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Celebrating National Scrabble Day

A close up of a collection of Scrabble tiles showing letters and blank backsides.

April 13th is National Scrabble Day, so get together with a bunch of friends and hold a Scrabble tournament your apartment or in the Community Room at 501 on First. Today in our post, we will give you a rundown on the game and some tips for playing too, but first the basics.


You can read the full History of Scrabble here, but in a nutshell, ”Alfred Mosher Butts, an out-of-work architect from Poughkeepsie, New York, decided to invent a board game. Analyzing games, he found they fell into three categories: number games, such as dice and bingo; move games, such as chess and checkers; and word games, such as anagrams. Attempting to create a game that would use both chance and skill, Butts combined features of anagrams and the crossword puzzle.”


Scrabble is played by two to four players on a square board; using lettered tiles, players create words crossword-puzzle style. The Scrabble board is marked with premium squares where point values are doubled and tripled. A dictionary is chosen beforehand to arbitrate challenges to words spelled.


Some Interesting Facts About Scrabble:

  • The game was initially called LEXIKO,and later on the name was changed to CRISS CROSS WORDS. In 1948 the name was changed to SCRABBLE, which is a real word that means “to grope frantically.”

  • Over one-hundred million sets of Scrabble have been sold worldwide. Between one and two million are sold in the United States alone.

  • The official dictionary allows over 120,000 words that may be used in playing Scrabble..

  • Scrabble is found in one of every three American homes.

  • Scrabble is available in various formats, including Junior, Standard, Deluxe, Travel, Spanish, and French editions.

  • Every year, a National SCRABBLE® Championship is held in a major US city. In addition, the National SCRABBLE® Association sanctions over 180 tournaments and more than 200 clubs in the US and Canada.

There is a Tabletop Gaming Meetup in Rochester, MN with 772 members, check it out, and maybe plan an evening playing Scrabble or another board game. When was the last time you played Scrabble? If you’ve never played, challenge someone to a game soon!