The Boggle Tactics Page
It is often said that Boggle does not have any tactics, but as I have played, I have learnt one or two tricks that have increased my score.
Secrets of Plurals
It is worth looking at the start of a game for any "S"s on the board. Not only does an "S" mean that many words can have a plural (two words for the price of one) or the "S" version of a verb e.g. play - plays. The word with an "S" has an extra letter in it! Pump up the volume!
Common Word Prefixes and Suffixes
The Scrabble players will feel right at home with this. There are certain common prefixes and suffixes which, when they occur on a Boggle grid, are pure gold. Check each word to see if it can be connected. Note that ER/RE and DE/ED could be added at the beginning of a word or at the end!
There are several words that appear again and again that if you put the letters in reverse they are also words. You do not even need to check that the word can be routed on the board - if the original word is there, then the reversed word is also there! After playing a while, you will begin to remember more and more word reversals. For instance:
Time and time again there are certain groups of letters that come up close enough that all the anagrams are there. These need a little care as, unlike straightforward reversals, you do need to check that the letters do work in all the combinations. However, you soon work out the patterns that work and so only need to see the pattern on the board! For instance:
- RAT - TAR - ART
- EAT - ATE - TEA
Long to Short
Often you see longer words first - particularly four letter words that contain three letter words e.g. PART contains PAR and ART. Sometimes worth checking as you write a word down whether it contains other words in it.
Common Word Parts
Normally these are endings that can have a number of letters in front of them - you can then check the letters in front of the ending to see if they also form words. There are lots of these and you can often spot them as you are writing a word down. For instance:
There are certain words that are themselves endings and can often have letters put in front of them. When found these are a treasure trove as the words just seem to get longer and longer. Combined with a suffix and the world can certainly be your toaster! For instance: