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He May Be One of the Best Players of Any Game Ever

Defector digs into the astounding Scrabble prowess of Nigel Richards

(Newser) - You could try saying something like, "Nigel Richards is the Michael Jordan of Scrabble," but that wouldn't capture it. "I don't know how to put this in layman's terms, but ... he's the best player at any game that ever existed," is how...

Scrabble Dictionary Gets a Radical Update

First update since 2018 contains abbreviations and—gasp!—some proper nouns

(Newser) - Hey "bae," want to turn this "convo" into a Scrabble game over "margs"? If so, you'll want to seek "inspo" from the seventh edition of the official Scrabble dictionary, which includes 500 new playable words, some of which break with the typical Scrabble...

Looks Like Scrabble's Next Move Is Against Slurs

Offensive words may soon be disqualified from game play, per Hasbro and players association

(Newser) - Scrabble competitors may soon have more than 200 words taken out of game play, after recent protests and attention to the Black Lives Matter movement renewed a longtime debate about the n-word and other racial and ethnic slurs, profane terms, and scatalogical references. Mashable reports that the North American Scrabble...

Scrabble Dictionary Adds Long-Awaited New Words

'OK is now OK. So is 'yowza'

(Newser) - Scrabble players, time to rethink your game because 300 new words are coming your way, including some long-awaited gems: OK and ew, to name a few. Merriam-Webster released the sixth edition of "The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary" on Monday, four years after the last freshening up. The company, at...

Mark Zuckerberg's Scrabble Strategy Is Telling
Zuckerberg: My Honeymoon
Kind of Had 3 People

Zuckerberg: My Honeymoon Kind of Had 3 People

Him, his wife, and Roman emperor Augustus, as the 'New Yorker' explains

(Newser) - The New Yorker is out with a lengthy profile of Mark Zuckerberg, and a Scrabble anecdote is drawing attention. It seems Zuckerberg was playing a friend's teenage daughter on a plane, and she beat him in the first game. Before game two, he wrote a computer program to have...

Scrabble Champ Banned for the Way He Picked Letters

Allan Simmons says he never purposely cheated—but he may have been loose with game play

(Newser) - A scandal that some are calling "Tile-Gate" is rocking the Scrabble world, with one of its best players now barred from competitions. Per the London Times , Allan Simmons is now prohibited from facing off against other wordsmiths due to two specific Scrabble rules—both involving the selection of letter...

Scrabble Whiz Uses 'Braconid' to Claim World Title

That's good for 176 points

(Newser) - A braconid is a parasitic wasp and, if played correctly, also a 176-point Scrabble word. Over the weekend, a 37-year-old London resident took advantage of that latter fact to win the World Scrabble Championship in France, reports the Guardian . Brett Smitheram, a recruitment consultant, swept his opponent in three rounds...

Man Speaks No French, Wins French Scrabble Title

Nigel Richards apparently memorized the whole French Scrabble dictionary

(Newser) - You know that sense of accomplishment you get when you play all seven tiles in Scrabble? That ranks somewhere below child's play for Nigel Richards, who not only just won a Scrabble world championship, but won the French-language version. Oh, and the New Zealand native speaks no French. He...

8 of the Newest Words in Merriam-Webster

Dictionary updates with 1.7K new entries, including 'WTF' and 'vocal fry'

(Newser) - Scrabble updated its dictionary last week, and now it's Merriam-Webster's turn. The dictionary has added 1,700 new entries, and many revolve around our online world, notes Time . Here are eight examples, along with the official definitions from M-W :
  • WTF: "what the f---, used especially to express

Now You Can Play Ridic, Obvs, Bezzy in Scrabble

Lolz, too: Dictionary embraces new and not-so-new slang

(Newser) - One of the most widely used Scrabble dictionaries is making room for 6,500 new entries. The hard-core will want to make note of quinzhee, an Inuit snow shelter that the BBC notes will rack up 29 points, followed closely by checkbox at 28. But everyone else gets to scoff...

Scrabble Cheat Busted at National Championship

Young player was spotted hiding blank tiles

(Newser) - A young Scrabble player has been ejected—or, for a higher word score, expelled—from the national championship tournament in Florida for cheating. Organizers say the player was busted after a player at another table watched him conceal a pair of blank "wild card" tiles, the AP reports. When...

Scrabble Player Accused of Hiding 'G' at Championship

But officials refuse to perform a strip-search

(Newser) - The World Scrabble Championship wrapped up yesterday in Warsaw, and not without more than a little drama. A Thai player became convinced that England's Ed Martin had squirreled away a 'G' tile—and demanded that he be hauled to the bathroom and strip-searched. Officials declined, the Telegraph reports,...

Scrabble Dictionary Adds 'Thang,' 'Grrl'

But apparently not for US players

(Newser) - Kinda cool: You can now use Indian words like "aloo" and "gobi" in Scrabble. Not so cool: You can also use slang words like "thang," "innit," and (cringe) "grrl." All of the above have been added to Collins Official Scrabble Words, a...

Pink-Wigged Transsexual Grabs Scrabble Crown

Mikki Nicholson clocks the competition with 'obeisant'

(Newser) - How many points for "unforgettable"? Pink-wigged transsexual Mikki Nicholson woke up the stodgy image of Scabble yesterday when she grabbed Britain's top game award with the word "obeisant" (look it up) finally putting her over the top. "I'm thrilled to have won and I can't wait...

Scrabble Allows Proper Nouns in 'Trickster' Version

Rules won't change for original game

(Newser) - Just imagine "Jay-Z" as a triple word score: A new edition of Scrabble will bring with it a change to one of the game’s cardinal rules—proper nouns will be legal. Mattel won’t regulate which names are allowed or introduce any rules governing spelling, it’ll just...

Most Promising iPad Apps
 Most Promising iPad Apps 
tech review

Most Promising iPad Apps

From Netflix to Scrabble, Gizmodo runs down the hot list

(Newser) - You don't have your iPad yet, but the App Store is already open and promising wonders—pricey wonders. Gizmodo takes a look at the applications you won't want to go without:
  • Netflix: The streaming video player is free, but you need to shell out a monthly fee.
  • Marvel: "The

10 Board Games Still Fun for Adults

 10 Board Games Still 
 Fun for Adults 
candyland = drinking game!

10 Board Games Still Fun for Adults

Let's be honest, Risk and Monopoly were never for kids anyway

(Newser) - You probably loved board games as a kid—and guess what? Some of them are still fun now. Ten of the best, courtesy of teagueb at LikeMe :
  1. Payday: It never got as popular as the similar LIFE, but it’s even cooler because it’s measured in real time—meaning

'Zzz' Spells Discontent for Scrabble Enthusiasts

Some game fans lobby for rules change

(Newser) - If you sigh in resignation every time you pull a Z or Q out of the Scrabble letter bag, new additions to the game’s official word list probably have you sighing in relief. But aficionados say the expanding list—now including “za,” “qi,” and “...

Amy's Latest Shenanigans: Topless Scrabble

Vacationing singer shares more than just spelling tips will fellow resort guests

(Newser) - After rescuing a beachgoer and stealing drinks from other hotel guests, Amy Winehouse wrapped up her Caribbean vacation with some topless Scrabble, the Sun reports. “While taking a break from her usual antics on the beach, Amy spotted some people playing Scrabble and decided to offer her spelling knowledge,...

C-E-R-T-A-I-N Scrabble Winners
 C-E-R-T-A-I-N Scrabble Winners

C-E-R-T-A-I-N Scrabble Winners

ZQFMGB not included

(Newser) - Sure, Bart Simpson could fake it at Scrabble—but for those of us playing against a wit sharper than Homer's, here are some gems Mental Floss magazine dug up that actually mean something:
  • Cwm: A valley created by glacial shifts.
  • Adz: An axe-like woodworking tool.
  • Xu: The currency of Vietnam.

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