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Quiz bowl cheating: Say it ain’t so, Harvard and MIT

In the 1950s, the whole nation was shocked by revelations that TV game show contestants were secretly given the correct answers. Today, in the age of steroid scandals and voter fraud, it’s hard to shock the nation about any kind of cheating. But it’s still disappointing to learn that Harvard and MIT have been stripped of championship titles in national quiz tournaments after audits revealed that a student from each team accessed questions in advance.

They were able to get at the questions because they also wrote questions for matches involving other universities. Because of a security flaw, they were also able to see the first few words of questions being prepared for many competitions, including their own.

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