Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Extreme Scrabble

UNTIL now, the word "extreme" was simply a great score in Scrabble – now it's a whole new way to play the word game that is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Extreme Scrabble involves playing the game in the scariest places on – and above – Earth. The name Scrabble comes from the Dutch word Schrabbelan, meaning to claw or to scrape, and over 150million sets have been produced in the game's 60-year history. An estimated 30,000 games begin every hour, and there are over 400 Scrabble clubs around the world. The game is produced in over 29 languages, the latest of which is Welsh. Below are some extreme vanues to play the Scrabble, however it's not for ordinary people.

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Skydivers Nicole Angelides and Ramsey Kent use glue to stick letters to their Scrabble board 13,000ft over Florida.

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Dangerous game … two people risk life and limb to play Scrabble near alligators in Florida, USA

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From highs to lows, in the blue waters of the Bahamas two scuba divers pit their wits – and nerves – during a game surrounded by sharks.Back on solid ground, keen Scrabble players Kevin Richard and Helga van Der Merwe risk a mauling – with a game in front of lionesses Meg and Amy in Lanseria, South Africa. Two deep sea divers play scrabble on a sunken ship off the coast of the Bahamas surrounded by Caribbean Reef Sharks.

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Game couple … gamekeepers Kevin Richard and Helga van der Merwe play Scrabble in the company of lionesses Meg and Amy in South Africa

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Meanwhile, climbers Jon Ratcliffe and Steve Franklin have a battle of words on a ledge 200ft up the sea cliff of Castell Helen in Anglesey, North Wales.

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Ice one, girls … models Nicola Graham (left) and Bim Hargreaves play Scrabble in an ice cave in New Zealand.

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Freezy does it … Extreme Scrabble near Mt Cook, New Zealand

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