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OCTWL2014 & Zarf

2015 November 22
by admin

Zarf is one of the best Scrabble apps avail­able. Here’s how to make it even better:

  1. Download the app, then go to Settings – >Word Lists – >Download New Word List… (at the top),
  2. Type this in the URL field: “http://​old​town​scrab​ble​.com/​w​p​-​c​o​n​t​e​n​t​/​u​p​l​o​a​d​s​/​2​0​1​5​/​0​5​/​O​W​L​2​0​1​4​-​1​8​7​6​3​2​.​txt” (be care­ful to type it in cor­rectly, Zarf may ask you to iden­tify the lan­guage, if that hap­pens, select “English,” check to make sure that the new list appears in the “Active Word Lists” list),
  3. Hit the set­tings “back but­ton” in the upper left cor­ner, take a look at the “Baseline Word List” and set it to TWL06 (or what­ever the OCTWL2 list is called, if this list isn’t avail­able, then go back to Word Lists – >Download New Word List, and load the list from this URL: “http://​old​town​scrab​ble​.com/​w​p​-​c​o​n​t​e​n​t​/​u​p​l​o​a​d​s​/​2​0​1​5​/​0​5​/​O​W​L​2​-​1​7​8​6​9​1​.​txt,” then go back to the “Baseline Word List” set­ting and set it),
  4. Back out of the set­ting menu (hit the Search but­ton on the bot­tom left).

Now, you not only have the new OWL2014 on your phone (in your Zarf app), but the app will also high­light new words in green (i.e. words that are in OWL2014, but not in OCTWL2). Here is a post a put up a while back with the counts of new words by length: http://​old​town​scrab​ble​.com/​1​3​/​0​5​/​n​e​w​-​w​o​r​d​-​s​t​a​ts/. To test this out, go to this post, down­load any of the lists of new words, and search for them in Zarf (e.g. DA, GI, BURK, HECKUVA, SCHLONG, etc.).

Disclaimer: I can’t guar­an­tee the accu­racy of the OCTWL20114 list at the above URL. It’s not an offi­cial list (I built it myself). With that said, I’ve used it for sev­eral months and haven’t found any errors or omis­sions. Please com­ment on this post or send me an email or text if you find any errors.

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