RECREATION: Gnus Nix Zax--Tut

RECREATION Gnus Nix Zax­Tut In the dusk of many summer evenings, for the quiet time when television cloys and the children scuttle in chase of the Good Humor man, an ever-growing slice of the U.S. public has found a new diversion. Its name: Scrabble. Its components: a board with 225 squares, 100 small wooden counters bearing letters of the alphabet, two to four players, ability to spell (or a handy dictionary) and a few ounces of competitive spirit.

The emergence of Scrabble has been volcanic and unexplained. The game began to grow into a national institution last year, when shipments shot...

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