The Lexicographer’s Extended Scrabble from Hammacher Schlemmer allows board game connoisseurs to soar to the next level.
For many, the Scrabble-style games we’ve been playing on our mobile phones, with their added scoring spaces for huge point opportunities, have left the classic game feeling rather tame. This is the cure. Sporting a game board 21 tiles square, the Extended Scrabble dwarfs the old 15-square surface. And those triple-word spaces your opponent used will seem modest once you drop a quadruple word on them! Add to that 200 tiles — double the tile count of the original version — and you may need a calculator to tally up the damage. Of course, you’ll need to pull out the old dictionary and challenge the words that cyber version thinks are real.
As for your previous combatants, who like to “accidentally” bump the table in a sneezing fit when they trail by 100 points, not to worry. These tiles have pegs that extend into the board to keep it secure. At least long enough to snap a photo of your huge score with that cell phone, now that you don’t need it for playing Scrabble.
Are you ready for the next challenge in letter conglomeration domination? Then you’re ready for The Lexicographer’s Extended Scrabble.
The Lexicographer’s Extended Scrabble
Even the smallest epicureans are too busy to cook all day. Which is why The Young Chef’s Foldaway Kitchen Playset from Hammacher Schlemmer was made with the flexibility to be stored in a closet or under a bed while your little chef-in-training searches for culinary inspiration.
Unlike many kitchen playsets, which are made of plastic, The Young Chef’s Foldaway Kitchen Playset in made from sturdy maple. It unfolds from 6 inches deep to its full depth of 15 1/4 inches with hinged sides that lock into place with the interior bottom and countertop. Providing all the conveniences an aspiring young chef requires, it includes a four-burner range with temperature knobs that click when turned for a realistic effect. The windowed oven door opens to reveal a spacious interior for imaginary turkeys, pies, and cookies.Adjacent is a dishwasher with cycle and on/off knobs that click. A sink allows washing up from a faucet with turning hot and cold knobs.The backsplash includes two hangers for hand towels and a clock with moveable hands.
When playtime is over, the sides fold in, allowing easy out-of-the way storage.
The Young Chef’s Foldaway Kitchen Playset. Allow your cafe apprentice’s imagination to really get cooking, without taking up floor space when idle.
Young Chef’s Foldaway Kitchen Playset
This unique-action Somersaulting Truck Race Track is available only from Hammacher Schlemmer. These all-terrain daredevils aren’t content to merely circle the course; they leave it and come back for more!
This is the truck race track with three vehicles performing somersaulting maneuvers when they bounce off the circuit’s built-in trampoline. The track’s pieces snap seamlessly together to form a winding off-road course textured with potholes, fallen limbs, and rocks for the set’s autonomously operating 3 1/2″-long van, wrecker, and SUV, which roll with impunity on knobby 1″ diameter rubber wheels. The course changes to an ascending corkscrew, depositing vehicles down a ramp onto the trampoline’s 6″ x 8″ rebounding surface—each vehicle is weighted to bounce once, flip, and land wheels-down onto an opposite ramp that completes the truck race track’s loop. Each vehicle has a low or high-speed setting, and when turned off, the wheels rotate freely for unimpeded off-track play.
Children will be fascinated watching these bounding little machines, both on their race course and off!
The Somersaulting Truck Race Track
We’ll take “Fun for the Whole Family” for 200, Alex! With The Authentic At Home Jeopardy game from Hammacher Schlemmer, all the fun of this award-winning game show is yours to enjoy. Right from the comfort of your own living room.
Contestants on The Authentic At Home Jeopardy use the three included buzzers when they’re ready to answer. Or, pick teams when you have more than three players for unlimited fun! Your designated “host” reads questions aloud, after players choose categories from the familiar 26-square Jeopardy! game board on your television. Contestants compete in Jeopardy! and Double Jeopardy! rounds, risk earnings for Daily Doubles, and write down their Final Jeopardy! responses and wagers on dry erase paddles. The included remote control allows the host to navigate the game board, check answers, and award points. The provided scoreboard has a backlit LCD panel that automatically tallies and displays each player’s earnings.
And the fun doesn’t end with what’s in the box. Go to the manufacturer’s web site to download hundreds of additional games, free! Users can also create customized categories, clues, and responses, and add video, audio, and images to clues. Family night, community socials, and sleep-overs have never been this much fun!
The Authentic At Home Jeopardy
Give a child an experience much like the National Spelling Bee with The Handheld Talking Spelling Bee game from Hammacher Schlemmer. Only the size of a cell phone, this go-anywhere electronic spelling bee is the great way to hone a child’s spelling skills while they have fun.
The Handheld Talking Spelling Bee builds their vocabulary with an interactive spelling bee. The 2 1/2″ color touchscreen displays a contestant and judges, the device speaks a word, and players spell their response using the touchscreen keyboard. Players can request to have a word used in a sentence, defined, repeated, or its origin explained and a judge responds in a clear, human voice. Over 12,000 words, definitions, and sentences are drawn from the Merriam-Webster and New Oxford dictionaries and users can choose three levels of difficulty, from the rudimentary (stipulation and donation) to the abstruse (amalgamate and miasma).
This portable device stores easily in a pocket and supports up to six players. Not limited to spelling bees, other game modes include a game show, hangman, and word jumble, giving players a wide variety of educational fun.
Sharpen your child’s spelling abilities, with the interactive electronic game that makes learning enjoyable.
The Handheld Talking Spelling Bee
Give your aspiring young musician a head start with The Learn to Play Baby Grand Piano from Hammacher Schlemmer. With an adjustable metronome, animated keys, and demonstration songs, this 37-key Baby Grand Piano is the perfect size instrument for little hands.
As one of the 12 lesson songs plays through the baby grand piano’s speaker, the correct animated fingers and keys illuminate on the 3″ LCD panel above the keyboard to indicate which of the actual keys the child should play. Beginners can learn to play right-hand, left-hand, and two-handed technique while increasing song tempo to adjust to their growing abilities. They’ll even be able to record and play back their lessons, as well as their own musical compositions. Before you know it, they’ll be putting on recitals and concerts like true pros.
This piano has all the tools to help the budding virtuoso become acquainted with the ivories. They’ll appreciate learning to play on their very own baby grand piano, as much as you’ll enjoy encouraging them.
The Learn to Play Baby Grand Piano
Youngsters don’t need to know what Buckminsterfullerene means, they just need to see how much fun it is!
The Buckminsterfullerene Building Set from Hammacher Schlemmer uses 540 pentagonal pieces to build a 30″-diameter sphere reminiscent of a Buckminsterfullerene molecule. Each 3 1/2″-diameter plastic piece has five slots that interlock with other pieces, forming 60 12-sided dodecahedrons, the basic building block of the set. Five dodecahedrons connect to form a “wheel” for a total of 12 wheels. Six wheels form the sphere’s two hemispheres, which are connected as the final step of assembly, forming the vaguely familiar shape of the molecule named after renowned futurist Buckminster Fuller—similar in shape to a soccer ball.
When a break from molecular chemistry is preferred, the pieces connect to create animals, robots, or other structures. The possibilities of The Buckminsterfullerene Building Set are as limitless as a child’s imagination.
The Buckminsterfullerene Building Set
If one could combine the burgeoning musical interest of youth, with the need for physical activity, it would equal The World’s Largest Toe Tap Piano, from Hammacher Schlemmer.
Measuring 10′ long, this is the world’s largest dance-on piano. The 35′ sq. piano mat allows budding virtuosos to compose their own music as they dance, jump, or run on the keys. Fourteen white and 10 black keys—almost two full octaves—produce individual tones or melodic harmonies. The piano is large enough for duets, and musicians can record and instantly listen to their compositions through an integrated speaker, or tap along with prerecorded songs. The unit replicates sound from eight different instruments (piano, saxophone, violin, organ, trumpet, harp, vibraphone, guitar) and it connects to an iPod or another MP3 player to enable musicians to play along to their favorite songs. Requires four AA batteries. Suggested for ages 3 and up.
Put their energy to creative use, with The World’s Largest Toe Tap Piano.
World’s Largest Toe Tap Piano
When was the last time the whole family gathered around the dining room table for board games and puzzles? With The World’s Largest Jigsaw Puzzle from Hammacher Schlemmer, there will be volumes of quality time like never before!
Imagine a jigsaw puzzle, the size of a wall mural. At 17 feet long, and 6 feet high, this puzzle has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest of its kind. Comprised of 32,256 pieces and weighing 42 lbs., it comes with its own hand truck. Made by Ravensburger, crafters of fine German puzzles since 1891, the jigsaw pieces are made from 1/16″-thick cardboard with glare-free linen-structured paper and cut using hand-crafted tools, resulting in smooth, dust free pieces that fit together perfectly. The completed puzzle reveals a retrospective of world-renowned pop artist Keith Haring’s ebullient, graffiti-based art with 32 works that epitomize his vivid colors, bold lines, and symbolism.
Great for community gatherings, club projects, even classroom activities, The World’s Largest Jigsaw Puzzle will keep everyone busy for a very long time!
The World’s Largest Jigsaw Puzzle