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    qua! Za!

    Hi,

    Does anyone happen to know what Qua! Za! mean in the following context?

    "My father and I play Scrabble, and every now and then my brother will call out obscure, legitimate words from the couch where he's watching CrimeBusters: Qua! Za!"

    Here, CrimbBusters is a TV series, but I don't know what qua! Za (as italicized as CrimeBuster) is.

    Thank you for your kind help.

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    Re: qua! Za!

    The game Scrabble consists of tiles with letters on them, and the letters are worth varying amounts of points. Qs and Zs are worth 10 each.

    The brother is "kibbitzing" (look that up if you have to) by randomly saying obscure words that are allowed in Scrabble, without paying any attention to the game.

    It's unrelated to the television show -- that he was watching the show just shows how little he was participating in the game.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 27-Dec-2010 at 16:49.
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    Re: qua! Za!

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    The game Scrabble consists of tiles with letters on them, and the letters are worth varying amounts of points. Qs and Zs are with 10 each.

    The brother is "kibbitzing" (look that up if you have to) by randomly saying obscure words that are allowed in Scrabble, without paying any attention to the game.

    It's unrelated to the television show -- that he was watching the show just shows how little he was participating in the game.
    Hi Barb_D,

    Thank you very much for your answer, but I'd like to make sure one thing:

    So, "qua" and "za" are two words that the brother offers for the Scrabble?

    I can find "qua" in the dictionary, but how about "za"? Is it a word? I can't find it.

    Thank you very much in advance.

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    Re: qua! Za!

    There is, apparently, an official dictionary from the makers of Scrabble that includes the allowable words.

    Words with Q and Z are particularly important, as I said, because they are worth so many points. Two-letter words are also important.

    Official SCRABBLE Players Dictionary, 4th Edition.

    QUA [12 pts] : in the capacity of

    ZA [11 pts] , (ZAS) : a pizza
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    Re: qua! Za!

    Zax is often quoted for ways of getting rid of difficult letters.

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