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Competitors take part in the World Scrabble Championships.
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Competitors take part in the World Scrabble Championships.

Web Reads: Is that a Scrabble-approved word?


Cheat sheet. Tournament Scrabble players rack up big scores by playing words that most of us don’t know or don’t believe comply with Scrabble rules. The Merriam-Webster website provides a helpful list of 10 Secrets of Scrabble Masters, including words like Xi.

Love letter. Charlotte’s Web author E.B. White was so excited when his wife became pregnant that he wrote a sweet letter to her. Instead of writing it in his own voice, he wrote it in the voice of her Scotty dog, Daisy.

Indian economics. What would a victory for Narendra Modi in the election for India’s prime minister mean for the country’s economy? Economics professor Tyler Cowen asked his learned readers to share their expertise via the comments on this post at Marginal Revolution, and many of them, including Indian Americans from Gujarat, did. Cowen limited comments to the economy and not the threat posed by Modi’s BJP party to religious minorities.

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Job opening. A new egg factory in rural Ohio struggles to find 40 qualified employees needed to open the plant. A Washington Post reporter follows the efforts of the manager tasked to fill the positions.

Susan Olasky
Susan Olasky

Susan pens book reviews and other articles for WORLD as a senior writer and has authored eight historical novels for children. Susan and her husband Marvin live in Asheville, N.C. Follow Susan on Twitter @susanolasky.


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