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Serving New Castle, Kent and Sussex Counties

Wilmington Library

10 East 10th Street

P.O. Box 2083

Wilmington, DE 19899

302-658-5624

Dover Public Library

35 East Loockerman St

Dover, DE  19901

302-514-9870

Frankford Public Library

8 Main Street

P.O. Box 610

Frankford, DE, 19445

302-658-5624

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Rules at a Glance - 2019

 

This is NOT your usual game of SCRABBLE®.  All teams are given the same pre-selected letter tiles.  Each team forms words using these tiles and competes for the highest-scoring boards (three round cumulative).

 

 

Fun is mandatory!

 

  • There will be three rounds of Scrabble® in the City.

 

  • Do not remove the tiles from your bag until the starter announces the beginning of the game.  No peeking!

 

  • Form vertical and horizontal words that read left to right or top to bottom and interconnect.

 

  • Word length is limited only by the number of squares in a row or column on the SCRABBLE® board.

 

  • Place a word covering the star on the center of the board.

 

  • You may purchase additional tiles from a limited assortment of extra letters.  The number on the tile indicates its price in dollars.  For example, all vowels are valued at one point with a cost of $1 each.

 

  • Designate one player from your team to purchase tiles each round. 

 

  • Dictionary peeks cost $1 for 30 seconds of dictionary time. 

 

  • No personal dictionaries or other resources are allowed.

 

  • The premium squares on the board do count in your score. 

  • Words are separated from each other by a vacant square, unless both words together form a      

 

  • You may shift, remove or rearrange the tiles at any time during the round until time is called.

 

  • You may not use abbreviations or words requiring a hyphen or apostrophe.

 

  • You may use proper names ONLY if they have another definition i.e. “joey,” “mark.”

 

  • Once the time keeper announces “Time’s up,” all players will step back from their tables.

 

  • Record your completed board on a score sheet after each round. 

 

  • Words may only be used once in the round.

 

  • ‘SCRABBLE® in the City’ scores are calculated using SCRABBLE® scoring software.  Computer adjudication is final.  If a player feels a word may not have been entered correctly the procedure will be repeated once more for confirmation.  Scores obtained by players on devices (e.g. smart phone, tablet) will not be recognized.

 

  • If you play a word that is not in the Merriam Webster’s Collegiate dictionary, there will be a 25-point penalty assessed and the illegal word itself will not be counted in the score.

Thank You!!!

 
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