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British Scrabble Champ Wins With Help From A Parasitic Wasp

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. A braconid, or a parasitic wasp, is a cause for celebration for one East Londoner. That word helped Brett Smitheram triumph in the World Scrabble Championship final. Braconid ended up being a 181-point word. Other strategic words played included variedly, for 95 points, and gynaecia, a type of flower whose scent now includes the sweet smell of Scrabble success. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.