Scrabble Cheating

News of a cheating scandal in Scrabble has rippled through the community, after a competitor (proverbially) hid the blanks up his sleeve during matches, leading to his subsequent disqualification. As he is a minor, his name is not being shared, thereby preventing us from asking why if he was going to cheat, why he couldn't have done a better job of it.

Let me take the opportunity to remind tournament organizers everywhere that the latent tile order design mechanism could have prevented this travesty from happening. And all they would have had to do was spend tens of thousands of dollars to design and build the physical apparatus to make it happen, and tens of thousands more to outfit the entire tournament with them. But in the long run, shouldn't we do everything we can for the children?

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