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Strip Search Demanded At World Scrabble Championship After Letter 'G' Goes Missing

Scrabble Strip Search

First Posted: 10/17/11 04:39 PM ET Updated: 12/17/11 05:12 AM ET

Folks at the World Scrabble Championship take the word game pretty seriously, and when a tile goes missing, they'll even demand a strip search of their opponent in an effort to find it.

A Thai player demanded that authorities strip search English player Ed Martin, after the letter "G" disappeared from the players' board at the international tournament this weekend, the Independent reports.

Officials did not perform the search, but the bold request didn't mark the first time judges at the event dealt with an odd accusation. A player once accused an opponent of eating a tile, the Independent points out.

"Omnified" was the winning word at the world championship, and New Zealand player Nigel Richards took home the trophy and $20,000 prize. It was his second time winning the championship, the only person to ever have done so, TV New Zealand reports.

Richards beat Australian Andrew Fisher 3-2 in a best-of-five match, the Sydney Morning Herald explains.

116 competitors from 44 countries participated in the five-day tournament held in Warsaw, Poland. The championship has been held every other year since 1991, according to the official World Scrabble Championship website.

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Filed by Ileana Llorens  |