Saturday, January 21, 2012

Get your scrabble game UP!

If you're a new player to the classic board game, Scrabble, then unless you're a whiz with words you may find that you're left a little embarrassed, particularly if you're playing with people who've played the game many times before. The remainder of this article will provide you with a few tips and tricks you can use to help improve your very first few games of Scrabble.
Top Tip 1 - Using Two Letter Words
This is one of the easiest ways to increase the number of points you can earn in your Scrabble game. Just because you're playin a word game doesn't mean that you have to come up with the most complex words. There are many two letter words in the English language such as "to", "of", "it", as well as many others, providing you place these words in the right place on the board they can often lead to a good number of points. These shorter words are particularly useful when you are stuck for a new word.
Top Tip 2 - Utilizing The "Q" Words
The letter Q is a high scoring letter in Scrabble, used in the right place this letter can bring you in a lot of points. It's a letter which often instills dread into people when they see it in their own letter set and that's why you should make sure you're prepared by memorizing all the words beginning with the letter Q.
Top Tip 3 - Being Familiar With "Bingo" Words
Making yourself familiar with  Scrabble "bingo" words is a great way of getting extra points. The bing words are 6 letter words in Scrabble which, if you add one more letter, can make a full 7 letter word. Again, this is another great tip if you're stuck for words .comes up with a high point word which you can better by adding one letter.
Top Tip 4 - Shuffle Away
It sounds like a strange tip but it's true, if you mix around your letter tiles a few times it can stimulate your brain into coming up with new words which you would  not be thinking of. So when you see your letters for the first time, if you can't think of anything try mixing them up again for a few times to see if any words start to spring to mind.
Top Tip 5 - Read More & Write More
Reading and writing more will improve the English vocabulary in your mind, it will enhance your spelling ability and the ability to come up with new words.

                                                                           - A gamer

t3h Rubik's Cube

Invented in 1974 by a Hungarian architect and sculptor Erno Rubik, the Rubik's Cube has been gaining popularity ever since. It has turned into an icon of an intellectual game, which is widely known all over the world. People of any nationality can play this game, as it doesn't require the knowledge of any specific language. Besides, it has a handy and bright design. Amazingly, but according to the statistic figures, more than 350 million Rubik Cubes have been sold since the start of the mass production. This toy always finds its place among the bestsellers and never falls out of the fashion.
Speedcubing is an international game that has no boundaries. The mature players can participate in regular world and local contests. There is no age or gender limit for the competitors - anyone can participate in the championships. There has  established the World Cube Association, which holds various speedcubing competitions. The first championship was held in 1982 in Budapest. Nowadays, it takes the true masters only several seconds to solve the Cube puzzle. The top three champions in 2011 according to the WCA are Feliks Zemdegs from Australia, Mats Valk from the Netherlands, and Nipat Charoenpholphant from Thailand.
The Rubik's Cube Variations
The 2x2x2 Cube (also known as Pocket or Junior Cube) contains 8 corner pieces and has more than 3,5 million positions. Christian Kaserer is the champion who solved this kind of Cube in 0.69 seconds in 2011.
The standard 3x3x3 Cube has 6 centres, 12 edges, and 8 corners and can have more than 4.3x10*19 positions. The holder of the world record in the 3x3x3 Cube solving is Feliks Zemdegs.
The 4x4x4 Cube (also known as Master Cube) comprises 24 centre pieces, 24 edge pieces, and 8 corners. It has 7.4x10*45 positions and there are no fixed centres in its structure. Mats Valk (the Netherlands) is a holder of a world record (30.02 sec.) set in 2011.
The 5x5x5 Cube (also known as Professor's Cube) has 6 fixed centres, 48 centre and 36 edge pieces, and 8 corners. This variant of Cube has 2.8x10*74 positions. The abovementioned champion F.Zemdegs solved this Cube in 56.22 seconds in 2011.
The Pyraminx is shaped in a form of a tetrahedron. It has 4 axial and 6 edge pieces, and 4 trivial tips. It can have more than 900 thousand positions. In 2011 Yohei Oka (Japan) solved the Pyraminx in 1.93 seconds.
The Megaminx is shaped in a form of a dodecahedron. It contains 12 face centre pieces, 20 corner pieces, and 30 edge pieces. The number of positions escapes the imagination. The Swedish genius Simon Westlund solved the Megaminx in 42.28 seconds (2011).
The master solvers can take part in the so called blind competitions, where the puzzle is solved by memory. Moreover, the Cube puzzle can be solved not only with the help of fingers but also with the help of toes. There are even special contests among the people who can do it in such an extraordinary way.
As you  see the tendency of world record setting reveals that every year there appear Cube players who can solve the puzzle faster than their forerunners.
At the standard competition the time is limited to 10 minutes. There are two Rubik's Cube timers: the Stackmat (measures the time under the 10 min. limit) and the stopwatch (measures the time that exceeds the 10 min. limit).

                                                                         - A gamer
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