Are you a Scrabble savant?

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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?
1899
1931
The idea for Scrabble originated in 1931.
1952

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Who was Alfred Mosher Butts?
the first world Scrabble champion
the man who invented Scrabble
Butts was the inventor of Scrabble.
the person who introduced Scrabble into the Olympics

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In which year did Scrabble first become wildly popular?
1932
1942
1952
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?
Lexico
Criss Cross Words
both of the above
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.
true
false
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?
a life force
a letter of the Greek alphabet
Xi is the 14th letter of the Greek alphabet.
a type of jewelry worn in ancient Persia

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There is only one letter in Scrabble that scores 5 points. What is it?
J
K
K is worth 5 points.
W

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How many squares are there on a Scrabble board?
110
150
225
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?
a pit filled with quick sand
an Arabian breakfast food
a visionary scheme
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?
589
770
Landsberg's record of 770 stood until 2010.
1101

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Why is "queue" a good word in Scrabble?
It gives the highest possible score of any Q word.
It sounds nice.
It rids you of excess vowels.
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?
a tool for working with slate
It's a tool for cutting and punching nail holes in roofing slates.
a Nepalese water buffalo
a way to send documents in digital form

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What's the maximum score you can achieve with "chutzpah"?
299
314
383
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?
an alignment of heavenly bodies
A syzygy is an alignment of three heavenly bodies.
a popular Nigerian dance
a Balkan musical instrument

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What is Lexulous?
the top-scoring word in Scrabble history
an online word game similar to Scrabble
Lexulous, originally called Scrabulous, is an online word game.
a term for using all your tiles two turns in a row

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The word "aa" is acceptable in Scrabble. What does it mean?
a short nap
a tongue depressor
a form of lava
"Aa" is a Hawaiian word for a type of solidified lava.

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What does "bingo" mean in Scrabble?
using all seven tiles in your rack
It means using all seven of your tiles and is worth 50 extra points.
making a triple word score
putting down the last possible play

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In 1982, a player set a record by scoring 392 for the word "caziques." What does it mean?
barrels for holding tequila
Indian chiefs
It's a term applied by the Spanish to native American tribal chiefs.
running shoes used by the Tarahumara people of Mexico

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E is the most common letter in Scrabble. How man E tiles are there?
9
10
12
Twelve of the 100 Scrabble tiles are E's.

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Other than the game, what does the word "scrabble" mean?
to claw or scrape
To scrabble is to scrape or claw with one's fingers.
to mix vigorously
to fry with onions

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