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Friday Links: Banksy in LEGO

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Friday Links: Some Webchallenge advice & assorted goodness

The Chicago Webchallenge is this weekend and the Minnesota nerds are making their way down to the Windy City to join their Illini-brethren to make websites for needy nonprofits. Good luck to everyone involved!

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Summer 2011 Pentathanerd: Tile Tornado

On day 3, the Scrabble/Bananagrams nerds were up in a timed game of collective word making.

Mark Seemann from The Werd reports:
“Intense wordplay was at the center of the first attempt at the new game Tile Tornado. Two players per team in five minute rounds with three teams grabbed tiles to make three-letter or longer words. With each player having only one tile, teams needed to co-operate to make words. Longer words earned bonus points per tile – four-letter words earned one extra point per tile, and file-letter words earned three bonus points.

The first round had the InterNerds facing She! and Teh Awsumbs. After a painful wait while tiles were counted, Teh Awsumbs emerged with a one-point lead on She! with the Interns woefully behind. The second round had The Whom? up against Effortless and Nausea. With massive points in bigger words, Effortless walked away with a comfortable lead: 85 points. The Whom? struggled with game logistics, and chose to be part of the final round with Revenge of the InterNerds and Teh Awsumbs (who filled in pro-bono – earning no points). In the last round, The Whom? were able to better their score, averaged between the two rounds they played, and Revenge were able to put up a significant score, winning 13 points alone for a Q played on a five letter word.

Revenge fell only two points out from Effortless’ lead, placing second, with Teh Awsumbs holding on to a narrow third place with 76 points.

The overall standings after this event are:

3262 – Teh Awsumbs (event place: 3; event points: 1105)
3104 – The Whom? (6; 904)
3005 – Revenge (2; 1179)
2778 – InterNerds (7; 618)
2308 – Nausea (5; 914)
2294 – She! (4; 1094)
2060 – Effortless (1; 1200)”

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Friday Links: The iPhone High School reunion is a must watch

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Scrabble game plagued by allegations of performance-enhancing website use

We have an update on the contentious allegations leveled Monday at one of the Scrabble players here at The Nerdery. After what we can only assume was a rigorous and thorough investigation the Nerdery’s ScrabbleCam currently shows this:

There has been no confirmation or denial about the use of performance-enhancing anagrammers in this game, but we assure you that we will continue to update this story as it develops.

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How Scrabble is played in The Nerdery

Sure this might look like a crappy cellphone picture of a Scrabble board, but it’s not. No, it’s a crappy screencap of a picture from the Scrabblecam. Even old school Scrabble has a nerdy twist here. At The Nerdery the Scrabble board gets its own webcam and players have to check in every once in awhile to see if it’s their turn (denoted by the Post-it on the side of the board).

Right now I am off to play a triple-letter V.

UPDATE: Now you too can watch the Nerd Scrabble action.

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