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This page provides links related Collins, and is part of our introduction to Collins (SOWPODS) in North America. For brevity, we will refer to the North American and International lexica, OTCWL16 and CSW15, as TWL and CSW respectively.
Since once can obviously find much material online by web-searching "Scrabble", "Collins", etc., we limit the selection to the most useful links for the player new to CSW.
These links are all up-to-date for CSW15 unless otherwise noted.
|Scrabble||General worldwide site for Scrabble|
|NASPA||North American Scrabble Players Association|
|WESPA||World English-Language Scrabble Players Association|
Some of these are not up-to-date for CSW15, but the effect is minor
|Breaking the Game||Cutting-edge Scrabble strategy, puzzles, etc.|
|Word||Basic Scrabble strategy|
|Scrabble Solved||Advanced strategy|
|101 Ways to Win at Scrabble||Recent British book|
|Collins Scrabble: Play Like a Champion||A few years older|
|How to Win at Scrabble||From 2004, but comprehensive guide to high level play|
|The Scrabble Player's Handbook||Free online PDF|
|Word Addict: Secrets of a World SCRABBLE Champion||Recent world champion's story, with game insight|
|Quackle||Widely used software that can be configured for Scrabble|
|NASPA Zyzzyva||Widely used word study software; requires NASPA membership and license|
|Collins Zyzzyva||Free version that does not contain TWL, but has more comprehensive definitions for CSW, spanning 2-15 letters|
|Aerolith||Online game to practice anagramming, in TWL or CSW|
|Tournament Shell||Tournament directing software that can do TWL or CSW|
|Director||Another tournament directing software, more graphically based|
|Elise||Another word game playing software|
|WHAT||Another word finding software|
|Collins Cheat Sheet Part 1||Useful CSW-only words for handy reference: 2s, 3s, high probability bingos, the 59 2-8 letter words only in TWL, etc.|
|Collins Cheat Sheet Part 2||More useful words: hooks of 2s, 4s|
|Collins Official Scrabble Words||Official CSW15 book|
|Collins Scrabble Dictionary||2-9 letter words, with short definitions|
|Collins Ultimate Scrabble Dictionary and Wordlist||Similar, but with 10-15s also listed|
|ABSP words by category||Extensive sets of lists by many definition-based categories (languages, food, etc.)|
|Winning Words||Set of books with useful categories by part of speech, etc.|
|NASPA tournament calendar||Official calendar of rated NASPA tournaments, both TWL and CSW|
|Cross-Tables||Tournaments, ratings, results, etc. Front page has good visual list with obvious icons showing that a tournament is TWL or CSW|
|NASPA SOWPODS ratings||Description of the CSW ratings, with results|
|WESPA ratings||World ratings|
|Collins Scrabble Players||Online pro-CSW in North America community|
|Transition from TWL to Collins||Second online community|
|Dweebovision||Videos of CSW games with clear and insightful commentary|
|Word Buff||Lots of word-related material|
|Learning Scrabble Words||Blog entry on learning Collins words|
Please direct comments about this page to its author, Nick Ball.