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The evolution of Scrabble
It is one of the biggest board games in the world, played by hundreds of millions with board, online television and tournament varieties; it has been the subject of major legal battles and controversial redesigns and rule changes; and its name means “to scratch frantically”: it’s Scrabble.
Who hasn’t played scrabble in at least one of the 29 different language versions available around the world? With approximately 150 million sets sold worldwide since its invention in 1938, its popularity continues to grow.
But when American architect Alfred Mosher Butts first invented the game, he couldn’t find anybody to buy the idea from him. Even some of the of the world’s biggest toy and games manufacturers, like Parker Brothers and Milton Bradley Corporation, were unimpressed and Butts had to wait a further 10 years before the idea was picked up.
Butts had called his invention Criss-Crosswords, but when James Brunot bought the rights to manufacture the game in 1948, and changed its name to Scrabble, he still couldn’t make it catch on.
It wasn’t until 1952 when, according to legend, the president of the Macy’s department store chain, took a Scrabble set on holiday and soon became hooked. He was alarmed to find, on his return, that his store didn’t stock the game and immediately placed a large order.
Over the years, Scrabble has changed hands across a number of different owners. It also became a daytime television show in the ‘Eighties, with a return to the small screen this decade, riding on a wave of popularity brought about by online versions of the game delivering a new, young audience.
In 2008, Scrabulous, which arrived as a third-party application on Facebook, became an overnight sensation until lawyers for Hasbro, the game’s current owner, shut it down. Although an official version came soon afterwards, it was limited to users in North America and wasn’t a success.
This week, though, rumours have begun to surface that developers have been working on a return for the Facebook game. In the meantime, Words With Friends, a smartphone version by Zynga, has gained widespread popularity on Android and iOS platforms.
So what’s the highest scoring word ever played in a tournament? Actually, there are five which, when placed to cover two triple-word score squares and the biggest scoring letter on the double-letter score square, are worth 392 points. These are BEZIQUES, CAZIQUES, MEZQUITS, MEZQUITE and OXAZEPAM, although in theory, OXYPHENBUTAZONE is the best possible, at 1778 points, although this has never been played in a tournament.
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