HowTo:Cheat At Scrabble
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Are you always losing at Scrabble? Getting beaten by your 4-year-old cousin? Sucks doesn't it. I have been in the same position as you, but I decided to do something about it. I came up with a quick simple way to win at Scrabble.
In the past, many people have tried to come up with a way of cheating to win strategically at this game, but their ideas have failed horribly.
You, however will need some resources, and possibly work for/be the owner of, Oxford Dictionaries. Other things that would come in handy are: a friend that will back you up, lack of internet, lack of "real" resources, time, having no social life (but, when you come to play the game, you will need some kind of social life.)
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To cheat at Scrabble, you need to manufacture a fake dictionary, or a fake dictionary website. If you happen to be the owner of Oxford Dictionaries, you could just go to work tomorrow and order your enthusiastic employees to do it for you.
Doing this will take up a lot of your time, but trust me, it will be worth it when you finally win at Scrabble. After all, Scrabble is one of the coolest games out on the market today, and everyone plays it.
Writing your fake dictionary should be easy, you've got to get every combination of letters that you can get in Scrabble, and write a definition for them (make sure they are believable). As there are 26 letters in the alphabet, and the maximum amount of letters you can start with on Scrabble is 7, there a literally millions of different "mumbo jumbo" words you can have. So get writing those definitions.
I recommend printing the book on premium quality paper, if it is just printed out on any random piece of A4 (cut in half) then it is going to look tacky, and will be less believable.
Once this is done, just leave it by the side.
This step is vital; make sure you remove any real dictionaries, and your internet connection. If you fail to do this step, they could find you out in a second.
Now phone up your hip friends to come round and have a game.
If Once, they arrive, just start the game and play the game as usual, but, if you have trouble with not being able to put a word down, just slam down the letters you have, and hope no one notices. However, because you have provided an authentic fake dictionary, you will be able to get away with it.
Nevertheless, in my experience this plan sometimes fails. In most cases, this is because they have an average IQ. When they question you about the QQQQQ you just put down, exclaim the following "Ok, well let's look it up on the internet!"
Fake Web Dictionary
Setting this up will be just as easy as writing the book dictionary, you just transfer all of these definitions onto your computer, and run it as an offline web site. If this is way far out of your reach, a good illogical source is Wikipedia, where there are 100,000+ articles in the main Scrabble languages of Русский, Polski, 日本語, 中文, and Deuche. In this site, there are many words that when playing scrabble, you thought you had made up.
Then when the people at your house do not believe that "QQQQQQQ" is a word, you can type it in and sure enough, "A place to describe a sailor's nasal hair root." will appear, letting you get on with the game, while taking maximum points.
If however, you are part of a wireless system and can not unplug your internet connection for whatever reason, why not try use this online dictionary. This can even be used as an alternative web dictionary if you want to back up your strange definitions. For example if you have A,A,A,Q,Q,Q,Q, by looking at the undictionary you can see that using the 3 A's would make a name of a language.
Changing the scores
This one is simple, all you have to do is change the scores of the other players when they are not looking. With skill and lots of practice, you can change Gregory's score from 28 to 2.8. Do not worry, there is a way to get this score, but because he is concentrating on the game, and what word he can possibly make out of "TAWT", he will not notice.
Rigging the bag of letters
One of the most genius ideas I thought of is probably the bag switch, this allows you to rig the bag so that you have "good" letters in the bag you choose out of, and your opponents have "bad" letters.
Using these two lists above, you can set up your bag with the good letters. However, switching the good bag and the bad bag will be a problem, but, lucky for you I have customised mechanism at home, that will allow you to swap the bags with little/no noise.
I call it the "Good bag swapper with the bad bag swapper, and back again if you need to... Machine." With a flick of a switch this baby will turn out the lights, grab the bag from the person's hand, pull it up, and drops the other bag onto the floor. While this is happening, it gives you enough time to claim that a power cut has happened, and you had disappeared to sort it out.
This final method can give you any word you want, if you can palm enough letters. This method however does leave all the other methods useless. There would be no reason to set up the genius contraption, or to create the fake dictionary, if you would have just come here. Nevertheless, those ideas are good to lean back on if it all goes wrong.
Palming letters is easy to do, hard to master; it just requires you to keep one of every letter in your hand, without revealing that you have them there. It can be helpful if you have large hands, making it easier to conceal every one. However, the downside on having exceptionally large hands is people will be drawn to them, and it will make it very hard for you to gain some friends to play Scrabble with, as you will be the "big hand freak" around school.
On the other hand, if you are found out, it can be very embarrassing for you. So make sure you practice in front of a mirror regularly. I would recommend about 2 hours a day just learning to conceal these letters, for the rest of the time, you need to get out there and make some friends.
These hints below, are not necessary, but will help you deceive your opponents.
- Have a friend in on the cheating as well. He can help you avoid the pressure to find a definition for the total nonsense you have just put down. Just get them to agree with you.
- Having no social life, will also help you at this game, because of your lack of social skills your "friends" will not know how to act around you, just in case they offend you. By doing this they will just go along with whatever you say.
- Dress entirely in black while playing in an entirely black room and force all other players to wear sunglasses. This will enable you to move "invisibly" around the room and view/steal other players' letters.
- Make up the rules as you go along, it helps if you have people playing the game that haven't played before. When they put down EMERALD, you can say, "no you can't do that, the words in succession have to be related to each other, EMERALD is in no way related to RING."
- Linking to the one above, If your opponent comes up with a particularly clever word, simply change the rules to make it illegal. "Emperor? Can't use that. It's latinate."
- Offer them the Presidency of Gibraltar to let you win.