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The Power of the SOWPODS Twos

by Stu Goldman

[SOWPODS in British and American tiles]

The 2-letter words in SOWPODS but not in OWL greatly increase the player's ability to put a bingo on the board, make overlaps, etc. Two normally OWL players, one in the 1600's, the other in the 1200's have stated that they find these 25 two-letter words empower them to play SOWPODS(1). Here they are, with a slash (/) indicating those which take an S at the end:

CH DA/ DI/ EA/ EE FY GI/ GU/ IO/ KO/ KY NY/ OB/ OI OO/ OU PH/ PO/ QI/ ST TE/ UG/ UR YU/ ZO/

Vivienne Muhling: "You can get by in SOWPODS as long as you know the twos."

Robin Levin: "If you acquaint yourself with the two- and three-letter words OSW [only] . . . you can play a decent game with anybody."


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