It is estimated that more than half of households in the UK own a Scrabble set, writes Brett Smitheram, the 2016 world Scrabble champion. How many of those sets have been brought out of the games cupboard — and been the source of family arguments — in the past few weeks? Most of them, I’d hazard.

SCRABBLE™ was invented by the American architect Alfred Mosher Butts more than 70 years ago. Could he have envisaged just how useful his creation would be in the present lockdown? I’m obviously biased, but for me there’s no better game for now.

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