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President Not Playing Game


According to CEO Peter Roizen, neither the president of the United States nor any member of the White House staff has ever ordered a copy of the WildWords Crossword Game.

Unlike its rival, Scrabble(R), WildWords allows any word in English, no matter how long, to be played. Special wild tiles marked with an asterisk can be used to represent one or more letters in a series. Thus the play of “POL*IAN” could be the word “POLITICIAN.” Special wild squares on the board also convert regular letter tiles into wild tiles. And, wild tiles already on the board may be given new meanings in subsequent plays.

“The result is a very open and creative game,” according to Roizen who is the inventor of it. “The game is most enjoyed by persons with a good vocabulary and an imaginative mind.”

Around a year ago, Roizen tried to simulate a game between President Bush and Candidate Kerry.

“It illustrated very well how WildWords is played, so we kept the blow by blow description of the game at our web site. You can find it at”

Roizen says he is a bit disappointed that Bill Clinton has never ordered the game.

“I understand he is a big fan of UpWords(R) from Hasbro and he loves crosswords. In addition to using his extensive vocabulary and cleverness, I suspect he would enjoy the bluffing aspect of WildWords,” says Roizen. “The usage of wild tiles and the word played are not divulged unless an opponent risks a challenge.”

“The game, I think, would be loved by many politicians, because you can goof up a play or two and still come back to win,” says Roizen. “You don’t always get that chance when you hold office.”

Details of the game and a free Internet version can be found at


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