Scrabble Challenge #2: Can You Find the Highest Scoring Move?

Can You Find the Highest Scoring Move?

Get ready to rack your brains, because it's time for another Scrabble Challenge! I may have gone a little overboard on last week's challenge (there was over 25 anagrams to solve), so I'm slimming things down this week. This time, there's only one puzzle. 

Scrabble Challenge #2: Can You Find the Highest Scoring Move?

Use the rack of letters above to find the highest scoring move on the following board. Post your answer in the comments at the bottom of this page. But let's try and keep this fair—NO solver programs. Also, don't forget to check out the solutions to last week's puzzles below.

Scrabble Challenge #2: Can You Find the Highest Scoring Move?

** Click here for the answer to the above puzzle.

Last Week's Solutions

And here are the answers to Scrabble Challenge #1:

Puzzle 1: Double Bingos

BITMAPS   =  BAPTISM
COASTAL  =  CATALOS
PRIMAGE  =  EPIGRAM
PRETOLD  =  DROPLET
AGAINST  =  ANTISAG
FREEBIE   =  BEEFIER

Puzzle 2: Do You Know Your Scrabble Trivia

1. Alfred Butts middle name is Mosher.
    MOSHER  =  HOMERS
2. The city where Alfred Butts passed away is Rhinebeck.
    RHINEBE  =  HEREIN, INHERE
3. This was a trick question in both regards. Selchow & Righter mass produced Scrabble first, but
    both words are 7 letters long, though only one can spell a bingo, and you don't even have to
    rearrange the letters!
    RIGHTER  =  RIGHTER
4. Hasbro currently holds the Scrabble trademark in North America.
    HASBRO  =  ABHORS
5. Mattel owns Scrabble outside of the U.S.
    MATTEL  =  MATTE, METAL (7 points each)

Puzzle 3: The Beginning and the End

RANHIADL   =  HANDRAIL  (HAND-)
ADCANRH    =  HANDCAR  (HAND-)
RPEHOHIL   =  RHEOPHIL  (RHE-)
SHRETOR    =  RHETORS  (RHE-)
MITSRLA     =  MISTRAL  (MIS-)
MESMIRON  =  MISNOMER  (MIS-)
TURIMDU    =  TRIDUUM  (TRI-)
TRTMOAI    =  TRITOMA  (TRI-)
ITNEACRT   =  INTERACT  (-ACT)
ARBAETC    =  ABREACT  (-ACT)
TGSIHPR    =  SPRIGHT  (-GHT)
STIHING     =  INSIGHT  (-GHT)
TTACAAN    =  CANTATA  (-ATA)
ARFAMTE    =  FERMATA  (-ATA)
OALMIUD    =  ALODIUM  (-IUM)
SAOLIMUR  =  SOLARIUM  (-IUM)

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6 Comments

How about GLAM across, connecting to ON to also spell MON. 24 points.

Close, but there's something even better. The answers have been posted, so check them out! Or keep trying!

I, like Jurome, also came up with GLAM and MON. Then I went and saw your answers. Here's my question, would you play one of those over GLAM? I honestly didn't see and/or know them, but now seeing them, I would think that it would be worth sacrificing the 6 points to not open up the TWS. Thoughts? (Just starting to learn the game, could be waaaay off)

Not everybody knows every word! GLAM is one of these easiest words to spot out of the bunch, alongside ALUM and GLUM. It's really easy to miss GLOAM, especially if you don't know what it means and have never heard of it before.

GLAM is definitely a good play, but GLOAM would be the "highest scoring" option, as well as the best play. This move does not open up the TWS directly, because there is no hook (letter) that can be placed in front of GLOAM to spell another word while spelling another down to the TWS. So, it would at least take another turn for the TWS to open up—hopefully for you. Also, you eliminate two TLS squares—the more you use, the less you're opponent can use.

The other high scoring option was GLAUM (which is only acceptable in play outside of North America using Collins Scrabble Words). Everything mentioned above applies to this word the same as GLOAM.

The second best play is ALGUM, and also doesn't open up the TWS. But I would stay away from this, because if your opponent has an A and X, they'll be able to utilize the DWS and play AX parallel on GU, also spelling AG and XU for a total of 39 points. The same goes for playing GLAUM. So, it would seem that GLOAM is indeed the best option, because it does not allow an X to be played on the DWS.

You could continue to over think the repercussions of your move, but in tournaments and clubs, there is a time limit, so you don't have that luxury. At that point, after years and years of practice, it becomes instinctual. If this was the end of the game and there were only a few letters left in the bag—then it would be a good idea to think of all of your opponent's options, especially if it's a close game.

I hope this all makes sense. I'm sure other people would think other moves would be better, but overall… this puzzle was just about the highest scoring word and that's it, which would be GLOAM (and maybe GLAUM).

I have never tried Jinni?what do you mean by it?I can use it if it is an acceptable word..

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