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New Edition disappointing
on 14 June 2012
For those of us who play Scrabble with free use of a dictionary, it is sad to say this new Collins edition of Scrabble Words is not as useful as the old Chambers edition. The type is smaller and not as bold, making it definitely more difficult to read. The 2- and 3-letter word dictionaries at the back have been eliminated. Instead of the old, handy, under-500 page book, it has now become a hefty 1184 page tome which is downright heavy and difficult to handle. The reason for the more than doubling is size is that a separate almost-500 page compendium of ten to fifteen letter words has been added to the back of the book. (How often does anyone play a ten-or-more letter word in Scrabble?) The two- to nine-letter list has ballooned by over 200 pages to just under 700. Would that they had just added or deleted words, but left the format the same. However if you want a list of acceptable Scrabble words, there is no choice. Unless, of course, you buy a used copy of the old Chambers edition and forget being up-to-date.