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David Me
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The 50th anniversary edition of scrabble came with very simple electronic timer. It had one button. Push it, it counts down from 3 minutes. Push it again, it stops the clock. Push it again, it resets. This is my favorite electronic "sand" timer I've found. I don't have to wait for sand to drain before restarting it, and unlike most kitchen timers, I don't have to worry about setting the time, hitting the wrong button, etc.

So I'd like a 1 minute and a 2 minute timer like this. I can't find similar clocks so far online. Where could I get one?
 
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Your local Radio Shack should have various electronic timers which can be set for countdown mode--although you'll probably have to hit a second button to reset the timer.

The one I have can be set to "verbally" count down the last few seconds.
 
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You might also check out various digital chess clocks. Modern ones can usually be programmed to whatever timing situation you need.

 
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The G8 timer can do that and a lot of other things

https://www.123oy.com/g8/Game%20Timer.html
 
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Yeah, I have the G8 and 2 chess clocks. I don't want to have to program anything and I just want the one button. Is that Scrabble timer the only such thing to ever be made, ya think?

I've bought games just to check out their timers. I'm very interested in finding these simple timers if anyone knows where to get them.
 
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We have the latest "official" Scrabble timer (comes in a scrabbley box, sold by Mattel)

and you can set it for either 1, 2 or 3 minutes

Cheers,

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Make your own? Especially if the time is pre-set, I don't think the electronics would be hard at all.
 
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I wouldn't know where to start making my own, but maybe I could hire someone to do it. You know how, Barry?


Do you have pic of the Scrabble timer, Nick? Is it the one by Paul Lamond? I can't find a good pic of that one. How much to ship one to me in Kentucky (42104)?

And how much if I added in a copy of Party Scrabble?
 
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davidme wrote:
The 50th anniversary edition of scrabble came with very simple electronic timer. It had one button. Push it, it counts down from 3 minutes. Push it again, it stops the clock. Push it again, it resets. This is my favorite electronic "sand" timer I've found. I don't have to wait for sand to drain before restarting it, and unlike most kitchen timers, I don't have to worry about setting the time, hitting the wrong button, etc.

So I'd like a 1 minute and a 2 minute timer like this. I can't find similar clocks so far online. Where could I get one?


If you want to try something really silly, I'd suggest the timer out of the game "Pass The Bomb".

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/137

This has an easy to set time which has a variable (i.e. random) time setting of anywhere between 10-60 seconds.

Chris
 
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Funny, I've just been thinking about designing this very thing. Maybe I'll do that today. This would be a simple little 1-2 day project.



 
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There is a geeklist of games with timers:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listi...

Other games that have Quirky timers include ebay talking Auction (random order) and Electronic Catchphrase (random length within some range).

If the G8 is too complex, perhaps we need a G4 with half the options.
 
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I use 'BigClock' on one of my old Palm Pilots. The software is free. If you have an old Palm PDA you should check it out.

 
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the king of scrabble timers
www.SamTimer.com
many models.
 
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SamTimer wrote:
SamTimer
the king of scrabble timers
www.SamTimer.com
many models.


Wow. Kantimathi (sp?) found his way to my little thread just to post an ad here for his clock. I actually know of the guy because I'm a bit of a Scrabble nut. It's basically a chess clock, nothing like what I was asking about.
 
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I tried about six freeware PocketPC timers for playtest appropriateness.

The two I liked best were Counter Timer and StopTime.
 
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