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Front Hook: J

With the letter J we hit the first of the letters that only have a single tile in the game of Scrabble. This, of course, indicates that letter is relatively rarely used in the game (and English language as a whole). As such, one suspects that it could be difficult to find interesting front hooks for these letters. Fortunately, J proves quite cooperative.

J is for Japeries

This is another example where a great comeback play could surprise a player in Scrabble. Many players would be quite thrilled to find and play the word APERIES. Imagine their shock, then, when their opponent snaps back with a front hooked J to make JAPERIES.

There might be a hold. There might be a challenge. And there certainly could be the thought: "did that really just happen?"

Or maybe we should imagine things in a more positive light. The player of APERIES knows the front hook available, and sets up a great follow-up play...

By the way, an N may be hooked onto the front as well (for NAPERIES), so use this trickery with caution.

Honorable mentions for J:

  • Jargon
  • Jaunty
  • Jimply
  • Jnana
  • Jocular
  • Junction

-- Eric

[4 September 2014]
   
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