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Posted at 1:10 PM ET, 12/ 1/2010

Pass the word: DCPS to host Scrabble tournament

By Bill Turque

Updated at 6 p.m. to add different link.

There's still time to brush up on those words that begin with Q but aren't followed by a U (think qabalahs or qindarka). D.C. schools and the National Scrabble Association have put together the first-ever School Scrabble Capitol Cup competition, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 11, at Walker Jones Education Campus, 1125 New Jersey Ave. NW.

The one-day tournament is open to two-member teams in grades five through eight. The competition, which starts at 9 a.m, will also include top players from other states vying for cash prizes of up to $2,000, so serious Scrabble experience is an advantage. NPR correspondent Stefan Fatsis, author of the bestselling "Word Freak," will direct the event. Entry fee is $50 a team. For more information go to

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By Bill Turque  | December 1, 2010; 1:10 PM ET
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