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NZ Scrabble champ downs Aust challenger

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Undated handout photo issued by Mattel of Scrabble champion Nigel Richards' (left) receiving his trophy from Chris Lipe, the head of WESPA, after winning the the Mattel World Scrabble Championship for a second year in a row. Photo: Mattel

Nigel Richards won the Mattel World Scrabble Championship for the second year running after a 140-point score helped him across the finish line.

Richards, from New Zealand, beat Australian-born David Eldar 3-1 in a best-of-five match to claim the title and the $US8000 ($A11,800) prize money.

The world No.2, who has more than 20 years of Scrabble experience, competed against opponents from more than 15 countries to land the trophy.

The titanic tussle took place at Torquay Riviera Centre on Sunday, with the defending champion playing GHOSTIER for 140 points en route to victory.

Other top words included PUGAREES (a scarf) for 65 points and UPGAZED (literally, to gaze upwards) for 106.

Eldar did not leave empty-handed after his second-place finish, earning $US3500 for his efforts.

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