Monday, August 20, 2012

Link roundup

1. Chocolate Covered Cake on a Stick recipe.

2. "Mexico's federal police have replaced all 348 officers responsible for security at the capital's biggest airport after three agents were killed by corrupt colleagues smuggling drugs from Peru."

3. After a riot closed its plant in India, Suzuki will reopen with 500 officers protecting 300 workers. Via.

4. "One of the top young Scrabble players in the country has been kicked out of the game's national championship tournament in Florida after he was caught hiding blank letter tiles, organizers said Tuesday."

1 comment:

  1. It's interesting that the AP article on the Scrabble cheating states, "The ejected player...never reinserted the blank tiles into his bag in an attempt to use them at his discretion in the next game, organizers said." This is almost certainly not what a tournament player would do with this cheat. The blanks are worth zero points--their only use to serious players is to score racks (using all seven tiles on one's rack at once for a 50-point bonus). To re-use the blanks, the player would have to switch the blank for a lettered tile in their rack in full view of the other player. More likely, the cheater was removing the blanks to keep his opponent from getting them and scoring easier racks. In the hands of an experienced player, the blanks are like 50-point wild cards.