Collins Official Scrabble Words Paperback – 5 Apr 2012
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It is an absolute must if you play the game and don't have a photographic memory of the full OED in your head. Mix your tiles up and then look at the book to see if the jumble you have is actually a word - chances are pretty high that it will be!
Two slight negatives for me - I wish it had even just a brief explanation of what the words mean, although I guess that takes the twenty-odd volumes of the full dictionary to achieve, and a quick summary page showing all the valid two-letter words would be a real bonus. Otherwise, it does what it says on the tin - more so than you could believe without seeing it.
The book is unwieldy: 6cm thick. The words are printed too close to the margin, which means breaking the spine of the book to even see words on the inside column, and then it's difficult. And despite its apparently colossal number of words, it doesn't have standard, common, two-letter words like 'xi' (spelling of the Greek letter).
I thought it was time to refresh my 1988 copy of OSW with now yellowing pages, but it's so much better than this edition. I have absolutely no idea how this book has been given five stars... I'd pay to get rid of it, which in fact is exactly what I had to do!
Perhaps of more use for the amateurish player like myself, is the revelation of all the two letter words permissible, from "aa" to "za". The book consists in fact of two lists in alphabetical order, five columns a page: firstly two to nine letters, then ten to fifteen for those in a higher league.
Using this book has enhanced my scores, although to learn from it one has to bend the rules and let everyone consult it, which can slow down the pace of the game!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very disappointed. Print very small and pale, hard to read, wish I had seen it before buying, not like my old one but I guess that's the penalty one pays for buying on line and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mrs. B.M.Diston
I am writing review nearly 4 yrs after buying (and using a lot) as it has slowly fallen apart in places, which for a hardback surprises me. Read morePublished 14 months ago by E
Very disappointed that there are no quick reference lists of 2 and 3 words, which are essential to the game.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer