Sunday, 7 September 2014

Make every word count

We played our annual family game of Scrabble last night. We always forget how long it takes, and how rubbish we are at it but it's good for a laugh and brings out the mildly competitive sides of our nature.

Some play it more regularly, like my friend Gill's mum Marjorie who I made this cake for when she turned 80 back in 2002. I created the playing board from very thinly rolled out green fondant, marking off the 15 x 15 grid and stuck on the coloured premium squares. The words, made up from fondant letter tiles, reflected her interests at the time - I realise that there are some 'illegal' proper nouns on the board but what the heck!

The 'illegal' words would no doubt have been challenged by experts as the game is taken very seriously by some with official associations and hotly contested competitions across the world. The current World Youth Scrabble Champion is a 14 year old London lad who scored more in one turn, a whopping 122 points, than one of our players (who shall remain nameless) managed to score in the whole game last night! The earliest version of Scrabble is thought to date back to 1938, the board layout has changed a little, the rules have evolved and technology has had an impact on how we play but it still remains a favourite in many households. Having said that we have packed it away for another year.....


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