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For Cherie Conner, playing Scrabble with friends at a local club was a way to forget the stress of directing airplanes at Prescott Airport in Arizona. But ever since her husband gave her a CD-ROM version of the game last Christmas, things have changed for the 40-year-old air traffic controller. Rather than hop in her car for her jaunts to the club, she now jumps on her personal computer and heads to a World Wide Web site called Mplayer. There, she spends one to three hours a day playing against other Scrabble fans. "I know," she confesses. "I'm addicted."

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