If three stories make a trend, I guess six makes an obsession: it's the all Scrabble news day, here's the big mixed bag (S-O-R-R-Y) of stories:
Do you play Scrabulous on Facebook? Well, the version that got everybody hooked is getting the creators sued. Hasbro owns the rights to the game and the Calcutta-based creators of Scrabulous are in court for copyright infringement. I hope they saved a U to go with their Q and get it settled quickly. Bonus draw: Scrabulous cheat words.
The National Scrabble Championship is being held today in Orlando, Florida. You can follow the scores all day. I'm rooting for Marlon Hill and Matt Graham. I'm not kidding. I have a little Scrabble-following problem. These guys are hot.
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In Senegal, Africa, the game is a real sport. Locals train for the game intently, as it's an escape from daily hardships, "Scrabble is a way for us in Senegal to forget about the (food) crisis and the problems that engulf our country," as well as an educational tool — kids Scrabble in school to learn spelling and grammar.
The Francophone World Championships were held this week, the Cote d'Ivoire's Poka Elisée (pictured above) claimed the title. One competitor was disqualified for lying about his age. Senegal's Mamadou Youck was competing in the 14-15 year-old division at 16. Senegal holds nine world titles in Scrabble despite a literacy rate of 40 percent.
Can't get enough Scrabble? The book Word Freak by Stephan Fatsis started my scrambled obsession — and you can catch my favorites Marlon and Matt in the movie Word Wars. That sounds like a hot weekend plan to me.
Do you Scrabble?