Now here’s a holiday to celebrate!
Today is National Scrabble Day and what better way to celebrate than to try to beat my husband in a game of Scrabble. I have shared before that I am an addict. Confessions of a Scrabble Addict! There are groups for those trying to overcome addiction to drugs or alcohol but there is nothing to help those of us who cannot stop trying to make words out of every sign, every book title, every thing we see in writing. So I guess I am stuck with my addiction. My Addiction has Returned
Today lets me know I am not alone!
There are apparently many more out there who love Scrabble. There is an International Scrabble Club created and run by the player known as Carol (real name Florin Gheorghe), who lives in Romania. There is a World Scrabble Championship which is held every year with players from more than 30 countries. This championship is the most prestigious title in competitive English language Scrabble. Contestants come from more than 30 countries to compete. The 2017 North American Scrabble Championship is scheduled to take place in New Orleans.
While we will never make it to the national championship, we keep up a tough competition between us. Many of our games are very close but last January was one for the books. When the game ended I was one point ahead of my husband. However, because I had one tile that I had not played, its point value had to be taken from me and added to my husband’s score. That gave him the game with one point ahead of me. Needless to say, I was NOT a happy camper.
We also compete to see who can get the highest score in a game. So far, my husband holds that title with a game played back in May 2015 with 961 points. Yes we do keep records of our scores. I told you we are addicts.
Another area where we compete is to see who can play all seven tiles in one turn. For years I was way behind my husband. But slowly I have learned to do as he does and keep shuffling my tiles around to see what words I can make. Of course, this takes time so we have to be patient with each other. Some of the crazy words we have come up with over the years include unbonnet and yaupings. He loves to keep reminding me that twice he has had a game where he played all seven tiles five different times.
We have become familiar with the Greek, Hebrew and Arabic alphabet as those words are allowed in Scrabble. There are 105 playable two-letters words in a regulation Scrabble game, according to the Official Scrabble players’ dictionary and we have memorized most of those.
So for my fellow Scrabble lovers