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Bananagrams is a word game in which lettered tiles are used to spell words, designed by Rena Nathanson of Cranston, Rhode Island. Nathanson conceived and developed the idea for the game with the help of her family. The name is derived from the founding family's claim that it's the "anagram game that will drive you bananas!" Beginning as a family innovation, the game was made available to the public in January 2006 at the London Toy Fair.
The object of the game is to arrange one's tiles faster than opponents and be the first to cause the pool of unused tiles to be exhausted. The tiles come in a pack that is made to look like a banana in its peel. Bananagrams was listed as a must-have, one of the top ten best travel game and has been listed as a best-seller among toy and gift retailers.
The game consists of 144 lettered tiles that are placed face-down on the playing surface so that all the tiles appear identical. A similar number of tiles are picked by each player, who turn the tiles over to see the lettered side. Each player begins arranging the letters to form words. When a player uses up all of his or her tiles, he or she calls out "peel," and each player must choose a new tile from the pool of remaining tiles, called the "bunch." The name "Bananagrams" is a play on the word anagrams, as one must often rearrange the words one has already formed in order to allow newly chosen lettered tiles to be placed ...