When Can You Blame Your Tiles in Scrabble?

Like many in the mathematical sciences, I’ve been a player and fan of the game Scrabble since childhood. My own personal fascination with the game to this day comes from the tension between its two main groups of fans: literary types and quantitative types. Literary types tend to enjoy playing creative and interesting words, and quantitative types often memorize reams of words purely for their use in the game, without regard to their meaning. I fall into either camp, typically depending on whom I play against.

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