Yesterday (16th December) was the 70th anniversary of the much-loved ‘Scrabble’. This anniversary corresponds to when its inventor, James Brunot first received the Trademark for the game: December the 16th 1948. However, Scrabble actually has a longer history than this date would suggest.
In 1931, a draughtsman called Alfred Butts created a game called ‘Lexico’. Having been made redundant during the onset of the Great Depression, Butts wanted to create a game that could potentially tap into the recent craze of crosswords. In his game players had to use tiles to create words that would then score the player points depending on how they were placed. Butts then later developed this game into something called ‘Criss-crosswords’, which introduced a 15×15 game board for players to place their tiles on. He also introduced ‘premium’ tiles, which when utilised would grant the player double- and triple- letter and word scores.