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Broken Base / “Stop Having Fun” Guys / Scrub: A case where everyone, with few to no exceptions, is either a “Stop Having Fun” Guy or a Scrub. There are essentially two types of Scrabble players; those who play competitively, and those who don't. Learning to play competitively makes it all but socially impossible to play with those who don't, as you won't even be able to agree as to what dictionary to use; a non-competitive player would want to use a general-purpose dictionary, because they view the competitive player bringing in a wordlist they've never heard of, with words obscure enough to not even appear in some "unabridged" dictionaries, to be unfair, while a competitive player would strongly prefer the official tournament wordlist/dictionary and would resent having to "guess" which of the words they learned is in that general-purpose dictionary and which aren't. The "double challenge" rule doesn't help, as one with a significantly better vocabulary (or better knowledge of the dictionary used) can bully the other by making words up and mixing them with real-but-obscure words, daring them to challenge; considered a legitimate tactic in tournament play, but would all but ruin a casual game that already has a significant skill difference. The gap can be somewhat bridged by allowing use of a two-letter-word list, and softening or removing the double challenge rule.
Q and Z — each worth 10 points — can become this if either is placed on a bonus tile.
Merely placing one of these on a Triple Letter tile guarantees more than 30 points from that tile alone.
Triple Word score spaces placed not far from Double Letter spaces along the perimeter of the board. If properly played, these two letters alone can be worth 90 points — or possibly 270 points under even more unlikely circumstances.
To a lesser extent, the J and X tiles, which are both worth 8 points.
Q also applies because of how few words are acceptable without a U following it.
They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The rule change permitting proper names ruffled a few feathers in the United Kingdom, except it was widely misreported by the media and only appears in a newly launched variant of the game. The rules of the original game haven't been changed, so words beginning with capital letters are still invalid.
Accidental Innuendo: A female contestant selected two "P" tiles and said, "Chuck, I guess I'll have to take a 'P'." Cue uproarious laughter from Woolery and the audience, and a quick trip to Dick Clark's Bloopers specials.
Awesome Moment: Any time a contestant gets the word from just the clue, without adding any extra letters.
Growing the Beard: When the show switched from straddling to self-contained on September 29, 1986, at the start of The $100,000 All-American Scrabble Tournament, followed by the addition of the Bonus Sprint round on December 29 of that year.
They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Many fans' opinion of the 1993 revival, which had a smaller set and much lower budget, among other things. A rather bad change was that the money from bonus squares went into a Bonus Sprint Progressive Jackpot (which began at $1,000) instead of directly to the contestants, reducing their desire to hit them immediately...much to Woolery's dismay.
Sang, the record holder for most time spent in the Sprint round, about 87 seconds, in part due to overeager buzzing in and blowing one word with only one letter missing. His opponent bombed on at least two of the same words.
One year earlier, John set the record for most time spent in the Sprint round, 62.9 seconds...AND HE WON!!, thanks to his opponent, Lysa, blowing it.note (BTW, Lysa had the lowest Sprint time going into this round.)You have to see it to believe it.