Pittsburgh, PA
NASPA Club #655

South Hills Scrabble® Club
Saturdays - 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Mt. Lebanon Library - Lower Level

Help & Tips

ScrabbleThere are a number of ways to get better at playing Scrabble®. First and foremost, playing often and against a variety of players helps sharpen your skills and makes you better able to see letter combinations.

Study word lists. Knowing the two and three letter words that are accepted in Scrabble® play will help you increase your score by increasing your ability to do parallel play, doubling the value of the letters and giving you better ability to link to other words on the board. The best list for learning all the acceptable two and three letter combinations in Scrabble® is the Cheat Sheet. Download a copy by clicking here.

ScrabbleThe Cheat Sheet also gives you lists of words that can be played with the Scrabble "power letters": J, Q, X, and Z and offers words you can play during those annoying times when your rack is filled with vowels ("vowel dumps"), as well as a fair number of "bingos" - using all seven letters on your rack in one turn - when you have a number of common letters on your rack.

You can register to play Scrabble online with others around the world, or with your friend across town, at the Internet Scrabble® Club at http://isc.ro.

Here's another good site to check out for Scrabble-playing tips: http://ashevillescrabble.com/Asheville_Scrabble_Club/Home_News.html

Another helpful website is from Wordplays.com called "Is It A Word?" where you can check out letter combinations to see if they are acceptable not only in Scrabble®, but also in Words with Friends and other word games. It also provides fun links to other words games.

ScrabbleAnd, if you're still interested, here are a few more Scrabble®-related word sites to check out:

"Capital Offense" Bingoes from the Asheville Scrabble Club newsletter: Normally, a proper noun isn't valid in Scrabble. Classic example: "Zen." But some proper nouns are acceptable because dictionary writers have decided they have become generic words. Classic example: xerox. Here's a link to a great list of valid words that may not seem like they should be valid:


Most of all, we hope to see you on Saturday afternoons at the Mt. Lebanon Library playing with us!