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20 Words You Should Learn if You Play Scrabble

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JOUSTED

This fairly accessible word can help you defeat your Scrabble opponents.
This fairly accessible word can help you defeat your Scrabble opponents.
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Once upon a time, when knights jousted, they had great fun trying to knock each other off their horses with lances. In 2006, two journeyman Scrabble buffs jousted with each other in a game in Lexington, Mass., that involved record high scores.

The loser, Wayne Yorra, opened with a bingo using the word "jousted." He hit the double letter square with the "j" for an initial score of 23. Doubled, it was 46, plus 50 points for using all his tiles, and Yorra was off to a galloping start with a score of 106.

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