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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 as NWL 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 CSW21 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 the current CSW, 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|
|Scrabble Secrets||Another one, by 1993 world champion Mark Nyman|
|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|
|Collins Zyzzyva||Version that does not contain NWL, but has more comprehensive definitions for CSW, spanning 2-15 letters|
|Woogles||Online play, including CSW, human & computer players, live games, chat, tournaments, etc.|
|Aerolith||Online game to practice anagramming, in NWL or CSW|
|Tournament Shell||Tournament directing software that can do NWL 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 52 2-8 letter words only in NWL, etc.|
|Collins Cheat Sheet Part 2||More useful words: hooks of 2s, all the 4s|
|Collins Official Scrabble Words||Official CSW21 book. Also available here for a 50% discount, using code SCRABBLEWORDS50 until Dec 31st 2022|
|Collins Scrabble Dictionary||2-9 letter CSW21 words, with short definitions|
|Collins Ultimate Scrabble Dictionary and Wordlist||Still CSW19 rather than CSW21, but includes 10-15 letter words in addition to the 2s-9s|
|ABSP words by category||Extensive sets of lists by many definition-based categories (languages, food, etc.) Select the "Words" dropdown menu from the website's top menu bar.|
|Winning Words||Set of books with useful categories by part of speech, etc.|
|Anagram Cartoons Book||Anagrams + cartoons valid in NWL and CSW|
|NASPA tournament calendar||Official calendar of rated NASPA tournaments, both NWL and CSW|
|Cross-Tables||Tournaments, ratings, results, etc. Front page has good visual list with obvious icons showing that a tournament is NWL or CSW|
|NASPA SOWPODS ratings||Description of the CSW ratings, with results|
|WESPA ratings||World ratings|
This list is far from complete, for example, there is a lot of other online video content like twitch.tv.
|Collins Scrabble Players||Online pro-CSW in North America community|
|Transition from NWL 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.