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Scrabble champion makes national news

Post by Gavin Chipper » Mon Nov 01, 2010 12:36 am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11662754

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Post by Jon O'Neill » Mon Nov 01, 2010 9:17 am

Haha great. She should go on Countdown!

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Mon Nov 01, 2010 1:31 pm

At least we know what's become of Stewart Holden now.

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Post by Jeff Clayton » Mon Nov 01, 2010 11:22 pm

Good to see Countdown getting a mention with the venerable Mr. Nyman!

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Re: Scrabble champion makes national news

Post by Michael Wallace » Mon Nov 01, 2010 11:32 pm

Charlie Reams wrote:Less salacious version.
So Mark's last play in Game 5 - was that a complete punt since he knew he'd lose otherwise?

Edit: On closer inspection I realise he had two stabs at it - anyone know what he thought he was going for?

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Re: Scrabble champion makes national news

Post by David O'Donnell » Mon Nov 01, 2010 11:43 pm

Charlie Reams wrote:Less salacious version.
Less salacious than bbc.co.uk? They aren't exactly renowned for their salacity.

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Post by Graeme Cole » Tue Nov 02, 2010 9:22 am

Michael Wallace wrote:So Mark's last play in Game 5 - was that a complete punt since he knew he'd lose otherwise?

Edit: On closer inspection I realise he had two stabs at it - anyone know what he thought he was going for?
I think invalid words aren't automatically disallowed; the opponent has to challenge them. Furthermore, in some tournaments there might be a points penalty attached to an incorrect challenge. Assuming that's the case in this tournament, this is what might have happened: Mark needed a high scoring word to win, so played PINYVOLTHIN and hoped Mikki wouldn't know it was invalid. After it was successfully challenged, Mark played PINYVILTHON hoping to convince Mikki it was a valid word and he'd just spelt it wrong the first time.

A Scrabbler could probably explain it better or correct me if I've got it wrong.

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Re: Scrabble champion makes national news

Post by Craig Beevers » Tue Nov 02, 2010 11:38 am

Graeme Cole wrote:
Michael Wallace wrote:So Mark's last play in Game 5 - was that a complete punt since he knew he'd lose otherwise?

Edit: On closer inspection I realise he had two stabs at it - anyone know what he thought he was going for?
I think invalid words aren't automatically disallowed; the opponent has to challenge them. Furthermore, in some tournaments there might be a points penalty attached to an incorrect challenge. Assuming that's the case in this tournament, this is what might have happened: Mark needed a high scoring word to win, so played PINYVOLTHIN and hoped Mikki wouldn't know it was invalid. After it was successfully challenged, Mark played PINYVILTHON hoping to convince Mikki it was a valid word and he'd just spelt it wrong the first time.

A Scrabbler could probably explain it better or correct me if I've got it wrong.
Well Mark knows it will get challenged, so that's not really an issue. Also in a more general situation your opponent could inadvertently set up a big scoring bonus after they challenge your guessed word off.

Scrabblers don't know that many 11 letter words, so there's an above zero chance that your guess will turn out to be a valid word.

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