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Saturday 20 January 2018

VIDEO: Have you seen my G? Scrabble champ demands strip search after letter goes missing

A player at the World Scrabble Championships demanded that an opponent should be strip-searched after a tile went missing.

England's Ed Martin was accused of hiding a letter 'G' during a match. A Thai player wanted him to be taken to a toilet so he could be searched, although authorities refused. Mr Martin won the match in Warsaw.

Nigel Richards, a New Zealander, took the overall title after scoring 95 points with the word 'omnified'. He was awarded the £12,700 prize.

Mr Richards would have scored little for his acceptance speech, when he just reposonded: "Nice." It was the second time Mr Richads has claimed the title. He also won in 2007. He beat 116 competitors from 44 countries to be named champion.

The runner up was Andrew Fisher from Australia, who lost 3-2 in the final. The deciding rubber was a comfortable 476-334 win for Mr Richards.

Mr Richards was described as an "exceptional player" by Scrabble Victoria president Carol Johnsen, who was nevertheless delighted by Mr Fisher's efforts.

‘‘It’s just fantastic. He’s a lovely chap, he’s so good for Scrabble in Victoria and Australia and he’s a nice person to boot,’’ Ms Johnsen told the Sydney Morning Herald.

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