Wee Words icon Wee Words: Quick Intro

You are rewarded for playing short words and penalized for playing long words.

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.

game board

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.

Wee Words rewards playing short words and penalizes playing long words.

The score for a valid word is the sum of (1) the letter-points of the primary word and all new cross-words and (2) the length-points of the primary word and all new cross-words. The combination of letter-points and length-points can result in a word earning negative points.

Word Length:   1   2   3   4  5  6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15
Length Points: 0  23  16  10  5  0  -7  -8  -9  -10  -11  -12  -13  -14  -15

game board 22 points

game board 17 points

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game board 8 points

You receive no bonus for using all seven tiles in your tray to form a word (sometimes called a bingo).

In 2-player mode the first word successfully checked earns double points, because the other player can almost always play two or more short words off the first word.

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