It’s no secret I love Scrabble – but did you know my favourite word game is actually Boggle?! But, I still own 3 Scrabble sets – The Super edition, this travel version and the special edition Pink Scrabble for Breast Cancer. I love playing it so much.
Anywho, as 13 April is National Scrabble Day in the USA, I thought I’d share some fun things I have discovered about Scrabble since I started playing years ago and some moments that stick in my mind from creating with word tiles!
- Scrabble was originally named Lexiko and then Criss-Cross Words! The inventor Alfred Mosher Butts eventually settled on the name Scrabble in 1948.
- 53% of all homes in Great Britain have a Scrabble set. Or maybe 3 like me….
- The highest known score for a game is 1049 by Philip Appleby from Lymington in 1989
- Over 150 million games have been sold in 121 countries around the world and it is produced in 29 different languages. Welsh was only added in 2006.
- If all the Scrabble tiles ever produced were placed end to end they would reach the equivalent of eight times around the earth.
- There are over a million missing Scrabble tiles across the world
- Each hour, at least 30,000 Scrabble games are started
- You can get the highest score of 1778 points for the word “oxyphenbutazone” which is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug
Upon seeing my designs, people often ask me if I just keep buying Scrabble sets, but that would be pretty expensive and you only get one K in each set! That means a lot of sets for the popular KNIT necklaces 😉
Here are some more things I have discovered since playing and creating with Scrabble:
- The supplier of my tiles has spent 25 years working on board games with Spear’s, Mattel and Bucher and Harrison and now manufactures and distributes a range of speciality games and puzzles across the world
- I once sent a handmade Scrabble Inspired brooch pin to someone at Hasbro games in America (the brand that publishes Scrabble there)
- In June last year before the UK voted, I played a game in which my tiles spelled out BREXIT as I took them out of the bag. Two weeks later the result was announced. I voted to remain.
- I love it when a pub has board games. Especially Scrabble! On the flip side, I don’t like puzzles.
- I really want to make a range of swear word Scrabble inspired designs, but I’ve never had the guts!
- I still love it when customers tag me in their purchases and I know it will never get old. I especially loved this blog from Sam who shared her WTF necklace!
- I own the following Scrabble themed items; tea towels, fabric, rubber stamps, stickers, notebooks, lunch bags, cookie cutters, magnets and pencils. Most of which were gifts!
I mentioned treats didn’t I? I’m having a little sale in my Etsy shop at the moment and there are a handful of Scrabble inspired goodies included such as necklaces with minor imperfections, seconds if you will. There are only a limited amount available so be quick if you’ve had your eye on one of my designs!
Now I’m off to make some treats of my own, I was gifted these Scrabble cookie cutters for Christmas and I think we need some sugar over the Easter weekend. Obviously with a cup of tea and a game of Scrabble!