If you often find youre having trouble with gridlock, try building your words like a staircase, so there are lots of spaces to continue building off of.
Also, dont ever be afraid to completely rearrange your letters mid-game, and start all over! Many, many games have been won this way.
If youre already a Top Banana, try adding in an extra challenge!
Have your group pick a theme that all words have to fit into (e.g. Thanksgiving, animals, etc.)
Instead of starting with the regular number of tiles, have everyone start by taking only 5 or 7 each its much more difficult than it seems!
Make a rule that no 2-letter or 3-letter words are allowed
Pick your favorite, or give them all a try!
If its not a real word, but it is really funny, it still counts!
Whenever a player yells out, peel, everyone rotates around the table, musical chairs style!
Try chenanigrams once a player yells, Bananas! everyone else picks one word from their grid to act out like charades.
For younger players, try turning over the harder letters such as J, Q, X or Z, so their blank side is facing up. Then use these as wild tiles in the game!
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