October 21, 2011

AND FREAKIER:

A G Thing: The real story behind the alleged cheating scandal at the Scrabble World Championships. (Stefan Fatsis|Posted Friday, Oct. 21, 2011,

As soon as I saw the ubiquitous reports about the strip-search/tile-stealing allegations at the 2011 World Scrabble Championship, I cringed. Like the freak-out earlier this year over GRRL and THANG getting added to the Scrabble word list (they are, just not in North America) and last year's "news" that the game is permitting the use of proper nouns (it's not), I suspected that the truth was buried under a big pile of tiles. When it comes to Scrabble and the media, the most applicable letters are LCD.

As best as I can piece together from speaking to players and officials and from reading reports on the Yahoo group World-Scrabble, here's what actually happened last week in the ballroom of the Hilton Hotel in Warsaw, Poland. 

Posted by at October 21, 2011 7:22 PM
  

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