scrabble_diamondIn an argument over excise duties, the Indian Supreme Court was called in to decide if Scrabble is a toy, puzzle, or game. They decided that it was not a puzzle, and so is liable for duties.

Scrabble’s local manufacturers Pleasantime Products and Funskool sought a levy exemption based on the idea that Scrabble is a puzzle. The court decided that the game is not a puzzle, because there is no one final solution to the board at the end of the game, as there is in a crossword puzzle.


I don’t understand the issue, as the Indian code [PDF] that I found lists all three as liable for the same duties. Another source does not shed any more light onto the issue.