A. Ross Eckler


The November 1972 issue of Word Ways reported that the British monthly magazine Games & Puzzles had just launched a year-long search among its readers for the highest possible single-move score in the game of Scrabble. As an incnetive, the editors of the magazine offered two prizes: 5 pounds sterling to be awarded at the middle of every month to the highest Scrabble score received since the beginning of the contest, and 100 pounds sterling to be awarded to the first Scrabble score to exceed a single-move score devised by Darryl Francis (the value of the score, however, was not revealed).