Scrabble is obviously the best board game. This has never been in doubt. Thankfully, there’s now an official holiday celebrating Alfred Butts’s classic word game, with April 13 being National Scrabble Day.
It’s a quirky holiday, which your own cat will no doubt be celebrating, what with the average feline just loving to spend a lazy evening testing the limits of her vocabulary and exercising her tactical spatial thinking. Oh, and sneakily stealing tiles.
Here’s what to expect from your cats on National Scrabble Day.
Your host, Scrabble Cat
First up, let’s meet our official host for the day, Scrabble Cat. This chap loves the word-sport so much he started his own Instagram account dedicated to conveying messages to his fans through the ancient medium of Scrabble tiles.
Let the record show that in some countries the word “stroke” is used to mean petting a cat. Rest assured, nothing untoward is going on here. This is totally wholesome Scrabble business.
Pick your starting seven wisely
When beginning your game of Scrabble, it’s important to pick a stellar set of starting tiles. Although don’t make like this little scamp and peek into the bag — that’s not proper form.
Box braggin’ rights
Naturally, when attempting to play a game of Scrabble with cats, the fight for the box becomes the most important part of the showdown. Consider the move in the above photo nothing less than the equivalent of a triple word play with a couple of power tiles.
All vowels are not created equal
You might assume that this cow cat has been stuck with a bunch of vowels that he’s never going to be able to score big with, but I suspect this little genius is about to play a totally legit word straight out of the official feline dictionary.
On the other hand, this guy is all about his righteous subliminal messages.
It ain’t over ’til it’s over
Be warned, when playing Scrabble with cats, you’ll want to throw out the rule book. The game will most probably end when your favorite furball decides to either steal tiles, mess up any and all words on the board, or simply nap on the field. You just cannot fight tradition.