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Diabolically Arcane

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24 October, 2011

Here’s a challenge. Not a Storm, but a watching brief to run across the week, or more. If you head for this digest of big-time Scrabble games, then pick a round and report back on two or three of the more head-spinning plays. That way, if we all do a handful of games each, we can cobble together a precis of the world’s best players, whacking down some of the world’s best plays.

Bizarre words. Amazing escapes. Don’t over do it. One crazy play is all we may need from any game, a few bullet points, or a succulent tidbit with your own light research attached. We won’t be able to cover every game, but just select a round in advance, dip into it, then come back with a mini-report on the forum. (And if you are time-poor, that’s fine too. Maybe this assignment is one to last some time, if we all warm to the challenge.)

To help with an up-coming column, I’ll be focusing on the five final games, between Andrew Fisher and Nigel Richards, and sharing my findings here. Please feel free, word cadets, to do likewise with a round of your choosing. Together we’ll create a hyper-verbal snapshot.

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Rewording The Brain

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Riddledom Rave

If you missed my riddle chat with Richard Fidler, then feel free to slurp the podcast at http://ab.co/1I9t1x5

Text-speak is creeping into Scrabble. Where do you sit?
OBVS I'm fine with it
Entrenched stuff - like LOL and OMG - but no more.
Words With Friends, maybe. Scrabble, no
Let the 'real' dictionaries decide first
Just the handy stuff, like FAQ and EUW
I mean, WTF?! No way
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