Big Boggle
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Word Letter Count 4 5 6 7 8+
Word Score 1 2 3 5 11

Big Boggle Rules

Boggle is a timed word-search game for two or more players.

Big Boggle® is a 5x5 grid version of the traditional 4x4 grid Basic Boggle® game, produced by Hasbro.

Set-Up

To randomize the Big Boggle grid on this page, reload the page, or press the F5 key (on most browsers).

To play

Once the Big Boggle grid is randomized a three-minute timer is started and all players simultaneously begin the main search-phase of play.

Players must visually string together adjacent letters in the correct order to create a word. Adjacent letters neighbor each other horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.

Each player records all the words found by writing on a private sheet of paper.

After three minutes have elapsed, all players must immediately stop writing. The game now enters the scoring phase.

Valid Words

Words must be at least four letters long (in Big Boggle).

Players can, however, write down multiple versions of a word, such as the singular and the plural form of the same word (or other derived forms). For example, a player can write down the words "line" and "lines," or "ride" and "rider." If the same word appears twice on the board, however, it only counts once.

Players cannot use the same letter cube twice in one word.

If the same word appears twice on the board, however, it only counts once.

Proper nouns or words in foreign languages do not count.

Scoring

In the scoring-phase, each player reads off his or her list of discovered words. If two or more players wrote the same word, it is removed from all players' lists.

Any player may challenge the validity of a word, in which case a previously nominated dictionary is used to verify or refute it. For all words remaining after duplicates have been eliminated, points are awarded based on the length of the word.

The winner is the player whose point total is highest, with any end-game ties typically broken by count of long words.

One cube is printed with Qu. This is because Q is nearly always followed by U in English words (see exceptions), and if there were a Q in Boggle, it would be unusable if a U did not, by chance, appear next to it. For the purposes of scoring Qu counts as two letters: 'SQuID' would score two points (for a five-letter word) despite being formed from a chain of only four cubes.

Big Boggle letter distribution

Letters and dice are sorted alphabetically. Read "q" as "Qu". Groupings are merely for readability:

From BoardGameGeek.com

Distribution used on this page:
    aaafrs aaeeee aafirs adennn aeeeem
    aeegmu aegmnn afirsy bjkqxz ccenst
    ceiilt ceilpt ceipst ddhnot dhhlor
    fiprsy gorrvw iprrry nootuw ooottu
    eiiitt emottt ensssu dhlnor dhlnor (duplicate)
    
Another distribution not used on this page:
    AAAFRS AAEEEE AAFIRS ADENNN AEEEEM
    AEEGMU AEGMNN AFIRSY BJKQXZ CCNSTW
    CEIILT CEILPT CEIPST DHHNOT DHHLOR
    DHLNOR DDLNOR EIIITT EMOTTT ENSSSU
    FIPRSY GORRVW HIPRRY NOOTUW OOOTTU
    

References

Dense Boggle Board –DeepSearch.c
   "The 10 Best Dense 5x5 Boggle Boards Beyond Reasonable Doubt" BigBoggle rules at eHow.com

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