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The Quick 10: 10 Words That Will Help You Win at Scrabble

scrabble I'm not a champion Scrabble player by any means - I often resort to words like "at" and "it" just to use up a turn. But with this list, hopefully I'll be a little more creative when using tiny little words. And if all else fails, there's always "ZQFMGB"... a worm found in New Guinea, according to Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes.

1. Aa. And I don't mean the acronym for Alcoholics Anonymous, either. Aa is "basaltic lava having a rough surface."
2. Qat "“ a flowering plant native to East Africa and the Arabian peninsula.
3. Zax "“ a slater or slate mason, or the tool used to cut and punch nail holes in roofing slate.
4. Cwm "“ a valley, especially one created by glacial movement. Be warned: this one won't get you many points, but it is good for using up pesky, low-score consonants taking up valuable space on your rack.
5. Xu "“ Vietnamese money
6. Qua "“ as or as being, or in the character of.
7. Suq "“ a market, or part of a market, in an Arab city.
8. Adz "“ an axe-like tool.
9. Jo "“ sweetheart or dear
10. Qadi "“ a judge in the Muslim community.

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The Origins of 36 Marvel Characters, Illustrated
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No matter what their powers, every super hero has an origin story, from Spider-Man’s radioactive bite to Iron Man’s life-threatening chest shrapnel. In their latest poster, the designers at Pop Chart Lab have taken their infographic savvy to the Marvel Universe, charting the heroic origins of 36 different Marvel characters through miniature, minimalist comics.

Without using any words, they’ve managed to illustrate Bucky Barnes's plane explosion and subsequent transformation into the Winter Soldier, Jessica Jones’s car crash, the death of the Punisher’s family, and other classic stories from the major Marvel canon while paying tribute to the comic book form.

Explore the poster below, and see a zoomable version on Pop Chart Lab’s website.

A poster featuring 36 minimalist illustrations of superhero origin stories.
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Keep your eyes open for future Marvel-Pop Chart crossovers. The Marvel Origins: A Sequential Compendium poster is “the first release of what we hope to be a marvelous partnership,” as Pop Chart Lab’s Galvin Chow puts it. Prints are available for pre-order starting at $37 and are scheduled to start shipping on March 8.

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