Scrabble is a word game in which two to four players score points by placing tiles, each bearing a single letter, on top of a game board which is divided into a 15×15 grid of squares. The tiles must form words which, in crossword style, flow left to right in rows or downwards in columns. The words have to be defined in a standard dictionary. Specified orientation works provide a list of officially permissible words.
The name Scrabble is a trademark of Hasbro, Inc. in the United States and Canada and has been sold by Hasbro’s Parker Brothers division since 1999. Prior to 1999, it was sold as a Milton Bradley game. Outer surface the United States and Canada, Scrabble is a trademark of Mattel. The game is sold in 121 countries and is on hand in 29 languages; approximately 150 million sets have been sold worldwide and roughly one-third of American homes have a Scrabble set.
The game is played by two to four players on a square board with a 15×15 grid of cells (independently known as “squares”), every of which accommodates a single letter tile. In official club and tournament games, play is between two players or, infrequently, between two teams every of which collaborates on a single rack.
The board is patent with “premium” squares, which multiply the number of points awarded: eight dark red “triple-word” squares, 17 pink “double-word” squares, of which one, the middle square (H8), is marked with a star or other symbol; 12 dark blue “triple-letter” squares, and 24 light blue “double-letter” squares. In 2008, Hasbro changed the colors of the premium squares to orange for TW, red for DW, blue for DL, and green for TL. Despite this, the unique premium square color scheme is still the preferred scheme for …