Word Scramble Help

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Sometimes we all need some word scramble help, no matter how much experience we have with word play. Here are a few tips to aid you in untangling any confusing group of letters.

Word Scramble Tips

  1. Work with the hardest consonants first. The consonants in the English language, in order from least to most frequently are:Q, Z, X, J, K, V, B, G, W, Y, F, P, M, C, L, D, H, G, S, N, TSo if your group of scrambled letters contains Q, Z, X, J, and so on, work with those letters first. Try to find other letters to go with them to form a familiar word or syllable.
  2. Look for consonant combinations. Some examples are TH, BL, and WR.Note that many common blends contain the letters S, R or L.S: SK, SL, SM, SN, SP, SQU, ST, SWR: BR, CR, DR, FR, GR, PR, TR, CHR, SCR, STR, THRL: BL, CL, FL, GL, PL, SL, SPL, SCL(Note: This is not a complete list.)
  3. Look for common word endings. Many words, as you know, end in ING, ION, ER, or ED. There are also consonant combinations such as TCH and GHT that come at the end of words.
  4. Consider the topic. If you know the theme for a list of scrambled words, think about all the words you already know in that category. This would be helpful, for example, in our Asian Cities scramble game. You might expect to find TOKYO and BEIJING, and you’d be right. After solving as many cities as possible, you could get out a map or almanac and look for more cities to match our scrambled list. Some people consider this “cheating,” but it’s really up to you.

Ready to Go?

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Now that you've read all of our word scramble help, why not try to solve a few of our free scramble word games? Here are some of the easiest puzzles on our site:

So Tiny 10 scrambled words used to describe very tiny things. Can you solve them in a tiny amount of time?

Occupational Hazard: Don't miss this fun puzzle with a twist or two!

At the Zoo: One of several easy word scrambles, especially for kids.

Parts of Baby's Body - A printable, simple word scramble for your next baby shower. See our entire collection of baby scrambles here.

The Word Scramble Games on our site are more challenging than many, but with the word scramble help here, we hope you’re on your way to some fun unscrambling!

When you're ready for bigger challenges, check our our entire assortment of free word scramble games. We have topics for all interests and ages!

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