Word Up

A serious Scrabble competition



hat might seem like a casual, relaxed weekly get-together for some board-game fun is a serious competition for Scrabble Club No. 59. Players range from experts to beginners, all seeking high-scoring words that meet National Scrabble Association rules and stand up to the Official Scrabble Dictionary. “Muzjiks,” for example, which can earn you 79 points, although we don’t know what it means. (Okay, we do know: It’s a word for a Russian peasant. We know everything.) Vallejo


The highest total ever recorded for sanctioned Scrabble in North America was 830 points, scored by Saugus carpenter Michael Cresta during a game in 2006 the basement of the Unitarian church in Lexington.

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