Absey Zed icon Absey Zed: Quick Intro

All new words formed on the board (after the first) must connect to the last word played.

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.

After the first word is successfully checked, all new words must connect to the last word played which is always displayed using the color of the player who put it on the board. You cannot play anywhere else; at least one letter of your new word must horizontally or vertically touch a letter of the last word played.


Blue played SPOKE as the first word. Red played BOX on the last word played SPOKE. The last word played retains the player's color.

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Blue is playing ANY on the last word played BOX to form the primary word ANY and the cross word BOXY.


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Red has placed an A on the board to form PAN on the last word played ANY and the cross word AX.


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