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Strip-search demanded as tile goes missing at World Scrabble Championships

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Scrabble has torn family gatherings to shreds since its conception in 1948, but in the professional world of Scrabble tensions run even higher.

British player Ed Martin was accused by his Thai opponent of hiding a 'G' tile during their World Championship game.

Things got so heated that at one stage the Thai gentleman insisted Martin be strip-searched in the bathroom, in Warsaw, where the tournament was held. Gaming officials refused and the Briton won by just a solitary point.

Nigel Richards, a New Zealander, took the overall title after scoring 95 points with the word 'omnified'. He was awarded the $20,000 (£12,700) prize.

It was the second time Mr Richads has claimed the title. He also won in 2007.

Image: Rex, Flickr

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