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Grumpy-Old-BannerClimb on board the Grumpy Old Menopause tour bus. My thanks go out to Charlotte from BestChickLit.com and to all the hosts involved in this tour. This time we are stopping at some marvellous blogs and have super prizes for you.

scrabbleThe first prize is intended for those of us who are becoming forgetful and moody. It’s…chocolate Scrabble. The perfect game where you can exercise your brain by playing the game, then if you lose, instead of upturning the board and throwing the pieces onto the floor in a tantrum, you eat them! Chocolate will calm you, help produce mood-enhancing endorphins and all will be well in the world.

Scrabble fact:  “Zax” is a useful word for Scrabble. It evolved from “sax,” a single-edge sword of ancient Scandinavia, and came to describe a tool for cutting and punching nail holes in roofing slates. It also refers to the craftsman who uses the tool. It gives the highest possible Scrabble score for a three-letter word: 19. Hit a double or triple letter square, and you’ll do even better. The bonus: You dump two problematic letters at once.

Find out how to win this game and other prizes by following the tour. Discover what my hosts thought of the book and read guest posts, written by yours truly. They’ll be some spot prizes too, so come on grab your seat.

Stop 1  – 3rd March @ BestChickLit (Kick-off Post)

Stop 2 – 4th March @ The Daily Opinion

Stop 3 – 5th March @ From First Page to Last

Stop 4 – 6th March @ A Reading Nurse

Stop 5 – 7th March @ Shaz’s Book Blog (Guest Post from me!)

Stop 6  – 10th March @ A Blue Million Books (Interview with me, again!)

More to follow.

There are lots of good words to play as opening words in Scrabble but one of my favourite is Muzjiks. Muzjiks are Russian peasants — or so they were called under the tzar (another handy word to know). In Scrabble “muzjiks” gives you the highest possible opening play. Put the “z” on the double letter square for an initial score of 39. All opening plays score a double word — that makes 78. Add 50 for a bingo (the use of all seven letters in your rack). With a total of 128, you’re off to a terrific start.
Finally, if you don’t like the letters in your rack and can’t think of any words to play with them –eat them!