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Great Scrabble tool! No more thumbing through dead trees.
Super fast, simple, powerful and accurate, with definition lookup if you're curious! People who say words are missing have simply chosen the wrong dictionary: many Scrabble dictionaries included. (OSPD is the popular red "Official Scrabble Player's Dictionary" and TWL is the Tournament Word List. Yes, JO and VAV are there.) Don't forget to check Settings (the gray gear icon on the Search tab): you can enable info like point values for words. I mainly use Search mode, just to check if a word is legal as you would with a paper dictionary (I don't use the pattern wildcards for that purpose, although they are pretty neat.) Judge mode is nice to check multiple words at once in a formal game, and get a thumbs up/down on an entire play without any additional info being shown. I have not tried the clock functions. Suggestion: make the last word entered (under Search) clear after 10 seconds or so. Otherwise, if you forget to hit the X and clear the field, an opponent who is sharing your dictionary app will see what you had been looking up. (And if you're evil like me, you can leave QUIZZICALLY in the search field to alarm your friends!) The low ratings seem to be from people who don't pay attention, and thought this was a GAME and not a game utility. (Then they delete the unwanted app and give it 1 star?) And one review said that pattern wildcards are not explained. They are, in detail: just tap the (i) Info icon next to the Search field. (Short explanation: a dot means any one letter, and an @ means any number of letters. Example: Want to know if anything can be added to the beginning of CUBE? Search for @CUBE.) This app is a Scrabble Swiss Army knife and has a place on page 1 of my iPhone! I even keep my old iPhone around as a second Scrabble dictionary to loan to friends. And iPad native too!
M A 4 on Jul 26, 2013 for Zarf
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Cool multi-search
A bit tricky but powerful. Still super fast. Really like the generalized pattern search approach except for having to add non-rack letters to Build list and repeat below. To be even better... And 5th star, Please consider: Would love more useful dictionary links. onelook.com and scrabfinder.com/word work better for me than the three built in links. Please add a "Pattern+" option that adds pattern letters to a Build list. Also, default pattern with literals-only should surround with implied @. Helps lots in scrabble-like games where Build-list is your rack of letters and Pattern+ is a pattern on board you are trying to fit. Ex: As-is Build: FOX Pattern: Y Result: (No results found) Proposed: Build: FOX Pattern+: Y Result: FOXY FOY OXY YO OY Build: FOX Pattern+: Y@ Result: YO
Hairytoes on May 26, 2013 for Zarf
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Superb App!
I'm amazed! Everything works. Only feature not included is exporting the word lists looked up. Still a phenomenal App!
Avie3 on Apr 24, 2013 for Zarf
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Best reference
I find this better than any other word-game app or reference site I've tried. Self-contained (no internet required), simple but effective interface, fully-featured, FREE! I'm glad for the in-app help manual, as I'm new to this type of tool One suggestion I have is that under some circumstances it would be nice to exclude certain letters from a search
humbugonnicknames on Feb 11, 2013 for Zarf
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Cool app
Special1! on Feb 5, 2013 for Zarf
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To all of those who think Zarf is a game-it is not. Zarf is an app used to find words to play in the game Scrabble.
Saadfghgedvbg on Jan 21, 2013 for Zarf
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