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Scrabble Tournament Sullied by No-Good Dirty Cheater

23 Aug 1999:  A game of Scrabble in progress during the Mind Sports Olympiad at Olympia in London. \ Mandatory Credit: John Gichigi /Allsport
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Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterAugust 15, 2012

Spelling is tough. 

Scrabble demands nerves of steel, a mind to decipher words on the spot and the ability to not be a low-down, no-good, dirty cheater. 

The Guardian reports a Scrabble tournament was mired in controversy when pretty much the one exciting moment took place—a cheater was spotted. 

The report issues the player who decided to skirt the rules was a minor, so his name will not be divulged. 

The scene of the crime was the Florida National Championship, where the young player happened to have some spare blank tiles in his possession. 

Anyone who has sat down to play Scrabble or opened the Words with Friends app knows those blank tiles can be pretty useful so you can drop a quixotic on somebody. 

The executive director of the US National Scrabble Association, John Williams, offered more on this unfolding tale of deceit amid letters and words. 

It does happen no matter what. People will try to do this. It's the first time it's happened in a venue this big though. It's unfortunate. The Scrabble world is abuzz. The Internet is abuzz.

You hear that, Internet. You are currently abuzz about this brouhaha. 

The player allegedly played a previous game and never put back his blank tiles, hoping to pull a fast one on the next game. 

Once confronted, he admitted his indiscretion and bowed out, albeit not so gracefully. 

From players in living rooms trying to use the word quone to national tournaments, cheaters never prosper. Unless of course you are playing on your phone, because nobody will know. 

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