The "Qu" tile is unique in that it is the only tile that has two letters. We did this because in the majority of English words a Q is immediately followed by a U, which would make a pure Q tile very difficult to use without a corresponding U tile. This affects the game in the following ways:
- We removed from the dictionary all words where a Q is not immediately followed by a U. These may otherwise have been legitimate words, but since Alphabear only has a "Qu" tile and not a plain Q tile, it is impossible for these words to be played.
- For things such as Fore Bear's power to give bonus points for 4-letter words, "Qu" counts as two letters. E.g., QuIZ would activate Fore Bear's bonus, and QuEST would not.
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