Scrabble: The Main Event at the Nerd Olympics


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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.


One thought on “Scrabble: The Main Event at the Nerd Olympics

  1. Hey–you pull those words on ME the next time we play Scrabble, and I’ll never play the game with you again!!!! Oh…come to think of it, we never play Scrabble together. You’re off the hook.

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