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Dehydration is a well-known foe of marathon runners, but who knew it was a threat to marathon Scrabble players, too?

We didn't…nor did Scrabble champ Raymond Tate, who keeled over during a Scrabble marathon in Scotland over the weekend.

Tate, together with teammate Craig Beevers, was 15 hours into an attempt on the world record for the highest number of Scrabble points scored over a 24-hour period when he collapsed. He was taken to the local hospital by ambulance, where officials described his condition as "stable," according to The Herald Scotland.

Why the fainting spell? Tate had been fasting for Passover, and as tournament official Tom Clark told The Sun, although he'd been monitoring his blood pressure and diet, he just didn't drink enough fluids. The 55 year-old is also diabetic.

To add insult to injury, Tate and Beevers were apparently on course to break the record, which stands at 162,171 points -- a total set by a British pair all the way back in 2002. Tate's last attempt on the score was also marked by bad luck: back in August he completed the 24-hour run, but fell short of the score total by a slim 12,000-point margin.

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