Note: Hoot for Collins is a separate app that contains only the CSW19 lexicon.

If you are struggling in your games on Words with Friends or Scrabble, a little study will go a long way. Whether you are a beginner or expert, serious or casual, Hoot can help. You can also use search functions to review games for possible plays based on your rack and available tiles.

• Free unlimited version with no ads
• More than a dozen search options
• Easy to select search parameters (length, begins, ends)
• Wildcards (blank tiles) and pattern searches available
• Immediate results for most searches
• Results show word, hooks, inner hooks, score
• Word definitions (click)
• Nine context searches of word in results (long click)
• Slides and Quiz Review
• Quiz for List Recall, Anagrams, Hook Words and Blank Anagrams
• Word Judge
• Can install on SD Card
• Supports multiple window (split screen) on supporting devices

Hoot is a study tool for players of word games like Scrabble and Words with Friends. While Hoot can show anagrams for a set of letters, Hoot is much, much more than an anagram tool for word games like Scrabble, Words with friends, Wordsmith, Scrabulous and others. If the lexicon contains them, you can even use Hoot to search for words up to 21 letters for games like Super Scrabble.

Hoot has multiple search options (see below), and the entry screen lets you enter multiple parameters to consider including the number of letters, beginnings, and endings. You can specify sort order with two specifications (sort by, then by). Results are displayed in common format showing hooks and inner hooks with score in the margin. You can optionally show probability and playability rankings, and number of anagrams.
Look up the definitions of words by clicking on the word in the results. Both words and definitions are local, so Internet isn't required. Results are not limited to a certain number of words.

Use wildcards (?, *) in many searches, and pattern searching is available using a modified regular expression engine. See www.tylerhosting.com/hoot/help/pattern.html

With each list of results, Hoot includes a context menu to let you expand your search based on a word in the results. Long clicking on that word lets you search using one of nine different options.

Results can also be used to show Slides, begin quizzes, or review for anagrams, hook words, or blank anagrams. To support a more extensive word study plan, results can also be added to Leitner style card boxes. Furthermore, card box quizzes can optionally be taken in flashcard mode.

In addition to the search options you can use the app as an adjudication tool to handle word challenges in club play and tournaments according to NASPA rules. Enter multiple words and the app will tell if the play is acceptable without identifying which words are valid.

The current version of Hoot includes the NWL18 and CSW19 lexicons. NWL18 is the successor to OWL3/OTCWL16 and is published by NASPA. CSW19 or the Collins lexicon is used in most other English speaking countries. You can, however, use your own database from the desktop version of Hoot with one or more lexicons. (see below). Some lexicons can be downloaded from the Hoot website and imported into the app.

Search Options
• Anagram
• Letter Count (Length)
• Hook Words
• Pattern
• Contains
• Word Builder
• Contains All
• Contains Any
• Begins With
• Ends With
• Sub-words
• Parallel
• Joins
• Stems
• Predefined (Vowel Heavy, Q not U, High Fives, etc.)
• Subject Lists

Hoot desktop companion
This app is a companion to the desktop program Hoot Lite. Hoot Lite can also be used to modify databases for use in the Android version. Importable lexicons and Databases are available for download from the website www.tylerhosting.com/hoot/downloads.html. The desktop version also lets you create your own lexicon from a plain text word list, add definitions, and create subject lists.
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What's New

Preserve Legacy Storage for < Android 11 devices
Enable card boxes for Android 11
Enable limit and offset for most all search types
Update app Help file
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Additional Information

June 8, 2021
Current Version
Requires Android
4.1 and up
Content Rating
Offered By
Dana Bell
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