Area Scrabble players prep for the national championship and a local tournament as Scrabble turns 60.|
When he laid down the word "atomize" next to a wide-open double-word score, some players called Jim Kramer "utterly insane." But it was the kind of risk that landed the Roseville man the title of defending national Scrabble champion -- that and meticulously studying lists of words.
Not all words, or any old words. Eight-letter words that contain four vowels. Anagrams. Six-letter stems that can become high-scoring eight-letter plays later.
"I'm kind of a dinosaur. I study things on paper, often on lists I made up," said Kramer, 49, who has played in every national championship since 1985.
He's one of about six area players who will compete today and Sunday...
Read the full story at startribune.com, and the sidebar Q & A with former champion Robert Watson.
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