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# Scrabble Scoring Trivia Quiz

### For each question you will be given a word played, adjacent words or crossing words, and any bonus squares the word was played on. You must give the score the play receives. (Assume the American English version of Scrabble is being used).

A multiple-choice quiz by kevinatilusa. Estimated time: 5 mins.

Author
kevinatilusa
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
70,218
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Tough
Avg Score
6 / 10
Plays
1531
This quiz has 2 formats: you can play it as a or as shown below.
Scroll down to the bottom for the answer key.
1. First play of the game, the word aa is played across the center square. How many points is this play worth? Hint

2
4
6
8

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2. Not to be outdone, the second player plays another word aa directly below the first player's aa (both letters below a previously played letter), with the first a on a double letter space. How many points is this worth? Hint

2
6
8
4

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3. The word Squib is now played vertically with the letter b placed just before the first across aa. The u is placed on a triple letter space. How many points is this play worth? Hint

25
26
24
23

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4. Pastoral is played across the s in squib. The p appears on a double word score while the o appears on a double letter score. How many points is this play worth? Hint

70
20
22
72

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5. Player 1 now plays zero downwards, intersecting pastoral at the o. He plays a blank in the place of the e, and the z is played on a triple word square. How many points is this play worth? Hint

36
33
39
30

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6. Player 2 now plays whip downwards, intersecting the p in pastoral. The w is on a double letter space. How many points is this play worth? Hint

14
16
13
15

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7. Player one responds by playing ax downwards, with the a to the left of the h and the x next to the i in whip. The x is on a double word score. How many points is this play worth? Hint

41
48
55
46

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8. Player two now plays ham across, with the h appearing right below the rightmost aa. The m is on a triple letter score. How much is this play worth? Hint

24
21
23
20

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9. Yawp is played by player one horizontally below ham, with the y appearing below the a and the a below the m. The w is on a double word square. What is this play worth? Hint

32
35
33
36

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10. For the final play of this quiz, player 2 plays coverup downwards, finishing at the p on the board in yawp, with the e played on a double letter space. How many points is this play worth? Hint

66
16
15
65

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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. First play of the game, the word aa is played across the center square. How many points is this play worth?

Aa is worth 1+1=2 points, times two for playing across the center square, which also counts as a double word square. Aa is a rough type of lava typically emitted by volcanos.
2. Not to be outdone, the second player plays another word aa directly below the first player's aa (both letters below a previously played letter), with the first a on a double letter space. How many points is this worth?

The aa made across is worth 3 points (2 for the double lettered a and one for the other letter). There are also two copies of the word aa made downwards, worth 3 points and 2 points (one is on the double letter square), for a total of 8. Aa is one of those words you'll probably never see outside scrabble. It IS great for those times when you have way too many vowels on your rack.
3. The word Squib is now played vertically with the letter b placed just before the first across aa. The u is placed on a triple letter space. How many points is this play worth?

Squib is worth (1+10+1+1+3)=16 before the triple letter, which gives an extra two for a total of 18 after. The word baa is also played for a point total of 5, giving a total of 23. Squib can mean one of several things, for example a low kickoff in American football or a small firecracker. Baa of course is the bleat of a sheep or goat.
4. Pastoral is played across the s in squib. The p appears on a double word score while the o appears on a double letter score. How many points is this play worth?

Before any bonuses, pastoral is worth 3+1+1+1+1+1+1+1=10 points. The o is doubled to make the total 11, then the word is doubled to make the total 22 (Note that it is done in this order and not the other way around.) Finally, a 50 points bonus is added on for using the entire rack for a total of 72. Pastoral means referring to the simple life of sheperds or herders.

It is often used to describe poetry and music.
5. Player 1 now plays zero downwards, intersecting pastoral at the o. He plays a blank in the place of the e, and the z is played on a triple word square. How many points is this play worth?

Before the bonus, zero scores 10+0+1+1=12 (remember, the blank doesn't count as a point). The triple word bumps that up to 36. Although zero is typically used as a number, it can also refer to a setting used on firearms to help the shooter aim their weapon better.
6. Player 2 now plays whip downwards, intersecting the p in pastoral. The w is on a double letter space. How many points is this play worth?

4*2+4+1+3=16 All in all not a good score given that the w is played on the top row and leaves a triple word score space open. Fortunately (?), player one had another option next turn. Whip can refer both to the thong so beloved by lion-tamers everywhere and to the method of binding a rope with twine so it doesn't fray (among other things).
7. Player one responds by playing ax downwards, with the a to the left of the h and the x next to the i in whip. The x is on a double word score. How many points is this play worth?

Ax itself is worth (1+8)*2=18 points. There are also two across words, ah (worth 1+4=5) and xi (worth (8+1)*2=18), for a total of 41. X is probably the most powerful letter in the game. Not only is it worth a lot of points (8), but it can make a two letter word with every single vowel (ax, ex, xi, ox, and xu).

It is often possible to just stick a single x on a triple letter square nestled between two vowels and score 50 points for one letter. Ax is the typical woodcutter's tool, while ah is a sound of exclamation. Xi is a letter of the greek alphabet (for the curious, xu is a monetary unit of Vietnam, while ex is a term for the letter x).
8. Player two now plays ham across, with the h appearing right below the rightmost aa. The m is on a triple letter score. How much is this play worth?

The ham itself is worth 4+1+3*3=14 points (4 for the h, 1 for a, 3 for m tripled to 9 for the triple letter). Aah adds on another 1+1+4=6, for a total of 22. Ham can refer not only to the type of meat, but also to an amateur radio operator and to a style of overacting (hamming it up). Aah is just another way of spelling ah.
9. Yawp is played by player one horizontally below ham, with the y appearing below the a and the a below the m. The w is on a double word square. What is this play worth?