Scrabble, designed by Alfred Mosher Butts when he was a jobless architect in the Depression, was first published commercially in 1948 by James Brunot, a friend of Butts. Eventually, Scrabble became the world's most popular word game, and it has now sold more than 100 million copies worldwide.
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I believe that Scrabble is one of the 50 most culturally and historically significant games published since 1800. This profile explains why.
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Becoming a world-class Scrabble player requires years of study and practice. But casual Scrabble players can become significantly better with a relatively modest investment of time. One of the best ways is to learn some of the keywords every great player knows, and these Scrabble word lists are a great place to start.
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There are several ways to play Scrabble online, including some officially sanctioned sites and some unofficial sites where you can play Scrabble-like crossword games. This article links to my picks for the best places to play Scrabble online.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Frequently Asked Questions
This set of frequently asked questions about the board game Scrabble covers gameplay, scoring, related games, and more. When a question involves the rules of Scrabble, the answer refers to the official Scrabble rules. Some people use and love playing with unofficial house rules, but this FAQ does not attempt to address those situations.
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Scrabble is, hands down, the most popular word game in the world. It's played even by people who can't speak English -- and some players devote as much time to its study as do the grandest of Chess grandmasters. Most of the books on this list can help improve your Scrabble skills; one puts you inside the minds of the top Scrabble players.
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Stefan Fatsis' Word Freak is a well-written, first-person dive into competitive Scrabble. If you've ever become obsessed with a game, you'll recognize yourself in the many interesting personalities found in Word Freak.