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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (1 Nov. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671569007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671569006
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 2 x 18.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 989,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joe Edley is the 1980 National Scrabble Champion and is widely considered one of the foremost experts on the game today.  He lives on Long Island.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Spencer on 27 Sept. 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a really fun book for scrabble fanatics. I have owned it since 1997 and have really enjoyed it. The puzzles included in the book allow you to practice your own skills in specific situations, while the solutions in the back of the book provide interesting and insightful alternatives to the strategies you yourself chose to employ. American rules are enforced regarding the use of two letter words.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Improving your game 30 Nov. 2004
By Dennis Littrell - Published on
Format: Paperback
You can pick up some good tips on how to beat your opponents from two-time National Scrabble Champion Joe Edley along with some challenging puzzles in this modest Scrabble puzzle book. I particularly recommend the material on pages 194-202 where Edley suggests that you develop the habit of asking yourself questions before making a play.

For example, question number one is, "Do I have a bingo?" (A good first question!) Question number two is the obvious, Which bonus squares are available, but question number three really gets to the nitty-gritty of good play: "Can you 'hook' any words? Look at every word already on the board and ask yourself if any single letter can be added to the front or back to form another word." Also important is question number four: "What will my 'leave' be after I've made my play?"

Too often the beginning player does not pay enough attention to the tiles he or she is going to be stuck with after a play. Sometimes, Edley advises, it is better to make a lower-scoring play in order to leave oneself with tiles likely (with a little help) to form a bingo.

The bulk of the book is devoted to Scrabble puzzles on various themes, e.g., "Placing your letters on hot spots"; using the J, Q, X and Z; two-, three-, four- and five-tile plays, etc. There is a diagram of the Scrabble grid with some plays already made. Underneath the diagram are the letters in several different racks. You are asked to find the best play. Edley recommends that you do the puzzles by setting them up on your own Scrabble board. I think that is the best way as well since the diagrams in the book are in black and white and so the bonus squares are not colored, and are highlighted only by the letters "DWS," "DLS" ("Double Word Score," "Double Letter Score"), etc. This makes it hard to get a quick feel for where to look. At least that was my experience.

A handy feature is the list of the 97 two-letter words allowed in official Scrabble tournaments on page 7. (I think that has been changed to 96 with "da" now being disallowed.) Interesting features include the weighed scores for answers to the various puzzles. For example, for the puzzle on page 93 there is an "expert" score (for five racks) of 155, a "good" score of 145, and an "average" score of 120. But Edley also gives his score of 164 and challenges you to beat it.

There are 800 puzzles, so this book will last through many a long winter's night; however this is not as good a book as the more substantial Everything Scrabble (revised 2001) by Edley (along with John D. Williams, Jr.), which I also recommend for the serious Scrabble player.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Scrabble Puzzle Book Review 23 Feb. 2006
By BRUCE STRONG - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is excellent as it contains many ways to improve and versify your Scrabble skills. There are many new games and approaches, which can range from novice to challenging. It contains many new words and methods of setting up the board during play, and if one really examines the games, one will certainly improve their Scrabble skills. As well, there are many games provided that will take hours to decipher and play.
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wonderful wonderful wonderful 16 Feb. 2011
By M. Anarell - Published on
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This by far is the best experience I have had so far with books that I buy. The customer service went above and beyond my expectations. The book is in perfect condition. Sometimes you don't know what to expect. I got a note sent along with the book. That doesn't usually happen. It was a nice surprise. I hope to do more ordering and i suggest to everybody that if they want to buy from very honest, nice, and courteous people to buy from here. Thanks for the great experience. Michelle
Gives great tips about how to get around the game and ... 22 Aug. 2014
By R W Elrod - Published on
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This book is an older edition and does not have some of the modern words, but is indeed a challenge for word builders!
Gives great tips about how to get around the game and score high.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
What's missing? 17 Aug. 2013
By Riolama - Published on
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As a beginner, I find the most rudimentary information lacking from this book:
1. What is the value of each letter?
2. How many tiles of each letter are there?
Yes, I could look at the board, but wouldn't it be nice to have it right there in this book? Maybe it's there and I just haven't found it???????
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