Special handling of the "Qu" tile (Alphabear)

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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