Eight-letter words in Scrabble

Just as it makes sense to concentrate on the sevens which contain the commonest letters (AEIOU and LNRST), the eight-letter words with those same common letters are the ones that will pay the biggest dividends. Here are a few likely suspects:


LUNARIST one who believes the moon influences weather




RETINOLS plural of retinol, another name for vitamin A

TENURIAL pertaining to a tenure

TONSILAR pertaining to a tonsil

TURNSOLE a plant with flowers said to turn towards the sun

Many of these have anagrams, and it’s a good idea to learn a few as it is often harder to  place an eight-letter word on the board. For instance, ORIENTAL is an anagram of RELATION, but the third anagram TAILERON may be the only one that fits.

By Barry Grossman

Barry is a leading UK Scrabble player and winner of several tournaments. He is the author of Scrabble for Beginners (Chambers), Need to Know Scrabble, Scrabble – Play to Win and The Little Book of Scrabble Trickster. He has also contributed to numerous other books on the subject of words and word-games, has been a series champion of Channel 4’s Countdown, and has written four comedy series for BBC Radio 4. He lives in Hertford.

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