There’s nothing more satisfying than a high-scoring, obscure Scrabble word. They get you all sorts of points, real and metaphorical. Here are four words beginning with Q (itself worth ten points!). I’ve included definitions from Merriam-Webster’s (online ed.), in case anyone challenges you.
quoit: a flattened ring of iron or circle of rope used in a throwing game (i.e., the British version of the game of horseshoes).
quondam: former, sometime (as in “a quondam friend”).
quoin: a solid exterior angle (as of a building).
quincunx: an arrangement of five things in a square or rectangle with one at each corner and one in the middle (i.e, the five side on a die).
The last of this group, quincunx, is the king of the arcane, high-scoring Scrabble words (twenty-six points!). Out of sheer luck, I managed to get this word during my first Scrabble game, much to my sister’s alarm. I don’t think I’ve won a game since.