November 7th, 2020
Note: I don't usually write about health/medical topics, but I fear this subject may be neglected too often in people of my age. I'm not a medical professional, although I frequently research health related topics. I also believe that in this age we… more »

Using Hoot Card Boxes

August 27th, 2020
Card boxes have been added to the Hoot app in version 1.97. Using card boxes is a way to organize your study of Scrabble words based on the Leitner system. Each word or anagram is assigned to box 0, and is moved up or down depending on whether you get… more »

Import Lexicon for Android

May 21st, 2019
My last post explained how to create a lexicon from the new NASPA word list (NWL2018) for the Android app. At that time you had to create a new database with the PC version of the program and transfer that to the Android device. Since then I've… more »

Creating OTCWL2018 (NWL18) for Hoot

February 19th, 2019
Update: The NASPA lexicons are now identified as NWL2018 or NWL18 (NWL2020 for new lexicon effective in 2021). It is also included in the Hoot Android app, so you don't need to create it unless you really want to. I'm leaving this post to show how you… more »

Hoot - the Android app

October 9th, 2018
New! Two Android apps of Hoot are now under development. Each app includes a database with the installed lexicon, and the ability to use external databases. Update: The first release of the Hoot app is now available on Google Play. The search screen is… more »

Scrabble Draw Probability

July 31st, 2018
Food for Thought The traditional way to calculate probability uses Combination. It's a bit computational but it is essentially based on the number of tiles of a certain type in a set, and the number of tiles drawn. Normally the combination is based on… more »

The Hoot Cardbox

July 10th, 2018
Hoot finally includes Cardbox quiz options. Similar to Zyzzyva's cardbox quizzes, Hoot adds the List feature where users are tested on a selected list of words, like 2 letter words or bingo stems. more »