality such as a more comprehensive dictionary, tile swapping and game saving/loading. This has now been uploaded for everyone to enjoy.

SCRABBLE® is a registered trademark. All intellectual property rights in and to the game are owned in the U.S.A and Canada by Hasbro Inc., and throughout the rest of the world by J.W. Spear & Sons Limited of Maidenhead, Berkshire, England, a subsidiary of Mattel Inc. This web page and associated experiments are not associated with any of the owners.


1/142. 28 January 2004 @ 01:30, RMCox wrote:

You are either: a) insane or b) genius.

Might be fun to track high scores?

[Works in Safari 1.1.1 & Firebird 0.7/Mac, but not in IE5.2/Mac (big surprise)]

2/142. 28 January 2004 @ 01:48, The Man in Blue wrote:

A little from column A, a little from column B :o]

On high scores, I was already going to put in "Your high score:" but were you thinking global Internet scores?

3/142. 28 January 2004 @ 01:55, The Man in Blue wrote:

BTW, bugs I'm aware of and fixing:

- If you get to the end of all the tiles it keeps looking for more

- Swapping tiles doesn't quite work behind the scenes (I ended up with 30 "A"s on the board :o] )

4/142. 28 January 2004 @ 01:56, Unearthed Ruminator wrote:

Wow! That's an amazing piece of work!

I don't think I'd have the patience to code this.

I only found a couple of bugs in the long dictionary version (a couple of times it told me that I had to start next to an already placed,word, which I had done; if you place a tile on a bonus square and then have to take it off again, the text disappears; when you run out of tiles, the square is labeled undefined).

Are the letters randomly generated? I didn't hit any Q or Z tiles.

597 points (0 tiles left).

5/142. 28 January 2004 @ 02:51, RMCox wrote:

Yep, I was thinking of global high scores, the all-time top ten or something. You may have to code in a score punishment for swapping tiles and possibly add a timer which would also impact the score.

6/142. 28 January 2004 @ 03:26, fisher willaredt wrote:

this is beautiful. but the dictionary is a word freak, i'm frustrated.

7/142. 28 January 2004 @ 03:35, fisher willaredt wrote:

i realize i should give examples:

grids came up as not in dictionary;
mons came up as not in dictionary;

also...when you create 2 separate words, one across and one down, for example:


it only calculates one word in one direction.

8/142. 28 January 2004 @ 05:46, RMCox wrote:

fisher willaredt, in the post above, there's a link to the long dictionary version:

9/142. 30 January 2004 @ 02:29, The Man in Blue wrote:

Alllllllllrighty ... I think I've caught all the bugs -- at least the one's mentioned anyway. So now multiple word scores are in full effect, and you'll get the whole range of letters. So get SSCrabbling!

(My best score so far is 599, I won't count the one where I turned the dictionary off :o] )

10/142. 30 January 2004 @ 05:44, Lucian wrote:

Great work! One more bug. Bonus tiles are only good once. When I make a word using the letter already on the bonus tile, I get the bonus again.

11/142. 30 January 2004 @ 10:39, HTodd wrote:

The "words must be touching" bug is still there. (I came across it attempting to place the first letter of a horizontal word above the last letter of another horizontal word.) Otherwise hugely impressive!

12/142. 30 January 2004 @ 13:00, The Man in Blue wrote:

That's weird, never come across it ... what browser you using? I'll look into it.

13/142. 31 January 2004 @ 05:25, zooey wrote:

Isn't the first word supposed to be a double word score?

14/142. 31 January 2004 @ 07:52, Melissa wrote:

It's beautiful. You did a wonderful job. Thank you for such a great way to alleviate boredom. :)

15/142. 31 January 2004 @ 10:02, Ken wrote:


It doesn't know the word "belts". Does it not know suffixes? I imagine that would be a little tricker to do.

16/142. 31 January 2004 @ 10:48, Dave Bug wrote:

It would be handy to be able to drag around letters on my rack for brainstorming purposes.

And, yeah, the first square is technically a double-word bonus.

17/142. 31 January 2004 @ 12:30, d&m wrote:

Thanks for creating this! We reached 655 here... can't wait to try with the long dictionary version.

18/142. 31 January 2004 @ 14:12, d&m wrote:

737, 2 tiles left... time for bed (it's 5am here in jerusalem...) this was great fun!

19/142. 31 January 2004 @ 15:10, LD wrote:

Very cool!

However, I used all my letters on the first word and didn't get the 50 pt bonus. Also as someone stated earlier, the first word is a double word score.

But, it is very beautiful and fast! Great job.

20/142. 31 January 2004 @ 17:28, Nick Douglas wrote:

I'm running Firebird 0.8.0+ on Windows XP. I put "EKE" going down so the last "E" touched a "B" to make "BE" across. I got the "At least one of your pieces must touch..." error.

Why bother with the UNIX dictionary, which doesn't have "FARMS," when everyone loves the Scrabble Dictionary version?

21/142. 31 January 2004 @ 20:07, The Man in Blue wrote:

Bug Fix 5.0a:

- Bonus points for all letter usage

- Bonus tiles only score on first usage

- Double word score on first word

- "Words must be touching" now touching!

Also, there's a more explicit link to the official dictionary version at the top of this page.

22/142. 1 February 2004 @ 03:32, Dave Bug wrote:

Excellent, glad to see the improvements. If it's not possible to use the actual Scrabble dictionary, would it be possible to manually eadd to the dictionary any of the missing 96 2-letter words? I noticed ER isn't in (the "long") dictionary.

Here's a list: I suspect probably 80 of these are already in the list, so it shouldn't be too hard to make it complete..

23/142. 1 February 2004 @ 04:54, d&m wrote:

769, no tiles left. amazing what not studying for exams can do to you.

24/142. 1 February 2004 @ 09:02, kara wrote:

Has anyone tried it in Netscape yet? Was going to send the link to my Mom - u know how Moms like playing this game ; )

425 ( first game)

25/142. 1 February 2004 @ 14:41, Joy wrote:

It seems like you can't put any plurals in at all. It didn't know wages or vanes, but gave me wage and vane. Very annoying.

26/142. 1 February 2004 @ 17:08, tonu wrote:

Can't take plurals --- also wouldn't accept emu--- wonder what would happen with en or em --- but enjoyed otherwise.

27/142. 1 February 2004 @ 17:26, The Man in Blue wrote:

Errrr ... whoops, had the wrong links at the top of the page. Fixed now.

The long dictionary should contain all the plurals, etc. but if it doesn't I don't want to hear any more complaints; it's the only official Scrabble dictionary I could find.

28/142. 1 February 2004 @ 18:07, Ro wrote:

This is great so far! I do agree with a previous comment that you need to add a high score mechanism.

29/142. 2 February 2004 @ 05:13, cashmere wrote:

great game! suggestion: make the board smaller?? so we with smaller screens can see the whole thing.

also, add the word faux to the dictionary.


30/142. 2 February 2004 @ 08:41, patrick wrote:

>>great game! suggestion: make the board smaller?? so we with smaller screens can see the whole thing.

In most non-IE browsers, you can do ctrl+/- to zoom the board.

31/142. 2 February 2004 @ 10:09, dude... seriously wrote:

okay... i scored 435, which i doubt is particularly good...
i wasn't able to place a 'B' or a 'D', so that leaves me with 430, I guess...

32/142. 2 February 2004 @ 10:10, dude... seriously wrote:

i placed the B, so, 437 :)

33/142. 2 February 2004 @ 11:18, Ursula wrote:

This is totally amazing. The only thing need I'd say is ability to track high score.

34/142. 2 February 2004 @ 17:07, Lila wrote:

What great fun!! Agree that it would be nice to be able to see the whole screen at one time and also to be able to arrange the tiles prior to play. Maybe it would help to run the tiles down the side instead of underneath. Excellent results for a lot of hard work.

35/142. 3 February 2004 @ 05:24, geo wrote:

Where do I store the score? 559 long

36/142. 3 February 2004 @ 09:55, Greg S. wrote:

532 and 0 tiles left.

37/142. 3 February 2004 @ 09:59, Tivo wrote:

735 long. No complaints so far. Nice coding.

38/142. 3 February 2004 @ 17:02, Ricardo wrote:

We should have the best scores with a snapshot of the board posted on this site. I scored 799 on my second game. Anyone top 1000?

39/142. 4 February 2004 @ 08:04, Andrew wrote:

Yeah, plurals seem to be a big problem for the dictionary in general.

40/142. 4 February 2004 @ 11:55, ACJ wrote:

Awesome. Great job.

41/142. 5 February 2004 @ 17:51, Ricardo wrote:

888 long....

42/142. 6 February 2004 @ 01:58, Bob wrote:

I downloaded the offline version. At first it didn't want to work at all so I put all of the files into one folder (I also left the files in their seperate folders) and it started working but when I click on the Submit Words button, I get a "error on page" message and it doesn't do anything. I have WinXP. Got any ideal what the problem is or what to check???

Thanks, it is a good game.

43/142. 6 February 2004 @ 04:38, Sarah McEvoy wrote:

This is absolutely wonderful - the next best thing to a real game! I can't find anyone to play Scrabble with at the moment, at least nobody who can beat me, so I am having tremendous fun trying to improve my score. My highest score so far is 868, and my arithmetic mean score is 771 (to nearest whole number).

Thank you so much for taking the trouble to write this and put it up on your site. :-)

44/142. 6 February 2004 @ 10:17, Colleen O'Neill wrote:

Just amazing. what a treat! I feel like a real ingrate to even make improvement suggestions - and this may already have been suggested - I haven't read through all the comments. Here it is: it would be fun to be able to re-order the tiles on the tray. thanks so much for doing this. (another great way to waste time!)

45/142. 6 February 2004 @ 12:42, Eric Devlin wrote:


Thanks for what seems to be a great program. Is the game set to be played as two person with the computer taking the position as your opponent?

I tried a few times, entering the first word and waiting for the computer to enter a word (to no avail).



46/142. 6 February 2004 @ 14:10, The Man in Blue wrote:

Nup, single player.

47/142. 6 February 2004 @ 19:29, Joe wrote:

Seems like a bug in the triple word score routine. I create a word in the triple word score that used an S to link to another pre-existing word. Both words were calculated with triple word score bonus, even though only one of them should have been.

48/142. 7 February 2004 @ 04:41, Marleen wrote:

Its very difficult if you're not english dut i still got addicted (dutch is my native language).

Highscore's would be very nice.

49/142. 7 February 2004 @ 05:18, chris wrote:

I love this--thanks.

Feels ungrateful to point out any bugs, but the scores are inflated: I encountered the triple-word score bug Joe reported in comment 48. Also, the colored squares should only count the first time they are played--this program seems to count them even in later additions to the word. Once a square is covered, it shouldn't multiply points again. E.g., If you play "bit" on a double word score, you get 10 points (5 points, doubled). If, on a later turn, you place an "e" at the end to make "bite," you should only get 6 points, since the 2W square was already used. The program often gave me 12 points instead.

50/142. 7 February 2004 @ 14:21, Ricardo wrote:

I noticed that the triple tile will count the first word triple it and then triple that amount on the second word if a letter is placed on it to create to separate words.

51/142. 10 February 2004 @ 04:28, Dave wrote:

Horrible dictionary. Won't allow zo, zho, dzo or dzho which have been my standbys for years. Excellent though. I'm hooked

52/142. 10 February 2004 @ 14:41, Bob wrote:

Has anyone gotten the offline version to work??? I still get "error on page".

53/142. 11 February 2004 @ 03:34, Pathfinder wrote:

I love this game.

Score: 1068 long.

thanx so much

54/142. 11 February 2004 @ 11:29, bruce wrote:

great game. one annoying feature. the "submit word" should be the default button for when you press enter. i don't konw how many times i naturally went to enter and ended up losing my word because it went to "swap tiles".

55/142. 11 February 2004 @ 12:04, Charles Lloyd wrote:

I would like to play with another player remotely. This would require some hosting and session management on your part, I suppose. For this I would not want the dictionary feature -- the other player would challenge if word is suspicious.

56/142. 15 February 2004 @ 09:39, Neil C wrote:

Great fun. 636. Guess I need more practice (Damned Q's!)

57/142. 15 February 2004 @ 22:13, Alex wrote:

Pretty amazing stuff there, congrats. Must have taken a while to do.


58/142. 16 February 2004 @ 00:43, Laurence Lombard wrote:

I have found what I think is a miscalculation of points.

I added the "W", "A" and "L" to create NAW and WEAL. I got about 30 points for WEAL (10x3) which is correct but the score for NAW was also multiplied by 3, which is incorrect. Any comments.
Laurence Lombard

59/142. 16 February 2004 @ 00:50, Laurence Lombard wrote:

Comment 58/58 refers. I forgot to add that the "L" fell on the 3W block on the middle right.

To repeat - in the example


I added "W", "A" and "L" to create NAW and WEAL with the L falling on the 3W block in the middle right and got a 3W score for both words. NAW does not qualify for a 3W score.

60/142. 16 February 2004 @ 17:02, Rick wrote:

finally I reached the 1000 mark- scoring 1195 with the long dictionary. I saved a screenshot of it to show anyone how I did it.

61/142. 18 February 2004 @ 04:29, Cassie wrote:

Fantastic stuff - wasting literally hours of my company's time every afternoon (not that they deserve it, the ungrateful pigs!)

Please please please think about adding official scrabble dictionary words (why not contact the publisher - I'm sure they'd be glad of the publicity?) It's really frustrating having such a limited list. Also a hall of fame top scores lists would definately give show-offs like me even more of an ego boost!

62/142. 18 February 2004 @ 10:49, Matt wrote:

This is a great piece of code. I play Scrabble online at their interface looks dated compared to yours, though you can type your words in and shuffle tiles in your rack.

63/142. 18 February 2004 @ 11:37, Matt wrote:

I'm also getting the same random letters each time I fire it up. I think you might need to seed the Random number generator with the current time or something?

64/142. 18 February 2004 @ 12:55, Russ wrote:

Great tool to sharpen your skills.

I found out that the following are "words":

sizar - to do with oxford
tedding - to do with farming
zarf - ???
taw - ???

Without the automatic checking, I wouldn't have tried them out.

Idea: allow for an override capability for long words (& get super 9X megapoints!)

65/142. 19 February 2004 @ 10:37, ryan wrote:

Very cool. Just don't be an idiot like me and attempt to type command-t (mac, new tab) and accidentally hit command-r...

66/142. 20 February 2004 @ 15:43, Neil C wrote:

Bug: If you hit Swap Tiles when there are no tiles left you lose the tiles you selected


67/142. 22 February 2004 @ 09:14, Neil C wrote:

Another one. Lets you have more than one instance of a word.

68/142. 28 February 2004 @ 18:25, Rick wrote:

1195 , long version....I am addicted

69/142. 2 March 2004 @ 08:28, zoe wrote:

Being a scrabble fan, i tried my luck.
Scored 674, a v left.
Very proud of myself. English is not my mother tongue and i 'm not living in an english speaking country And this is a first playing scrabble in english.
Very good ego rubbing.

70/142. 7 March 2004 @ 21:11, Zuzana wrote:

Great fun! Perfect to practice your English. Greetings from the Czech Republic,

709 so far and determined to get better

71/142. 7 March 2004 @ 21:39, Adam Lasnik wrote:

Pretty neat!

I'd also love to see a two-player version (though I guess sitting at a computer together is a little geeky).

Er, maybe over the Internet? Hmm!

72/142. 8 March 2004 @ 00:21, Matt wrote:

Multiplayer Internet Scrabble is here:

73/142. 8 March 2004 @ 02:45, Graham Toal wrote:

Welcome to the jolly band of Scrabble programmers. If you haven't already found it, can I encourage you to join the mailing list?

Nice work.


74/142. 9 March 2004 @ 12:49, Dan wrote:

Highest score thus far - 969. On triple word score, end word 1 space before trip word square, drop in another word that also ends in letter "s" (placing the "s" on the triple word square) and watch the points ring up!

75/142. 12 March 2004 @ 15:00, Jeff Walden wrote:

I'm a member of the National Scrabble Assocation in the US, so I'll try to respond to as many of the questions and issues posted here as I can.

Post #6: as in a Stefan Fatsis Word Freak? (Word Freak is a book by a Wall Street Journal writer about competitive Scrabble. It's an excellent read if you don't know much about Scrabble tournaments.)

Post #16/#44: I like the ideas. My head aches just thinking about all the time put into this already, tho, just to make it work correctly. *ouch*

Post #27: an accurate copy of the Scrabble dictionary *is* rather hard to find, thanks to the Hasbro/Mattel ownership of the game and the fact that it would compete with the dictionary sales. When I need the list, I use the copy at <> It seems to be nearly error-free, and I've only ever heard of one mistake in the full list (it's been corrected). (See also my response to post #51.)

Post #43: if you think you're good, try playing at <>(if you're on Windows - nothing for Mac/Linux yet). There are cheaters, but it's the best I've found to date. It's also the source of the dictionary file mentioned above.

Post #47: got that bug too.

Post #51: dzo/zho/zo/dzho are all valid words in international (formerly British) Scrabble (North America and Israel use a somewhat different dictionary). The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary is North American, so it doesn't have such international-only words. See the response to post #27 as well for the lists for comparison.

Post #61: see response to post #27; Hasbro/Mattel won't make it publicly available, so your best bet is in post #27.

Post #64: a ZARF is a type of small cup. I'm not sure about TAW, but you can check it (and all other North American Scrabble words) at this handy link: <>
Post #67: huh? You can play the same word more than once, if that's what you mean. If we couldn't play the 2-letter words more than once, the game could easily get rather difficult in no time.

As for my own comments: crazy! I can't believe the work you had to put into this to make it work! Also, if you could update your dictionary to the one I linked that would be good -- I tried playing the common word YO (as in "Yo, Adrian! Come here!") and was told it was invalid. It's been in since the third edition of the OSPD. I also noticed KEV was in there, and it's not valid either. Perhaps you have an old version of the dictionary? The linked dictionary is up-to-date and solves both these problems. Finally, I'm a member of a Scrabble e-mail list, so I'll pass this along to them. Thanks for a good time!

76/142. 15 March 2004 @ 10:24, Liz wrote:

Fantastic site, but Yes isn't in the dictionary!

77/142. 15 March 2004 @ 22:51, Liz wrote:

Oops - sorry - it is in the long dictionary, but I have noticed another couple of things - no blank tiles and I thought it was 20 points for finishing your tiles? I just got an extra 50 for putting down "It" to finish my last tile because I used all my tiles up!

78/142. 23 March 2004 @ 04:56, Lynn! wrote:

First time playing online -- 722 points, no letters left, no "swapping"..... I felt like I got off to a kind of lame start, since I hadn't played in awhile, but it looks like that score wasn't so bad. Musta had pretty good racks.

79/142. 23 March 2004 @ 20:46, Daniel wrote:

New high score, using words where I could drop in an common letter to two words on the triple word score tiles. Previous highs for me were 772, then 926, then 972, now 1027. I don't think I can get much higher than that! dlb

80/142. 7 April 2004 @ 09:51, Nathan James wrote:

834. Bugs:

- As mentioned with WEAL, counts TWS's both ways, even when the hook isn't on the TWS. This is wrong.

- Gave me the 50 point bonus when I played one tile out. That's only for using seven letters.

81/142. 8 April 2004 @ 21:27, Tari wrote:

Interesting way to play Scrabble! Good work! Would love to see this version as a two/three/four player game! I didn't have any dictiontary problems after switching to the long version, short version wouldn't even let me play the word bells...!? Being able to move tiles around in the rack would be helpful, I didn't notice the scoring problem mentioned above, I was probably too busy wondering why I was leaving myself such bad leads, heh!

Thanks for creating this, I really enjoyed it!

82/142. 8 April 2004 @ 22:13, Tari wrote:


83/142. 9 April 2004 @ 06:46, Lynn! wrote:

Woohoo! 1069! (Admittedly assisted by the very generous bonus system when making multiple words at a shot.... I like it! Don't fix the bugs -- make scrabble(R) conform! :) )

84/142. 12 April 2004 @ 15:12, Annie wrote:

dude, arent triple/double word scores supposed to be once direction only ?
but yeah we can get scrabble (R) to reform

85/142. 14 April 2004 @ 05:02, Lynn! wrote:

I could get very, very VERY addicted to the bugs in the triple word score (I made four words at a shot, and though only two "should" have counted as triple word scores, one counted as triple-word... the other three were multiplied by 9!!!!!) Woohooooooooooooo. Love it love it love it and I'll miss it if and when it's fixed. I mean, it's a solitaire game -- not like there's another player to get all miffed because you got more than your fair share. It's just like Christmas every day. heh heh. :)

86/142. 21 April 2004 @ 11:39, Rillibee wrote:

OK, you all making me feel like a piker, I've only been over 500 once. But this is a far better way to waste my time than solitaire. I notice that I do a lot better in the morning than in the evening.

87/142. 21 April 2004 @ 13:11, Dan wrote:

My first word was PARTNER, with the T resting on the center yellow square. So far, so good, and I get the bonus 50 points for using all 7 letters. Then, across the botton of this vertical word, I create GOVERN using the bottom R in PARTNER. I get the double word score square left of vertical. However, when I then add MENT to create GOVERNMENT I get a message that GOVERNMENT is not in the dictionary. This has happened to me three times, trying to add MENT to the end of such a word and therefore get another double word score, but the word with MENT is not recognized in the dictionary, even though it is a correct word and spelled correctly. This, by the way, is using the more expansive dictionary. Any reason why adding MENT seems to automatically disallow the word? Thanks, Dan

88/142. 23 April 2004 @ 09:03, Adam Rabinowitz wrote:

have been playing with my students (fifth grade, 10 and 11 year olds). We are having a great time. We are also having a board scrabble tourney. Any way to come back to a game after quitting the browser?

89/142. 23 April 2004 @ 09:28, J wrote:

Great game... though I wasn't clear on full dictionary/short dictionary at first.

90/142. 23 April 2004 @ 11:43, The Man in Blue wrote:

Glad it's fun AND educational, Adam :o]

There's no way to come back to a game after closing it, that would require way too much coding.

91/142. 24 April 2004 @ 21:20, Jem wrote:

Very Cool bit of programming. Inspiring, really.

I didn't read all the comments (about half!) but in your last comment you said it would be too difficult to store a game.

couldn't you populate an array with the game pieces on the board, and record the tiles on the rack, not yet selected, and the score.

Then, when reopening the game repopulate the board from the array, and the rack and 'well' from the stored lists.

I'm not a programmer, so I'm not sure if this is doable in javascript without somekind of server side involvement. Could the arrays be stored in cookies?

And yes, even if what I say is possible, it still might be a ton of coding :)

Not meaning to criticize in ANY way. What you've done here is truly fantastic. Here's to creativity and wondering, "Hmmm... I wonder if I can do that?"



92/142. 24 April 2004 @ 22:54, The Man in Blue wrote:

Yep, that's pretty much how you'd do it, but I've frozen development of the game, so it ain't going to happen :o]

93/142. 30 April 2004 @ 15:02, Delma wrote:

Love to play alone or withsome one else. My goal always is to finish all the tiles. Don't care much if dictionary doesn't accept. Gives me an opportunity to sharpen my skills! I keep the game on and do other things and come back to it whenever there is time. You see, I am in the classroom and seldom there is free time. Thanks for creating it.

94/142. 8 May 2004 @ 03:58, wrote:

The dictionary has a paucity of long words including no WRESTLING, no ELECTORAL, no MACERATED, no
TREASURER, and no UNREQUITED. It also doesn't have certain short words like TEEMED (the dictionary teemed with lots of weird 2 letter words, though).

It is a fine game. I find sometimes the corners have scored 9 x the scores, though - - not just 9 x the corner words themselves, but also those words made by various letters in the corner word, which all seems very odd.

95/142. 23 May 2004 @ 12:48, Belle wrote:

Thanks for this site! It sure helps pass the loooong hours I spend working overnight! I just scored 725! My personal best!

96/142. 28 May 2004 @ 03:23, Olly Betts wrote:

Nice piece of work!

As many have noted above, triple (and in fact double) word scores are miscalculated sometimes. Here's a patch to fix it:

I also have a version of the SOWPODS list converted to work with this if you're interested. It's more than 3 times as large as the "long" dictionary, but a lot of words could be pruned because they can never be played without blanks.

97/142. 29 May 2004 @ 04:47, Jeff Walden wrote:

The fun's just as good now as when I first stumbled on it...this could be some real fun if implemented in an extension for Firefox. I'll have to add that to the list of Good Ideas(TM) to consider for my free time.

98/142. 29 May 2004 @ 06:45, Kevin Jordan wrote:

Aah, good fun with Scrabble. I love Scrabble (second only to Monopoly - can't beat a good entrepreneurial game whose goal is making money), and this is about as close to the real thing as I can get in a limited time without playing another person. Thanks!!!

99/142. 19 June 2004 @ 20:38, The Man in Blue wrote:

UPDATE: Olly Betts has supplied me with updated files, removing some bugs and adding some nice functionality, so have a play!

100/142. 20 June 2004 @ 01:10, Cara wrote:

It looks like the updates will make play a little easier, but unfortunately it's not accepting my play.

101/142. 21 June 2004 @ 08:25, Olly Betts wrote:

Cara - not all the files were updated correctly at first. This should be fixed now, if not please say.

102/142. 22 June 2004 @ 05:11, S. Johnson wrote:

The upgrades are wonderful. This is my favorite web site. Thanks so much. S.

103/142. 25 June 2004 @ 16:21, Joe wrote:

Try to add a new feature, find the best move.

104/142. 26 June 2004 @ 03:16, Chris wrote:

Love the updates, but I would also like to see a global highscore link. Is it possible to include screenshots of the boards of say, the top 10?

Very good site. My complements.

105/142. 27 June 2004 @ 12:16, j wrote:

I have played this game once and it was cool. However, the next time I went to play, it wouldn't work. The board and buttons come up but the letters don't appear. I have no idea what's wrong. Refreshing doesn't work and I tried pressing all the buttons.

I'm not sure if it's a bug or not but it would be cool if you could add an extra button called "new game" or something. I don't know if that would fix my problem but nothing else seems to.

106/142. 28 June 2004 @ 09:35, Olly Betts wrote:

j - What web browser and version are you using? I think this must be a problem with some javascript feature being used which isn't supported by it - probably in the code which reads your highscore from a cookie. If I know what the problematic feature is, I should be able to avoid using it.

If you can work out how, check the javascript console to find what the error is. Typing
javascript: (note the trailing colon) into the "location" box does the trick with Netscape and some other browsers at least...

107/142. 28 June 2004 @ 09:53, Olly Betts wrote:

j - I've had a quick look, and I suspect that you're using MSIE 3, in which case the problem is that this doesn't support split.

It's going to be fiddly to fix not to use split, and it may be a while before I have enough free time. If possible, using a newer browser is a workaround.

108/142. 28 June 2004 @ 16:08, j wrote:

I downloaded a newer version of IE and it seems to work now. Thanks.

109/142. 30 June 2004 @ 01:51, Lynn! wrote:

Hey!!!! You've added features and stuff!!!! What a nice present out of the blue.

You've made a person you don't even know very very happy.

110/142. 30 June 2004 @ 03:38, Lynn! wrote:

k, just finished my first game on the new board. Shameful, shameful score. I miss "cheating," taking full advantage of the old bugs in the program. Farewell, unjust multiple triple and double word scores. I shall remember you fondly.

But you're making an honest woman of me, and it's interesting readjusting the strategy back to proper play. Blank tiles... I know I can make better use of these guys.

Thanks again. What fun.

111/142. 1 July 2004 @ 02:46, Olly Betts wrote:

I've sent "the man" an update which changes the cookie reading code so it should work on MSIE 3 (I don't have MSIE 3 to test with though). If it works, then you'll be able to play more than one game! Loading and saving games still won't work with MSIE 3 (that code is harder to rework).

Note: It might be a few days before the update goes live.

112/142. 11 July 2004 @ 10:41, Rhonda wrote:

I was looking for something to do today and did not feel like logging on to play online Scrabble, so found your site accidently. Enjoyed the play. Will continue, if for no other reason than to beat my high score.

I play Scrabble in a club and this is great practice!


113/142. 1 August 2004 @ 18:47, kaponata03 wrote:

Thank you for a great game. I have been playing it from the start. The improvements are great, there's always room for more but it takes time. THANK YOU for trying, and giving us a chance to have fun and exercise the grey cells.

114/142. 5 August 2004 @ 12:32, Jana wrote:

When I zoom down to get the entire board into my tiny screen, the V and Y look exactly alike. A new computer with 17" screen is on my wish list, but until then?

115/142. 13 August 2004 @ 02:23, David wrote:

Thanks for a wonderful fun gift. I have been looking for an easy to play game for one... and you have created the perfect game for me. Thank you so very much from David in San Diegi, CA.

116/142. 10 September 2004 @ 02:48, Eva wrote:

Itīs really great! I learn English and this is very useful for me. I played it yesterday evening and during whole night I dreamed about Scrabble. You created very useful game. Thank you.

117/142. 29 September 2004 @ 17:39, Scrabble Dictionary Accessory wrote:

A magnificent Solitaire Scrabble game! My full commendations to you. After I spend a few more days giving it a thorough workout, I'll consider adding it to my reviews of online Scrabble game sites at

118/142. 12 October 2004 @ 05:57, Craig3410 wrote:

Congratulations. I've been looking for a long while for something I can do to kill off a few hours a day.

Thanks for making this!

119/142. 22 October 2004 @ 16:51, Annie wrote:

Thank you! Something productive to do at work, finally!

120/142. 28 October 2004 @ 01:55, Stephanie wrote:

This site is great!! The only problem i had was the board is too large for my screen and I couldn't find a way to scale it down. Can it be done?

121/142. 22 November 2004 @ 20:33, Sherri wrote:

"The only problem i had was the board is too large for my screen and I couldn't find a way to scale it down. Can it be done?"

Turn your text size down works in Firefox; I just made it teensy LOL

THANKS Man-in-Blue! I'll use this to help increase my speed since I've become spoiled to turn-based games LOL

122/142. 3 December 2004 @ 22:04, Lucretia wrote:

Press F11 to increase page space so it all fits. Absolutely brilliant. Thanks.

123/142. 4 December 2004 @ 00:01, laurie wrote:

i wish i hadn't found this as my wife and i will now spend hours playing thank you for a great game

124/142. 4 December 2004 @ 00:01, laurie wrote:

i wish i hadn't found this as my wife and i will now spend hours playing thank you for a great game

125/142. 16 December 2004 @ 12:06, deano wrote:

very nice. hope to keep my mom entertained with this ....
A slight inconvenience was that the javascript prevented me pressing F11 in Firefox to get fullscreen (contrary to Lucretia's comment).
Here is a fix (to allow ALL function keys) to main.js that worked for me (fix works in FF1.0 and IE6).
Just insert the following code before "if (key > 96)" statement:

if(event.charCode == null || event.charCode == 0)
if (nKeyCode >= 112 && nKeyCode <= 123)
return true;

126/142. 16 December 2004 @ 12:13, deano wrote:

actually noticed that (for me) only FF(1.0) wasn't handling function keys. IE6 was handing ok with original JS code.
Must be a mozilla thang.

ps/fyi. i based that fix on stuff i found at this link:

127/142. 21 December 2004 @ 08:07, Mary wrote:

Thx for the great game. I am addicted. My son keeps trying to kick me off the computer. Ha, now it's my turn!!

128/142. 27 December 2004 @ 12:01, Sable906 wrote:

916 (long) thanks to Brenda Jones.

129/142. 28 December 2004 @ 13:51, jadeashlyn wrote:

this rocks, great work!!

130/142. 1 January 2005 @ 20:08, Richie wrote:

Really good. Had hours of fun.

131/142. 4 January 2005 @ 03:11, Valerie living in Finland wrote:

Thankyou for enabling me to enjoy a game of scrabble every now and then, though it's becoming addictive!

132/142. 6 January 2005 @ 02:49, Ester wrote:

I would love to play your game because I love this game, but it seems that all my buttons work but the submit word button. Well, no one else has a site like yours. Guess I will never get to play the game I love so much.

133/142. 9 January 2005 @ 23:26, Sam wrote:

My son got Scrabble at Christmas and keeps beating me, now I have discovered your site I can put in lots of practice and try and redeem some dignity, thank you!!!

134/142. 19 January 2005 @ 18:31, Brandy wrote:

When my two-year-old son is having a great time he looks up at the nearest adult and shouts "Yahoooo!" We recognize this as both a celebratory statement, and a warning that he is probably about to hurt himself. I feel this way about your game: it's so much fun it's dangerous! THANKS, and YAHOOOOO!

135/142. 1 February 2005 @ 05:34, Bella wrote:

Used up all my letters. Got score of 512!! Anyone beat me on that?

136/142. 10 February 2005 @ 09:43, kirsten wrote:

Top score 816.  3 times 'used all letters' and lots of triple letters and words with  Z's and Q's etc. Just love it.  I am 12 yrs.

137/142. 10 February 2005 @ 09:46, Kirsten's mum wrote:

Her top score was actually 881. I was amazed because she beat my previous high score of 786.  We are both totally addicted.

138/142. 25 February 2005 @ 09:50, Marge wrote:

Using Mac's Safari...When a game is finished... "Load" doesn't work...have to reboot the game. Sometimes the same 7 letters keep coming up to start the game..but if I hit "Experiment" a few times I can get a new starting set. Is there any easier way I'm missing?
Love the game..Just scored my highest with a 650..I'm sure I'll beat that soon.

139/142. 27 February 2005 @ 18:43, Melissa wrote:

I found out about your site via metafilter.  Thanks for investing the time to code it and to Olly Betts for the debugging.  It's fantastic.

140/142. 4 March 2005 @ 13:16, Lawrence wrote:

Whoa! Cool! first attempt total 755...kept forgetting that I'm playing with myself here (no pun intended), so next time I shall leave myself plenty of extensions for 9 timers! No complaints... say, is the mysterious Man In Blue from IBM? shades of Deep Blue here? lol... but seriously, a great piece of work, if only :

1) i can play multiplayer

2) using full SOWPODS...

that's my Xmas wish list anyway

Thanks for something to do when I get sick of getting thrashed on isc!

Lawrence aka buylow on isc... challengers are welcome! cya there

141/142. 23 March 2005 @ 02:35, wanda gooch wrote:

Do you get to play with other people or is this just by yourself

142/142. 23 March 2005 @ 17:20, Paul wrote:

Isn't the first word supposed to be a double word score?

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