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September 15, 2009 / schulerbooks

Bananagrams Tournament at Schuler of Lansing


A reminder to all those Bananagrams Fans out there (there is a Facebook app that I’m addicted to!), the Lansing Schuler is hosting a Bananagrams Tournament at 7 p.m. this Thursday, September 17, celebrating the release of the official Bananagrams book!

This hot new word craze for fans of Scrabble and Crossword puzzles, pits you in a timed race to see who can take their lettered tiles and most quickly create a crossword grid of connecting and intersecting words.

Prizes will be awarded to everyone who reaches the final table, with a Grand Prize to the overall winner! Please pre-register so we can plan for space by filling out an entry form at the Lansing Schuler location, or by sending an email with your name and phone number to

Click through for tournament details!

It will essentially be a poker-style format – specifics will depend on how many people register. If we have a large crowd, we will start with people divided among tables around the store. The winner of each table will advance, until we get down to just one table. In this case we will use the Bananagrams Cafe Rules described below.

If we have a smaller turnout we will play regular Bananagrams rules (see below). When the game ends, the person with the most tiles unplaced will be out. Play repeats until we are down to a winner.

We will have prizes for the final table (6 to 8 people) with a Grand Prize for the overall winner. The entire tournament will last no longer than 2 hours, since it begins at 7p.m. and the store closes at 9:30.

How to Play Bananagrams:
Standard Rules
1. Place all 144 tiles face down on center of table. These tiles are referred to as the “BUNCH”. For games of 2-4 people, each player takes 21 letters from the bunch, keeping them face down. For 5-6 players, 15 letters are taken. For 7-8 (or more) players, 11 letters are taken.

2. NOW THE GAME BEGINS!!!Any one player says “SPLIT” whereupon all players turn their own tiles face up and proceed to form their OWN collection of connecting and intersecting words. The words may be horizontal or vertical, reading left to right or top to bottom. Each player may rearrange his/her own words as often as desired. Players DO NOT take turns, but play independently of each other and at the same time.

3. When a player has none of his/her original letters left, that player says “PEEL” and takes a tile from the bunch. At this point ALL OF THE OTHER PLAYERS MUST ALSO TAKE A TILE FROM THE BUNCH and add it to their collection of letters.

4.At any time, and as often as desired during play, any player may return a difficult-to-use letter back to the center of the BUNCH, face down, but MUST TAKE THREE LETTERS IN RETURN. The player must declare this action to the other players by saying “DUMP”. This exchange does not affect the other players.

5. Play continues until there are fewer tiles in the BUNCH than there are players. The first player with no remaining letters shouts
and is the winner of that hand. The other players may now inspect the winning hand for misspelled or incorrect words. Proper nouns are not acceptable. Any available dictionary may be used. If all words are acceptable, that player is the WINNER OF THAT HAND. If any word in the “winning” hand is found to be unacceptable, that player becomes the “Rotten Banana” and is OUT OF THAT HAND, and must return his/her letters, face down to the center bunch and the game now resumes for the remaining players.

Banana Cafe Rules:
The BANANAGRAMS pouch is placed on the table. Each player takes 21 tiles from the pouch. Players then proceed to play the regular game with “dumping” but NO “peeling”. The first player to use all his/her letters says “BANANAS!!!” and is the winner, provided all words are acceptable.


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