General information

INFO: A word to play is in CAPITALS. Letters already on the board are shown as the S here: WORM(S). Premium Score squares: DL = Double letter: TL = Triple letter: DW = Double Word: TW = Triple Word. The blanks have no score letter on the Top right! A bingo (using all 7 of your letters) gets +35.
Useful word lists are in the first post "ALL MY TIPS. This is the post to read first" and on some other posts. I welcome comments and suggestions.
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Monday, April 11, 2011

A few Strategy tips discussed

For clarity I will number the WWF board rows 1 to 15 DOWN then 1 to 15 ACROSS. So 1/4 would be the top left TW square. The 8 TW squares are at 1/4, 1/12, 4/1, 4/15, 12/1, 12/15, 15/4 and 15/12) Obviously there are four quarters and all are the same.

I have said before, the really high scores come as the higher premium squares become more accessible. If you look closely at a blank board you will see that the positioning of the premium squares get tighter as you approach the outer edges. The first play that is made can only ever use one premium square: the DW. (The centre star has no premium value) However later on there are several combination premium squares that are well worth watching. First there are the two DW squares 2/6 & 2/10 that need only a 5-letter word to get a 4x bonus (Better than TW!) then really big scores can be made with short words by combining the TL and TW squares (1/4 & 4/4) Placing say a V (5pts) on the TL and then reaching the TW with say ALIVE scores 60 The V gets 5 x3 x3 (45) just on its own!

Another favourite of mine is placing a letter, preferably a high value one, on a premium square but making two words. One up or down and one across. You might see two Es like in the example board above. (15/12 & 14/13) that means the H as placed counts twice so if it's on a TL it becomes 6x the letter value. In fact the word played there was EH. The E on the TW and it scored 53. Not bad for two little letters. Which brings me to the next point.

Conversely you should avoid leaving these premium squares open to you opponent. Try not to play a word along the rows 2 or 3 between the TW 1/4 and TL 4/40. As a player I will play the TW/TL combination immediately.

Look closely at the words on the board. Often words can have letters added (S is the best example) but as above, adding an E to THEM  becomes THEME. There are countless others. This is called HOOKING and you not only score your letters but the existing word too. However never leave a DW or TW square open at the end  if you can think of a letter that could be hooked there. That is WWF suicide!

You may find that playing a long word gets a decent score but leaves premium squares available to your opponent. Do the risk calculation. Score 30 but leave the TW/TL combination open or score 20 and play safe.

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