Edgewise icon Edgewise: Quick Intro

You receive additional points whenever the first or last letter of a word lies in an outside row or column and the rest of the letters lie in inner columns or rows.

Click your mouse's left button when positioned over a tile to pick it up; the cursor will change to the letter on the tile. Click your mouse's left button when positioned over a blank square to drop a tile; the cursor will change to the default arrow cursor.

You do NOT have to hold the left mouse button down to drag a tile: just click to pick a tile up and click to put a tile down.


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The letter pool is composed of 100 tiles -- 98 tiles with letters and 2 blank tiles which are "wild" and can be used as any letter. Tiles are randomly drawn from the pool to fill the trays at the beginning of a game and to refill the trays after each play.

You use the letters in your tray to form horizontal and vertical words crossword-fashion on a 15 x 15 board.

The first word must consist of two or more tiles placed across the center square horizontally or vertically.


When a valid word is checked, the score for the word is (1) the sum of the letter-points of the primary word and all new cross-words, (2) any edge-points and (3) any bonus points.

You receive 10 edge-points whenever the first or last tile of a word you form on the board lies in an outside row or column and the rest of the tiles lie in inner columns or rows. Playing into the squares around the edges of the board can earn edge-points, but not always.

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The last tile of BONES lies in the right outside column and the rest of the tiles lie in inner squares. Therefore, the play will earn edge-points.


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All of the horizontal word OWE lies in inner squares so it will earn no edge-points. The first tile of the cross-word BE lies in the topmost row and the E lies in a lower row. BE will earn edge-points.


When you use all seven tiles in your tray to form a word (sometimes called a bingo), the total points for the play are doubled.

If you place a word on the board and choose the menu item "Help | Calculate Word's Points" the points for the play will be calculated for you.

At the end of the game penalty points equal to the letter-points of the tiles in each player's tray are subtracted from each player's score (if at least one scoring move has been made).

The player with the highest score at the end of a game is the winner.

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See also

About the Word Lists

Letter Counts and Points Table