A man from Northamptonshire has beaten off competition to become the National Scrabble Champion 2013.
Paul Allan, a teacher from Rushden clinched the title on Sunday after a gruelling best-of-five showdown at the finals in London.
He sealed the win by playing "bandura" a Ukrainian lute, scoring 86 points. He finished with an overall score of 503. His competitor scored 389.
Other words played throughout the final included....
Kernite – a mineral – 100.
Mete – to measure – 34.
Exordial – to begin - 92.
Shrieval - relating to a sheriff - 97.
Valerate - a chemical salt - 36.
Coniines - a poisonous alkaloid found in poison hemlock - 98.
Paul said: “I am delighted to have won, especially given the fact that the final is played to a public audience of players who expect to be impressed!"
Paul was previously crowned champion in 2007 and has won a number of tournaments since starting to play Scrabble on a competitive level in 1993.