Boggle is More Than Just A Game

Luke and I have long enjoyed playing word games together.  [Boggle consists of 16 six-sided dice each side containing a letter of the alphabet. The goal is to construct as many words as possible in three minutes by stringing the individual letters together…we don’t count three letter words.] Recently, however, Luke has been keeping track of wins vs. losses by keeping a log written in ink that hangs on our refrigerator.  This serves as a continual reminder to me of what exactly is the actual score. 

Since Luke began keeping a public record I have gone 17 straight games without a win…but not two nights ago when I pulled off a stunning 56-54 upset!  (We play the first one to 50 or more wins).  What would be helpful for you all to understand here is that no one else will even play Luke in Boggle, such is his complete domination…I really am pleased to have finally won a game!

Here is a list of the actual scores for the past 18 games:

Luke won unless otherwise noted…







50-16 (ouch!)











56-54 MIKE’S WIN

Just recently I found one of my favorite Boggle words of all time :The word was  banality and was worth 11 points.  It  means “devoid of freshness or originality, hackneyed, trite”

Game: “An amusement or pastime”…

Yeah sure…an amusement or pastime…and Genghis Khan was just another type A personality.

Savoring a rare victory,



5 thoughts on “Boggle is More Than Just A Game”

  1. Congratulations on the win! This an accomplishment of great magnitude. Let’s clarify Luke’s prowess at Boggle and other games. Few have been able to beat Luke at Boggle for several years. He ability to whup adults at least two to three times his age goes back to his pre-school days when we all dreaded playing Labyrinth (for ages 8 and up) with him. The list of games few want to play with him only gets longer as he gets older. Granted, his exuberant delight in winning doesn’t encourage your ultra-competitive family to play these games with him.


  2. Mike – congratulations. It reminds me of a line from “Miracle” where the coach told the team that on any other day of the year, the Russians would likely beat them… but not today. “Today is your day!” Their win gave an entire country hope. Imagine what your Boggle win might inspire in others.


  3. Kara you are right! Thanks for your clarifying of the fact that Luke has dominated since he was a young lad!

    And Sheila you are spot on as you quote that great line from the movie Miracle…
    Any other day, but not today!

    Just imagine the possibility that my sole Boggle victory might inspire the entire nation to attempt greater things! By the way the next time I win you all will be the first to hear about it.


  4. Boggle is my favorite all time game since I was in high school. However, I don’t think I could win against Luke or you… I played with Bob and Kyle Frank last Tuesday and wiped them out but they aren’t word game players. Love to at least try to play against you some time! Donna


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