A Scrabble player was kicked out of the US national championship tournament after being caught red handed hiding blank letter tiles.
The executive director of the National Scrabble Association, John D. Williams Jr., said the cheat was thrown out in the 24th round of the 28-round event after a competitor at a nearby table spotted his slight of hand.
The young male player was seen concealing a pair of blank tiles from a previous game by dropping them on the floor.
Blank tiles are advantageous in Scrabble as they can be used as wild card letters.
The unnamed youth admitted the offence when confronted by the tournament director at the 350-player event in Florida.
As a result, he forfeited all of his winnings accrued during the tournament.
In Scrabble tournaments, players accumulate points during one-on-one matches by pulling random letter tiles from a bag of 100 and trying to create words.
The winner of the US national tournament receives a top prize of $10,000.