Word Ways



Ever since the fascinating game of Scrabble first appeared, players have wondered how many points can be scored by one player in a single move. The history of this search was reviewed in Darryl Francis's article, "High Scoring Scrabble", in the May 1972 Word Ways. Josefa Byrne's 1175 points, reported in Dmitri Borgmann's Beyond Language (Scribner's, 1967) was briefly outdone by Joel Gaines's 1184-point solution, and decisively bettered by Darryl Francis's 1261-point solution, both given in the abovementioned article. Darryl was the first to concentrate exclusively upon a high-scoring single move; the other two Scrabblers tried to simultaneously maximize the single move score and the sum of the two players' scores.