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Friday, October 27, 2006 8:51 pm

Scrabble score: 830

Filed under: Fun — Lex @ 8:51 pm

For a word guy, I suck at Scrabble. It’s true. Over the years, I’ve played Scrabble with Ann and a number of our newspaper friends (particularly Herb and Susan), and without exception I’ve gotten my butt kicked from one side of the board to the other.But not even they can match this:

On Oct. 12, in the basement of a Unitarian church on the town green in Lexington, Mass., a carpenter named Michael Cresta scored 830 points in a game of Scrabble. His opponent, Wayne Yorra, who works at a supermarket deli counter, totaled 490 points. The two men set three records for sanctioned Scrabble in North America: the most points in a game by one player (830), the most total points in a game (1,320), and the most points on a single turn (365, for Cresta’s play of QUIXOTRY).

In the community of competitive Scrabble, of which I am a tile-carrying member, the game has been heralded as the anagrammatic equivalent of Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game in 1962 or Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series: a remarkable, wildly aberrational event with potential staying power. Cresta’s 830 shattered a 13-year-old record, 770 points, which had been threatened only infrequently.

I, on the other hand, can count on two hands the number of times in my life that I have broken 100.


  1. Lex, I’m immensely relieved to hear you say that: I’ve never been any good at Scrabble either. Absolutely hopeless . . .

    Comment by Nick — Sunday, October 29, 2006 7:56 am @ 7:56 am

  2. You know they’re going to kick us out of the English Majors’ Club for this ….

    Comment by Lex — Sunday, October 29, 2006 1:46 pm @ 1:46 pm

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