The Q Words You Cannot Play In Scrabble

Last updated 6 June 2023 by Stephen Lunt
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IQ

IQ is invalid to play in Scrabble

About the word IQ

IQ is an abbreviation for the term “intelligence quotient” – it is commonly used as a measure to assess a person’s intelligence and put a number to it in a similar way we score in an exam or test.

Why is IQ not allowed in Scrabble?

This is a very common question, especially considering other questionable and similar words are allowed such as “QI”. However, it simply boils down to the fact IQ is technically an abbreviation and therefore most Scrabble game dictionaries don’t recognise it as being a valid word that is playable in Scrabble.

How else could I play the letters “I” and “Q”?

The good news is there are many words that contain the letter tiles I and Q. Most notably is one of the most popular words in the game, “Qi” (a Chinese word for a vital life force that flows through living things). This is the only two-letter Q word that can be played in Scrabble and would simply require you to swap the letters around from the word IQ to play.

Other ways of playing I and Q will require extra letter tiles but include although are not limited to QIS, QIN, QINS or QINTAR.

IQ Points Value

IQ scored at the face value of its letter tiles would score 11 points. However, as it's invalid if your opponent challenges it you risk forfeiting a turn and hence would instead score 0 points.

Words Containing IQ

  • fiqh 19
  • niqab 16
  • pique 16
  • fique 17
  • fiqhs 20
  • liquor 15
  • saique 15
  • unique 15
  • diquat 16
  • liquid 16
  • caique 17
  • clique 17
  • niqaab 17
  • niqabs 17
  • piques 17
  • piquet 17
  • ubique 17
  • fiques 18
  • haique 18
  • piqued 18
  • cliquy 20
  • qulliq 24
  • aliquot 16
  • antique 16
  • lalique 16
  • More IQ words

QA

QA is invalid to play in Scrabble

About the word QA

The term Qa is used as an abbreviation for “Quality Assurance” – a way of testing (assuring) something (normally a product or service) is of a set minimum quality offering.

Why is Qa not allowed in Scrabble?

Qa is used as an abbreviation as we discussed above, therefore in the English language Qa by itself is not an actual word. Most of the official Scrabble dictionaries do not allow abbreviations of this sort and therefore it is not a word players should use in the game.

How else can I play the letters “Q” and “A” in Scrabble?

There are no valid two-letter Scrabble words using just the letters Q and A. The nearest match to Qa is the word “Qat” – a shrub whose leaves are used as a mild stimulant when chewed or brewed. “Qats” can also be played as the plural of Qat. In addition, “Qua” (in the capacity of) is another alternative use of the Q and A characters.

QA Points Value

QA scored at the face value of its letter tiles would score 11 points. However, as it's invalid if your opponent challenges it you risk forfeiting a turn and hence would instead score 0 points.

Words Containing QA

  • qat 12
  • qats 13
  • qadi 14
  • qaid 14
  • qanat 14
  • qadis 15
  • qaids 15
  • burqa 16
  • niqab 16
  • qapik 20
  • qajaq 30
  • qanats 15
  • qasida 16
  • burqas 17
  • niqaab 17
  • niqabs 17
  • qabala 17
  • qapiks 21
  • qawwal 21
  • qajaqs 31
  • qasidas 17
  • niqaabs 18
  • qabalas 18
  • qabalah 21
  • qamutik 22
  • More QA words

Word definition sourced from Wiktionary under CC BY-SA 4.0. We verify the validity of the words discussed in this article against our own data and official Scrabble dictionaries such as the NASPA Word List and SOWPODS (Collins Scrabble Words).

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