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I feel that I owe all of you in blogland an apology for my incredibly erratic posting schedule over the past few months. I had a really rough start to the semester, and I never quite put it behind me. As the new year, and a new semester begins, I’m hoping to get back on track.

The past few days, since I got home really, have flown by. I’ve been surrounded by family and friends and love and laughter. In short, I’ve been home in the truest sense of the word.

And part of being home has been renewing my love of Scrabble. I’ve written before about my love of board games, but my love of Scrabble surpasses my love for all other board games.

One of my friends at school is amazing at Scrabble; she routinely connects two words with a “q” or a “z.”

I spent all summer training to beat her. All that I succeeded in doing was making my mom a superior player. My uncle also taught me the word “adz,” which Merriam-Webster defines as “a cutting tool that has a thin, arched blade set at right angles to the handle and is used chiefly for shaping wood.” It’s also a great way to get rid of the “z.”

I got back to school, and not only did I never have the chance to play “adz,” I never beat her.
I am getting better, though. I consistently score within the intermediate score range, rather than beginner. I’m learning a lot of the tricks of the game. For instance, never play an “s,” unless it can earn you at least eight points.

I’m not sure what drives this love of Scrabble, but it seems I’m not the only one with the addiction. A quick search on Amazon finds hundreds of books, besides Scrabble dictionaries, and a few documentaries on the game. It’s intoxicating.

I’ll be spending the next few weeks playing Scrabble with anyone who will play against me.
Any other fans out there? Leave a comment.

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December 29, 2009
5:10 p.m.

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Have you read "Word Freak" by Stephan Fatsis? It's a really good book about Scrabble.

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