What if a word covers two double word squares?

If you start a word on a double word square and end the word on a double word score, how do you score it? The point value is 14 before any doubling.

If a word covers two double word squares you get four times (4x) the face-value of the word. In your case, that would make the play worth 56 (=14x4) points.

If you happen to use up all your tiles in the process, you also get the usual 50 bonus points.

As a result, the 'four-timer' or 'double-double', as such a play is often called, can be worth a helluva lot of points, and expert Scrabble players actively seek them out.

While where on the subject, I should also mention that if you play a word that covers two triple word squares, you get nine times (9x) the face-value of the word.

Again, with a 50 point bonus if you use up all of your tiles, the 'nine-timer' or 'triple-triple', as it is called, can be worth 300+ points!

I hope that both answers your question and motivates you to search for these elusive but rewarding hotspots ;-)


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