To the let­ter: Scrab­ble facts

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The great­est word game on Earth was the brain­child of Amer­i­can ar­chi­tect Al­fred Mosher Butt. Hav­ing lost his job in 1931, dur­ing the Great De­pres­sion, he de­vised Lexiko, man­u­fac­tur­ing the game him­self and sell­ing it to his friends. In 1938, he turned it into a crossword-style chal­lenge us­ing a board. It was finally copy­righted as Scrab­ble in 1948 and be­gan to sell in larger num­bers.

The game took off in 1952, when the chair­man of Macy’s played the game. He in­tro­duced it into his stores and sales soared from 2,413 in 1949 to al­most four mil­lion in 1953. Scrab­ble fever fol­lowed, with more than 150 mil­lion sets pro­duced in 33 lan­guages. It’s es­ti­mated that at least 30,000 games are started ev­ery hour and there are more than a mil­lion miss­ing tiles.

The high­est ever score achieved in a sin­gle game was 830, by car­pen­ter Michael Cresta.

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