How to Play Bananagrams With Scrabble Pieces

By Sandi Stritch

Lexophiles love the game of "Scrabble." You get to use your enormous vocabulary to impress those who unwittingly play against you. The uninitiated often think that the only game you can play with "Scrabble" pieces is "Scrabble." True word lovers have great imaginations, though, and have come up with several variations, including Bananagrams.

Lay out the tiles face down in the middle of the table and mix them up well.

Take a certain number of pieces according to how many players join the game. Two to four players take 21, five to six players take 15 and any more than that take 8 tiles.

Begin building individual puzzles, each player with his or her own. Players work independently rather than taking turns, and no two puzzles will be the same. Normal "Scrabble" rules apply as far as proper nouns, places,people, and letter usage. Words may be spelled left to right or top to bottom. Blank tiles may be substituted for any letter, and if you are totaling the points, they are worth none.

Take an extra tile every time one player uses all of his or her tiles in their puzzle. Continue in this manner until all the tiles in the center of the table are exhausted, or there are not enough tiles for each player to take one.

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About the Author

Sandi Stritch specializes in alternative health and mental-health topics. She has more than five years experience working in a psychiatric hospital. Valentine began writing online in 2007 with pieces appearing in "The Main ARTery" and "In the Panhandle." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Shepherd University.