Ge­nius at Scrabble

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

A NEW Zealan­der has taken out the French Scrabble prize – de­spite not speak­ing a word of French. Nigel Richards, 48, is al­ready a celebrity in the English ver­sion of Scrabble, win­ning its world cham­pi­onship in 2007 and 2011. How­ever, it was the first time a player who can­not speak the lan­guage has won the fran­co­phone world cham­pi­onship. He had just nine weeks to pre­pare for the con­test, mem­o­ris­ing in French all the pos­si­ble words in the of­fi­cial Scrabble dic­tionary, from two to 10 letters.

Nigel Richards.

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