• Peter Berthoud

Spelso

Spelso - Compendium of Spelling Games, With Anagrams & Crosswords, Pepys Series


First Published: c 1940, Pepys Series

Illustrator or Designer: Not Credited


Contents: 300 thin wooden letter tiles, 6 double-sided playing boards plus folded rules sheet.



Spelso Box Top


Spelso Letter Tiles

Spelso Letter Tiles


Tiles and Letter Distribution

The tiles are made from very thin wood. There is no specified letter distribution in the rules. The rules state that letters can be turned over to make blanks and I have not found spare blank tiles in any set.


The game incorporates the earlier "Anagrams Crosswords". This is the distribution I have counted in Spelso and it is remarkably similar to the distribution found in "Anagrams Crosswords", there are 1 additional T & L tiles and one fewer I & R than found in that game.

​A 24

B 12

​C 12

​D 15

​E 27

F 10

​G 14

​H 11

​I 24

​J 5

​K 9

L 10

​M 14

​N 12

​O 14

​P 8

​Q 4

R 15

​S 17

​T 10

​​U 9

​​V 7

​​W 9

​X 2

​Y 4

​Z 2




Spelso Playing Board Side 1

Spelso Playing Board Side 1


Spelso Playing Board Side 2

Spelso Playing Board Side 2


Spelso Rules Page 1

Spelso Rules Page 1


Spelso Rules Page 2

Spelso Rules Page 2


Spelso Rules Page 3

Spelso Rules Page 3


Spelso Rules Page 4

Spelso Rules Page 4


Spelso Rules Page 5

Spelso Rules Page 5


No address is given on the box or the rules and Castell Brothers are not mentioned.


The device or logo on the base of the box is very unusual with a truncated "P" of "Pepys".


Game & Version Details



Spelso - Box Contents



​​Spelso - Box Top Side



​Spelso - Box Right Side


​Spelso - Box Bottom Side



​ Spelso - Box Right Side



​Spelso - Rules Back Page



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Snow White

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Speed

Famo

Combat



​Spelso - Pepys Device on Box Base

Note the unusual truncated P of "Pepys".