Fun Fact: How Scrabble Came to Be

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In our local trivia blog posts each week, we like to include a fun fact that expands on something in one of our trivia questions. It's fun and engaging, not to mention informative. Now, we're sharing some of those fun facts with our fellow Quizmasters!

Fun fact #2

This one is from a General Knowledge question in Quiz 10751 (April 3, 2023)

Fun fact: how Scrabble came to be. Factoids to share with your trivia players

Fun fact: How Scrabble Came to Be

Criss-Crosswords (not to be confused with THIS,) the precursor to Scrabble, was the brainchild of architect Alfred Mosher Butts during the 1930s. In an era marked by the Great Depression, Butts sought to create a game that combined the thrill of chance with the skill of crossword puzzle-solving. He meticulously analyzed the front page of The New York Times to calculate the frequency of each letter in the English language, thereby assigning different point values to each letter based on its rarity. Initially played on a crossword-style grid with letter tiles, Criss-Crosswords laid the groundwork for what would later evolve into Scrabble. Though this early version was less commercially successful at the time, it was instrumental in shaping the modern iteration of Scrabble, a game that has since become a staple in households and competitive arenas worldwide.

Question: What two letters are worth the most in a standard game of Scrabble?

Answer: Q & Z

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