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Kiwis Set For World Scrabble Scrap

13 November 2005

Kiwis Set For World Scrabble Scrap

Five NZ Champions are going to London for the World Scrabble Championships 2
All seasoned International players,the five include Jeff Grant whose competition victories have spanned 25 years and the current New Zealand champion Howard Warner. Also going are Nigel Richards, Peter Sinton and Rogelio Talosig

Mattel Inc. and Mattel (UK) are delighted to announce that the 2005 World SCRABBLE® Championships will be held at the Marriott Regent's Park Hotel in London, England, on November 16–20, 2005.

The World Scrabble Championships has taken place every second year since 1991. This year the event is sponsored by Mattel Inc and as usual has attracted entrants from across the globe, the youngest finalist is 14 year-old school boy, Samitha Amarasinghe who is representing Sri Lanka. He will be competing with the current holder 19 year old Panupol Sujjayakorn from Thailand, who speaks little conversational English, but knows the English dictionary back to front.

It’s not just the professionals who you can expect to see turning up to the World Scrabble Championships. We all know celebrities love ‘a night on the tiles’. No surprises there then? Only this time we are referring to a different type of tile.

Can you really imagine world famous stars desperate to maintain that post-gig/performance euphoria? Huddled like overexcited schoolboys and schoolgirls at the back of the tour bus, having the time of their lives. . . playing a nice, cosy game of Scrabble?

Well it’s true, a growing band of rock stars, comedians and television personalities like nothing more than to spend an evening vying for a triple-word score with those little plastic letters known as Scrabble tiles.

Confirmed Scrabble fans include Mr and Mrs Saatchi aka Nigella Lawson, Mel Gibson, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, Christina Aguilera, Chris Martin, (lead singer with the band Coldplay) and comedians Alistair McGowan and Sean Hughes.

Even Madonna and Guy Ritchie have been outed as aficionados and Jordan and her fiancé Peter Andre are also reported to be confirmed fans of the game.

Chris Evans, Richard Branson, Jonathan Ross, Jo Brand, Carol Vordeman and The Queen are others who’ve confessed to a fascination with the tiles.

Scrabble is the flagship brand of Mattel Games, it is a product that is recognised and respected all around the world. Scrabble was first launched in the USA by a small family business in 1948 and took America by storm in the early 1950’s. It has continued to grow in popularity throughout the world ever since.

The 2005 World SCRABBLE® Championship will be held the Marriott Regent's Park Hotel, 128 King Henry's Road, London.

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