Scrabble Player Accused of Hiding 'G' at Championship

But officials refuse to perform a strip-search
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2011 11:05 AM CDT
Scrabble   (©John-Morgan)

(Newser) – The World Scrabble Championship wrapped up yesterday in Warsaw, and not without more than a little drama. A Thai player became convinced that England's Ed Martin had squirreled away a 'G' tile—and demanded that he be hauled to the bathroom and strip-searched. Officials declined, the Telegraph reports, and Martin won the match. But though the battle was his, Martin failed to win the war: The overall title went to Nigel Richards of New Zealand, a now two-time winner who rose above 116 wordsmiths from 44 countries.

The Sydney Morning Herald relays a few of Richards' winning words: omnified (for 95 points), uranites (for 88), and regrants (for 61). His acceptance "speech" wasn't quite as wordy. "Nice," he said.

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