Scrabble players face off in the Seventh Annual Family Scrabble Festival at the Congregation Tifereth Israel synagogue in Greenport.
Congregation Tifereth Israel in Greenport hosts its annual
Congregation Tifereth Israel in Greenport hosts its annual Family Scrabble Festival. (Jan. 6, 2013) (Credit: Michael Cusanelli)
John D. Williams Jr., the executive director of
John D. Williams Jr., the executive director of the National Scrabble Association, gives players some advice as they prepare to compete in the annual Family Scrabble Festival at Congregation Tifereth Israel in Greenport. (Jan 6, 2013) (Credit: Michael Cusanelli)
More than 40 players from around Long Island
More than 40 players from around Long Island competed in the Seventh Annual Family Scrabble Festival at Congegration Tifereth Israel in Greenport. (Jan 6, 2013) (Credit: Michael Cusanelli)

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Clockwise from top: Thomas Ludacer, 16, of Greenport,
Clockwise from top: Thomas Ludacer, 16, of Greenport, David Krumenacker, 15, of Greenport, Neville Reece, 15, of East Marion, and Jason Van Breunt, 16, of Greenport compete at the Family Scrabble Festival at Congregation Tifereth Israel in Greenport. "It's a good opportunity to have some genuine competition," said Reece. (Jan 6, 2013) (Credit: Michael Cusanelli)
National Scrabble Association executive director John D. Williams
National Scrabble Association executive director John D. Williams Jr. takes on several players at once during the Family Scrabble Festival at Congregation Tifereth Israel in Greenport. (Jan 6, 2013) (Credit: Michael Cusanelli)
Susan Williams, 48, and daughter Pearl Williams, 16,
Susan Williams, 48, and daughter Pearl Williams, 16, of Shelter Island compete in the Family Scrabble Festival at Congregation Tifereth Israel in Greenport. "We like words," said Susan Williams. "It's fun to have all this variety and meet new people [while playing]." (Jan 6, 2013) (Credit: Michael Cusanelli)