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Countries with the Highest Scrabble Score

Try to guess the single-word country names which would give you the highest score in Scrabble.
Only countries whose names consist of a single word are eligible.
Assume you have as many tiles of any letter as you need
Hint: Z and Q are worth 10 points. X and J are worth 8.
Quiz by DonTheLamplighter
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Last updated: October 1, 2022
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First submittedJune 8, 2020
Times taken25,239
Average score80.0%
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Points
Continent
Country
34
Africa
Mozambique
30
Asia
Kazakhstan
30
Asia
Kyrgyzstan
28
Asia
Azerbaijan
26
Africa
Zimbabwe
Points
Continent
Country
25
Asia
Uzbekistan
24
Europe
Switzerland
22
Europe
Luxembourg
21
Asia
Tajikistan
21
South America
Venezuela
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Level 88
Jul 3, 2020
Fun idea, thanks!
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Level 75
Sep 22, 2021
Nice quiz.
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Level 76
Sep 22, 2021
Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't you usually have only eight tiles to work with in Scrabble - or nine when linked to another word? So only countries with 8-9 letters or less should count.
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Level 59
Sep 23, 2021
It is possible to add to more than just one letter. For example "TAN" is a valid word on its own and this could easily be turned into "KAZAKHSTAN" with the addition of seven more letters from your rack.

Even "MOZAMBIQUE" could be created if words such as "AM" or "BI" were on the board.

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Level 75
Oct 5, 2022
I was trying to figure out if/how Mozambique could be built on something - good solution.
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Level 55
Oct 6, 2022
But it doesn't work as there is no gap between the "am" and the "bi". It would have to be one of those and then a stray letter joining up further over - unless "Que" is allowed.
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Level 63
Oct 6, 2022
Key word: OR.
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Level 82
Oct 1, 2022
Since none of them would be allowed anyway as they are all proper nouns, it seems pretty churlish to object on the grounds of whether they could actually be played.
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Level 76
Oct 1, 2022
It seems pretty brusque to go hurling accusations of churlishness around.
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Level ∞
Oct 1, 2022
It seems pretty boorish to fling accusations of brusqueness.
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Level 85
Oct 2, 2022
It seems pretty loutish to toss accusations of boorishness.
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Level 88
Oct 2, 2022
Now you're just being uncouth! ;)
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Level 60
Oct 3, 2022
I enjoyed this exchange lol. Superfluous!
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Level 70
Oct 5, 2022
insubordinate and churlish
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Level 64
Oct 5, 2022
This is why Jetpunk has the greatest community.
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Level 84
Oct 2, 2022
With the exception of the first word played, all words must build off of other words. There's no limit to how many existing tiles you can use to build your word. The longest word you can make in Scrabble is 15 letters, which is the size of the board. You can use your 7, plus 8 existing tiles to accomplish it (or less of yours and more existing tiles). The highest-scoring legal word in Scrabble is OXYPHENBUTAZONE.
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Level 62
Sep 24, 2021
Fun idea - good one.
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Level 68
Sep 28, 2021
Nice one!
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Level 36
Apr 20, 2022
Proper nouns. Invalid /j
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Level 47
Oct 5, 2022
Not funny
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Level 60
Oct 1, 2022
technically, you'd have to use a blank for one of the Ks in Kazakhstan, so it'd be worth 5 points less :p
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Level 84
Oct 3, 2022
You're absolutely right. Probably should be tied with Uzbekistan.
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Level 68
Oct 1, 2022
Got 8/10 and didn’t get a clue of what I was guessing
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Level 83
Oct 1, 2022
Yeah, don't understand how Kazakhstan is on here given the 'no blanks' requirement. There is only one 'k', at least in the US version of the game.
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Level 74
Oct 1, 2022
You can use an 'l' and a sideways 'v' to make an extra 'k'. Proper rules.
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Level ∞
Oct 1, 2022
Tweaked the caveats :)
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Level 84
Oct 3, 2022
You're right, kitshef. This was something I realized after making this quiz, intending to adjust it to account for the fact that there's only 1 "k", which would require using a blank, which would then drop Kazakhstan to 25 pts, level with Uzbekistan. But I just never got around to it, never imagining the quiz would be featured. Apologies for this. I see Quizmaster enhanced the caveats to cover it. Many thanks, QM.
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Level 74
Oct 1, 2022
Is there a version without the single-word caveat? Since none of them are allowed in Scrabble anyway I don't see why there should be restrictions... Awesome quiz by the way, thanks!
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Level 57
Oct 2, 2022
Probably because it would just be a longest country name competition at that point.
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Level 74
Oct 4, 2022
I'd be interested to know...! I reckon Mozambique could hold its own against many of the longer multi-word countries!
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Level 67
Oct 5, 2022
Definitely betting on Bosnia.
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Level 82
Oct 1, 2022
Nice quiz . I've never played Scrabble but know how it works so it's just guessing countries with X Z Q really. so 10/ 10 .
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Level 74
Oct 1, 2022
Why isn't Czechia there? 23 points
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Level 74
Oct 2, 2022
Probably its official name here is the two word version.
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Level 66
Oct 2, 2022
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Level 84
Oct 3, 2022
When I made this quiz a while back, I hadn't been exposed to "Czechia" that much yet, so I probably ruled out "Czech Republic" as a necessary casualty of eliminating all of the "People's Republic..." or "Democratic Republic" countries with multi-word names. But after having been on JetPunk now for several years, I think you're probably right that "Czechia" should probably be counted and come in at #7 with 23 points. I would defer, however, to Quizmaster's judgment.
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Level 74
Oct 4, 2022
In the "Countries of the World" quiz it's still "Czech Republic" - probably best to just take the cue from that to avoid POV distractions...
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Level 71
Oct 5, 2022
Great quiz. I am pleased my country Luxembourg was an answer, we don't appear on too many quizzes!
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Level 60
Oct 5, 2022
Luxembourg is on pretty much every quiz remotely about money
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Level 57
Oct 5, 2022
Luxembourg loves their $$$
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Level 65
Oct 5, 2022
Cool idea for a quiz, you should a series of that idea!
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Level 57
Oct 5, 2022
Loved this quiz! Good combination of geographical knowledge + Scrabble knowledge.
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Level 82
Oct 5, 2022
bosnia and herzegovinia?
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Level 59
Oct 5, 2022
The description says only countries with one word count.
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Level 59
Oct 5, 2022
Cool quiz! I can't wait to play Mozambique on a triple word score.
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Level 56
Oct 5, 2022
I really thought Liechtenstein would be on this list, but nearly all of the letters in its name have a value of 1. Then again, you would only have 7 tiles to work with while playing scrabble, so my though process is flawed. Oh well
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Level 67
Oct 5, 2022
You should take into consideration the 50-point bonus for using all 7 tiles in one turn.
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Level 51
Oct 5, 2022
Expected Bosnia to be on there and czechia.
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Level 78
Oct 6, 2022
"Swaziland" would once have been on this list with 22 points, but they cut their Scrabble score clean in half to just 11 when they changed the name to "Eswatini", LOL.
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Level 55
Oct 6, 2022
I believe Czechia should be on here, but I don't know if this quiz uses Czechia or Czech Republic. I believe Czechia is 24 points. If this quiz uses the two word name, its completely reasonable to exclude it, maybe a note could help?
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Level 64
Oct 7, 2022
Great idea!

Thanks

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Level 84
Oct 8, 2022
You're very welcome. I'm very happy to have been able to contribute something to the site.
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Level 71
Jan 27, 2023
Shouldn't all of these be worth a lot more, because you get 50 bonus points if you use all of your tiles?
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Level 36
Jan 3, 2024
shouldn't Myanmar be one of the options because by my calculations it would be 22 points