April 13th is National Scrabble Day which is celebrated annually in honor of Alfred Mosher Butts. In 1931 he created the games "Lexiko" which had a name change to "Criss-Cross Words" and later became known as Scrabble. As an amateur artist, architect and a lover of games he was the perfect person to develop the game that can be found in many homes across the country.
Here are some fun Scrabble facts from the USA Today:
- There are 187,632 words on the official tournament and club word list
- X-E-R-O-X. X is considered one of the hardest letters in Scrabble, but the tiles that will gain the most points, 10, are Q and Z. The tiles with the fewest points, 0, are blank tiles
- Scrabble isn't all fun and games. Some players have made Scrabble their life's work. Nigel Richards, a New Zealander based in Malaysia, is the world's "strongest player," according to Hasbro. Richards travels around the world to Scrabble tournaments, and has won the World Scrabble Championship three times and the National Scrabble Championship five times.
Alachua Branch Library has several games on hand for those of you who know how to play and even a Junior edition for those just starting out. Some come in on Wednesday, April 13 at 4:00 for some word fun.