On Saturday, April 25th, join 826NYC for Scrabble for Cheaters 2015, an elimination Scrabble tournament, where you and a teammate play against other teams to compete for the coveted Cheater's Cup, plus other cool stuff. Shake Shack Custard, drinks, food, and more will be on hand to keep you focused on your game.
To help make your way toward the cup, you raise money to spend on cheats, including "Invent a Word," "Buy A Vowel," and "Create A Blank." And the best part of all — all the money you raise directly supports the free programs offered to New York City public school students by 826NYC!
If you can pronounce and define it, it's a word. Invented words may not be rejected.
Your opponent must remove their played word from the board, redraw new tiles, and lose their turn (Invented words may not be rejected.)
Go on the Internet for up to two minutes and look up anything you'd like - that's right, anything. (Web surfing time does not count against your standard two minute play limit.)
Add a Q, X, or Z to any word you'd like. (You must have a Q, X, or Z tile on your rack in order to do so.)
Trade a vowel from your rack with any of your choosing that remains in the bag.
Add 10 points to any tiles value.
Any tile on your rack may be turned into a blank tile by flipping it over.
Trade a tile from your rack with one from your partner's rack.
Look at one of either of your opponent's racks.
Play a proper noun.
Replace any letter on your rack with a new, randomly selected tile from the bag.
Play a word from any language other than English.
You get a second chance in the tournament of the eliminated. All teams eliminated in the first round will be reorganized into a sub-tournament and given a chance to win a separate set of prizes.
826NYC is a nonprofit organization in Brooklyn, NY dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Their free services are structured around the belief that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. For more information, please visit 826nyc.org
Other than the use of cheats, Scrabble for Cheaters Scrabble rules are exactly the same as standard Scrabble rules provided with the game.
You and your partner's totals are combined to determine your team's total score.
Yes. Each player has exactly two minutes per turn.
Yes, provided you do so within your two minute play limit.
No. Unused cheats will be lost.
Yes, but only between matches. Also, purchased cheats can not be traded in for other cheats. All sales are final.
Yes. All donations, with the exception of the registration fee, are 100% tax deductible.
Yes. On game day, we can provide you with a list of your donors.
Because space is limited, we do not allow spectators until the final rounds of the tournament.
The tournament lasts for you and your teammate so long as you keep winning your matches. But the final round of play usually ends around 6pm.
Yes, but only for one year. Then you must return the following year to defend your ownership over the cup.
For directions, see the bottom right of our homepage at 826nyc.org.