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Comment Re:Excellent news (Score 1) 62

That's not the way it works. You get hired to do the job you're going to do, at full salary, and you do it initially under a provisional clearance, while your full clearance is being processed. If the work is sensitive enough that provisionally clearing people is too dangerous, then already having the appropriate clearance is made a prerequisite for the job.

Comment Re:Hobby vs Professional (Score 5, Informative) 113

if you want to be a professional game/sport player, Scrabble is not the way to go. One year, the top prize at the US National Scrabble Championship, attended by about 700 players, was $25,000, the highest it ever was. Someone pointed out that year that $50,000 was the top prize of the national championship of Tiddlywinks.

Comment Re:Is this a surprise? (Score 5, Informative) 113

Those of us who play tournament Scrabble are only mildly surprised that Nigel learned all the words in that short a period of time. But what makes Nigel the best is much more than knowing all the words. There are a few dozen players, and a number of computer players, who can credibly make that claim.

Nobody has Nigel's combination of word knowledge, board vision, and ability to calculate probabilities.

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