Scrabble, also known as Literati, Alfapet, Funwriter and Palabras Cruzadar (Crossed Words), is sold in 21 countries and is available in 29 languages.
Whilst browsing through Tuesday's Guardian newspaper, I came across this interesting article about The National Scrabble Championships which took place here in the UK in August.
Here are 10 words from the final board that you may wish to remember. And yes, I know that most of them look like a word you'd find on Word Verification Balderdash as 'played' on Sheila's ONE PERSONS JOURNEY THROUGH A WORLD OF BOOKS.
1. ZOEAL - Any of the free-swimming larva of certain crustaceans, such as the crab, having rudimentary legs and a spiny carapace. (24 points)
2. FORINT - An aluminium coin and the standard monetary unit of Hungary (39 points)
3. ORIBI - A small tan covered antelope (24 points)
4. OESTRAL - From the noun oestrus. a period of sexual receptivity in most female mammals, during which ovulation occurs (21 points)
5. OU - South African slang for a man/bloke/chap (4 points) *
6. GI - A loose -fitting white suit worn in martial arts (3 points)
7. SEIF - A long narrow sand dune parallel to the prevailing wind direction (22 points)
8. CONTEAU - A hilly upland including the divide between two valleys (38 points)
9. VAV - The sixth letter of the Hebrew alphabet (13 points)
10. TI - A widely cultivated tropical plant, Cordyline terminalis, of the agave family (2 points)
* I was very dubious that this would be allowed but, yes, there it is in The Official Scrabble Dictionary.
Congratulations, by the way to Dave Wiegard - National Scrabble Champion 2009.