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The tiles above are from the older Dutch set by Spear's, before they fell into line
with Flemish-speaking Belgium in doing away with the [IJ] tile:
in Vlaanderen werden de twee 'ij'-blokjes nooit gebruikt, een 'ij' wordt dus
met 'i' en 'j' gevormd ('ijsvrij' was in Nederland een 5-letterwoord, in
Vlaanderen een 7-letterwoord). Ook dat verschil is nu van de baan.
14 maart 1998 spelen ook de noorderburen zonder ij-blokjes !!!
In Flanders (Flemish-speaking Belgium) they never used the [IJ] tile; an IJ
word was always formed using an I and a J. ('ijsvrij' (icefree) was a
5-letter word in the Netherlands and a 7-letter word in Flanders). Now
that difference is no more. Since the 14th of March 1998, both the northern
neighbours play without [IJ] tiles.
OLD STYLES CURRENT STYLE
Letter Distribution Face value Distribution Face value
A 6 1 6 1
B 2 3 2 3
C 2 5 2 5
D 5 2 5 2
E 18 (16) 1 18 1
F 1 (2) 4 2 4
G 3 (2) 2 (3) 3 3
H 2 4 2 4
I 4 1 4 1
J 2 4 2 4
K 3 3 3 3
L 3 3 3 3
M 3 3 3 3
N 10 (8) 1 10 1
O 6 1 6 1
P 2 (3) 3 2 3
Q 1 10 1 10
R 5 2 5 2
S 4 (5) 2 5 2
T 5 (4) 2 5 2
U 3 (4) 4 3 4
V 2 4 2 4
W 2 5 2 5
X 1 8 1 8
IJ 2 4
Y 1 (0) 8 (absent) 1 8
Z 2 4 2 4
BLANK 2 0 2 0
The primary data in the list above comes from here; the bracketed data
represents the actual set scanned above. I don't know if this is another
country where the values were rationalised (see German)
or if the info from the Dutch web page was for an unofficial version.
The correct updated table for the current edition (without IJ) was sent to
us from Gert Serneels.
Here is a Dutch Scrabble program by Wim Haan.
Also a Dutch
game record sheet (with tile freqs) and a
SWL: The official scrabble wordlist
De meest recente editie van de driedelige van Dale (voor 9-letter- en langere woorden), gebruikt voor de gangbare SWL (de nieuwe SWL, gebaseerd op editie 13 van Van Dale, wordt officieel in gebruik genomen op 10 augustus 2002)
See some comments on newly allowed words.
Latest rules about which words are allowed (how to conjugate parts of
Dutch scrabble league
Can order official word list on CD online.
Another page for the same Dutch scrabble league???
More about the SWL here
Good links page
(I have a sneaking suspicion they got a lot of their links from this page ;-) )
Dutch Scrabble League
Flemish Scrabble League
Scrabbleclub "Quercus Ronse" (Vlaams)
Online Scrabble play (MUD)
Online Scrabble play (E-Mail)
Dutch/Flemish Scrabble on Belgian Teletext
Download demo of Flemish Duplicate
Program to help score scrabble competitions. Contains whole SWL, plus
9-15 letters from "Cijfers en Letters" and the Electronic Groene Boekje.
(Play 'Malino' Online here)
Nederlandse Scrabble uit Paul Vermaseren
including a record high-scoring game in Dutch.
Another high-scoring game (page doesn't work on some versions of Netscape)
Duplicate Scrabble quiz from a good
scrabble site. See here for lots of other Scrabble info.
Timwi's Scrabble (updated 04/2003 - previously "Sarnyalo's Scrabble")
Scrabbit (Here too)
Scrabble in Concurrent Clean
This Scrabble is primarily for the artificial language "Lojban" but apparently
does also come with a Dutch module.
Scrabble by John van Rooij, RIP (Windows)
Also available in raw
version. Homepage is here.
(Sometimes IE works better at this site than Netscape)
NOTE: An older version (4.1), is available here.
Customized for Dutch, 23K wordlist.
Download binary here.
Parametrisable board. Word lists in text format (up to 300,000 words). Dutch Wordlist
based on SWL 2-8 list. Real memory pig - needs 64Mb.
Download binary here.
"Crosswords" for the Palm Pilot (dictionary)
Semi-official word list for 2-8 letter words
Based on the Van Dale dictionary. (searchable)
the "New Spelling" wordlist
Wordzoek: word searching software, large wordlist
het Groene Boekje
het digitale Nederlandse Puzzelwoordenboek
A good site for word lists and links to crossword puzzle and cryptogram pages.
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