04/04/1993 American game designer Alfred Butts dies
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Butts is famous as the inventor of the Scrabble game. Although an architect by training, he switched to board game development in the 1930s. He wanted to create a game that utilized both chance and skill by combining elements of anagrams and crossword puzzles. Butts studied the New York Times front page to now many of each letter he would include in the game.
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