Scrabble is a word game in which two to four players score points by placing tiles, each bearing a single letter, onto a gameboard which is divided into a 15 by 15 grid of squares. The tiles must form words which, in crossword fashion, flow left to right in rows or downwards in columns.
In an English-language set, the game contains 100 tiles, 98 of which are marked with a letter and a point value ranging from 1 to 10.
Scrabble was invented by Alfred Mosher Butts, from Queens NY in 1933. It was originally called "Criss-Cross Words," but established its present name "Scrabble" in 1948.
It was slow to gain popularity, but it really took off after the president of Macy's department store tried it and liked it. He ordered the game for his stores. Soon Macy's was selling 60,000 games a week.
The game is now sold in 120 countries and is available in 30 languages. Approximately 150 million sets have been sold worldwide and roughly one-third of American homes have a Scrabble set.
The name "Scrabble" is a trademark of Hasbro, Inc. in the United States and Canada. Outside the United States and Canada, Scrabble is a trademark of Mattel.
"Scrabble" is a real word which means to scratch frantically.
Duplicate Scrabble is a popular variant played in French speaking countries.
Scrabble fans are among the worlds most devoted.
It is estimated that 30,000 scrabble games are started every hour.
Most games are casual games played at home.
Tens of thousands play club and tournament Scrabble worldwide.
Casual games are often played with unlimited time.
All tournament, and most club games, are played with a game clock and set time control.
On September 4th Brett Smitheram, 37, from east London, won the top prize at the 2016 Scrabble Championship final held at the Grand Palais in Lille, France.
He won with with the 176-point word "Braconid", meaning a small, parasitic wasp.
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