Belfast man crowned Scrabble champion

Published Sunday, 04 November 2012
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A solicitor from Belfast has been crowned the 41st national Scrabble champion.

Belfast man crowned Scrabble champion
Paul Gallen (right) and Liverpool man Wale Fashina. (© PA)

Paul Gallen was lost for words after he beat Olawale Fashina and claimed £2,500 in prize money at the final of the yearly competition in London on Sunday.

"I'm delighted," said the 26-year-old. "It's not really sunk in yet."

Paul came up with high-scoring words such as "neonates" - to do with children and pregnancy - which gave him 71 points and a lead of 100 in the last game.

But he had to come from behind to win.

"My opponent won the first game so I thought I was in a bit of trouble," he added. "I kind of just looked at how he played and knew there was not much I could do if I made a mistake."

Mr Gallen was watched by his father who flew over from Belfast.

He said he plans to go out for a few drinks to celebrate.

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2 Comments
Big Stevie in Bangor wrote (750 days ago):
I remember him from Countdown - he's one smart cookie!!
S C Rabble in Belfast wrote (751 days ago):
Can't wait for the usual comments such as: If Scrabble becomes an Olympic event, what flag will Paul walk behind in Rio? (Bigotry - double word score - plus 50 for using all the tiles - 76 points - Get in)
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