• Peter Berthoud

Sylabex (3rd & 4th Editions)

Updated: Sep 8

Sylabex, A Pepys Word Game


3rd Edition Published: circa 1975 Pepys Series Castell Brothers Ltd., St. Cross Street, London

4th Edition Published: 1980, Castell Larby Ltd., Deer Park Road, London

Illustrator or Designer: Not Credited


Contents: 45 Cards + Rules Booklet / Fold-Out Leaflet


Sylabex 3rd Edition Box Front
Sylabex 3rd Edition Box Front

Sylabex 4th Edition Box Front
Sylabex 4th Edition Box Front

There are 45 cards, each bears a different three letter syllable:

​BAL

BAR

BAT

​CAN

CAR

CUR

DEN

DER

FIL

HAL

HER

ING

KER

LAD

LED

LER

LES

LOO

LOW

MAN

MED

MIS

MIT

NET

NED

PAR

PER

POS

RED

ROT

SAL

SEN

SER

SES

SON

TAL

TED

TEN

TER

TLE

TON

VER

VES

WAN

WAR


Sylabex 3rd Edition sample cards
Sylabex 3rd Edition sample cards

Sylabex 4th Edition sample cards
Sylabex 4th Edition sample cards

The number of cards has been reduced from 72 to 45 and the familiar Sylabex box has been replaced by a more portable tuck box. In this slimmed down version of the game all references to Ern Shaw as the designer have also gone.


In 1984 Gibsons renamed the game Wordmaker. That version will have its own entry on Collecting Pepys presently.


The 4th Edition pack featured here was part of Rex Pitts' personal collection.



Game & Version Details





Sylabex 3rd Ed - Card Back



Sylabex 3rd Ed - Rules Front



Sylabex 3rd Ed - Rules Back



Sylabex 3rd Ed - Box Back



Sylabex 3rd Ed - Box Top



Sylabex 3rd Ed - Box Side Left



Sylabex 3rd Ed - Box Base



Sylabex 3rd Ed - Box Base Variant with Envelope Style Base



Sylabex 3rd Ed - Box Side Right



​Sylabex 3rd Ed - Box Back With Flap



Sylabex 4th Ed - Card Back



Sylabex 4th Ed - Rules Front


Fold-out leaflet



Sylabex 4th Ed - Rules Back



​Sylabex 4th Ed - Box Back



Sylabex 4th Ed - Box Top



Sylabex 4th Ed - Box Side Left



Sylabex 4th Ed - Box Base



Sylabex 4th Ed - Box Side Right



​Sylabex 4th Ed - Box Back With Flap