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Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

The Jerusalem Scrabble Club is the largest weekly Scrabble club in the world. Members have been connecting letter tiles together for nearly 30 years.

You might think the largest weekly Scrabble club in the world would meet in, say, London. Or maybe New York. But you’d be wrong. With 50 loyal members coming every Tuesday night for the past 28 years, the Jerusalem Scrabble Club takes the title.

These players take their word games quite seriously. Like chess, the matches are limited to 50 minutes, with penalties for going over individual allotments of time.

One of the longest-running players calls the weekly competitions “my recipe against Alzheimer’s.”