What's the Word: Are you a Boggle whiz?

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Quick, how many words can you make out of a combination of the letters x, a, r and z? That may seem a little extreme, but making as many words as possible out of a jumble of letters is the basic goal of the game Boggle. Take our quiz to test your knowledge of this popular word game.

Boggle has been around since the late 1800s.

The game was actually first released in the 1970s.

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Parker Brothers is the maker of Boggle.

The game is made by Hasbro. In 2012, it was scheduled to be renamed Scrabble Boggle, as it becomes part of the Scrabble family of word games.

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The goal of Boggle is to find the word with the most letters.

The purpose of the game is to find as many words as possible in a short period of time.

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In the original version of Boggle, players look for words on a 6x6 grid of jumbled up letters.

Players do look to find words on a grid, but the original Boggle game uses a 4x4 grid.

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Boggle players have just 3 minutes to find as many words as possible.

The start of the timer begins the game. Think 3 minutes sounds like a lot of time? Try playing.

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To score points, words must be at least three letters long.

"If," "it," "to" and "go" are easy to find. But because they're each less than three letters long, they also won't earn you any points.

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Only letters connecting to one another horizontally can be used to form words in Boggle.

Words can be formed from letters adjoining one another horizontally, vertically and diagonally.

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As players find words, they are supposed to shout them out.

While the timer is running, quietly write down the word gems you discover.

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If two people find the same word, neither player gets points.

Nobody gets points for duplicate finds. It's motivation to avoid the most obvious choices.

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Words with four letters are worth the same number of points as those with eight.

Words with three or four letters earn one point, while eight or more can yield up to a whopping 11 points.

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All Boggle games last until someone earns 50 points.

Some Boggle games last until someone earns 50 points. Other games last until someone earns 100 points, while others can last until someone hits 27. It depends on whatever players decide beforehand.

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It only takes one person to play Boggle.

Boggle can be like a game of solitaire, or it can provide competition for as many people as can fit around a grid.

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Boggle is appropriate for ages 8 and up.

That's the official word from Hasbro, and it's true that folks in their 90s are avid players.

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Boggle now has digital versions available.

The iPhone and iPad have versions of Boggle, as does Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.

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Boggle Bash is an annual party for lovers of the game.

An annual Boggle party sounds like a blast, but Boggle Bash for Pogo is actually an online version of the game.

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Boggle Bash allows for multiplayer games.

A lot more people can log in and play Boggle Bash than could cram around a grid.

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It's not always every man or woman for his- or herself when you're playing Boggle Bash.

One feature of the game includes team goals for all the players participating at one time -- such as collectively finding 50 5-letter words.

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The Panic Flip feature of Boggle Bash changes the grid of letters for the final minute of a round.

The Panic Flip changes all the letters around for the last minute. All of a sudden, words that weren't possible are.

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In the TV series "King of the Hill," Peggy is a champion Boggle player.

In the first season of the show, Peggy travels to Dallas for the Texas Boggle Championship.

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Boggle is mentioned in the 2012 movie, "This Means War."

The movie's star, Reese Witherspoon, is a fan of the game in real life, too.

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