Cheating never felt so good… (I lie, Cheating always feels good, usually…)

Scrabble for cheaters

This is freaking cool. (Tip: Jordan)

Scrabble for cheaters: A game of verbal smarts and fraudulence

The premise is simple: canvas your friends for money – money to pay off the judges to look the other way while you defile the sanctity of Scrabble. The best part is: it’s all for a charity, 826NYC, whose mission is:

…supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around our belief that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.

So what sort of debauchery can your donated cash be used for? Well, a single letter substitution will cost you a cool $25 (yea..USD, not monopoly money – har har), while playing a word from another language will set you back $300.

The most expensive cheat is also the ultimate Scrabble sin – making up your own word costs $500. No doubt, someone will play 7+ Q’s on a triple-word triple-letter score, or combine them in some combination to beat out Benzoxycamphors or Sesquioxidizing.

How might you cheat at scrabble, or better yet – another board game:

I hearby turn Park Place and Boardwalk into Davegoria, where 4 apartment buildings will net me a few grand if you land on them.

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Dave Semeniuk spends hours locked up in his office, thinking about the role the oceans play in controlling global climate, and unique ways of studying it. He'd also like to shamelessly plug his art practice: