The Expand and Contract specials change the size of the board. The Expand Special adds an extra column, and the Contract special removes a column. Expanded and Contracted game boards stay in effect for the rest of the game. I like to expand the board on the easier levels, and that gives me an advantage on the harder levels. Watch out for those contracts though – they not only remove a column, but you’ll lose all the letters that were in those columns (including any you may be trying to spell a word with).
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