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Our word scramble solver is a tool that helps players solve word scramble puzzles and mobile phone games such as Scrabble and Words With Friends. Enter your letters into the friendly green box and hit the big button. Our powerful anagram engine will automatically rearrange the letters into potential words with one click. It will show you the words you can make with the letters, sorted by word length (descending) and alphabetical order. You can used the advanced options and wildcard characters (* or ?) to solve word puzzles like finding the letters to complete a word fragment.

Looking for another online word scramble resource or app from the app store? Never fear, we've got plenty of other things to help you out. If you're looking for printable word scramble puzzles, take a look at our printable puzzle maker. You can use it to generate a word scramble worksheet, word search, or crossword puzzle. Want to just play a word scramble game? Check out our word scramble game. Need a version of the word scramble solver with points? We have a version for Scrabble and Words With Friends.

Incidently, with everyone on lockdown: we found scramble worksheets to be a great way to keeping kids learning. The scramble worksheets you create are a great way to help kids learn vocabulary and spelling. They need to know how to spell the vocabulary word in order to finish the assignment.

We aim to be the web's best site for word scramble help. If you see something missing or need a custom solver for a puzzle game, feel free to contact us below...

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Use the Word Scramble Solver?

Let's start with the easy one - how do you use the word scramble solver? Simple: Enter your letters in the box and press the big friendly green button. It will turn your letters into words and give you a list of words ranked by length. We built a fast dictionary search that generates all of the possible words for your letters.

We've designed this word solver to work well on mobile phones. First, the page automatically resizes itself to fit your screen. Next, we tweaked the design to load quickly and use data very efficiently. Finally, we spoke with some users to adjust the design to fit their needs. Give it a try - we're sure you'll decide to bookmark us and become a regular user!

Does The Solver Allow Wildcard Characters?

Yes! The solver supports blank tiles (Scrabble) or wildcard characters. These tiles will be checked against all of the possible letters, vastly increasing the number of unscrambled words. Enter the wildcard character as a * in the word solver letter box.

What About Scrabble or Words With Friends?

This word finder can be used to find words in your letters for Scrabble or Words With Friends. We also have a Scrabble Helper and Words With Friends helper that will give you scrabble points and words with friends points. These also support wild card characters.

What is a Word Scramble Game?

Word scramble games are like football or soccer for the human mind: a big mess of letters pushing, shoving, and shouting to be sorted into the correct order. You probably know them as Scrabble, Words With Friends, Word Cookies, WordFeud, or any of the many other cell phone word scramble games people play. Word scramble puzzles can also be found in the Sunday paper, relying on the solver's ability to recognize and transpose letters appropriately to solve the puzzles.

How Do You Solve Word Scramble Puzzles? (Game Designer Perspective)

Speaking as someone who teaches game design, there are three basic ways to construct a puzzle where the solver has to guess a word.

The first of these puzzles is basically a combinatoric attack on the human mind, seeking to overload the solver with possible ways to arrange the letters in the words. If we're talking about a group of 7 letters (not all of which need to be used), it turns out there are many possible arrangements. There are 7 factorial (7!) ways to arrange a set of unique letters - this works out to 7! = 5040 ways to place them in order. When you consider that we don't need to play every letter, this opens up even more potential ways to put the letters in order: 7! + 6! + 5! + 4! + 3! + 2! + 1! = 5912 possible arrangements.

The good news is not all of these possible ways to sort the letters is an actual English word. When you match these up against an actual dictionary (as we do in our word scramble solver), only a handful actually match dictionary words. Judging from some experimentation with the word scramble solver, most seven letter combinations map to between 15 and 50 possible English words. So to solve a word scramble puzzle, you need to be able to quickly see fragments of words and creatively narrow them down to the most useful potential solutions. Our word scramble solver does this: it looks through a dictionary to make words from your letters.

As we mentioned above, we have some advanced options to help you make even more words from your letters. First, the solver supports using wildcard characters. Each of these can represent any of the 26 possible letters. Be careful, however. Including a wildcard will effectively increase your number of potential arrangements by 26 - so those 5040 potential arrangements just became about 145,000 (we can't just multiply by 26 since there are some permutations of the letters which would exclude the wild card character). To include a wildcard character in your answer, simple enter a * or ? for the letter. It will show the wildcard letter as highlighted piece of text in the list of possible solutions.

The scramble solver can also work with fragments of an existing word. You can identify letters that must be at the beginning or end of a word. You can even provide a list of letters where you want to build off of only one letter (such as when you are playing Scrabble). Take look at our advanced options. The good news? Adding clues like this actually makes it easier to find words to play, since it reduces the number of possible words.

Word Scramble Solver - Scrabble vs. Boggle

From the perspective of a scramble solver, Scrabble and boggle are far more similar that you would imagine. Both are basically just differently structured paths through the same basic dictionary search. In the case of Scrabble, we have a set of possible letters from your Scrabble Rack - plus at least one letter from the board - and are looking for combinations of these ltters that are in the Scrabble dictionary. For Boggle, we're doing a two dimensional search of adjacent letters (all the possible paths) and checking to see if any of the words are contained in the dictionary. Remember the potential hit-rate for any specific permutation is low: Judging from what we saw above, the odds of a random letter pattern being a word in the dictionary are less than one percent.

How Do You Solve Other Word Puzzles?

Did you think we would just leave you hanging? (Trick question, we are the Hanging Hyena...). Here's how to solve the other two types of puzzles.

Hangman is basically just pattern matching. We do this with our hangman solver. If you know something about computer programming, you should be able to write a script to do this using a pattern matching technique like regular expressions.

Meaning based puzzles are significantly harder - because the matching process can get very fuzzy (since people often refer to things multiple ways) and there are very few good databases for searching context. Most problem solving approaches need to address those two needs, at least narrowly (for the specific domain of the puzzles). This is why context based questions ("what is your first pet") are often used as security questions for sensitive information - they can be almost impossible to guess without some shared context.

How Do Good Human Solvers Unscramble Words Faster?

A good human word solver will break their rack into parts and recombine the letters.

How can I make a lot of words?

One really good way to find lots of words in a game is to find your "base word": usually either a root word or popular noun / verb and start tossing prefixes and suffixes on the ends. Keep swapping them around until you crank out a ton of words. This works great for increasing your Boggle score.

How can I do better at Scrabble?

Well, one option is our Scrabble Helper. But if you're going for more "long term" improvement, you want to build your vocabulary and puzzle skills. Don't spend time memorizing the dictionary, however - you'll get more mileage from memorizing lists of short words (such as two letter words and three letter words). Skimming common root words is also good.

English does have quirks. There are a handful of words which break the rules. These were often also borrowed from another language. Somewhere along the line, people started abusing them. These evade most of the tricks for making words from your letters. The only trick for these words is to learn them. Word games are a good way to do this. The more you play word games and puzzles,the better you will know English. Using scratch paper can help if you're a visual person.

More About Hanging Hyena

This word maker is designed to load very quickly and look great on mobile phones. So if you are playing a word scramble game (such as Scrabble or Words With Friends) and need a little help with the answers, our tool (the unscramble words cheat) has you covered. Please bookmark this page so you can find it against quickly.

While all of that is good, it takes more than that to be the most comprehensive word scramble site on the Internet. And we most certainly deliver in that department.

You can play free online word scramble games on this site as well. Our letter scrambler sorts the letters in a word into random order. The player needs to guess the letters and sort them into the right order. Don't worry - we give a few hints along the way (such as the letters changing color). Our scrambled word game is mindless fun and good exercise for your brain.

But wait! There is more! In addition to our word scramble game, we have a free word scramble maker for making a word scramble wordsheet. This printable puzzle is useful for ice-breakers, classroom exercises, and study aids. Simply enter the list of words you want the kids to study and the word scramble generator will do the rest. Some people refer to this tool as a word jumble maker, word scramble creator, or word scramble generator. Whatever you call the, our printable worksheets are designed to help parents, teachers, sports coaches, and students. We even have a few pre-compiled sets of words ready for you to use.

Need to solve or make a letter grid word scramble? We have boggle solvers (4x4, 5x5, 6x6) and a word search generator.

And of course, that's just the beginning. Any word puzzle that involves scrambled letters is in our wheelhouse. We have crossword puzzle makers, a word generator, spelling tools, word search makers, word scramble worksheets, cryptograms, the best Hangman solver on the web, cipher decoders, and much more. We aim to be your puzzle solving site of choice. And of course, your source for word scrambles.

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Stuck solving a puzzle? Need a word solver? No worries, we can help with that too! We offer a wide variety of word solver tools to help crack pen and paper ciphers! We have word solvers for boggle and scrabble. You can even use them to solve words with friends and the specialized versions of boggle (Scramble with Friends and large matrixes - 5 x 5 boggle and 6 x 6 boggle). By request, we customized solvers for: Word Chums, Word Ox, and Hanging with Friends (with a Word Builder). There is a larger version of our Hangman Solver for Wheel of Fortune where you guess an entire phrase. If you're playing another game and need a custom solver, email us at the address below!

We also test many different versions of our word solver site as part of an effort to improve the speed, reliability, and user experience. Most of these changes are behind the scenes (we've built about five versions of the solver, using different tools & engineering), so these sites deliver very similar service - they just help us balance the load and improve the efficiency and security of our word solver platform. But testing different versions of the word scrambler helps us improve user experience. So if you're a regular visitor, bookmark one of the sites below and use it as a backup site if our main site is down. These include: Jumblesolver.us, WordDescrambler.us, a Word Unscrambler, Scrabble Cheatah, Cryptogram Czar, and other tools to turn letters into words.

If you need to make a word scramble or crossword puzzle - for a class exercise, business icebreaker, party favor, or other special occasion - we've got tools for that too. You can even save you work for future events and classes. Our custom word scrambler puzzles are perfect for teachers, students, home-schoolers, coaches, sunday school teachers, and team mom / dads. Who knows, the right crossword might even spark true love?

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