Monday, October 8, 2012

Super heroes who are playable in Scrabble (plus a giveaway)

UPDATE: Dave won and has been contacted.



The book is Is That a Word?: From AA to ZZZ, the Weird and Wonderful Language of SCRABBLE:

Scrabble® aficionados may know that both "Brr" and "Brrr" are legitimate plays, but what about everyday names like Peter, Carl, and Marge? They're not listed as proper nouns, but they are certainly playable. For lovers of Scrabble®, Bananagrams®, and Words with Friends®, this lively guide helps readers make the most out of word games, packed with new ways to remember the best words alongside tips for improving game play and much more. Part strategy guide and part celebration of all things wordy, this collection of facts, tips, and surprising lists of playable words will instruct and delight the letterati. 
For example, the book has a handy list of playable comic book characters:
While proper names are persona non grata in Scrabble, some comic book characters are welcome to the board, as they have common noun definitions as well.
Batgirl: a girl whose job it is to mind baseball equipment
Batman: a British officer’s orderly
Corsair: a pirate
Hulk: to appear large or intimidating Iceman: a man whose job it is to supply ice
Ironman: a man of great strength and/or endurance
Joker: one who is habitually making jokes
Magneto: a small electric generator containing a magnet Mystique: an aura of attractiveness
Riddler: one who poses riddles
Superman: an idealized, superior man
Superwoman: from Merriam-Webster, “an exceptional woman; especially: a woman who succeeds in having a career and raising a family”
Wolverine: a smallish, vicious carnivore of the weasel family, native to the tundra
And this trailer for the book is a list of words using a Q that don't need a U (set to the tune of U2's With or Without You):


The book is available at Amazon.

I also have one copy to give away.  For a chance to win, simply comment on this post, and include your email so I can get in touch if you win.  One comment per person, and USA residents only.  I'll pick a winner next Monday.

11 comments:

  1. Amazing - that book will be a huge help with Bananagrams!
    Thanks for the blog!

    nathaniel.wallace@gmail.com

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  2. Wow, what a great book for any scrabble lover! Trappjl@aol

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  3. Ha! I rather enjoyed that little video. henleyDOTdrewATgmailDOTcom

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  4. This book would be the best. I really hope to win so I can finally beat my wife who is a Scrabble, Words with Friends, wordgame fiend.
    Kurifurisan(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. QWYJIBO FTW!
    chrispjh[at]gmail[dot]com

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  6. Ooh!!! More words to fill me brain pan with.
    nicobaricus@gmail.com

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  7. woah cheat sheet for scrabble players yo
    dillonwee@gmail.com

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  8. Yes please! Need to work on my scrabbvocabulary.
    biginjapan@gmail.com

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  9. I could actually beat my cheating roommate?
    roltontc(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. Superheroes AND scrabble? Yes please. scissorsfiend@gmail.com

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