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Original SCRABBLE Game Rules
plus Special Rules for this Edition
Gather your friends and family to play the classic game of Scrabble with a
festive twist! Original rules apply but you can enhance your score with special
features such as playing Gift Tag cards and earning bonus points for playing
holiday words. If you have never played Scrabble, refer to the original rules
beginning on page 3. Then return to this page to learn about the extra features
of the Holiday Edition.
HolidaY Scrabble rUleS
In the Holiday Edition of Scrabble, all of the traditional rules of Scrabble apply:
players form interlocking words, crossword fashion, on the board using letter tiles
of different values. Each player competes for high score by taking advantage of
the letter tiles and the premium squares on the board. In addition, players can
enhance their scores via Holiday Word Bonuses and Gift Tag cards.
Put the game board in the middle of the table. Distribute a tile rack, a Holiday
Word Bonus card and three Gift Tag cards to each player. Place all letter tiles
in the holiday stocking and mix them up. Draw for first play. The player drawing
the letter closest to A for “Advent” plays first. A blank tile beats any letter. Return
the letters to the holiday stocking and remix. All players draw seven new letters
each and place them on their racks.
HolidaY Scrabble rUleS
TWo WaYS To booST YoUr Score!
1. enHance YoUr Score plaYinG GiFT TaG cardS
Gift Tag cards will enrich your Scrabble game play and bolster your score.
A directive stated on a Gift Tag card overrides traditional Scrabble rules.
HolidaY Scr
• *Memories: A
story. This cou
*Players must come
qualify as a Holiday
Only one Gift Tag card may be used per turn, unless otherwise stated on a card.
You may choose to play that card before or after playing your word, or return it to
the bottom of the pile and draw a new card. If you choose to draw a new Gift
Tag card, you may not play a card on the same turn. You do not have to play or
exchange a Gift Tag card on your turn, but choosing not to may cause you to
quickly fall behind in points. Players should always have three Gift Tag cards in
their racks.
HolidaY Scr
2. earn bonUS poinTS For plaYinG HolidaY WordS
You may play any word allowed in traditional Scrabble. You may also play
Holiday words and earn bonus points. What qualifies as a Holiday word?
HolidaY Word
All Holiday words re
determine the bonus
Holiday Word Bonu
Squares and points e
page 6.)
• Seasonal Decorations (TINSEL or TREE).
• Holiday Foods (EGGNOG or COOKIES).
GiFT TaG cardS
When using Gift Tag
Premium Squares, th
way it is possible tha
2, 4 and 5 on page
• First or last names of holiday characters (SANTA or CLAUS).
• The main words in the titles of holiday songs, books or movies (JOY or
WORLD, but not TO or THE).
• Other holiday words (XMAS, MYRRH or FROST).
• *Holiday Phrases: Add onto words already played without using a
space. For example if the word “BOX” is on the board, anyone can play
“GIFT” in front of it or “INGDAY” behind it, and score points for both
words in the phrase.
optional game Play
The holidays are a wonderful time of year and carry special meaning for
everyone. Families have their own traditions, customs and nuances surrounding
this season so there may be some unique words that your family holds dear.
Be sure to discuss what those words could be and include them in your Holiday
Scrabble game play. Below are a few suggestions that may spark some family
memories and help bring forth even more holiday cheer to your Scrabble game.
• *Seasonal Activities: If you do it only once a year, it might be a holiday
tradition. (SNOWMEN or SLED).
• *Family Traditions: If Uncle Fred has a sweater that brings a giggle to all,
then add him to the game. (UNCLE, FRED or SWEATER).
If you wish to play S
enjoy classic Scrabb
GaMe plaY
1. The first player c
places the word
the center
2. Complete your tu
tallying your scor
seven letters on y
stocking tile bag
3. Play passes to th
one or more lette
played on a turn
HolidaY Scrabble rUleS
ster your score.
nal Scrabble rules.
• *Memories: Any word that evokes a special family custom, tradition, or
story. This could include proper names of relatives or friends.
*Players must come to a consensus that words played within these categories
qualify as a Holiday word.
ise stated on a card.
ur word, or return it to
se to draw a new Gift
o not have to play or
may cause you to
ee Gift Tag cards in
HolidaY Scrabble ScorinG
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u may also play
Holiday word?
HolidaY WordS:
All Holiday words receive bonus points based on the number of letters. To
determine the bonus value of a Holiday word, refer to the game board or a
Holiday Word Bonus card. Add these to your score after calculating Premium
Squares and points earned from playing a Gift Tag card. (See turns 1–3 and 5 on
page 6.)
GiFT TaG cardS:
When using Gift Tag cards, first tally all points for the word(s) played including
Premium Squares, then score any points earned by playing a Gift Tag card. In this
way it is possible that a player’s score could be re-doubled or re-tripled. (See turns
2, 4 and 5 on page 6.)
or movies (JOY or
without using a
ard, anyone can play
re points for both
TradiTional Scrabble rUleS
If you wish to play Scrabble the traditional way, put the Gift Tag cards aside and
enjoy classic Scrabble game play.
TradiTional rUleS
GaMe plaY
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uances surrounding
amily holds dear.
hem in your Holiday
spark some family
your Scrabble game.
1. The first player combines two or more of his or her letters to form a word, and
places the word on the board to read either across or down with one letter on
the center
square. Diagonal words are not allowed.
might be a holiday
2. Complete your turn by counting and announcing the score for that turn. After
tallying your score, draw as many new letters as you played, always keeping
seven letters on your rack as long as there are enough tiles left in the holiday
stocking tile bag.
brings a giggle to all,
3. Play passes to the left. The second player, and then each player in turn, adds
one or more letters to those already played to form new words. All letters
played on a turn must be placed in one row across or down the board to form
7. at least one co
adjacent rows,
such letters. Th
his or her turn.
4. New words m
a. Adding one
b. Placing a w
word must
to it. (See t
c. Placing a c
adjacent le
5. No tile may be
6. Blanks: The t
blank, you mu
rest of the gam
7. You may use a
place your dis
from the book
your turn.
8. Before the gam
in case of a ch
listed of foreign
permitted with
capitalized, pr
an apostrophe
Any play may
challenged is u
and loses that
his or her next
Only one turn
9. ending the g
one player use
TradiTional Scrabble rUleS
stom, tradition, or
these categories
s) played including
a Gift Tag card. In this
or re-tripled. (See turns
7. at least one complete word. If, at the same time, they touch other letters in
adjacent rows, those must form complete words, crossword fashion, with all
such letters. The player gets full credit for all words formed or modified on
his or her turn.
4. New words may be formed by:
a. Adding one or more letters to a word or letters already on the board.
b. Placing a word at right angles to a word already on the board. The new
word must use one of the letters already on the board or must add a letter
to it. (See turns 2, 3, and 4 on page 6.)
c. Placing a complete word parallel to a word already played so the
adjacent letters also form complete words. (See turn 5 on page 6.)
5. No tile may be shifted or replaced after it has been played and scored.
r of letters. To
ame board or a
culating Premium
ee turns 1–3 and 5 on
Tag cards aside and
s to form a word, and
own with one letter on
e for that turn. After
yed, always keeping
es left in the holiday
player in turn, adds
words. All letters
own the board to form
6. Blanks: The two blank tiles may be used as any letters. When playing a
blank, you must state which letter it represents. It remains that letter for the
rest of the game.
7. You may use a turn to exchange all, some, or none of your letters. To do this,
place your discarded letter(s) facedown. Draw the same number of letters
from the book bag, then mix your discarded letter(s) into the bag. This ends
your turn.
8. Before the game begins, players should agree which dictionary they will use,
in case of a challenge. All words labeled as a part of speech (including those
listed of foreign origin, and as archaic, obsolete, colloquial, slang, etc.) are
permitted with the exception of the following: abbreviations, words always
capitalized, prefixes and suffixes standing alone, words requiring a hyphen or
an apostrophe.
Any play may be challenged before the next player starts a turn. If the play
challenged is unacceptable, the challenged player takes back his or her tiles
and loses that turn. If the play challenged is acceptable, the challenger loses
his or her next turn. All words (not just one) made in one play are challenged
simultaneously. If any word is unacceptable, the entire play is unacceptable.
Only one turn is lost on any challenge. Consult the dictionary for challenges
9. ending the game: The game ends when all letters have been drawn and
one player uses his or her last letter, or when all possible plays have been
1. The scorekeeper ta
value of each lette
The score value of
2. The score for each
modified on that tu
premium squares.
3. Premium Letter
placed on it; a gre
4. Premium Word
of its letters is place
on an blue square.
before doubling or
squares, the score
tripled and then reNote: The center
first word.
5. Letter and word pr
On later turns, lette
6. When a blank tile
doubled or tripled,
7. When two or more
common letter is co
turns 3, 4, and 5 o
8. BINGO! If you pla
points after totaling
9. unplayed Letter
the sum of his or h
her letters, the sum
player’s score.
HoW To Win
The player with the hig
with the highest score
TradiTional Scrabble rUleS
ouch other letters in
word fashion, with all
med or modified on
ady on the board.
n the board. The new
rd or must add a letter
played so the
5 on page 6.)
ayed and scored.
s. When playing a
ns that letter for the
our letters. To do this,
e number of letters
o the bag. This ends
ctionary they will use,
peech (including those
uial, slang, etc.) are
ons, words always
requiring a hyphen or
1. The scorekeeper tallies each player’s score, entering it after each turn. The score
value of each letter is indicated by a number at the bottom of the tile.
The score value of a blank is zero.
2. The score for each turn is the sum of the letter values in each word(s) formed or
modified on that turn, plus the additional points obtained from placing letters on
premium squares.
3. Premium Letter squares: A purple square doubles the score of a letter
placed on it; a green square triples the letter score.
4. Premium Word squares: The score for an entire word is doubled when one
of its letters is placed on a red square; it is tripled when one of its letters is placed
on an blue square. Include premiums for double or triple letter values, if any,
before doubling or tripling the word score. If a word covers two premium word
squares, the score is doubled and then re-doubled (4 times the letter count), or
tripled and then re-tripled (9 times the letter count).
Note: The center
first word.
square is a red square, which doubles the score for the
5. Letter and word premiums count only on the turn in which they are played.
On later turns, letters already played on premium squares count at face value.
6. When a blank tile is played on a red or blue square, the value of the word is
doubled or tripled, even though the blank itself has no score value.
7. When two or more words are formed in the same play, each is scored. The
common letter is counted (with full premium value, if any) for each word. (See
turns 3, 4, and 5 on page 6.)
ts a turn. If the play
back his or her tiles
the challenger loses
e play are challenged
lay is unacceptable.
onary for challenges
8. BINGO! If you play seven tiles on a turn, it’s a Bingo. You score a premium of 50
points after totaling your score for the turn.
ave been drawn and
ble plays have been
HoW To Win
9. unplayed Letters: When the game ends, each player’s score is reduced by
the sum of his or her unplayed letters. In addition, if a player used all of his or
her letters, the sum of the other players’ unplayed letters is added to that
player’s score.
The player with the highest final score wins the game. In case of a tie, the player
with the highest score before adding or deducting unplayed letters wins.
TradiTional and HolidaY Scrabble
Word ForMaTion & ScorinG
In the following examples, the words or letters added on five successive turns are
shown in bold type. The points shown reflect the letter L being on the center
square. Scores include additional points earned from using Gift Tag cards. Holiday
Word Bonuses are calculated separately.
10 WaYS To
There’s no doubt about
Scrabble expert. Lookin
help you rule the board
1. TWo and THre
the building blocks of e
per game.
2. SecreT oF THe
forming another at the s
least 8 points by doing
3. SHUFFle TileS:
that letters go together.
these combinations, it m
least expect them.
4. bonUS SQUar
especially for premium s
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play. You can do so sim
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ideally saving either the
6. binGoS: Always
know-how will mean mo
and know how to place
7. Q WiTHoUT U:
Dictionary (third edition
8. looK For Hoo
form other words. We’v
end with a Y, E, R or D
9. cHoice oF pla
one. Always try to give
abilities, you’ll likely de
10. aTTiTUde: Kee
luck. Also remember tha
do, take pleasure in ma
Everyone makes them, s
ccessive turns are
on the center
Tag cards. Holiday
10 WaYS To becoMe an inSTanT Scrabble experT
There’s no doubt about it! It takes a stellar vocabulary and super strategies to become a
Scrabble expert. Looking for instant results? These tips from seasoned Scrabble players could
help you rule the board!
1. TWo and THree leTTer WordS: Learn the 2-letter and 3-letter words. They are
the building blocks of expert play and can boost your average score by as much as 50 points
per game.
2. SecreT oF THe “S”: Use an S to form two words at once. Pluralize one word while
forming another at the same time. Hint: Use your S wisely. Don’t add it unless you can earn at
least 8 points by doing so.
3. SHUFFle TileS: Shuffle the tiles on your rack frequently. Look for some common ways
that letters go together. Some of these are BR, CH, CL, DLE, ED, ENT, FUL, GHT, ING, NK,
KLE, MIS, ISM, IUM, MB, MP, ND, NT, PR, PL, RE, STR, TH, UN, IVE and OUS. As you form
these combinations, it may surprise you how words will often appear on your rack when you
least expect them.
4. bonUS SQUareS: Always look for ways to play across premium squares. Check
especially for premium squares next to vowels.
5. conSider YoUr nexT plaY: Make your play with an eye toward your next
play. You can do so simply by saving some good tiles on your rack. Your best odds of having
a great next rack is to save some combination of the letters AEILNRST (hint: think “starline”),
ideally saving either the same number of vowels and consonants, or just one extra consonant.
6. binGoS: Always look for Bingos (plays that use all 7 tiles at once). Optimism and
know-how will mean more 50-point bonuses. Learn common word beginnings and endings,
and know how to place them on your rack.
7. Q WiTHoUT U: Learn the Q-without-U words. The Official SCRABBLE Players
Dictionary (third edition) lists these: QI(S) QAT(S), QAID(S), QOPH(S), FAQIR(S), QANAT(S),
8. looK For HooKS: “Hooks” are single letters that you can add to existing words to
form other words. We’ve already mentioned the “S” hook, but also look for words you could
end with a Y, E, R or D. Example: HAND(Y), PLAN(E), TAME(D, R).
9. cHoice oF plaYS: After you find a good play, if you have time, look for a better
one. Always try to give yourself a choice of plays. By exercising your decision-making
abilities, you’ll likely develop keener strategic skills.
10. aTTiTUde: Keep in mind that anyone can beat anyone else with a certain amount of
luck. Also remember that everyone draws poor combinations of tiles at times, so when you
do, take pleasure in making the best play you can. Finally, don’t dwell on your mistakes.
Everyone makes them, so go easy on yourself and just enjoy playing.
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Game Board • 100 Wooden Holiday Letter Tiles
4 Wooden Tile Racks • Holiday Stocking Tile Bag
26 Gift Tag Cards • 4 Holiday Word Bonus Cards
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times, so when you
on your mistakes.
We will be happy to hear your questions or comments about this game.
Write to: USAOPOLY Customer Service
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Tel: 1-888-876-7659 (toll free)
Email: [email protected]
USAOPOLY is a trademark of USAopoly, Inc. SCRABBLE, the associated logo, the design of the
distinctive SCRABBLE brand gameboard, and the distinctive letter tile designs are trademarks
of Hasbro in the United States and Canada. © 2011 Hasbro, Pawtucket, RI 02862. All Rights
Reserved. Manufactured by USAOPOLY, Inc. 5607 Palmer Way, Carlsbad, CA 92010.
MADE IN CHINA. Color and parts may vary.
In the Holiday Edition of
players form interlocking
of different values. Each
the letter tiles and the pre
enhance their scores via
Put the game board in th
Word Bonus card and th
in the holiday stocking a
the letter closest to A for
the letters to the holiday
each and place them on
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