Meet the Cheaters: Annyong

Hello! Craig Austin and Mehal Shah are Team Annyong, defending Scrabble for Cheaters champions. In fact, they’re rolling into this Saturday on a two tournament winning streak. 

What kind of team name is that?

It’s derived from Arrested Development.

How did your team form?

Craig and I have known each other since our first days at Microsoft back in 2005.

What do you do when not competing in Scrabble tournaments?

We write code for fun and profit. Craig makes more profit than I do. We also consume way too much media. Mehal likes climbing mountains.

What do you cheat at besides Scrabble?

What?! Outrageous! We don’t cheat at Scrabble!

What team do you consider your arch-rival?

Well, I’d say Fighting Caziques since they are also multiple champions and because they were our closest match (we beat them by only 11 points IIRC)

How did you hear about 826NYC?

Through 826 Seattle

What superpower do you think would be most useful in the cut-throat competitive world of Scrabble?

Mind control I’m thinking. Craig, do you have another opinion?

Without looking, how many points is your team name worth in Scrabble?

Assuming no blanks, 11.

Did you cheat on that last question? It’s okay. We’re just wondering.

No.

If you could add one world to the Official Scrabble Dictionary, what would it be?

JA. Adding more two letter words is always fun.

If you’re like Pat Riley and love the word “three-peat" you can donate to support Annyong.If you’re a sucker for underdogs, you can alternately donate to one of the other great teams in the field in the hopes of unseating the Annyong dynasty. No matter who wins on Saturday, every dollar you donate directly supports the free programs offered to New York City public school students by 826NYC!

Only five days until Annyong are forced to defend the Cheater’s Cup at Scrabble for Cheaters 2014! Here’s half of Annyong (Mehal Shah) revealing many of his secrets to Fighting Dirty in Scrabble.

Playing dirty is free, but outright cheating will cost all of the competitors. So why not donate to support your favorite team’s skullduggery? Not only will you spur them on to greater heights of cheating, but every dollar you donate will help 826NYC provide free writing workshops, after-school homework help, in-class support, and field trips to over 2,000 New York City students and their schools each year!

Meet the Cheaters: I Cheat For the Kids

Nothing brings people together like Scrabble, cheating, and helping kids. When Shelley Gazes filled out this questionnaire, she was looking for a Scrabble partner. Today, she has found one: Susan Peret! Together they are Team I Cheat for the Kids.

What kind of team name is that? 

An honest one. Maybe the only honest thing I’ll do during the tournament.

How did your team form? 

Since I’m still looking for a teammate, my team formed by me having a frank, honest discussion with myself about what really matters in life. And the answer was: Cheating at Scrabble. For the kids. 

What do you do when not competing in Scrabble tournaments? 

There are other things to do in life? I spend my time working 9-5 in publishing, writing, photographing, and volunteering for 826NYC!

What do you cheat at besides Scrabble?

I’ve been advised not to answer this question. 

What team do you consider your arch-rival? 

All of them. 

How did you hear about 826NYC? 

I was looking for volunteer opportunities that would allow me to help children with writing, since writing is my passion. I came across 826nyc and was instantly intrigued by its mission. I started volunteering last year and I’ve been hooked ever since. It’s one of the most rewarding experiences…scratch that. It’s the most rewarding experience. 

If you could add one world to the Official Scrabble Dictionary, what would it be? 

glorioski. This is used as an exclamation when something goes well, as in, “We just got that budget approved after months of limbo!” “Glorioski!”

What superpower do you think would be most useful in the cut-throat competitive world of Scrabble? 

Photographic memory—that way I could look at the dictionary beforehand and memorize each page. But maybe also an invisibility cloak, so I could sneak over and see my opponents’ tiles. 

Without looking, how many points is your team name worth in Scrabble? 

5,827.5

Did you cheat on that last question? It’s okay. We’re just wondering. 

I think it’s obvious I did not. 

Help Shelley and Susan cheat even more for the kids with your donation!  Not only will you stock their cheat arsenal, but every dollar you donate directly supports the free programs offered to New York City public school students by 826NYC!

Meet the Cheaters: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Alexandra Hanner and Matthew Shenk (also known as Team Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious) are cut from the cloth of Scrabble for Cheaters purists that do not believe in team logos. 
What kind of team name is that?
Even though the sound of it is something quite atrocious,
If you say it loud enough, you’ll always sound precocious. 

How did your team form?
The rapid expansion of matter from a state of extremely high density and temperature. That’s how the universe formed, anyway. We formed sometime after that.


What do you do when not competing in Scrabble tournaments?
Each other! (Zing!)

What do you cheat at besides Scrabble?
Death and taxes.

What team do you consider your arch-rival?
Has to be Team Oxyphenbutazone. They’re treading on our turf with that letter count.

How did you hear about 826NYC?
Lindsey Bourne, 826 National’s Finance and Operations Manager (affectionately known as our BFF!)

What superpower do you think would be most useful in the cut-throat competitive world of Scrabble?
The power to summon cut-proof throats.

Without looking, how many points is your team name worth in Scrabble?
We would put in the time to count it, but it doesn’t fit on the board.

Did you cheat on that last question? It’s okay. We’re just wondering.
(We may have looked up the dimensions of the board.)

If you could add one world to the Official Scrabble Dictionary, what would it be?
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, of course!
Spoonfuls of sugar will only get Team Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious so far on May 3rd. To really excel, they’ll need to CHEAT. And you can help them by donating to help them buy cheatsNot only will you help them compete in the most delightful way, but also every dollar you donate directly supports the free programs offered to New York City public school students by 826NYC!

Meet the Cheaters: Go-Fordwardness

Jon Parker and Kendra Eash are Team GO-FORWARDNESS. But what does that mean? Jon answered these questions to let you know.
What kind of team name is that?
Kendra wrote the original article, and I produced the video, "This Is a Generic Brand Video". I put “Go-forwardness” in the opening of the video.
How did your team form?
We met after the video went well, and bonded over McSweeney’s fandom, so it made sense.
What do you do when not competing in Scrabble tournaments?
Write copy, manage brands, and play Scrabble.
What do you cheat at besides Scrabble?
I cheat on my “paleo” diet daily.
What team do you consider your arch-rival?
Whomever we are playing next!
How did you hear about 826NYC?
Longtime supporter, and live in neighborhood
What superpower do you think would be most useful in the cut-throat competitive world of Scrabble?
X-ray vision to see opponents’ tiles

Without looking, how many points is your team name worth in Scrabble?
21? [CORRECT!]

Did you cheat on that last question? It’s okay. We’re just wondering.
No!

If you could add one world to the Official Scrabble Dictionary, what would it be?
Mountie! Can you believe the Canadian police are not represented?
You can help Go-Forwardness do the Mounties proud on May 3rd by helping them buy cheats! Not only will you assist their crafty Scrabble playing, but every dollar you donate directly supports the free programs offered to New York City public school students by 826NYC!

Meet the Cheaters: All My Xs

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All My Xs are Cindy Griffin & Quynh Hoang, two first time competitors looking to bring home the Cheater’s Cup. But who are All My Xs? We asked them!
What kind of team name is that?
Because we live in Texas.

How did your team form?
We’ve been best friends for 30 years. And we love Scrabble.

What do you do when not competing in Scrabble tournaments?
Eat and drink.  A lot.

What do you cheat at besides Scrabble?
Life.

What team do you consider your arch-rival?
Last year’s winners, natch.

How did you hear about 826NYC?
What superpower do you think would be most useful in the cut-throat competitive world of Scrabble?
Laser eyes like Marvel’s Cyclops.

Without looking, how many points is your team name worth in Scrabble?
It depends on if you hit any double or triples, but we’d say roughly 800.
[826note: It is worth 19 points without any cheats or multipliers, but if played all at once it’s worth an additional fifty points for using all your tiles]

Did you cheat on that last question? It’s okay. We’re just wondering.
Of course not!
[Their story checks out.]
If you could add one world to the Official Scrabble Dictionary, what would it be?
You can help All My Xs reign supreme on May 3rd by helping them buy cheats! Not only will you assist their treacherous Scrabble playing, but every dollar you donate directly supports the free programs offered to New York City public school students by 826NYC!
"The blood-vomiting game (Japanese: 吐血の一局, doketsu no ikkyoku) is a famous game of Go of the Edo period of Japan, played on June 27, 1835 between Honinbo Jowa (white) and Intetsu Akaboshi (black). It is noted for the three ghost moves that were allegedly given to Jowa during the game by ghosts, and for the premature death of the go prodigy Intetsu Akaboshi who died soon after coughing up blood onto the board after the game.”
The past six years of Scrabble for Cheaters have seen some fierce competition, but never quite so fierce as this legendary game of Go.
While we hope for no blood vomiting, will one team bring with them mysterious ghost moves? We shall see on Saturday, May 3rd! For the non-ghosts out there, you can still help your favorite team across the ether by donating to give them cheats. If you’re not sure which team of cheaters to support, watch this space for profiles of the teams all week. Or if you want to only help the kids and none of these scofflaws, there are still a few slots remaining in the tournament: find yourself a partner in crime and sign up today!

"The blood-vomiting game (Japanese: 吐血の一局, doketsu no ikkyoku) is a famous game of Go of the Edo period of Japan, played on June 27, 1835 between Honinbo Jowa (white) and Intetsu Akaboshi (black). It is noted for the three ghost moves that were allegedly given to Jowa during the game by ghosts, and for the premature death of the go prodigy Intetsu Akaboshi who died soon after coughing up blood onto the board after the game.”

The past six years of Scrabble for Cheaters have seen some fierce competition, but never quite so fierce as this legendary game of Go.

While we hope for no blood vomiting, will one team bring with them mysterious ghost moves? We shall see on Saturday, May 3rd! For the non-ghosts out there, you can still help your favorite team across the ether by donating to give them cheats. If you’re not sure which team of cheaters to support, watch this space for profiles of the teams all week. Or if you want to only help the kids and none of these scofflaws, there are still a few slots remaining in the tournament: find yourself a partner in crime and sign up today!

Scrabble for Cheaters 2014 is Coming!

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There is still time to register to compete in Scrabble for Cheaters 2014!
How do you do such a thing, you ask? 

1) Find a friend and come up with a clever team name. 

2) Register here!

3) Raise money to buy cheats (and support 826NYC’s writing and literacy programs!) that will help you defeat the other teams!  

4) On May 3 come on down to 826NYC, pull out your Scrabble Dictionary, cash in your cheat money, and compete against some of the best cheating wordsmiths in the country for a chance to bring home the Cheaters Cup!

Things you may also bring home:

Why haven’t you registered?!

826chi:

housingworksbookstore:

It’s NATIONAL POETRY MONTH! We have some special events to help you celebrate.
On the 8th, Tom Sleigh, Dennis Nurkse, Rachel Hadas, Nicole Cooley, Peter Cooley, Alex Cigale, and Sophie Cabot Black will be here for the premier reading of Plume Anthology of Poetry 2013.
And at Downtown Literary Festival on the 13th, there are a couple poetry events: an Alice Notley book club happening all day at McNally Jackson, led by Rachel Zucker and Cassandra Gillig, and at 2PM at the Bowery Poetry Club, Timothy Donnelly, Lynne Melnick, Rachel Zucker, Marcella Durand, John Godfrey, Stacy Szymaszek, Kim Lyons, Filip Marinovic, Charif Shanahan, Erika Caufman, John Coletti, and Patricia Spears Jones will be reading Notley poems at "The City Drifting."
Then, The Saltonstall Arts Colony Poetry Reading on the 17th will feature Saltonstall alums Judith Baumel, Jaime Shearn Coan, Jay Deshpande, Robin Beth Schaer, and Ocean Vuong.
And finally, we’re having a poetry sale from the 14th to the 20th! Come in and buy all the poetry books, yeah?

826 National is a proud partner of National Poetry Month. Check out their calendar for events running throughout the month. Today is the 15th Annual Citywide Undergraduate Poetry Festival hosted by Columbia College. More info here.

826chi:

housingworksbookstore:

It’s NATIONAL POETRY MONTH! We have some special events to help you celebrate.

On the 8th, Tom Sleigh, Dennis Nurkse, Rachel Hadas, Nicole Cooley, Peter Cooley, Alex Cigale, and Sophie Cabot Black will be here for the premier reading of Plume Anthology of Poetry 2013.

And at Downtown Literary Festival on the 13th, there are a couple poetry events: an Alice Notley book club happening all day at McNally Jackson, led by Rachel Zucker and Cassandra Gillig, and at 2PM at the Bowery Poetry Club, Timothy Donnelly, Lynne Melnick, Rachel Zucker, Marcella Durand, John Godfrey, Stacy Szymaszek, Kim Lyons, Filip Marinovic, Charif Shanahan, Erika Caufman, John Coletti, and Patricia Spears Jones will be reading Notley poems at "The City Drifting."

Then, The Saltonstall Arts Colony Poetry Reading on the 17th will feature Saltonstall alums Judith Baumel, Jaime Shearn Coan, Jay Deshpande, Robin Beth Schaer, and Ocean Vuong.

And finally, we’re having a poetry sale from the 14th to the 20th! Come in and buy all the poetry books, yeah?

826 National is a proud partner of National Poetry Month. Check out their calendar for events running throughout the month. Today is the 15th Annual Citywide Undergraduate Poetry Festival hosted by Columbia College. More info here.

I might be pink, but I have pride! from 826NYC on Vimeo.

"I might be pink, but I have pride," by Chelsea, 10, written for our "Fierce and Friendly Mascots" workshop. 

Can you please dot the ‘I’ in my name with a heart?

8th grader from MS 245

Babyland

Written and illustrated by Hayat A. during the Comic Genius workshop

The Sunshiny Day

Written and illustrated by Sarah M. during the Comic Genius workshop.

Precise Target

Written and illustrated by Noemi M. during the Comic Genius workshop.

Plasma Storm Vs. Teen Mutant Fighter

Written and illustrated by Jeffrey T. during the Comic Genius workshop