Today, April 13, is National Scrabble Day. It is celebrated on this day every year in honor of the birth date of the game's creator, Alfred Mosher Butts.

Butts created the game in 1938 according to Wikipedia. We decided to look at North Dakota's most populated one-word cities to see which would receive the highest score in Scrabble.

This however does not come without controversy. Since the game's inception, the use of pronouns have been prohibited. Therefore, playing the name of a city in the game is an illegal move.

Things changed in 2010 when the internet stirred over reports that Scrabble would allow the use of pronouns. Following further investigation, it turned out that Mattel was releasing a version of the game called Travel Trickster that would allow the use of pronouns. Original versions of the game would still be sold with the 'no-pronoun' rule.

Interestingly, Mattel does not own the rights to Scrabble in North America. The rights on this continent belong to Hasbro. Hasbro has not released a version of the game allowing pronouns. Therefore if you play Scrabble in the US, all of the below plays are not allowed.

So with that being said, if you happen to play Scrabble Trickster somewhere outside North America, or you and your friends and family choose not to be snotty Scrabble purists, let's take a look at the most populated one-word North Dakota cities that would score the highest:

10. MINOT = 7 POINTS

9. FARGO = 9 POINTS

8. MANDAN = 9 POINTS

7. GRAFTON = 11 POINTS

6. BEULAH = 11 POINTS

5. WILLISTON = 12 POINTS

4. DICKINSON = 16 POINTS

3. WAHPETON = 16 POINTS

2. BISMARCK = 18 POINTS

1. JAMESTOWN = 21 POINTS

[Kotaku | Wikipedia | National Days Calendar]