Anyone who thinks a nice game of Scrabble is a gentle way to while away a winter evening probably hasn't met Paul Allan.
The teacher from Rushden in Northamptonshire takes a rather more competitive view of the word game, in fact he's such a whizz at it that he'll be taking part in the national final this weekend. So what's his secret?
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A teacher from Rushden in Northamptonshire is preparing to battle it out at the National Scrabble Championship this weekend.
Paul Allan has successfully got through to the final of the competition.
He's no stranger to the event having won the title back in 2007 and is confident he could be bringing the trophy back to the region together with a £2500 cash prize when he goes head to head with his rival on Sunday 3 November.
To reach the final he competed against 57 talented Scrabble experts in 14 hard-fought games at the semi-final in Cardiff in September.
Now Paul will participate in a gruelling best-of-five games showdown at The Cavendish Conference Centre in London.
If he wins he stands a good chance of taking on players from around the world for the title of World Scrabble Champion in December.