How to Handle Defeat

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Reader Comments (34)

Hehe....the things your strips do to my productivity at work defies description....hey Scott please do something about a "random strip button", or even a "Next" "Previous".

Note from Scott: I get this a lot. Poor page design on my part. If you look below the comic,about an inch down there should be a black bar that says"Previous Instructions". Click on that to see the last comic. Then the bar will say "Previous Instructions | Next Instructions." I intend to make this clearer in the future, but the to do list is pretty long.

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarat

If this is a real game, you must share it! Then I can have this same conversation with my wife...

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZebTheTroll


February 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermoomoomoo

Print it ... check
Frame it ... check
Wall... check

Absolute classic

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJonathan

Panel 2, genius!

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFlimFlam

The Wifely Person beats me at Scrabble too, every time. EVERY TIME!

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGraeme

@ZebTheTroll -- real game(s)! Android just got the Apple-rific "Words with Friends" game, which now sits alongside the previously-used "WordFeud". We're playing on both.

And for the record, Scott just beat me in a game last night. :)

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMissy

Me and the missus have ceased our Scrabble wars due to my intellectual prowess being far superior to hers...

(Actually, I have to claw and scratch for every win it seems which makes the wins very sweet indeed)

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAC

"Even if it's a draw, you still lose because you didn't win."

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrembai

This one just made it to my top five list for funniest strips yet. I just laughed and laughed. Thank you.

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergreg

#$@&, I think you mean Hasbro's legal department.

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBen

I love the ones with Missy! she brings a slightly less insane kind of sanity to the BI world.

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

That would be Hasbro's legal department. Also, they're going to insist that you refer to it as Scrabble(r) Brand Crossword Game.

I have to recommend AbbleDabble for iDevice users who want a multi-player Scrabble clone. It's slightly better than WWF.

There's a Scrabble cheat app called Words With Fries, and another called Cheats with Friends.

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSoul of Wit

I just tweeted this comic to share wtih all my Words With Friends of whom I just beat for the very first time!

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeff in Texas

You can't turn a D on a double word into anything on a triple word, because there are no double words orthogonal to triple words. Unless "definitely not Scrabble" lays the board out significantly differently.

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRavenBlack

When I first read the RSS feed I right away felt bad for Rick... But I was suprised when I followed the link and poor Rick isn't even in this comic.

This one is going up at home too. My wife and I play the real Scrabble almost weekly.

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOldbear

This must be one of those universal constants - wives stomp the crap out of their husbands at scrabble. Heck, if I can score half of what she scores, I call it a victory.

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMorejello


After reading the comment by Sarat, and subsequently reading your response, a thought of staggering consequence struck me with incredible insight and face-breaking force.

Stop me if you've done this one, but rather than just have "make website navigation easier" on your to-do list, could you instead do a basic instruction about "how to read basic instructions"?

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuggestor

Hi Scott,
I'm from New Zealand and was wondering if you could possibly do a cartoon in honour of/to raise awareness of the Christchurch earthquake? It would mean a lot to us over here to see people care.

Note from Scott: I'll certainly give it some thought, but I honestly can't think of anything I could do that would possibly be funny. That said, there'll be a link to New Zealand Red Cross ( )below tomorrow's comic.

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCathleen

Awesome stuff. I seriously hope Scott is still making BI for decades to come.

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick


February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTheo

Hasbro owns Scrabble in the US, and Mattel does overseas. Parker Brothers actually rejected Scabble when pitched to them.

Not really complaining, a good strip, just making sure you know that it looks a little awkward to have the wrong company.

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterClayben

Does any one really knows what "#$@$" means?????

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarlos Castillo

The great thing about playing iPhone Scrabble at home is that you're using $1200 in hardware to play something that would cost $12 in board game form.

I love it.

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpaean

@Missy -- You saying game made me lose the game :(

your wife's grin in the first panel is just a little bit terrifying

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhowtoreadbasicinstructions

Huhu, in what game exactily ? =3
I like the 3rd panel the most… "AND on a double word score", or How a Noob Thinks He Just Made a Great Move. The other mean is to add a "s" at the end of a word… When you do that… well, you'd better admitt your defeat.

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThouny

I won my first game of Scrabble against the missus. Every single subsequent game she has won. On one memorable game she managed to lay down all her letters on her first go getting "Clitoris" down on the board using my "S" thus getting, not just the double score for emptying her tray, but the house rule double score for a rude word as well.
She also bought me 2 Basic Instructions books for my birthday (which arrived last week), signed by your good self, so obviously she's a keeper (fortunate since we have 2 kids together).

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter9Squirrels

I always play "SCRABBLE® Brand Crossword Game" myself, not "Scrabble".

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Chew

Love the comic, but just one little comment; Missy's nose in these pictures is, um, unflattering.

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBWM

Scott: I recall encountering this webcomic of yours a few years ago, then losing the link somehow. I just re-found it a couple days ago, and read the entire archive. I have accomplished exactly zero productive activities today, and I would like to thank you.

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterslaitch

@pedants: Since they acquired the rights in 1989, Hasbro has published Scrabble under both the Milton Bradley and Parker Brothers names (they own both brands.) I personally own a Parker Brothers branded copy of Scrabble, so I know they exist.

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterparkrrrr

Do I see Missy has acquired a 'Jazz Hand'?

I recommend the iPad free Scrabble game, except that it cheats outrageously. There's a 'best word' option where the game gives you the highest scoring word it can, usually. However it usually follows one of these with an unpronounceable 7 letter triple word of modern esperanto spelled in the 16th century style..

March 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermandydog

is missy aging overnight?...she looks older..

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