In 1933, during the height of the Great Depression, an out-of-work architect named Alfred Mosher Butts invented a game that would bring joy to millions of Americans.

Fast forward to today, and Scrabble continues to delight millions of people all over the world.

We compiled a list of tips and tricks players of all skill levels can use the next time they play this iconic game. So call up your friends and schedule a game night because you’ll want to put these 12 Scrabble hacks into action.

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Place letters around bonus tiles.

You won’t fare very well in Scrabble if you don’t utilize the double letter, triple letter, double word, and/or triple word spaces.

Even if you aren’t able to get a high-scoring word, use these spots. It will cut off your opponents and prevent them from running up the score.

Keep your eyes on these eight magic letters: A, E, I, L, N, R, S, and T.

The letters A, E, I, L, N, R, S, and T are some of the most commonly used letters in the English alphabet. If you’re having a rough time coming up with words, having one or more of these letters on your deck can help greatly.

Memorize two-letter and three-letter words so you can rack up points.

They’re hard to pull off, but knowing two-letter and three-letter words can be the kiss of death for your opponents if you place them on bonus spaces.

Check out these lists for two-letter and three-letter Scrabble words for ideas.

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