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How to win at Scrabble every time (without being a genius)

To win at Scrabble requires remembering one crucial principle.

Scrabble is about words in the same way that stamp collecting is about delivering mail – in other words, it isn’t. Forget about making pretty words, start looking for ways to get a Q on a triple letter score.

For my book, How To Win Games and Beat People, I spoke to a selection of preposterously overqualified people about how to succeed at games. I had a structural engineer on Jenga, an economist on Monopoly, Andy McNab on pillow fighting (“It’s about shock and awe. Go in fast, go in hard”) and UK Grandmaster Brett Smitheram on Scrabble.

Here are his tips, about how to win conclusively, and with class.

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