S-E-T-T-E-E: The word is worth seven points. I put the tiles down on the board wistfully: If only I had an additional S (s-e-t-t-e-e-s). Then I’d rake in 50 points over and above the value of the letters — the regulation bonus for a “bingo” — for using all seven tiles in one turn.
Scrabble. It’s a worldwide phenomenon with a thousand clubs, millions of players and international tournaments around the globe. Ask any serious player at the Sam Orbaum Jerusalem Scrabble Club what word he or she is most proud of ever playing, and eyes twinkle.
“Lacquered,” says Kim Glassman proudly.
It is Tuesday night, the carved-in-stone time of the week when between 50 and 60 Scrabble aficionados gather on the third floor of the Beit Ha’am Municipal Library to match wits over their favorite game.