Wynne's Box icon Wynne's Box: Quick Intro

You are rewarded for packing words into as small a space (box) as possible.

Click your mouse's left button when positioned over a tile to pick it up; the cursor will change to the letter on the tile. Click your mouse's left button when positioned over a blank square to drop a tile; the cursor will change to the default arrow cursor.

You do NOT have to hold the left mouse button down to drag a tile: just click to pick a tile up and click to put a tile down.


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The letter pool is composed of 100 tiles -- 98 tiles with letters and 2 blank tiles which are "wild" and can be used as any letter. Tiles are randomly drawn from the pool to fill the trays at the beginning of a game and to refill the trays after each play.

You use the letters in your tray to form horizontal and vertical words crossword-fashion on a 15 x 15 board.

The first word must consist of two or more tiles placed horizontally or vertically anywhere on the board.

The goal is to put as many tiles into as small a space (box) as possible.

Your score is not based on the number of tiles you put on the board, but the number of tiles you own or co-own inside your box. That is, how full you make it -- the percentage of fullness multiplied by 100 and rounded up or down. The extent of your box changes as you add words to the board. You can have the extent of your box outlined by choosing the "Show Extent" menu item.

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The extent of Blue's box (above left) is 16 tiles (4 wide by 4 high). Blue owns 8 of the 16 tiles for a score of 50 (8 divided by 16).

The extent of Red's box (above right) is 18 tiles (6 wide by 3 high). Red owns 8 of the 18 tiles for a score of 44 (8 divided by 18).

You receive no bonus for using all seven tiles in your tray to form a word (sometimes called a bingo).

If you place a word on the board and choose the menu item "Help | Calculate Word's Points" the points for the play will be calculated for you.

At the end of the game penalty points equal to the count of the tiles in each player's tray is subtracted from the player's score (if at least one scoring move has been made).

The player with the highest score at the end of a game is the winner.

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See also

About the Word Lists

Letter Counts and Points Table