Scrabble Player Demands Strip-Search of Opponent

| by Michael Allen

This year's World Scrabble Championships were held at the Hilton in Warsaw, Poland, where 116 competitors from 44 countries battled each other in a 34-round tournament to be named the top wordsmith.

Surprisingly, things got a bit heated over a missing letter "G."

Chollapat Itthi-Aree (pictured below), from Thailand, demanded that officials take Ed Martin, an IT consultant from London, to the toilet and search him, believing he had a missing letter "G" somewhere on his person (where exactly, he didn't say).

But judges disagreed with Itthi-Aree, a 24-year-old math teacher, and refused to carry out the search, enabling Martin (pictured below) to win the game by a single point.


However, the first prize was eventually won by New Zealander Nigel Richards (pictured below), who combined his tiles to form the word 'omnified' and scored a 96 in his final game against Australian Andrew Fisher, to win the $20,000 first prize. It is the second time Mr Richards has won the prestigious title, which he scooped up in 2007.

However, Richards' acceptance speech lacked the vocabulary expected from such an established wordsmith and consisted solely of the word "nice."