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.
If you could add one world to the Official Scrabble Dictionary, what would it be?
JA. Adding more two letter words is always fun.
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