When you place tiles on both sides your opponent's tile(s), you take ownership of the flanked tile(s).
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.
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.
The goal is to own more tiles than your opponent at the end of the game.
You own tiles by putting new tiles on the board or by switching the ownership of your opponent's tiles by flanking them with your new tiles.
When you place two or more new tiles on both sides of one or more of your opponent's tiles on the board (left/right or above/below), you take ownership of the flanked tile(s). Thine become mine. You gain points for the switched tiles (you own more tiles on the board) and your opponent loses points (owns fewer tiles on the board). As the game progresses the total number of tiles each player owns changes as new tiles are put on the board and tiles switch ownership.
Blue played AIL.
Red places an F before and and S after AIL to form the word FAILS. (The F and S are displayed using black, the Temporary tile color, which distinguished them from tiles already on the board.) Blue's letters are now flanked by two new tiles.
The play earned 5 points: 2 for the two new tiles (F and S) and 3 for the A, I and L which Blue now owns. Red loses ownership of the A, I and L and, thus, 3 points.
Blue played SPATE, Red played TEE and Blue played POT.
Red now places an S, E and D on the board to form the word STEED. Blue's T is flanked by 2 of Blue's new tiles (S and E).
Red received 4 points: 3 for the new tiles (S, E and D) and 1 for the T which switched ownership. Blue loses 1 point.
Only new tiles and switched tiles earn points -- that is, increase the number of tiles you own on the board. Therefore, cross-words do not contribute to your score. However, they must be spelled correctly.
Blue places L and O on the board to form the primary word LO and two cross-words (LET and OAT).
The 2 new tiles earn 2 points. The cross-words earn no points.
You receive no bonus for using all seven tiles in your tray to form a word (sometimes called a bingo).
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.
The player with the highest score (owns the most tiles) at the end of a game is the winner.
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