Lowest probability word you have played.

Come here when you have absolutely nothing to say and the need to say it! :-) Off-topic discussions are welcome.

Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby jrbrooks » Sun Dec 13, 2009 9:54 pm

I just played walkWays tonight online, which is 29,427 of 29,766 of the 8's. I also hooked onto um to make dumdums in club a couple months ago, which is 23,973 of 24,029. (These are zyzzyva probabilities by the way.)

So what low probability words have you played?
User avatar
jrbrooks
 
Posts: 68
Joined: Fri Jan 23, 2009 11:52 am

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby soccerguy » Mon Dec 14, 2009 2:40 am

HERMITRY (18000 range), ETHEPHON (21000 range) and BEJABERS (25000 range) are a few 8s that come instantly to mind for me. I'm sure there are more but those are a few of my faves that I remember right away.
Jesse Matthews - 26 - Vaquero
soccerguy
 
Posts: 229
Joined: Fri Jan 02, 2009 8:01 pm
Location: Kelowna, BC

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby KGJMcCarthy » Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:45 am

I don't study, so I am not sure how to calculate probs (and work computer won't let me Zyzz) but one I played against Rod this weekend has to be low on the eights: DRAUGHTY

I also won some low-prob 8 prize for ROUGHISH

KGJM
User avatar
KGJMcCarthy
 
Posts: 26
Joined: Thu Jan 01, 2009 3:40 pm
Location: Strongsville OH

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby jrbrooks » Mon Dec 14, 2009 6:49 pm

Those are good. ROUGHISH is 24,596 and DRAUGHTY is 20,124. I am not sur eexactly it is calculated, but the premise is that words with infrequently occuring letters and letters that occur more than once are more rare than other words. I have tried to figure out the math behind it. I know there are obviously some permutations and combinations somehow involved, but I am not sure how he programmed the blanks into the equation.

I think it is kind of neat to learn the rare words. I typically try and add about 10-20 new 7's and 8's everyday that are high-probability, and then I'll throw in the occasional low-probability word just so someday I can lay down PLUMBUM and wow the room.
User avatar
jrbrooks
 
Posts: 68
Joined: Fri Jan 23, 2009 11:52 am

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby Yarn Chief Sr » Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:51 pm

Some from my library on ISC:

sHOWBIZ (113 and out, missed it for 115) (22436)
ZA(z)EN (28) (7558/~9000) (oops, that's not there)
FIREDAMP (10343) Mid, but cool.
EMPYREAN (11671) Ditto.
B(U)ZUKI (34, missed it for 36, hooked the A later. :)) (15645/15780)
HOO(D)OOEd (72) (28245)
CAJ(E)PUTS (73) (21312)
MAHJO(N)G (20465/~24000) (29, later hooked another G for 56)
VO(L)VOX (37) (15621/~15780)
DJ(E)LLABa (84) (25307)
(same game) hAFNIU(M) (36 and almost out) (16218)
MIJNhEe(R) (98) (16294)
QuIET(U)DE (86 and out) (17233)
ARUSPE(X)/H(ARUSPEX) (60) (13502/21316)
(QUILL)AjA (48) (24168/27755)
(A)ZIMUTH (93) (18957)
(P)AHOEhOE (74/not there anymore) (22237)

A friend of mine played K(O)LHOZeS (26878). That's there too. A winner, I think it is.

Why yes, I'm bored. Most of my low-prob stuff is power tile stuff, 'cause that's what I've learned. Only recently have I learned to dish out what experts would call "medium prob" stuff like EMPYREAN, which makes me :).
Yarn Chief Sr
 
Posts: 189
Joined: Thu Jan 01, 2009 2:42 am
Location: Charlotte, NC

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby TheLamb » Tue Dec 15, 2009 12:55 am

Lowest prob one that comes to mind is V(O)LVOXES, played on ISC back in 2005, before I'd even gotten into club/tournament Scrabble.
User avatar
TheLamb
 
Posts: 279
Joined: Fri Feb 13, 2009 2:26 pm

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby CanadianBacon » Tue Dec 15, 2009 2:03 am

I also don't know how to find out the probability ranking, but these words seem to be fairly uncommon.

qwerty (played twice, once online, once at club)
yeshiva
equinox
evocative ( yeah a nine with 2 V's, probably 'flashiest' bingo I've ever played).

Those words stick out more though - something like "whacked" I would forget if/when I played it, but it's loaded with high pointers.

And I've almost certainly played vughs on a few occasions, that must be among the lowest probability 5's?
Matt Larocque, Edmonton, Alberta.
User avatar
CanadianBacon
 
Posts: 150
Joined: Sun Mar 29, 2009 6:20 pm

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby Yarn Chief Sr » Tue Dec 15, 2009 3:58 am

Just type it in to Zyzzyva. The number at left is the probability. (EDIT: oops, didn't see the other post that says you didn't have access to it at work).

MUZZY is lowest prob at 8932 (FUZZY right with it). Remember: BUZZY#. I always thought JAZZY, and totally forgot MUZZY was even a word. Words like that are so hard to remember. VUGHS is 8290, so about 700 off the lowest.

WHACKED is 21485, so pretty close to MUUMUUS at 24027, ZYZZYVA, and PIZZAZZ, two down.
Yarn Chief Sr
 
Posts: 189
Joined: Thu Jan 01, 2009 2:42 am
Location: Charlotte, NC

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby TheLamb » Tue Dec 15, 2009 11:32 pm

Wait... I just discovered my play of CHUGGING a few days ago is lower prob than VOLVOXES.

CHUGGING? Lame.
User avatar
TheLamb
 
Posts: 279
Joined: Fri Feb 13, 2009 2:26 pm

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby soccerguy » Wed Dec 16, 2009 12:35 am

TheLamb wrote:Wait... I just discovered my play of CHUGGING a few days ago is lower prob than VOLVOXES.

CHUGGING? Lame.

CHUGGING's probability is about as low as the probability of Lipe being sober for an entire tournament weekend.
Jesse Matthews - 26 - Vaquero
soccerguy
 
Posts: 229
Joined: Fri Jan 02, 2009 8:01 pm
Location: Kelowna, BC

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby trashman » Wed Dec 16, 2009 10:17 am

While it probably isn't my lowest probability play, it was fun: HIzZONER, around 21,000 by probability. On a triple, drawing a challenge. Not sure the lowest prob 7, but I played DEWCLAW recently, in the 17,300 range. SEXLESS, around 19,500, is probably the lowest.
trashman
 
Posts: 133
Joined: Thu Jan 01, 2009 11:45 am

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby millcake16 » Thu Dec 17, 2009 9:20 am

I played ZWIEBACK as a natural many years ago. It was a 2x2, so it scored 106. That might be the lowest probability natural among the 8's, especially if it's through the E, but I think it was a different letter when I played it.
millcake16
 
Posts: 110
Joined: Wed Dec 31, 2008 12:19 pm

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby slipkin » Thu Dec 17, 2009 9:32 am

FYI:

http://www.cross-tables.com/lookup.php has a crappy, crappy little lookup thingy* that will tell you the probability and playability of any word. Note that my probability ordering is different from Zyzzyva's in places, as there's tie-breaking and then blanks to consider or not consider, depending on your approach.

If you put in a "?", it'll anagram (slowly) too.

Anyway, it's handy if Zyzzyva's not around.
User avatar
slipkin
Site Admin
 
Posts: 182
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 8:05 pm

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby soccerguy » Thu Dec 17, 2009 2:31 pm

Very cool, thanks Seth!
Jesse Matthews - 26 - Vaquero
soccerguy
 
Posts: 229
Joined: Fri Jan 02, 2009 8:01 pm
Location: Kelowna, BC

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby CanadianBacon » Fri Dec 18, 2009 2:01 am

Played a neat word at the club tonight.

(B)YSTANDe(R)

Although it doesn't rank very high on probability, I think any 9 letter word is pretty uncommon.


Apparently "squeaks" is less probable than "whacked" or any other word I listed (which zyzzyva says aren't even that rare).

I've definitely played squeaks probably more than once too.

And bikini is less probable than qwerty...

Man all the words I don't think much about end up being the less probable ones.

Monkeyed is in the bottom third of all 8's
Matt Larocque, Edmonton, Alberta.
User avatar
CanadianBacon
 
Posts: 150
Joined: Sun Mar 29, 2009 6:20 pm

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby TheLamb » Fri Dec 18, 2009 12:23 pm

(B)YSTANDE(R) is awesome. Nines connected by the first and last letter are pretty uncommon and very stylish.
User avatar
TheLamb
 
Posts: 279
Joined: Fri Feb 13, 2009 2:26 pm

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby Yarn Chief Sr » Fri Dec 18, 2009 4:03 pm

Ah, yes. Having the eyes of a monk. Excellent on BYSTANDER. Very nice.
Yarn Chief Sr
 
Posts: 189
Joined: Thu Jan 01, 2009 2:42 am
Location: Charlotte, NC

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby synodalhaj » Fri Dec 18, 2009 5:00 pm

Doing this off the top of my head:

SCHMALTZ is one of the lower 8s I've played: 27979/29677.
I guess ZADDIKIM a couple months ago was even lower: 28781.

DOOWOPS was 22450/24xxx for 7s.

for 9s, PROPINING was 24312 out of 30kish 9s.
synodalhaj
 
Posts: 50
Joined: Wed Dec 31, 2008 1:39 pm

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby pbzeigler » Tue Dec 22, 2009 8:05 pm

I played my lowest prob 8 2 weeks ago at club= GOLDBUGS as a natural 2X2. it's in the 27000's somewhere.
pbzeigler
 
Posts: 5
Joined: Thu Jan 01, 2009 6:13 pm

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby sjackson12 » Fri Jan 08, 2010 11:44 am

My lowest natural bingo was a very common word, SNAGGIN(G) vs. robinsky at the dells tournament, which is about 1500 from the bottom for 8's (28,252 to be exact).
sjackson12
 
Posts: 116
Joined: Thu Jan 01, 2009 2:10 pm
Location: Minneapolis, MN

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby CharlesReinke » Sat Jan 09, 2010 6:07 pm

I played FRIZz(E)RS in a club game a few weeks ago. It was my first ever bingo with two Z's, and only my second ever play with two Z's (ZUz to shut down the board was the other one).
CharlesReinke
 
Posts: 34
Joined: Mon Jan 05, 2009 6:37 pm
Location: Middleton, Wisconsin

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby cesar » Tue Jan 12, 2010 5:46 pm

I played BOMBASTS in club once, that's at 28333.
cesar
 
Posts: 101
Joined: Wed Dec 31, 2008 5:04 pm
Location: Los Angeles

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby jrbrooks » Tue Jan 26, 2010 2:02 am

Just started off a game with ??EILSZ. ZIZZLES anyone? :-)

23,983/24,029
User avatar
jrbrooks
 
Posts: 68
Joined: Fri Jan 23, 2009 11:52 am

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby sjackson12 » Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:59 am

If I announced both blanks were Z's I'd have the biggest smug face of all time.
sjackson12
 
Posts: 116
Joined: Thu Jan 01, 2009 2:10 pm
Location: Minneapolis, MN

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby jrbrooks » Thu Jan 28, 2010 9:14 am

I was excited... but alas it was behind my computer screen. Much like all my really good plays are, which I guess makes sense since I play 4 games a week for real and probably 50 online.
User avatar
jrbrooks
 
Posts: 68
Joined: Fri Jan 23, 2009 11:52 am

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby Craig » Mon Mar 01, 2010 5:35 pm

Oddsmakers can tell me where my low-probs rank:

I once opened with a natural BUHLWORK through my opponent's O. I was so happy I was going second!In other games I also played low-probs ALBIZzIA and SCLAFFER.

Craig Rowland
Craig
 
Posts: 9
Joined: Fri Feb 26, 2010 12:21 pm

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby Craig » Mon Mar 01, 2010 5:42 pm

sjackson12 wrote:If I announced both blanks were Z's I'd have the biggest smug face of all time.


A fantasy play of mine is, with the rack AEIMS??, to announce: "Both blanks are exes". Then wait for everyone to wonder what the heck I just played.
Craig
 
Posts: 9
Joined: Fri Feb 26, 2010 12:21 pm

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby soccerguy » Tue Mar 02, 2010 11:23 am

Craig wrote:A fantasy play of mine is, with the rack AEIMS??, to announce: "Both blanks are exes". Then wait for everyone to wonder what the heck I just played.

They'd be rather uncultured dancers if they didn't know ;)
Jesse Matthews - 26 - Vaquero
soccerguy
 
Posts: 229
Joined: Fri Jan 02, 2009 8:01 pm
Location: Kelowna, BC

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby ar-raqis » Sat Mar 20, 2010 1:52 am

Craig wrote:
sjackson12 wrote:If I announced both blanks were Z's I'd have the biggest smug face of all time.


A fantasy play of mine is, with the rack AEIMS??, to announce: "Both blanks are exes". Then wait for everyone to wonder what the heck I just played.


I played MAxIxES like that in a speed game years ago, but obviously playing it IRL would be cooler.
Quinn
is a bad example and will have NOCAKES# today
ar-raqis
 
Posts: 98
Joined: Thu Jan 08, 2009 7:12 pm

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby sjackson12 » Thu Jul 01, 2010 1:10 pm

On Tuesday I played an even less probable natural bingo than SNAGGING. I had drawn to LSTU and I drew BCU. I thought I had a shit rack until I realized I had SUBCULT, which ranks 22831/24028.
sjackson12
 
Posts: 116
Joined: Thu Jan 01, 2009 2:10 pm
Location: Minneapolis, MN

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby marktime » Wed Jul 07, 2010 2:37 am

Jan 2010 Reno main event, I played 'up' in Div 1 and in gm 5 played Jim Burlant.
He played PLAN at O8, I played ZUz at N10 for 62 pts. p=1014/1014. ANYone seen or heard of it being played in a tourney?
Just last weekend in RENO, I played off my good tiles leaving GUI, I cringed as I looked at each tile I drew:
(G U I ) F C F N
Next play I got it down on one of the few bingo lanes left on the board, front-hooking the F onto my own earlier play of LAX. CUFFING for 98 (plus the bonus that it got challenged(!) ) I checked it at p = 23028/24028
marktime
 
Posts: 7
Joined: Thu Feb 19, 2009 3:36 am

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby CanadianBacon » Fri Jul 09, 2010 2:01 am

savvies = 19612
dynasty = 20183

Yeah I suck...

So, how about lowest probability trip-trip 8 letter words?

landings = 10838
fettling = 10182
vagrants = 12419
queueing = 19337
Matt Larocque, Edmonton, Alberta.
User avatar
CanadianBacon
 
Posts: 150
Joined: Sun Mar 29, 2009 6:20 pm

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby ar-raqis » Sat Jul 10, 2010 1:14 am

CanadianBacon wrote:So, how about lowest probability trip-trip 8 letter words?

landings = 10838
fettling = 10182
vagrants = 12419
queueing = 19337


I got REEM(E)rGE down for 140 on ISC a couple weeks ago, which is 24350.
Quinn
is a bad example and will have NOCAKES# today
ar-raqis
 
Posts: 98
Joined: Thu Jan 08, 2009 7:12 pm

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby slugbiker » Thu Feb 10, 2011 1:33 pm

I played WIGWAMS at club several years back.

zyzzyva says the prob is 22512
cross-tables says it's 18775
slugbiker
 
Posts: 5
Joined: Fri Jan 02, 2009 6:45 pm

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby soccerguy » Fri Feb 11, 2011 1:06 am

Got to play BLOWBACK recently - Zyzzyva probability of 29832.
Jesse Matthews - 26 - Vaquero
soccerguy
 
Posts: 229
Joined: Fri Jan 02, 2009 8:01 pm
Location: Kelowna, BC

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby rafij52 » Fri Feb 11, 2011 7:26 pm

Once I played COWPLOP (blank for one of the P's I think) against Nigel, which is 23756. Others I can remember are KABUkIS at 2010 Nationals (23428) and CHITCHAT (with a blank somewhere) at club (29347)
rafij52
 
Posts: 27
Joined: Fri Jan 09, 2009 7:19 pm

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby millcake16 » Sat Feb 12, 2011 9:53 am

soccerguy wrote:Got to play BLOWBACK recently - Zyzzyva probability of 29832.


I'm guessing you meant 29382. PIZZAZZY is 29766, and it's hard to find a less likely bingo than that.
millcake16
 
Posts: 110
Joined: Wed Dec 31, 2008 12:19 pm

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby JasonV12 » Sun Feb 13, 2011 11:54 pm

I did not get to play pizzazz, lol

GAgGINg was my lowest. Which is cool because of its familiarity to everyone.
Jason Vaysberg, 17, MN
JasonV12
 
Posts: 107
Joined: Sat Jan 03, 2009 10:28 pm

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby soccerguy » Mon Feb 14, 2011 1:37 am

millcake16 wrote:
soccerguy wrote:Got to play BLOWBACK recently - Zyzzyva probability of 29832.


I'm guessing you meant 29382. PIZZAZZY is 29766, and it's hard to find a less likely bingo than that.

Well caught, looks like I typoed! Low prob in any case =)
Jesse Matthews - 26 - Vaquero
soccerguy
 
Posts: 229
Joined: Fri Jan 02, 2009 8:01 pm
Location: Kelowna, BC

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby trashman » Tue Aug 02, 2011 1:03 pm

In a game vs. Crossword, holding ODD, I drew HOOO. Through an E, got down HOODOOED. Pretty sure that's now the lowest I've played, though I don't have the list handy, so I'm not sure where it falls.
trashman
 
Posts: 133
Joined: Thu Jan 01, 2009 11:45 am

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby trashman » Wed Aug 03, 2011 11:58 pm

HOODOOED is 28,245, according to Zyzzyva :geek:

And I see Ryan also played it!
trashman
 
Posts: 133
Joined: Thu Jan 01, 2009 11:45 am

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby snowplow48 » Tue Apr 10, 2012 6:48 am

I played QUOKKAS (23792) the other day.
User avatar
snowplow48
 
Posts: 32
Joined: Wed Jul 27, 2011 7:15 pm

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby bingoboy » Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:47 pm

I hit the phoney LUNCHMAN* just a few days ago. Probably the lowest prob phoney I've ever played.
I also hit MUGWUMP once (24006/24029), although it was through one of the letters- not sure which.
And I've 3x3ed with ZOO(P)hiLY. (27784/29766)
bingoboy
 
Posts: 20
Joined: Tue Jun 22, 2010 4:01 am

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby andsol » Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:49 pm

I recently made my lowest probability play ever, (KA)FFIYAHS. (28602 for 9's)
Andrew Solomon
andsol
 
Posts: 3
Joined: Sun May 03, 2009 3:18 am

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby Yarn Chief Sr » Sun May 06, 2012 12:04 am

Wholly shite, very nice!
Yarn Chief Sr
 
Posts: 189
Joined: Thu Jan 01, 2009 2:42 am
Location: Charlotte, NC

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby scrblnrd2 » Thu Jul 05, 2012 9:14 am

Probably the lowest I played was BARRABLE(24484) on an outplay in the last game of the NSSC.
scrblnrd2
 
Posts: 18
Joined: Fri Jun 15, 2012 5:51 pm

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby stevena » Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:03 pm

I played KOMONDOR-OK after making the 8. 22209 of 22326 10s, per Zyzzyva.

(I'd say it was in a friendly but she dumped me soon after.)

Steven
stevena
 
Posts: 5
Joined: Fri Sep 18, 2009 4:42 pm

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby Tiansa » Thu Aug 30, 2012 3:42 pm

Played jazzily at club a few days ago
Played groggier in a friendly game
Tiansa
 
Posts: 54
Joined: Thu Aug 23, 2012 7:06 pm

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby squush » Sat Sep 01, 2012 2:10 am

I played bouzouk(i) in a friendly game against my sister (28975/29766) a couple years ago.
squush
 
Posts: 6
Joined: Thu Nov 03, 2011 4:30 pm

Re: Lowest probability word you have played.

Postby scrblnrd2 » Sun Sep 02, 2012 9:54 am

The lowest seven I played was SISSIeS online. 23665/24029. My opponent just quit after that
scrblnrd2
 
Posts: 18
Joined: Fri Jun 15, 2012 5:51 pm

Next

Return to From AA to ZZZ

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users

cron