Scrabble: When Words Become Math


My husband and I had a perfect balance when we first met. He was stronger in math and science, and I was stronger in words and the humanities. The pleasant side effects of this were that our kids had no excuses in any subject area, and I usually beat him in Scrabble.

Then what did he do? He read Word Freak, a book about the world of competitive Scrabble players, and he turned Scrabble into math. He memorized lists of two- and three-letter words, and he focused on locking down the board. He routinely scored in the 400s, and I couldn’t compete well enough to make it fun anymore.

So we hadn’t played Scrabble in years, but I wasn’t ready to let it go.

According to the “rules” of one of my tasks of 101 things in 1001 days, I had to play every board game that I wanted to save.

Scrabble board I played my husband Scrabble today, and I managed to pull out a rare victory, but neither of us had a great game. My highlights were playing “ham” for 31 points and “viper” for a triple word score.

Winning is fun, and now Scrabble gets to stay.

Are you and your partner competitive? Are you evenly matched?

101 things in 1001 days In progress–#55 (101 things in 1001 days): Play, give away, or throw out each of the 32 board games in my basement {24/32 completed}.

Board Games Played So Far: 2

Board Games Given Away or Thrown Out: 22

Board Games I Still Need to Play: 8

  • Stratego
  • Trouble
  • Pictionary
  • Times to Remember
  • Sorry
  • Trivial Pursuit
  • Smess
  • Battle-Cry


About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.

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8 Responses to Scrabble: When Words Become Math

  1. Annette says:

    I am so going to get that book!
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  2. Abby says:

    Will board games ever lose their fun?? I highly doubt it! I enjoy scrabble too, and usually win, but my husband is pretty competetive. It’s nice though because he challenges me more than anyone else I’ve played. I’m not going to tell him about that book!

  3. Rae Hilhorst says:

    I just cracked up reading your post this morning, and have had to wait all day till I got home from work to reply. Our husbands and probably most others are the same, they can’t handle losing and take to a book to solve all their problems. Worse still my husband has given up on the library and buys all sorts of self help and problem solving/ analysing/self help books. Like that’s going to help him, cause he doesn’t put anything into action, like all the stock market trading books he has, do we have any stocks, NO. LOL xxx Rae
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  4. I am so competitive and so is Paul, in fact his entire family is. We will spend way too many hours playing trivial pursuit and drinking mudslides, which is my sister in law’s signature cocktail. Sometimes, I think she over serves me just so she can win….
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