Everyone knows Boggle, one of my all time favorite games. Also, a game at which I have barely ever lost.
For those of you who don’t know, Boggle is when you have a 4×4 grid of letters, and you have to make a list of words with letters that are adjacent or diagonally adjacent. In regular Boggle, the minimum number of letters is three, so HE would not count but THE would. In Big Boggle, the grid is 5×5 and the letter minimum is four, so HE and THE would not count, but THEN or THEY would. It’s a combination of quick eyes, quick hands to beat the timer, and a good vocabulary. When I am at home with my family, we usually play at least once or twice a week. Lately, I’ve been eschewing 4-letter words and just doing 5-letter words, because I see so many 4-letter words and those only score you one point, as opposed to 5-letter words, which, if only you have them on your list, give you 2 points, 6-letter words for 3 points, and so on.
So tonight, my dad and I played up to a preset 500 points, using only 5-letter words or more.
It was insane.
After about 10 rounds, I beat my dad 510-250 (or something like that) but the ante was upped with the five-letter limit. It was also much easier to navigate each board, without worrying about writing down ARTS, RATS, STAR, etc., when A-R-T-S appear in the grid.
It also made for some longer and more exciting words.
Over the course of the game, I got two eight-letter words, rare in the ordinary game of Boggle, seasoner and reasoner, and a record nine-letter word, reasoners. I also got some fun seven-letter words I would not have ordinarily picked up on, like treason, artiste, contain, nunnery, quality, peerage, deifies, and deified, as well as some uncommon shorter words, like arcane, ardent, incest, swain, tattoo, sarin (a type of poison) and raglan (a style of sleeve).
So there’s one way to kill an evening.
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7 thoughts on “Upping the Ante on Big Boggle”
That sounds fun! An this game definitely is my type n I’d love playing that *_* if only i had a partener to play with lol!
N my email is firstname.lastname@example.org 😀
Ha! I love this, and boggle is my favorite game as well! I love all word games.. My email is: email@example.com
I used to play Boggle with my kids all the time. They loved it and so did I. Thanks for stopping by my blog. You have a diverse and interesting blog.
Thanks for the compliment! I love Boggle, obviously, but I have to watch who I play it with because I can boggle up a storm.
Love word games, my husband and I have running Scrabble competitions during great weather. Can’t wait for summer! Nothing like a barbecue, a glass of wine, and a stimulating game of Scrabble!
I’m addicted to Words with Friends…I usually have about 15 games going on at any given time. What I like the most is when a hot, rare 7-letter appears, like tachism (a style of quick-draw painting, I played it yesterday) or tetrodes (electronic vacuum tubes, I played it yesterday as well).