How Did Missing Scrabble Pieces Lead to the Creation of Trivial Pursuit?

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BOARD GAME URBAN LEGEND: For lack of a Scrabble tile, Trivial Pursuit was born.

Scott Abbott and Chris Haney were two 30-year-old Canadian journalists who were also good friends. They would routinely play Scrabble with each other, evenly matched enough that both men got a more or less equal chance to brag. However, a little before Christmas in 1979, the two men decided that they would have a knockdown, dragged out grudge match Scrabble tournament for complete Scrabble bragging rights.

That tournament would ultimately change board game history forever, for a surprising reason!
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