In this zany, special memoir, former govt director of the nationwide SCRABBLE organization John D. Williams Jr. brings to existence the obsessions, insanity, and glory of the SCRABBLE® culture―from living-room avid gamers to global champions.
Beginning his profession on a lark as a contract contributor to SCRABBLE News, John D. Williams fell down a rabbit gap inhabited by means of players, geeks, and the grammar police. For twenty-five years, because the government director of the nationwide SCRABBLE organization, Williams served because the legit spokesperson for the sport, and because the intermediary among legions of fanatical word-game enthusiasts and the authentic model. Now Word Nerd takes readers contained in the byzantine, dog-eat-dog international of most sensible event avid gamers, making a piquant (seven-letter observe, sixty eight points!) paintings that's half pop-cultural heritage, half anthropological learn. certainly, what Christopher visitor did for the realm of puppy exhibits in his movie Best in Show, Williams does for the realm of aggressive notice video games during this humorous and completely saw memoir.
As readers will become aware of, Word Nerd explores anagrams, palindromes, the highest-scoring SCRABBLE performs of all time, the start of the realm SCRABBLE Championship, in addition to some of the extra colourful figures that inhabit this tradition. Die-hard notice fanatics will locate worthwhile tips about how most sensible gamers see their forums and racks to return up with the easiest play, how they organize, and the psychology of event festival. these uninitiated within the mysteries of SCRABBLE mania will discover a pleasant, madcap memoir approximately all of the enjoyable humans have with language and the way phrases form our lives and tradition in unforeseen ways.
Whether reminiscing approximately earlier nationwide champions, detailing the talk over efforts to purge the Official SCRABBLE avid gamers Dictionary of all offensive phrases, opining at the variety of vowelless phrases which are allowable (cmw for a Welsh deep-walled basin or nth for the final word degree), noting how lengthy it takes a notice to get right into a dictionary, or explaining why there stay extra male than girl champions, Williams crafts a loving tribute to phrases and the video games humans play with them. Word Nerd will fascinate either amateurs and pro specialists alike.
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He requested in all seriousness. Having spent a number of days with this man, i used to be no longer thoroughly appalled at this request. “I’m afraid no longer. This isn’t expert wrestling,” I instructed him. “It doesn’t precisely paintings that method. ” slightly deterred, he suggestion for a moment. “How approximately I ship a few women as much as his room round middle of the night. ” He winked conspiratorially. “I’m yes we will be able to locate funds within the funds for that. ” i may merely giggle. “Sorry. ” “Then how approximately we media-train him? ” he continued. I sighed. “Okay, if the participant is cool with it. ” So we manage a digital camera in a room, and the media maven spent an hour or attempting to remodel this candy, really good, shy SCRABBLE genius right into a gregarious, charismatic spokesman. It didn’t paintings. It became out to be a moot aspect. Our scheduled visual appeal was once bumped days later within the wake of a bad airline catastrophe. the most not easy and intricate tv event used to be with the 1990 nationwide SCRABBLE Champion, the past due Robert Felt. while he gained that year’s occasion in Washington, DC, he used to be a veteran event participant who were favourite to win “the sizeable one” for a very long time. Robert Felt was once additionally one of many extra fascinating characters at the event scene. Felt had a different glance: a wide head to carry his huge mind, a doughy body, a mass of coarse darkish hair, and heavy, thick-lensed glasses. yet what unusual him the main was once his ability—and tendency—to speak SCRABBLE performs and thought for hours at a time. a customary tale of his may well begin anything like this: “I be mindful again in 1984 at a neighborhood event in Atlantic urban. i used to be taking part in Tommy Tile, who I had a 17–9 lifetime checklist opposed to. halfway in the course of the video game, with the ranking 203–186 my want, I draw a rack of MBTOASW. I see the observe WOMBATS and a place within the reduce left quadrant . . . ” the fellow looked as if it would consider each video game, each opponent, each rack, each circulate of his complete SCRABBLE match occupation. And he may habitually stroll as much as a person and simply begin talking—and no longer cease. most folk listened patiently for a couple of minutes, then excused themselves. a few lasted no longer as lengthy and waited handy Felt off to an unprepared passerby. Others noticed him coming and took off. the main well-known Robert Felt anecdote came about in England, the place he had long past to check his abilities opposed to the Brits. because the tale is going, some of them have been in a automobile as Felt used to be regaling the passengers with this type of never-ending narratives. He used to be in the course of describing a earlier play while the automobile was once sideswiped and compelled off the line, and it both spun out or really rolled over. yet this didn't deter Felt. in response to the opposite passengers, he by no means stopped telling the tale, whilst his fellow passengers have been screaming in worry, because the automobile screeched to an emergency cease, and because the relieved passengers crawled out of the spoil. As they dusted themselves off, they heard Felt, uninterrupted: “So then, he attracts the ultimate S to affix the clean I’ve tracked to be on his rack. So i do know I’ve obtained conceivable ideas.