Anagrab dispenses with the Scrabble board and just uses the letters. Initial words are made as letters are turned over, but these can then be 'grabbed' by opponents to make longer words. The game was first described in 1976 in Richard Sharp's The Best Games People Play , but his description suggests that he did not invent it.
Anagrams (also called Snatch or Snatch-words) is a fast-paced, non-turn-based Scrabble variant played without a board. The tiles are placed face-down in the middle of the table, and players take turns flipping a single tile, leaving it in clear view of all players. Otherwise the game is not turn-based, and the rules are very simple: any player who sees a Scrabble-valid word can call it out, take the letters, and lay the word out in front of herself. At the end of the game each player's collection of individual words is scored.
To create the words, players can:
take whole words (of 3 or more letters) from the communal pool of exposed, unused letters;
add letters to an existing word on the table—whether their own or any opponent's. (Therefore, even if a player has found a word and placed it in front of herself, it can be stolen at anytime if someone can combine its......