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How to use the Q in Scrabble -

Two modes of thought

 
The Dover Scrabble Club (Delaware) has always played a vocabulary-based, regular-dictionary style of Scrabble. At first, it was basically conventional Scrabble with an added 3-letter minimum requirement. Later, it was Scrabble II with an extended board and 8-tile rack. Now it's Scrabble III with a 6-letter minimum requirement. At your convenience, please look over the suite of Scrabble For Word Lover games (see link at top).

Here, we'll focus just on how the Q gets used in the two styles of Scrabble. Here we have side-by-side lists. Perhaps you would be satisfied with just a list of all the Q-words played in the Dover Scrabble Club. (Very impressive!)

What you see here are just the Q-words that ended up on the final boards, as distinguished from what was played in a turn. For example, someone may have played QUA (not in Scrabble III !), which was later turned into QUAD.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Words in red would not be acceptable in the Dover Scrabble Club. Generally, this means that the word is not recognized by the American Heritage dictionary.

 

*** 2015 North American Scrabble Championship, 5-game Playoff ***

In mid-2016 I finalized all four games in the Scrabble For Word Lovers suite. In the introduction page for each game, Scrabble O through Scrabble III, I used the 5-game playoff of the 2015 North American Scrabble Championship as a basis for comparison. Part of that comparison involved a specific look at the vast gulf in JQXZ usage. Now, here is just the Q usage extracred from that study.

The National Champs:

QUERN
QUA
SUQ
QI
QI

Us (regular people):

EQUIPMENT
REQUESTER
MOSQUITOS
ANTIQUED
ACQUIRER
CROQUETS
QUIETING
QUEERLY
QUIETLY
QUOINED
LIQUID
QUARTZ
QUILL
QUILT

 

*** 2014 National Scrabble Championship ***

Here are all the Q-words formed on the "Table 1" games of the National Scrabble Championship, held in Buffalo, New York, in August 2014. There were 31 rounds.

Accordingly, I chose 31 consecutive Scrabble III games played in the Dover Scrabble Club showing a Q from the same time frame.

The National Champs:

SQUOOSH
QUOTES
PIQUE
QAIDS
QUAGS
QUALE
QUIRT
QUOTA
ROQUE
QADI
QATS
QUOD
QUOD
QAT
QAT
QIS
QIS
QIS
QIS
QIS
QUA
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI

Us (regular people):

QUESTIONABLE
REACQUAINTS
QUARTERING
INQUIRERS
MOSQUITOS
QUALITIES
ACQUIRES
BEQUESTS
LIQUORED
MOSQUITO
QUARTERS
QUARTZES
QUEENING
QUICKENS
QUIVERER
QUOTIENT
EQUALED
EQUATES
PIQUANT
QUACKED
QUIETED
QUININE
QUIZZED
QUOTERS
SQUARED
SQUEEZE
EQUATE
QUARTZ
QUAVER
QUAVER
QUEUER
QUEUES
QUOTED
QUOTES
SQUABS

 

*** 2013 World Scrabble Championship ***

Here are all the Q-words formed in the 42 recorded games of the 2013 World Scrabble Championship held in Prague, Czech Republic in December 2013. These would be the equivalent of the "Table 1" games in the regular rounds, plus the playoff rounds.

Accordingly, I chose 42 consecutive Scrabble III games showing a Q played in the Dover Scrabble Club from the same time frame.

The World Champs:

DAQUIRIS
LALIQUES
FAQUIRS
QUINZES
UNIQUER
EQUATE
EQUINE
GUQINS
QUICHE
QUINOA
AQUAE
QUACK
QUIDS
QUIPO
QUIRE
QUOIT
ROQUE
TALAQ
AQUA
QADI
QATS
QATS
QINS
SUQS
QAT
QAT
QAT
QAT
QAT
QIN
QIN
QIN
QIN
QIN
QIN
QIN
QIN
QIN
QUA
SUQ
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI

Us (regular people):

AQUATICALLY
BEQUEATHED
REQUESTING
AQUARIUMS
SQUIGGLED
EQUALITY
EQUATION
EQUIPAGE
LIQUORED
QUAFFERS
QUEASILY
QUICKEST
SQUEEGEE
ACQUIRE
ANTIQUE
AQUIVER
EQUATED
EQUATOR
EQUERRY
QUAKERS
QUALITY
QUAVERY
QUEENLY
QUEERLY
QUEERLY
QUICKER
QUICKER
QUICKLY
QUIETED
QUIETER
QUITTER
QUORUMS
QUOTING
QUOTING
REQUIRE
SEQUINS
SQUARED
EQUATE
EQUINE
QUACKS
QUAKER
QUARTZ
QUEUED
QUEUES
QUORUM
QUOTER
QUOTER
SEQUEL
SEQUEL
SQUADS
SQUIDS

Here's a fuller comparison of Scrabble III vs. the 2013 World Scrabble Championship.

 

*** 2013 National Scrabble Championship ***

Here are all the Q-words formed on the "Table 1" games of the National Scrabble Championship, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, in August 2013. There were 31 rounds.

Accordingly, I chose 31 consecutive Dover Scrabble III games showing a Q from the same time frame.

The National Champs:

QUARTERING
BOSQUET
QUEANS
AQUAE
EQUAL
FAQIR
QUAKE
QUEEN
QUOTH
SQUEG
QADI
QADI
QAID
QUAD
QUAY
QUAY
QUIN
QUOD
QAT
QIS
QIS
QIS
QIS
QIS
SUQ
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI

Us (regular people):

INEQUALITIES
QUESTIONERS
EQUATORIAL
QUARTETTES
QUIETENING
QUAINTEST
QUOTATION
REQUESTER
ROQUETING
ACQUAINT
ACQUIRES
QUEERING
QUOTABLE
REQUITED
AQUATIC
BOUQUET
QUAKING
QUARTOS
QUIETER
QUIVERS
QUOTING
SQUARED
EQUITY
LIQUOR
QUAFFS
QUAKED
QUALMS
QUARRY
QUEAZY
QUEENS
QUINCE
QUINOA
QUOTER
SQUARE

Here's a fuller comparison of Scrabble III vs. the 2013 National Scrabble Championship.

 

The Old Days: Scrabble II

Before stepping up to Scrabble III, the Dover Scrabble Club played Scrabble II, which is basically conventional Scrabble with a regular dictionary, a 3-letter minimum, an extended board, and an 8-tile rack. Along with the 8th tile, Scrabble II offers stepped bonuses for Big Plays of 6, 7, and 8 tiles. For more information, see the Scrabble For Word Lovers link at the top.

 

*** 2011 National School Scrabble Championship ***

Here are all the Q-words formed in the featured games of the National School Scrabble Championship, held in Orlando, Florida, in April 2011. There were 7 rounds plus one play-off game.

Accordingly, I chose 8 good Dover Scrabble II games showing a Q from the same time frame.

School Champs:

QADI
QAT
QAT
QAT
QIS
QUA
QI
QI
QI
QI

Dover Club:

BANQUETS
CONQUEST
QUIBBLER
QUELLED
QUIVERY
PLAQUE
QUALMS
QUIFFS
SQUIRT
QUART
ROQUE
SQUAD
QUIT

Am I nuts? Do those "words" look like anything school kids should be expending their brain power on? Here's a fuller comparison of Scrabble II vs. the 2011 National School Scrabble Championship.

 

*** 2010 National Scrabble Championship ***

Here are the Q-words formed on the "Table 1" games of the National Scrabble Championship, held in Dallas, Texas, in August 2010. There were 31 rounds.

Accordingly, I chose 31 consecutive Dover Scrabble II games showing a Q from the same time frame.

The National Champs:

EQUITES
MARQUE
QANATS
QINDAR
QUOTED
REQUIN
AQUAE
AQUAE
EQUID
QANAT
QANAT
QUALE
AQUA
QATS
QUAG
QUIN
QUIP
QUIT
QUIZ
QAT
QAT
QIS
QIS
QIS
SUQ
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI

Us (regular people):

QUAINTEST
QUARRELS
ANTIQUE
QUARTER
QUEERER
QUIETED
QUIETLY
SQUALOR
MOSQUE
OPAQUE
PIQUES
PLAQUE
QUAVER
QUOTED
QUOTER
TORQUE
PIQUE
QUAFF
QUAIL
QUEEN
QUERN
QUEST
QUILL
QUOIN
QUOTA
QUOTH
ROQUE
SQUID
AQUA
QUAD
QUIT
QUIT
QUA

Here's a fuller comparison of Scrabble II vs. the 2010 National Scrabble Championship.

 

*** 2009 World Scrabble Championship ***

Here are all the Q-words formed on the "Board 1" games of the World Scrabble Championship, held in Malaysia in November 2009. There were 24 rounds, followed by 4 play-off games to determine the champion.

Accordingly, I chose 28 consecutive Dover Scrabble II games showing a Q from the same time frame.

The World Champs:

AQUIFERS
QWERTYS
EQUINE
FIQUES
QUENAS
AQUAE
FAQIR
QUAIS
QUINE
QUIRE
QUITE
QUOIN
QUOIN
QUOTE
SQUIT
QATS
QUAG
QUIT
QUIT
QAT
QIS
QIS
QIS
QIS
QIS
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI

Us (regular people):

QUARTZITE
QUARTERS
BANQUET
EQUATES
EQUATOR
EQUATOR
INQUIRY
MOSQUES
QUARTER
QUIETLY
SEQUINS
SQUARED
ACQUIT
BISQUE
EQUITY
LIQUOR
QUAINT
QUARKS
QUEENS
QUERNS
QUOTED
AQUAE
EQUIP
QUAIL
QUAIL
QUARK
QUILT
QUIRE
QUITE
QUOTE
SQUAB
SQUAD
AQUA
AQUA
QUAD
QUAY
QUIT
QUIZ
QUIZ

Here's a fuller comparison of Scrabble II vs. the 2009 World Scrabble Championship play-off games.

 

*** 2009 National Scrabble Championship ***

Here are all the Q-words formed on the "Table 1" game boards of the National Scrabble Championship, held in Dayton, Ohio, in August 2009. There were 31 rounds.

Accordingly, I chose 31 consecutive Dover Scrabble II games showing a Q from the same time frame.

The National Champs:

CLOQUES
OPAQUER
QUETZAL
QUINTAN
QUARKS
QUINOA
QUINSY
TRANQS
EQUAL
QANAT
QUEAN
QUOIN
UMIAQ
QUIT
QUIZ
QAT
QAT
QIS
QUA
QUA
SUQ
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI

Us (regular people):

REQUESTING
EQUALITY
EQUATING
QUIETEST
QUIRKIER
ACQUITS
EQUATED
EQUATE
EQUINE
QUAKED
QUARRY
QUIRKY
QUOTAS
RISQUE
ROQUET
SQUIRE
EQUAL
EQUAL
QUADS
QUASI
QUEST
QUEST
QUITE
QUOTE
SQUAD
SQUAT
SQUID
TOQUE
QUAG
QUAY
QUID
QUA

Here's a fuller comparison of Scrabble II vs. the 2009 National Scrabble Championship.

 

*** 2009 Scrabble News Annotated Games ***

Here are all the Q-words formed in the tournament games selected for annotation by Scrabble News, the newsletter of the National Scrabble Association. It came out 8 times a year, and each issue presented an "Annotated Game", presumably a good game played in a recent tournament.

I gathered up a year's worth of these annotated games from 8 consecutive issues essentially covering 2009, and ending with the February 2010 issue.

Accordingly, I chose 8 good Dover Scrabble II games showing a Q from the beginning of 2010.

Scrabble News:

QANAT
QANAT
QUEAN
QUID
QAT
QIS
QIS
QUA
QI
QI
QI
QI

Dover club:

SQUATTEST
REQUITED
SQUIRTER
SEQUOIA
QUOTED
AQUA
QUAY
QUID
QUIT
QUIZ
QUA

Here's a fuller comparison of Scrabble II vs. the 2009 Scrabble News annotated games.

 

*** 2008 National Scrabble Championship ***

Here are all the Q-words formed on the "Table 1" games of the 28 rounds of the National Scrabble Championship held in Orlando, Florida, in July 2008.

Accordingly, I chose 28 consecutive Dover Scrabble II games showing a Q from the same time frame.

The National Champs:

SEQUOIA
TRANQS
QAIDS
QANAT
QUATE
QUIET
QUIPU
QUOIN
QUOIT
QUOTE
TRANQ
QAID
QOPH
QUIP
SUQS
QAT
QAT
QAT
QAT
QAT
QAT
QIS
QIS
QIS
QIS
QIS
QIS
QUA
SUQ
SUQ
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI
QI

Us (regular people):

BANQUETS
QUAILING
CHEQUES
LIQUEFY
LIQUIDS
QUAILED
QUAVERS
SQUINTS
SQUIRES
PLAQUE
QUAFFS
QUARTZ
QUEENS
QUILTS
QUIVER
QUOTES
SQUATS
SQUILL
UNIQUE
QUAIL
QUARK
QUART
QUASI
QUEER
QUELL
QUEUE
QUIET
QUILT
QUITE
QUITE
QUITE
QUOIT
QUOTA
QUOTE
QUOTE
QUOTE
SQUID
AQUA
AQUA
AQUA
QUAY
QUID
QUID
QUIZ

Here's a fuller comparison of Scrabble II vs. the 2008 National Scrabble Championship final four "Table 1" games.

 

*** And last (and possibly least) . . . ***

In late 2008, the Columbia Scabble Club (Maryland) graciously and bravely took up my invitation to pit its finished Scrabble boards against ours. They submitted three games, presumably among their best of the evening. Hence, I selected three games from the Dover Scrabble Club session from the same week.

Columbia:

QUITE
QATS
QIS
QI
QI
QI

Dover:

DISQUIETS
MOSQUE
SQUABS

Here's a fuller comparison of Scrabble II vs. the Columbia Scrabble Club.

 

*** Wrap-up ***

If you made it down this far, I mention again that you might be interested in viewing the very impressive list of Q-words played in the Dover Scrabble Club.

 


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