"We're working on a book about Scrabble - thing is we can't actually use any of the elements from the game itself."
Fine. I feel like I've seen a million books about the game that use the tiles to spell out the title. So, I'll use the blank tiles instead. After all this book is more about the players than a history of the game itself. The players make the game... the game is nothing without them... anything else I can overthink?
A tough one, but fun in the end. If the approved comp is any indication of the final result, I'll be happy.