Most Points Earned From A Single Scrabble Tile

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Most Points Earned From A Single Scrabble Tile

United States Josh Golding

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Brooklyn, New York, United States / March 29, 2009

Josh Golding collected 26 points after playing a single letter in a game of Scrabble. Golding played the letter ‘W’ in a blue triple letter box at the intersection of quot;FUNDERSquot; and quot;DELIMITquot;, forming the word quot;EWquot; twice. Each ‘EW’ was worth 13 points, giving him 26 total points.

Golding made the record-setting move on March 29, 2009 in Brooklyn New York. Schuyler Van Horn was present to witness and document the record.

See current record here.

- points must be awarded after the placement of a single tile

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  • 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).

  • 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'.

  • Canada Dan Rollman

    Dan Rollman

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

  • United States Alex Cunningham

    Alex Cunningham

    Brb breaking

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Canada Dan Rollman

    Dan Rollman

    Definitley is definitely not a word.

  • United States Gib Mitchell

    Gib Mitchell

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

  • 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!

  • Canada Dan Rollman

    Dan Rollman

    Noted and corrected.

  • Canada Dan Rollman

    Dan Rollman

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • United States Jason Friedline

    Jason Friedline

    ZO is not a word. Look it up

  • 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

  • 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. ;)

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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'

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

  • 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.

  • 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. :)

  • 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.

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

  • 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

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

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • United States Deborah Hampton

    Deborah Hampton

    EW - out. sorry Golding... no cheese

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

  • Canada Dan Rollman

    Dan Rollman

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

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

  • 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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