Scrabble Puzzles, Volume 3 Paperback – 4 Nov 2008
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Each page contains a graphic layout of a Scrabble game in progress with three racks to play. For each rack, the author gives a maximum score and 1-4 difficulty stars so the reader can have some expectation of how hard each answer will be to figure out.
At first glance, this book seems too advanced for casual Scrabble players, but is great fun for Intermediate to Expert level competitive Scrabble players. After a second look, I notice that Edley includes a "cheat page" of 2 and 3 letter words along with a separate section in the back, not of answers, but of hints. Of course there is a full-blown answer section as well.
These puzzles are great on several levels. Firstly, any Scrabble player can peruse the words that have been used on the Scrabble games in progress shown on each page. This is a way to learn some new words without having to solve anything. Next trying to solve the puzzles is a lot of fun, since they often involve creative tricks to get things to fit or make clever extensions. Solving the puzzles is not simply a matter of knowing obnoxiously unusual words like ololiuqui (which is not one of the answers, by the way).
The book is well edited, with no notable errors. I have on occasion found a higher scoring answer than the book shows.
Overall this is a great little book that provides some fun puzzle solving for Scrabble players from novice to expert!!