# Notation

Unless otherwise noted, all Questions and Answers on this website will refer to valid Scrabble words in all uppercase letters except when blank tiles are used, in which case a lowercase letter will be used if the blank is defined as a particular letter or a question mark (?) is the blank remains undefined.

When I need to diagram a board configuration, I will resort to a very condensed plain-text (ASCII) version in which Double Letter, Triple Letter, Double Word, and Triple Word spaces are represented by ', ", -, = respectively. Furthermore, if needed, A coordinate system is defined starting in the upper-left corner with letters A through O along the top and numbers 1-15 down the left side. A played word is indicated by the coordinate position of its first letter. If the word runs horizontally, the number is used first in its coordinate description. Vertical plays have the letter first. Thus, an empty Scrabble board would be represented as:

```    a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o
-----------------------------
1 |=     '       =       '     =|
2 |  -       "       "       -  |
3 |    -       '   '       -    |
4 |'     -       '       -      |
5 |        -           -        |
6 |  "       "       "       "  |
7 |    '       '   '       '    |
8 |=     '       -       '     =|
9 |    '       '   '       '    |
10 |  "       "       "       "  |
11 |        -           -        |
12 |'     -       '       -      |
13 |    -       '   '       -    |
14 |  -       "       "       -  |
15 |=     '       =       '     =|
-----------------------------
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o
```
and here is an example of indications of played words:
```
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o
-----------------------------
1 |=     '       =       '     =|
2 |  -       "       "       -  |
3 |    -       '    '      -    |
4 |'     -               -      |
5 |        - D         -        |
6 |  "       U       "       "  |
7 |    '     c '   '       '    |
8 |=     '   K N A V E   '     =|
9 |    '       '   '       '    |
10 |  "       "       "       "  |
11 |        -           -        |
12 |'     -               -      |
13 |    -       '   '       -    |
14 |  -       "       "       -  |
15 |=     '       =       '     =|
-----------------------------
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o
```
where KNAVE would be at coordinate 8f, and DUcK (a blank used for the 'c') at f5.

Consult Question 2 for a complete example (including score tracking).

I would appreciate it if any submitted answers to the posed questions could follow these guidelines. It'll make the job of presenting them go much more quickly.

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