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Scrabble: It’s your word against mine: Casual players Scrabble Club to organize at 1 p.m. Saturday at Huron Public Library

Posted: Monday, Jan 14th, 2013

If you’re a Scrabble word game enthusiast, you’ll want to grab your game board and head to the Huron Public Library at 1 p.m. Saturday for an organizational meeting of a local casual players Scrabble club.

Library Director Shirley Apley said prizes will be awarded for high game, high turn, high loss and Bingo wizard. This program is free and open to library patrons of all ages and skill levels.

As a member of a competitive club in Bedford, Texas, Apley has had the opportunity to play with some of the top Scrabble players in the United States. A fun weekend was attending a tournament and playing 13 games of Scrabble, she said.

Apley said that Scrabble teaches many things — a better vocabulary, spelling, definition of words, math skills, strategy skills, social skills and patience. There is no greater feeling than being able to place all seven tiles on the board to Bingo and get 50 extra points, she adds.

“I have seen some very high scores achieved by a player’s ability to Bingo (use all their tiles in one play),” Apley said. “The highest I have seen is 230 points in one play.”

The Scrabble game was brought to the marketplace in 1948 by Alfred Butts. Years earlier, the New York architect had observed, “…there is one thing that keeps word games from being as popular as card games: they have no score.”

With this in mind, Butts created LEXIKO, a scoring word game that he refined in the early 1930s and 1940s and later called Criss Cross Words. Butts churned out game sets from his home to fill orders from all over the country as he tried to acquire a patent, a copyright and a manufacturer.

Finally, in 1948, he had all three. With a name change to Scrabble and a redesign of the game board, his pet project was rolling off the assembly line. Now Scrabble is played worldwide in many languages, and is a game that many learned at their kitchen tables.

“People are invited to bring their (Scrabble) boards so we can play,” Apley said. “We’ll see if Huron would like to organize a Scrabble club.”

For more information call the library at 353-8530.

For the complete article see the 01-13-2013 issue.

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