For the past three consecutive weekends, we've been without power for at least 24 hours (last weekend, we had 10 hours of electricity). It makes things like hosting dinners or watching weekend flicks at the house quite difficult (speaking of weekend flicks, we are reminded to download the new Parks and Rec episode!). Ice in the fridge melts. Perishable food goes bad without a cold fridge. Coffee beans can't be ground. TVs most certainly can't be watched.

So we've looked for electricity-free entertainment. In addition to puzzles and card games, we've invested in Scrabble. Having never really been word game aficionados, we've come to really enjoy the game, now searching the dictionary in between games for words that begin with "Q" or end in "J."

We've discovered that lots of expats in Ghana enjoy word games like Scrabble or Bananagrams, each for their own reason, but perhaps the interest draws from lack of electricity and the need to entertain oneself.
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Carole's actual set of letters.
We're thinking of starting a game night here. Prepared with candles, canned foods to feed friends, and a good attitude, we can play with or without electricity.
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Red wine is perfect for a powerless night. No chilling needed.
What's your favorite Scrabble word? Ours is "Qi." (Chinese, literally: energy (from dictionary.com).)
Bud
10/14/2011 01:39:46 am

Favourite Scrabble word: Roentgen. It's a unit of measurement for radiation exposure. I have only made it once, when I had O-E-N-T-G-E-N and found an unoccupied dangling R. Although the letters aren't worth much, it uses all 7 tiles (plus one dangler) and thus counts for an extra 50.

Tim, maybe you need a set of Risk 2210?

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Mini
10/14/2011 04:51:54 am

A different English spelling of Qi is Xi. Both are playable on the Scrabble board.

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