Fighting Words

By Jeremy Meltingtallow

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I used to think I was a pretty fair Scrabble player until I made the mistake of agreeing to play with a couple of colleagues of mine, both of whom were long-time, accomplished editors and graduates of Yale. My subsequent humiliation was that of a 3rd grader trying to compete on an adult version of Jeopardy! I think my biggest-scoring word that night was “jet.” That was around 25 years ago and to this day I refuse to play Scrabble with anyone older than eight.