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Scrabble cheat is ejected at US contest

By Jon Bowd

It is the kind of tactic one might expect to find employed in the living room, but one Scrabble player has been banished from the lofty heights of the US national championship after being caught cheating.

The prestigious five-day annual tournament in Orlando draws the brightest wordsmiths from across the country to battle it out for a top prize of £6,400.

The controversy began when a young player was spotted by a competitor at a nearby table trying to hide a pair of elusive blank tiles, which can represent any letter to complete a word. When the cheat was confronted by tournament officials, he admitted to his crime and was promptly sent packing.

While incidents are not uncommon at smaller, regional events, it is extremely rare for cheating to occur at the top level of the game, and has set the Scrabble world “abuzz”, according to one organiser.

“It does happen no matter what. People will try to do this,” said John Williams, executive director of the National Scrabble Association.

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