The purpose of this "game" is to use our tiles, and wise combinations of them, to form productive words. We do not live in a vacuum--we must use our tiles to build upon that which we have previously accomplished, as well as the accomplishments and achievements of many other players who have preceded us with their productive works. Now, "productive words" should not be misconstrued by the non-Scrabble-minded person to mean words which are commonly used or recognized. "Aa," "qursh," and "xu" might not mean anything to many of us (in fact, Microsoft Word just put red squiggly lines beneath all those "words"), but they count for points -- as per the official Scrabble Dictionary. In real life, too, we have a guide book that tells us which combinations of letters count for points. The Torah's rules might not always make sense, but we must follow the rules which were set by the inventor of the game.The biggest mistake made by those who are new to Scrabble is to place too high a premium on the value ascribed to the individual letters. More important than the value of the letters is their positioning and wise usage. Low-value tiles which are appended to higher value letters or words, or when judiciously placed on the premium spaces on the board can yield much higher scores than high value tiles which are imprudently squandered.
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