The 2005 Scrabble Championships

by mrcookieface on September 6, 2005 · 16 comments

in Uncategorized

Here’s a view of the final board, as won by David Wiegand.

How’s your game?

  • Reddit
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Digg
  • LinkedIn
  • RSS
  • StumbleUpon
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Posterous
  • Tumblr
  • killdozr


    i don’t see that anywhere in my dictionary.

  • Shadow Stalker

    How about “ar” or “ka”?

  • killdozr

    so i’m supposing that this game of Scrabble is multilingual then?

  • mizeryschyld

    not necessarily.  If you’ve ever looked through the little booklet that comes with every scrabble game, it shows little 2 and 3 letter words to improve your scrabble score… QA is a word, even.

  • David Murray

    KA is an abbreviation for cathode…I thought abbreviations were forbidden by Scrabble rules.

  • mrcookieface


    n: unknown god; an epithet of Prajapati and Brahma

    From the 2003 Princeton University

  • Shadow Stalker

    So it’s a name and a foreign word.  Two strikes.

  • mrcookieface

    Nope.  It’s not a proper noun, nor a foreign word.

    But you raise a good question.  If it’s in an English dictionary, could it be considered a foreign word?

  • Shadow Stalker

    How is the name of a Hindu god not a proper noun or a foreign word?

    I’m not a Scrabble attorney, but the foreign word clause in the rules is pretty fuzzy.

  • .alphamonkey.

    I thought ‘ka’ was a generic like deity or god.

  • Shadow Stalker

    It’s still foreign though.  Or is the foreign rule that anything defined in an English dictionary is not foreign?

  • .alphamonkey.

    I believe that to be the case, yes.

  • mizeryschyld

    way2go mrcookieface! ^__^

  • mrcookieface

    Oh, David Murray‘s right too.  It’s also short for cathode, and abbreviations are against the rules. 

    I just scrolled down the page at until I found a definition that would work.

  • mizeryschyld

    I still liked your definition better.

  • David Murray

    Amazon Link

    Read the user comments under the Official Scrabble Dictionary at It explains why such stupid words are now allowed for Scrabble tournament play.

    For example, if just one accepted dictionary defines the word “ed” (as in “special ed”), without specifying it’s an abbreviation, Scrabble tournament play allows “ed” to be used…nevermind that all other dictionaries do call it an abbreviation or a proper name.

    If you ask me, it defeats the whole challenge of the game.

Previous post:

Next post: