(ORLANDO, Fla.) — A competitor was bounced from the national Scrabble championship tournament in Orlando, Fla., on Tuesday for allegedly trying to hide two coveted blank tiles.
According to the National Scrabble Association website, “The tournament director…discovered that two blanks were not put into the tilebag as they should have been when the board was cleared off…The player was questioned and admitted to taking them.”
The opponents the cheating player beat were retroactively given forfeit wins.
At last year’s Scrabble World Championships, 25-year-old Thai finalist Chollapat Itthi-Aree accused Briton Ed Martin of hiding a “G” and demanded he be strip searched; the Thai competitor’s request was denied, and the alleged letter smuggler bested him by a point.
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