listen:  to pay attention
think: to employee one's mind rationally and objectively in evaluating or dealing with a situation.
earn:  to gain in return for one's service or labor
wait:  to postpone or delay
forgive:  to give up resentment or claim to requital for an insult or offense
try: to attempt to accomplish or complete something


There aren't enough Scrabble tiles for that one!

SCRABBLE was invented in 1938 byAlfred Mosher Butts and was originally called Lexico.  It was James Brunot who bought the rights to the game in 1948 that changed the name to Scrabble.  He also made the point values different on the letters and made the rules less complex.  In 1952 when Brunot was unable to produce the game as fast as the demand for it, he sold it to Salchow and Righter.  The company is now a subsidiary of Mattel. 

•Over 150 million Scrabble games have been sold in over 120 countries around the world.
•Dr. Karl Khoshnaw holds the record for the highest word score achieved in a competition.  392 points for the word "caciques" which is the plural for a West Indian Chief.
•The U.S. Scrabble dictionary has banned all offensive words.
•Scrabble is used as a method of teaching English.
•If all the Scrabble tiles ever produced were placed end to end they could circle the earth eight times.
•There is a town "Scrabble" in Berkeley County West Virginia.
•Scrabble is included in the American National Toy Hall of Fame.

In what year was Scrabble added to the National Toy Hall of Fame?
a.  1962       b. 1983    c. 2004
answer below

Balderdash!  Which meaning is the correct one?
a.  ignoring a person due to arrogance
b.  flattery or persuasive talk that is not necessarily true
c.  tinged with yellow

a.  to wear yourself out trying to come up with new ideas
b.  a person who refers to himself in the third person
c.  indecent or obscene  

a.  a table napkin
b.  a cowardly buffoon 
c.  having to do with chess

Words ... written by Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb

Scrabble was inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame in 2004.

 This hall of fame was established in 1998 and the original inductees were:

Barbie, Crayola Crayon, Erector Set, Etch A Sketch, Frisbee, Hula Hoop, Lego, Lincoln Logs, Marbles, Monopoly, Play-Doh, Radio Flyer Wagon, Roller Skates, Teddy Bear, Tinkertoy, Viewmaster, and the Duncan Yo-Yo.

Reading over that list is surely a trip down memory lane for most people ... just like the American Treasure Tour.  In addition to priceless antiques we have all kinds of pop culture memorabilia that will bring out the kids in anybody.   We just added a SIX FOOT Porky Pig this week ... but you have to come visit to see it!

fleechment means b.  flattery or persuasive talk that is not necessarily true
limbeck means 
a.  to wear yourself out trying to come up with new ideas
scacchic means c.  having to do with chess