NPR: "At Scrabble tournament, it's all about the Q"
It's hip to be square this weekend at the annual National School Scrabble Competition in Providence, R.I., where fifth- through eighth-graders are facing off in a two-on-two version of the board game.Remember that "qat" and "qaid" are legal Scrabble words. "Shaqzilla" is questionable.
First prize is $10,000 - and "Q" is definitely the hot letter at the tournament, which kicks off tonight. The team that makes the best play using a Q gets an extra prize from basketball star Shaquille O'Neal: The Phoenix Suns have donated one of his jerseys.
It's all about the wordplay.