Most Points Earned From A Single Scrabble Tile

United States Alex Cunningham

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States / July 7, 2012

Alex Cunningham scored 132 points after placing one tile during a game of Scrabble.

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  • response to this attempt United States Stuart Klimek

    Stuart Klimek

    With a single 'S', one can score 213 points:

    1. Beginning wiith an A on the initial double-word square, ADJUST... 2.(ADJUST)OR 3.HYD(R)O 4.(HYDRO)XZINE
    2. Again, from the A of ADJUST, but perpendicular to the word: (A)LLERGIC... 6.TE(C)H 7.(TECH)NIQUE 8.MICRO(TECHNIQUE) Finally, a single letter (S) is played: 9.(MICROTECHNIQUE)S and (HYDROXZINE)S = 213 points

    Now that is how it is done! Easy as 1-2-3. (It is interesting that the same digits are used in the number of points with Alex's ZOOSPERMS and this solution, 132 and 213).

  • response to this attempt United States Stuart Klimek

    Stuart Klimek

    Probably not the highest, but placing an 'O', between the two words 'PSYCH' and 'ANALYZE', and at the head of 'PACIFYING', on a triple-word-square would garner 168 points. 'PACIFYING' could have been formed by a bingo-forming 'PACIFY' + 'G' around 'IN' where the 'I' was on the initial double-word square. Then, a simple word, such as 'APT', could have been placed crossing the first letter of 'PACIFYING' so that the other two words may be placed before the 'O'-placement, with the formation of the two-letter words 'HM' and 'AT'. 168 points is 36 more than what is garnered by the 'Z'-placement at the head of Alex's two 'OOSPERMS'.

    • response to this attempt United States Stuart Klimek

      Stuart Klimek

      Correction. Not 'HM' (that was a different word), but 'HA'.

    • response to this attempt United States Stuart Klimek

      Stuart Klimek

      Don't have a video for this. But it could be a record.

  • response to this attempt Canada Dan Rollman

    Dan Rollman

    This is brilliantly executed. Nicely done, Alex. Look forward to seeing if anyone raises the bar.

  • response to previous attempt United States Alex Cunningham

    Alex Cunningham

    Brb breaking

  • response to previous attempt United States Rob Birdsong

    Rob Birdsong

    We cannot accept Ahon's attempt for two reasons.

    A.) The first move in Scrabble must incorporate the middle "red" square at the center of the board. This square is wide open in the top - left corner of the photograph.

    B.)Spaz is a slang word for "spastic". Official Scrabble wules do not allow the use of slang words.

  • response to previous attempt

    I find it highly unlikely that a legitimate game between people who use the SOWPODS would ever take a course to result in this play.

  • response to previous attempt Canada Dan Rollman

    Dan Rollman

    Definitley is definitely not a word.

  • response to previous attempt United States Gib Mitchell

    Gib Mitchell

    I checked my words according to SOWPODS so the record should remain.

  • response to previous attempt United States Gib Mitchell

    Gib Mitchell

    Hello. It is me, Gib Mitchell. People have been saying that i cheated and i should not deserve this. I e-mailed back Rob Birdsong for making the mistake of counting the points incorrectly. When I emailed in my acheivment I did say that it was '63' points, and NOT '69' points. Therefore I am not a cheater. 'OO' and 'ZO' are most definitley words!

  • response to previous attempt Canada Dan Rollman

    Dan Rollman

    Noted and corrected.

  • response to previous attempt Canada Dan Rollman

    Dan Rollman

    Again, both ZO and OO are acceptable in the SOWPODS dictionary: http://phrontistery.info/scrabble3.html

  • response to previous attempt

    according to the dictionary on Scrabble's facebook page, neither OO nor ZO are words.

  • response to previous attempt

    yea ur right. so he's a double cheater for miscounting and using a fake word. ZO

  • response to previous attempt

    yea ur right. so he's a double cheater for miscounting and using a fake word. ZO

  • response to previous attempt

    yea ur right. so he's a double cheater for miscounting and using a fake word. ZO

  • response to previous attempt

    cheater. ZO isn't a word. this record shouldn't count

  • response to previous attempt United States Jason Friedline

    Jason Friedline

    ZO is not a word. Look it up

  • response to previous attempt

    Wouldn't a triple letter score result in a total score of 63? Z (10x3=30) O (1) = 31 Z (10x3=30) OO(2) = 32 31+32=63

  • response to previous attempt United States Alexander Paul Kleinschmidt

    Alexander Paul Kleinschmidt

    Both American Heritage and Random House dictionaries cite "oops" as an interjection used to acknowledge a minor mistake. The term is said to have originated from the 1920's and/or 1930's. And no, you don't look like a fool. I had to look "oo" up as well. ;)

  • response to previous attempt Canada Dan Rollman

    Dan Rollman

    Now I'm going to look like a fool. Based on Erathosthenes' comment, I went back and looked in the SOWPODS word list: http://phrontistery.info/scrabble3.html. Both ZO and OO are acceptable words. Can anyone confirm whether OOPS is acceptable? I'm almost positive it is. Based on the likelihood this is in fact a seemingly kosher board, we're going to revert the record back to Approved until better evidence is offered that shows otherwise. My bad.

  • response to previous attempt United States Alexander Paul Kleinschmidt

    Alexander Paul Kleinschmidt

    That depends. I forgot certain regulations of Scrabble. Do either of the definitions of "oo" fit as an acceptable term for the game? http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/oo

  • response to previous attempt Canada Dan Rollman

    Dan Rollman

    scrabbleking - Excellent observation. So you know, our ultimate vision with URDB is to make it a platform for world records, not a site where we (as founders) serve as judges. We're in the midst of building tools that will allow the entire community to vote on, vet and ultimately verify record submissions. In the meantime, we encourage everyone to continue calling foul in the manner you've done. Based on your comment, we've Denied this record submission. Thanks. You put the "king" in scrabbleking.

  • response to previous attempt

    Idiots! Look at Go and Ooops. Are they saying OO was a word before the Z was put down? This whole site should be taken down based on this RIDICULOUS posting.

  • response to previous attempt Canada Dan Rollman

    Dan Rollman

    'ZO' is acceptable by SOWPODS dictionary standards, but not by National Scrabble Association rules used in the United States: http://phrontistery.info/scrabble3.html We should probably start splitting these records into two different threads, yeah? Should Mitchell, as an American, be allowed to set SOWPODS records? My gut says yes, as long as he clearly defines it in the submission.

  • response to previous attempt United States Rob Birdsong

    Rob Birdsong

    'ZO' - Can we confirm this is a word? Definition I have found says it is a variant of the word 'ZOO'

  • response to previous attempt

    Ohms are units of electrical resistance. The reciprocal is a mho, a unit of conductance. :)

  • response to previous attempt

    what are you, 8 years old? Any numbnuts can drop a "Z" or "Q" on a triple-letter going across and down and get 62 points. 28 points? c'mon man, this is minor-league scrabble. try again.

  • response to previous attempt

    I wouldn't get too carried away. That same online scrabble dictionary incorrectly defines MHO as a unit of electrical conductance. The actual spelling is OHM. :)

  • response to previous attempt Canada Dan Rollman

    Dan Rollman

    Peter, if you ever lay an X again in this scenario and score 54, document it and we'll put it on the site. Hopefully your opponent will be a willing witness. That said, I still vote to deny this record based on usage of an unacceptable word.

  • response to previous attempt

    No way, i've laid an x in the same situation for a total of 54

  • response to previous attempt

    I use the Hasbro online dictionary when I play and "ew" is not in there: http://www.hasbro.com/games/adult-games/scrabble/home.cfm?page=Dictionary/dict

  • response to previous attempt

    playing an "x" woulda been more. just sayin'

  • response to previous attempt United States Danny Infinite

    Danny Infinite

    So, I'm no expert in Scrabble. Do abbreviations count? EW is short for electronic warfare, not a synonym. But if abbreviations count, then it's good. Sucks when records become controversial don't it.

  • response to previous attempt

    ew noun military action involving the use of electromagnetic energy to determine or exploit or reduce or prevent hostile use of the electromagnetic spectrum [syn: electronic warfare] (this is the Websters definition...Watch Lost every Wednesday)

  • response to previous attempt United States Deborah Hampton

    Deborah Hampton

    EW - out. sorry Golding... no cheese

  • response to previous attempt

    EW is NOT an acceptable Scrabble word! Not is OSPD4, not in tournament play.

  • response to previous attempt Canada Dan Rollman

    Dan Rollman

    I agree with Vanschua. "EW" is not a valid word. DENY!

  • response to previous attempt

    and yes 'FUNDERS' is a word FUNDER (FUNDERS) a provider of money

  • response to previous attempt

    While at the time this seemed viable, after some research it was discovered that 'EW' is not recognized as a valid Scrabble word. This sketchy use of the letter 'w' enabled Mr. Golding to win the game. I officially call Shennanigans on this move and reference the links below. http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080108222621AAHI7W3 http://www.hasbro.com/games/adult-games/scrabble/home.cfm?page=Dictionary/dict You lose Golding and I win. Suck it

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