publication date: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 (part of Winter 2014)

category: Competitions

clue: Knowing words like "knaidel" will help this 13-year-old win any game of Scrabble.

explanation: Mahankali won the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2013. His final winning word was knaidel. more…

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Samir Mehta, Justin Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Joanna Woods, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Erik Bates, and Aaron Shurtleff

The Game Masters: These ten famous people, all significant figures in their fields, would be instant experts if they applied their skills to ordinary games. The first week features five celebrities who would dominate at classic board games, and the second week switches to classic video games.

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