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Scrabble Rules! Trivia Quiz

How well do you know Scrabble? Many people find creative ways to bend the rules of this popular board game. This quiz covers the official rules, as outlined in the players guide booklet. Some of the answers might surprise you. Good luck!

A multiple-choice quiz by memorylane42. Estimated time: 3 mins.

Author
memorylane42
Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
163,574
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
3064
Last 3 plays: ozzz2002 (10/10), Guest 104 (5/10), TonyTheDad (9/10).
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Question 1
1. How many players is Scrabble designed for? Hint

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Question 2
2. If four people are playing, which one will go first, based on the starting letters drawn? Hint

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Question 3
3. Which player will take the second turn? Hint

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Question 4
4. When drawing the first full set of letters, players have the option of keeping their first drawn letter as part of the set.

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Question 5
5. The first word can be placed anywhere on the board.

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Question 6
6. Is there a penalty for exchanging one's letters?

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Question 7
7. A word may be used only once in the course of a game.

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Question 8
8. Is the use of a dictionary ever allowed during the game?

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Question 9
9. Does the game allow for any variations of its basic rules?

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Question 10
10. Can Scrabble be legitimately played alone?

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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. How many players is Scrabble designed for?

The game includes four letter racks.
2. If four people are playing, which one will go first, based on the starting letters drawn?

Answer: The one who picks a blank

The player who draws the letter that is closest to the start of the alphabet goes first. The only exception is that a blank beats all of the lettered tiles.
3. Which player will take the second turn?

Answer: The one seated to the left of the first player

After the first turn, each play passes to the left.
4. When drawing the first full set of letters, players have the option of keeping their first drawn letter as part of the set.

According to the rule book, players must return their original letters to the pool before drawing seven new letters at the start of the game.
5. The first word can be placed anywhere on the board.

The first player builds a word of two or more letters, with one of the letters placed on the center star. (This player automatically earns a "double word score"). The word reads from left to right, or downward. Upward and diagonal words are never allowed.
6. Is there a penalty for exchanging one's letters?

Players may exchange some, or all of their letters at the cost of losing a turn.
7. A word may be used only once in the course of a game.

There is no limit to the number of times that a particular word can be used. Short words such as "an" or "is" will often appear on the board several times during a game.
8. Is the use of a dictionary ever allowed during the game?

The basic Scrabble rules allow for the use of a dictionary to be consulted for challenges only. Players should agree on which dictionary to use before the start of the game.
9. Does the game allow for any variations of its basic rules?

As stated in the rule book: "After players have become familiar with the game they may wish to vary the standard rules by suspending some restrictions, or adding others, and working out other changes. Any deviation from the standard rules, it is assumed, would be agreed to in advance by the players concerned.". --- One suggested variation includes an imposed minimum of 3, 4, or 5 letters for the first word played.

Another is to allow players to trade a blank from the board for the letter that the blank represents. Also, waiving the dictionary restrictions to allow for word searching and spell checks is suggested. Even changing the order of letters in a word is allowed, provided that at least one new letter is added and a new word is formed.
10. Can Scrabble be legitimately played alone?