Are you a Scrabble savant?

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Scrabble is the most popular word game in the world, played in 121 countries, and has several famous devotees, including U.S. President Barack Obama and Mel Gibson. Do you have what it takes to master this brainy game?

In which year was the game of Scrabble invented?

The idea for Scrabble originated in 1931.

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Who was Alfred Mosher Butts?

Butts was the inventor of Scrabble.

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In which year did Scrabble first become wildly popular?

Scrabble took off in 1952. Almost 5 million sets were sold in the next two years.

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Before it was called Scrabble, what was the game's name?

Butts tried out both Lexico and Criss Cross Words as names for the game.

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True or false: There is one official word list for tournament Scrabble players.

Different lists apply to tournaments in North America to those elsewhere in the world.

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"Xi" is a good little Scrabble word. What does it mean?

Xi is the 14th letter of the Greek alphabet.

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There is only one letter in Scrabble that scores 5 points. What is it?

K is worth 5 points.

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How many squares are there on a Scrabble board?

The board has 225 squares in a 15-by-15 grid.

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A player once scored a single-word record of 365 for the word "quixotry." What does quixotry mean?

It's a visionary scheme or thought, named for Don Quixote.

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Mark Landsberg was famous in Scrabble circles for holding the game-high tournament record for 13 years. What was his record score?

Landsberg's record of 770 stood until 2010.

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Why is "queue" a good word in Scrabble?

The word lets you dump vowels.

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"Zax" is not a common word, but it's useful in Scrabble. What does it refer to?

It's a tool for cutting and punching nail holes in roofing slates.

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What's the maximum score you can achieve with "chutzpah"?

Using two triple word scores, you can earn a total of 383 points with "chutzpah."

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Lacking vowels, you can still play "syzygy." What does the word mean?

A syzygy is an alignment of three heavenly bodies.

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What is Lexulous?

Lexulous, originally called Scrabulous, is an online word game.

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The word "aa" is acceptable in Scrabble. What does it mean?

"Aa" is a Hawaiian word for a type of solidified lava.

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What does "bingo" mean in Scrabble?

It means using all seven of your tiles and is worth 50 extra points.

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In 1982, a player set a record by scoring 392 for the word "caziques." What does it mean?

It's a term applied by the Spanish to native American tribal chiefs.

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E is the most common letter in Scrabble. How man E tiles are there?

Twelve of the 100 Scrabble tiles are E's.

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Other than the game, what does the word "scrabble" mean?

To scrabble is to scrape or claw with one's fingers.

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