Braconid, that’s the word that secured victory in an all-British showdown, World Scrabble Championships.
Smitheram, who has won €7,000, said: “It’s absolutely amazing. I’m still speechless. I had to come back from behind to qualify for this.”
He said he was “absolutely thrilled” to have won, and described Nyman as a “very impressive opponent to play”.
The winner said he spent up to two hours a day revising words and playing games against a computer ahead of the competition.
Other strategic words played in the final round included: periagua, meaning a dugout canoe used by American Indians, scoring 76 points; variedly, meaning in a varied manner and scoring 95 points; sundri, a tree native to eastern India, scoring 28 points; and gynaecia, meaning a flower, scoring 95 points.
Brett Smitheram, 37, from Chingford in east London, was crowned the winning wordsmith after beating Mark Nyman, 49, from Knutsford in Cheshire, in the World Scrabble Championship 2016 final at the Grand Palais in Lille.
Smitheram became UK champion in 2000 and was quarter-finalist in the 2014 world championship.
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