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This week you will write a script to calculate the (language) dictionary word that would have the most value in Scrabble.

Read in dictionary.txt (a copy of /usr/share/dict/words on my Mac) and calculate the word that has the most value in Scrabble based on LETTER_SCORES which is imported in wordvalue-template.py.

See the full code challenge here.

This will be a two-part code challenge. Next week you will expand on this building a simple command line game. Something like giving a user a bunch of letters and let him/her create a high-value word (like Scrabble but without the board).

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