Are you a Scrabble savant?
by Staff
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
  • 1952

Who was Alfred Mosher Butts?

  • the first world Scrabble champion
  • the man who invented Scrabble
  • the person who introduced Scrabble into the Olympics

In which year did Scrabble first become wildly popular?

  • 1932
  • 1942
  • 1952

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

  • Lexico
  • Criss Cross Words
  • both of the above

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

  • true
  • false

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

  • a life force
  • a letter of the Greek alphabet
  • a type of jewelry worn in ancient Persia

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

  • J
  • K
  • W

How many squares are there on a Scrabble board?

  • 110
  • 150
  • 225

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

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

  • 589
  • 770
  • 1101

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.

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

  • a tool for working with slate
  • a Nepalese water buffalo
  • a way to send documents in digital form

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

  • 299
  • 314
  • 383

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

  • an alignment of heavenly bodies
  • a popular Nigerian dance
  • a Balkan musical instrument

What is Lexulous?

  • the top-scoring word in Scrabble history
  • an online word game similar to Scrabble
  • a term for using all your tiles two turns in a row

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

  • a short nap
  • a tongue depressor
  • a form of lava

What does "bingo" mean in Scrabble?

  • using all seven tiles in your rack
  • making a triple word score
  • putting down the last possible play

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

  • barrels for holding tequila
  • Indian chiefs
  • running shoes used by the Tarahumara people of Mexico

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

  • 9
  • 10
  • 12

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

  • to claw or scrape
  • to mix vigorously
  • to fry with onions