Study Aids
Lending Library, 
Strategy Tips to Make You
 a Scrabble Leader, 
apps, books, links, study tips, 
WOW! Words Of the Week!:
 Everything from Fallen Women to Yiddish, themed word lists, Scrabble Sprint game
Special Seattle Scrabble Slivka Section

featuring Rebecca Slivka’s Themed Word Lists

All lists might be updated occasionally, those marked with a * are works in progress.
Abridge- abridged, expurgated, bowlderized, etc.
Alcohol- alcohol and drinking
Armor- knights, armor, and related weapons
Astronomy- (see also Physics)
Aviation- aviation and flying
Bottles- bottles, jars, etc.
Candy- candy and sugar and sweets 
Cards- cards and card games 
Cheeses- cheese and cheese-making 
Coffee & Tea
Colors- colors and colours 
Cows- cows, milk, etc. 
Currency- money, coins, monetary units 
Dirt and Soil
Distances- distances, length, and units of measurement related thereto 
Drugs- drugs, medicines, etc.
Ends in Double Consonant- *DD, *GG, *HH, *TT, etc.
Ends in -GOS and or -GOES
Ends in -MANS
Ends in -Consonant-YS
Fabric- fabric and cloth, sewing and knitting 
French*- French words*
German*- German words
Gods- gods and mythical beings; (see also Religion) 
Guns- guns and weapons 
Happy- happy happy joy joy 
Harry Potter- characters and other words from the Harry Potter series 
Hats- hats and head coverings 
Hello and Goodbye- arrivals and departures
Hindu- Hindu and Indian words 
Horses- horses and other equines 
Idleness- lazy, time-wasting, etc. 
Japan- Japanese words and derivations 
Jewelry- gems and jewelry 
Legal- the law
Letters- letters of the alphabet(s) 
LGBTQI- gay, lesbian, bi, etc.
Monkey and Apes
Mountains- from high mounds to molehills 
Mushrooms and Fungi
Musical Instruments
Names*- names of people
Nonsense- nonsense, confusion, foolishness, stupidity 
Pasta- pasta and noodles 
Peace- peace and quiet
Places*- cities, regions, countries. etc.* 
Prostitute- prostitutes and loose men/women 
Religion- religion (all kinds) 
Royalty- royalty, nobility, rulers 
Ships- ships, boats, navigation 
Shoes- shoes, socks, foot coverings 
Shouldn't Be Good- words that shouldn’t be good, but are in the list 
Soldiers- soldiers and war 
Spanish*- words of Spanish and Mexican origin
Trickery- deception, lies, trickery 
Utensils- forks, knives, etc. 

Click to go Seattle Scrabble Club’s Study Tools page for even more helpful lists

most lists include only uncommon words to minimize list length

Special thanks to Rebecca Slivka, JoAnn Goddard, and others for sharing material from which these lists were adapted

5 Vowel Bingoes
5s Rough Definitions
A Front Hooks
A Person Who...- bingoes of people (or things) that do something
Capital Offense- bingo-length words, normally capitalized, which are good in Scrabble
CAUTION! Unusual Parts of Speech Bingos
Compound Interest- alphagrams are tricky if you look for only one word in these compound bingoes
Consonant Dumps
-DOM Words
Double Letter Score- bingoes with unusual double letters ununsual positions
Fallen Women
Foreign Intelligence- “Get Smart” about bingoes imported from foreign languages
Frankenword- bingoes that are new words made from parts of 2+ words
-HOOD Words
-I or -II Words
-IER Words
-ISE and/or -IZE Words
-ITE Words
JQXZ Short Words
Look <--Both--> Ways- bingo-length words in which one part works in both the front & back
-MAN and/or -MEN words
Nouns Ending With -INGS
Nouns That Surprisingly Take S or ES
O Front Hooks
-OGUE Words
Out Words
People's Names
Phoneys- These words are NOT good. Maybe one day they will be, but for now they are phoney.
Place Names
Polyorths (words with alternate spellings)
Prefixes and Suffixes
P-REST-O BINGO!: Add a front hook to these words and P-REST-O BINGO!, there’s a bingo with a different pronunciation and/or meaning!
P-REST-O BINGO!: Add a back hook to these words and P-REST-O BINGO!, there’s a bingo with a different pronunciation and/or meaning!
Q not followed by U words
RE- Words
Rock Solid- dig up rock solid plays with high probability letters, I T E, to make bingo-length minerals
-SHIP Words
Snapbacks (3-letter extensions to TWS)
Spelling B -I-N-G-O-E-S- bingos with alternate spellings
SSSSSSSticky bingos: these words cannot drop the final S, D, R or E to make a singular
Super S Bingos- bingoes with unusual “S” back hooks
Surprise! Bingoes- common words that make surprising bingoes from an uncommon part of speech
To BE or not to BE- archaic-sounding bingoes, many surprising, that begin with BE
TOP- Words
-TOR Words
Tough Rack Singletons- challenging alphagrams from top 1000 unique singletons by probability
U Back Hooks
U Front Hooks
UN- Words
Unusual Beginnings and Endings
Vowel Dumps
Yiddish and Hebrew WordsStudy_Aids_files/5%20Vowel%20Bingoes.pdfStudy_Aids_files/5s%20Rough%20Definitions.pdfStudy_Aids_files/A%20Front%20Hooks.pdf,or%20-IZE%20Words.pdfStudy_Aids_files/-ITE%20Words.pdfStudy_Aids_files/ISH-FISH%20Words.pdfStudy_Aids_files/JQXZ%20Short%20Words.pdf,%20or%20-MEN%20words.pdfStudy_Aids_files/Nouns%20Ending%20With%20-INGS.pdfStudy_Aids_files/Nouns%20That%20Surprisingly%20Take%20S%20or%20ES.pdfStudy_Aids_files/O%20Front%20Hooks.pdfStudy_Aids_files/-OGUE%20Words.pdfStudy_Aids_files/Out%20Words.pdfStudy_Aids_files/People%27s%20Names.pdfStudy_Aids_files/Phoneys-%20These%20words%20are%20NOT%20good.%20Maybe%20one%20day%20they%20will%20be,%20but%20for%20now%20they%20are%20phoney.%20Careful%21.pdfStudy_Aids_files/Place%20Names.pdfStudy_Aids_files/Polyorths%20%28words%20with%20alternate%20spellings%29.pdfStudy_Aids_files/Prefixes%20and%20Suffixes.pdf!%20Back%20Hooks%20A%20thru%20Z.pdfStudy_Aids_files/Q%20not%20followed%20by%20U%20words.pdfStudy_Aids_files/RE-%20Words.pdf
Aceil in addelnnorW: A Bkoo (Alice in Wonderful in alphagram [and normal translation] form)
Aerolith word study tool
Alphagram maker- enter any text and it spits it out in alphagram format (including punctuation)
Anagrammar- by three-time National Champ Joe Edley
Asheville Scrabble Club on Facebook
Become Your Family Champ & Beyond: An Introductory Course on Competitive Scrabble
Bob’s Bible: Words, Anagrams and Hooks & other books by Bob Gillis Browraisers: A User 
Friendly Guide to Building A Winning  Word Game Vocabulary
Canonical List of TWL2 Anamonics collected by John Chew
Cheat Sheet- all 2s, 3s, short JQXZ words, vowel dumps, common bingoes
Cross-Tables Leave Evaluator
Cross-Tables Strategy Forum
Cryptic Crosswords: anagramming practice
Dweebovision Scrabble Game Strategy
Elise Crossword Game Software 
Everything Scrabble, 3rd ed. by Joe Edley and John Williams
Franklin electronic Scrabble dictionary
How To Play Scrabble like a Champion- by Joel Wapnik
Is That a Word?: From AA to ZZZ, The Weird and Wonderful Language of Scrabble
Jumble Daily Anagram Puzzle
Koala Coaching Clinic-  excellent strategy tutorial (uses Collins lexicon not TWL)
Lexifind Word Finder
Official Kids’ Guide to Scrabble by Bradley Robbins
One Look- 19,317,398 words in 1063 dictionaries indexed to define any word!
Pukka and Fremd: (Genuine & Strange) Weird Word Cartoons by Doug Pike
Quackle- free crossword game artificial intelligence and analysis tool 
Rebecca Slivka's Tips for Playing on Internet Scrabble Club (ISC)
Sayid En Scrabble by Emboly Broider (Emily Brodeur) A Fun Way to Learn Scrabble Words in Context
Scrabble Flash- movable electronic cubes to study words up to 5 letters
Scrabble Guy
Scrabble Players’ Handbook ed. by S. Holden (uses Collins words in examples, yet, excellent strategy guide)
Scrabble Strategy: The Secrets of a Scrabble Junkie by Todd Kreisman
Scrabble Strategy Videos by Curran Eggerston
Scrabble Strategy Videos for Newbies by Kenji Matsumoto
Scrabble Tournament Success by Darrell Day
Scrabble Videos for “Aspiring Club Players”  by John Price
Scrabble Wordbook by Mike Baron
Scrabble World- blog, links, forum
Scrabulizer: Scrabble Solver and Analyzer
Seattle Scrabble Club’s Comprehensive Word Lists
Steve Pellinen’s- “The Journey from Novice to Expert”
Verbalobe- a site dedicated to Scrabble experts and anyone who wants to be one
WHAT- Wolfberg’s Helpful Anagramming Tool
Weird Little Words that Win Word Games (Word Buff’s Totally Unfair Word Game Guides) by Derek McKenzie
With or Without U- Is That a Word? video
Word Freak, 10th Anniversary Edition, by Stefan Fatsis
Word Game Power Workout by Rita Norr and Audrey Tumbarello
WordGlue- Bingo Stem Builder and Anamonic Generator
Word Joust for Facebook
Wordnik- a community of word lovers
Wordsmith Anagramming Tool
WordSmith- computerized Scrabble opponent for Windows
Xwords-  free, open source implementation of Scrabble for handhelds. 
Zyzzyva: The Last Word in Word Study
Android- Bingle  study app
Android- AnyMemo Flash Card Study
Android- Scrabblet
Android- JudgeWord word judge
Android- Scrabble Assistant
Android- Scrabble Clock
Android- Scrabble Helper
Android- TWL Lookup
Android- Word App
Android- WordList pro
Android- Words Solver 4 Friends + Ten
Blackberry- Scrabble Game
iPad & iPhone- Adnoto: Scrabble Scoresheet
iPad & iPhone- Anagramania Anagram Game
iPad & iPhone- CheckWord word judge and pattern maker
iPad & iPhone- GFlashPro Flashcard Study
iPad & iPhone- Karatasi flashcards learning system
iPad & iPhone- Karatasi flashcards tutorial by Kate Fukawa-Connelly
iPad & iPhone- Lettro
iPad & iPhone- Merriam-Webster Dictionary
iPad & iPhone- Scrabble
iPad & iPhone- Scrabulizer: Scrabble Solver & Analyzer
iPad & iPhone- TileCounter
iPad& iPhone- TouchRack- visual anagramming tool
iPad & iPhone- Word Timer
iPad & iPhone- Zarf word judge and pattern maker
iPad & iPhone- Zyzzyva- The Last Word in Word Study
iPad & iPhone- Zyzzyva Lite: word judge, pattern & anagramming
Kindle- Every Word
Kindle- Every Word Crossings
Kindle- Scrabble 
WindowsPhone- Scrabble Alphajax


Check out- 1st Sunday each month; Due- 1st Sunday following month
Limit one item per month to allow for maximum circulation. Download List
Scrabble Films, Literature, and Miscellaneous
Confessions of a Compulsive Tile Pusher, by Stu Goldman		
Knight Swam: a Young Adult	novel by Charlotte player, by Katya Lezin				
Letterati: An Unauthorized Look at Scrabble and the People Who Play It, by Paul McCarthy	
NASPA Official Tournament Rules
Scrabble News- back issues of the newsletter by National Scrabble Association		
Scrabbylon, a film by Scott Petersen									
Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players, by Stefan Fastis	
Word Wars: a film on the Tiles and Tribulations on the Scrabble Game Circuit				

Scrabble Strategy
Everything Scrabble, 2nd ed. by Joe Edley and John D. Williams, Jr.				
Everything Scrabble, 3rd ed. by Joe Edley and John D. Williams, Jr.				
How to Play Scrabble Like a Champion, by World Scrabble Champion, Joel Wapnick		
Scrabble: Become Your Family Champ and Beyond, A Course Taught by Jacob Cohen	
Scrabble Strategy: The Secrets of a Scrabble Junkie by Todd Kreisman
Scrabble Strategy Guide: from Australia; some words not good in N. American Scrabble, yet the strategy instruction is excellent
Official Kids’ Guide to Scrabble, by Bradley Robbins							
Official Scrabble Players Handbook, edited by Drue K. Conklin					
Tournament Success, by Darrell Day 			

Scrabble Word Lists and Dictionaries
Billy Bob’s Bodacious Bingo Boards: Bill Snoddy’s collection of Bingo Stems & Mnemonics	
Bingo Book: bingo lists compiled by Jacob C: 7’s/8s by Probability, Top 10 Bingo Stems, Bill Snoddy’s Bingo Stem Summary, Interesting Bingos 	
Bob’s Bible: Words, Hooks, Anagrams, by Robert Gillis						
Bob’s Word Game Bible: Words, Hooks, Anagrams, by Robert Gillis				
Brow Raisers: A User Friendly Guide to Building a Winning Word Game Vocabulary, 2nd. ed., by Tony Rasch	
Is That a Word?: From AA to ZZZ, the Weird and Wonderful Language of Scrabble	by David Bukszpan
Jessie’s Word of the Day  by Jesse Sheidlower
Long List: The Official National Scrabble Association list of acceptable 10-15 letter words		
Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, 1st  edition, 1978, Merriam-Webster
Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, 4th edition, Merriam-Webster				
Official Tournament and Club Word List, 2nd edition	, Merriam-Webster					
Scrabble Wordbook by Mike Barron									
Scrabble Word Guide: 1953 classic! worth a look, but, beware, lexicon may have changed by Jacob Orleans & Edmund Jacobson
Themed Word Lists (with definitions), compiled by Rebecca Slivka, Seattle Scrabble Club	
Top Ananomic Stems, by Robert Gillis	
WOW!: Words of the Week Archive: Everything from Fallen Women to Yiddish							

Word Origins and Usage
Adventures of a Verbivore by Richard Lederer
Amo, Amas, Amat and More: How to Use Latin to Your Own Advantage and to the Astonishment of Others by Eugene Ehrlich
Death by Spelling: A Compendium of Tests, Super Tests, and Killer Bees by David Grambs
Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich	
Poplollies and Bellibones: A Celebration of Lost Words by Susan Kelz Sperling
Spoonerisms, Sycophants, and Sops: A celebration of Fascinating Facts About Words by Donald Chain Black	
The Abecedarian Book: An Alphabet Book of Big Words for Adults with the Curiosity of Children… by Charles W. Ferguson	
The Logodaedalian’s Dictionary of Interesting and Unusual Words by George Stine Saussy III	
The New York Times Everyday Reader’s Dictionary of Misunderstood, Misused, Mispronounced Words
The Painted Word: A Treasure Chest of Remarkable Words and Their Origins by Phil Couisineau		
The Superior Person’s Book of Words  by Peter Bowler								
They Have a Word for It: A Lighthearted Lexicon of Untranslatable Words and Phrases by Howard Rheingold
Usage and Abusage: How to Pick the Right Words and Avoid the Wrong Ones in Speech and Writing	by Eric Partridge	
Vocabulary for Adults: a Self-Teaching Guide by Jack S. Romine		
Woe is I: The Grammarphobe’s Guide to Better English in Plain English by Patricia T. O’Connor
Word Origins and Their Romantic Stories by Wilfred Funk								
Word Play and Puzzles
Anagrammar: Go From Beginner to Expert in Pages by Joe Edley	
An Almanac of Words at Play by Willard R. Espy
Another Almanac of Words at Play by Willard R. Espy
Bananagrams: 575 Appealing Word Challenges That Will Drive You Bananas, by Joe Edley
Big Book of Scrabble Grams: includes 100s of Scrabblegrams word challenges
Crazy English: The Ultimate Joy Ride Through Our Language by Richard Lederer
Playing with Words by Margie Golick											
Scrabble Bingo Crosswords: unscramble 7-letter racks to improve your game by Frank Longo				
Scrabble Puzzles by Joe Edley, three-time National Champ	
The Play of Words: Fun & Games for Language Lovers by Richard Lederer
Word Game Power Workout: skill sharpeners and strategy tips to increase your score by Rita Norr & Audrey Tumbarello	
Word Play Almanac by O.V. Michaelsen

We invite Club players to lend their idle books. 
Thanks to the late Dr. Allen Sher for donations from his library (Click for an oral history.)Study_Aids_files/Lending%20Library%20List.pdf
- Aaron Finkel
Scrabble Sprint
Click to play a fast paced version of Scrabble
Study Tips
Club players share how they study or don’t!Study_Aids_files/Study%20Tips.pdfStudy_Aids_files/Study%20Tips.pdfStudy_Aids_files/Study%20Tips.pdfshapeimage_14_link_0shapeimage_14_link_1shapeimage_14_link_2
Words Of the Week! Archive
“WOW!, I didn’t know these words were good in Scrabble!”
Everything from Fallen Women to Yiddish
Move Tiles on Your RackStudy_Aids_files/Move%20Tiles%20on%20Your%20Rack.pdfshapeimage_18_link_0
Apps for Phones & Tablets
Books & Study Links
Word Lists
Balance Your RackStudy_Aids_files/Balance%20Your%20Rack.pdfshapeimage_23_link_0
Defensive Strategy TipsStudy_Aids_files/Defensive%20Strategy%20Tips.pdfshapeimage_24_link_0
DWS-DWS on Game's 2nd PlayStudy_Aids_files/DWS-DWS%20on%20Game%27s%202nd%20Play.pdfshapeimage_25_link_0
Exchange Clunky TilesStudy_Aids_files/Exchange%20Clunky%20Tiles.pdfshapeimage_26_link_0
Find Your Best Play, then, an AlternativeStudy_Aids_files/Find%20Your%20Best%20Play,%20then,%20an%20Alternative.pdfshapeimage_27_link_0
Finding Hot Spots on the BoardStudy_Aids_files/Finding%20Hot%20Spots%20on%20the%20Board.pdfshapeimage_28_link_0
Look for Common Bingo Beginnings & EndingsStudy_Aids_files/Look%20for%20Common%20Bingo%20Beginnings%20%26%20Endings.pdfshapeimage_29_link_0
Offensive Strategy TipsStudy_Aids_files/Offensive%20Strategy%20Tips.pdfshapeimage_30_link_0
Opening Play Vowel PlacementStudy_Aids_files/Opening%20Play%20Vowel%20Placement.pdfshapeimage_31_link_0
Phoneys and When to Play ThemStudy_Aids_files/Phoneys%20and%20When%20to%20Play%20Them.pdfshapeimage_32_link_0
Premium Square CombosStudy_Aids_files/Premium%20Square%20Combos.pdfshapeimage_33_link_0
Take Time to Find Your Best PlayStudy_Aids_files/Take%20Time%20to%20Find%20Your%20Best%20Play.pdfshapeimage_34_link_0
Tile Order of UsefulnessStudy_Aids_files/Tile%20Order%20of%20Usefulness.pdfshapeimage_35_link_0
Track Tiles AccuratelyStudy_Aids_files/Track%20Tiles%20Accurately.pdfshapeimage_36_link_0
Open and Closed Board ConsiderationsStudy_Aids_files/Open%20and%20Closed%20Board%20Considerations.pdfshapeimage_37_link_0