After five days of competitive Scrabble play, Matthew Tunnicliffe of Ottawa was crowned the 2015 North American Scrabble Champion. Tunnicliffe, a 28-year-old technical writer, defeated several top competitive Scrabble players, including last year’s champion Conrad Bassett-Bouchard. Along with the champion’s title and trophy, he earned a cash prize of $10,000.
Under license from Hasbro Inc., Merriam-Webster will release the fifth edition of The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, marking the dictionary’s first major update in nearly a decade. More than 5,000 new words will be added to the dictionary–including geocache, a word chosen by fans in the Scrabble Word Showdown earlier this year–making them all officially playable in the game. Players in the U.S. and Canada will now be able to rack up points with geocache and other words that have entered language recently, including beatbox, chillax, frenemy, hashtag, joypad, mixtape, mojito, ponzu, selfie, soju, sudoku, texter, vodcast, vlog, and yuzu. [Read more...]