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National Scrabble Championship
Image #5 shows an orange-colored, apple-shaped SCRABBLE board with the tiles positioned in 5x5 squares in the four corners of the board.
"This is what players do prior to each tournament game to make sure that all 100 tiles are accounted for and that there are none missing. The two tiles with a symbol on them are the blank tiles (tournament players buy special plastic tiles that come in many variations and sometimes feature a special design or symbol on the blank tiles.)"
On Wednesday, he said, a player at an adjacent table noticed an anomaly on the suspected cheater's board: "Instead of being positioned randomly, the two blanks were side by side in one of the corners," he said. Then, "the cheater positioned the board so that the blanks were directly in front of him, and the observer noticed a sleight of hand where the blanks were grabbed by one hand and were not placed in the tile bag, while all of the other tiles were picked up with the other hand and placed in the tile bag. Upon noticing this, the observer immediately summoned the tournament officials."
- hhanks, CNN iReport producer