As a lover of word play, then Scrabble just has to be my number one.
Reflecting on my own history of Scrabble playing I recall the original large board, with the big tiles that moved around if someone accidentally jogged the table.
A few years later I moved onto Travel Scrabble, which was brilliant as the pieces could be put firmly in place and you didn’t even need a table! Just resting the board on my knee – or someone else’s – made it accessible and a perfect pastime.
And then in recent times I have moved onto the playing on the iPad. The electronic Scrabble is great as I can play against the computer if my playing partner is not in the mood. I can stop and restart the game – play while waiting for the potatoes to boil – and vary the level of difficulty, depending on how much I want to be challenged. It was a great companion for me on the only long haul flight I have ever taken – my only concern was that keeping the reading light on all through the night must have been quite irritating for the person in the seat beside me. (Obviously not a Scrabble player.)
It seems that the game was first devised in 1938 by an American architect, Alfred Mosher Butts, who called it Criss-Crosswords. Then in 1948, James Brunot, also an American, bought the rights and changed the name to Scrabble. It is now sold in 121 countries and is available in 19 languages. And estimates are that around 150 million sets have been sold worldwide.
Wow! Quite impressive and the joy of it is that no two games will ever be the same.
Here’s a snapshot of a much loved and much used friend…
By the way…watch out for a festive S with Santa on his way tonight…