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New Scrabble World Champion is from Britain

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With an exciting game against Mark Nyman – World Champion from 1993 – and the word BRACONID – 176-points scoring at once – Brett Smitheram won the Scrabble World Championship last week in Lille and is now the new Scrabble World Champion.

The Scrabble World Champion 2016
The New Scrabble World Champion with his trophy after the final (Image provided by Gerry Carter).

30 Nations took part in the Scrabble World Championship

As he told the Telegraph he didn`t believe he could win seven from eight games at the final day of the qualifying tournament. Scrabble enthusiasts from 30 countries all over the world sizes among them like Nigel Richards, Craig Beevers or Wellington Jighere played five days against each other round after round until the exciting final between Mark Nyman and Brett Smitheram both coming from Great Britain and both knowing each other for 20 years. Was Nyman still the producer of the British game show Countdown in which Smitheram was a candidate in December of 1997, just only with 17:

Countdown - Monday 15th December 1997 - 3rd Quarter Final Series 37 - Part 1 Of 2

Nyman was his Scrabble idol as Smitheram now told the told the Press Association:

“When he interviewed me for Countdown he said ‘What’s your biggest aspiration?’ and I said ‘I want to win the Scrabble World Championship’.”

Best Four winning Words in the Scrabble Final

But let`s take a look at the words the 37-old Smitheram had used in the final the Scrabble World Championship 2016 against the 49-year old Nyman.

First, do you know what BRACONID means? It means “any of numerous wasps of the family Braconidae, the larvae of which are parasitic on aphids and on the larvae of moths, butterflies, beetles”.

Scrabble World Champion winning word

GYNAECIA – Plural of gynoecium, the female part of a flower for 95 points
PERIAGUA – a Dug-out canoe used by American Indians. – brings him 76 points.

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SUNDRI – The name of an East Indian mangrove tree for 28 points

Other Words on the Winning Board

KIST: Scottish chest or box.
FAA: Scottish word for fall.
TARAIRES: Large trees from New Zealand.
HELVE: Handle of an axe or similar implement.
MI: Third tone of a diatonic musical scale.
QI: Chinese life force.
JUN: A monetary unit of North Korea.

About the new Scrabble World Champion

Brett Smitheram indeed loves words as you could see in the video below. He told the Telegraph that he reviewed all seven and eight letter words in the English dictionary. Those are indeed round about 70,000 words. He said that it is important for such a tournament to stay fit with regular runs too. Smitheram from Chingford, London, works as a recruitment consultant and spends up two hours a day playing Scrabble ad learning words.

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Chinese life force
A monetary unit of North Korea
Third tone of a diatonic musical scale
Handle of an axe or similar implement
Large trees from New Zealand
Scottish word for fall
Scotish chest or box
East Indian tree
Plural of gynoecium
Wasps which larvae lives parasitic on other larvae

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