To the letter: Scrabble facts
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.