Thanks to Murray Landon and John Baird, instant results from all NZASP tournaments are now available on the day after each round of games finishes – from this link: Elixs Results


Players in the Wairarapa district now have a choice of attending the new Featherston club or the (also new) Martinborough club, along with the Masterton club that has been established for a short while. Celebrations will be in order at the inaugral Wairarapa Open tournament on 21 & 22 September 2024 in Greytown. Get along there and enjoy the competition!
To find out how to join one of these clubs, go to: NZ Scrabble Clubs

Howard Warner was interviewed in the ‘Guest Who’ segment of TV3’s 7 Days show by Jeremy Corbett and six comedians. The high point of being ‘celebrity for a week’ was receiving a coveted 7 Days mug to take home. Despite all the fame and fortune, Howard just wants to see more people, especially younger ones, to enjoy the game, at club and eventually tournament level.

His advice to new players? “You don’t have to have a vast knowledge of words – you can do a lot with your own everyday vocabulary. All you need is a love of games and a strategic craftiness”.

44th National Scrabble Championship
This was held in Wellington over King’s Birthday weekend 1-3 June amidst a plethora of publicity – see Media coverage.  Howard Warner took out the honours of 2024 NZ Scrabble Champion which was his 12th National title – congratulations! Presentations were made to the winners by NZASP prez Cathy Casey.

From left – A Grade: Gil Quiballo 3rd, Howard Warner 1st, Peter Sinton 2nd. B Grade: Glenyss Buchanan 3rd, Nick Ascroft 2nd, Anderina McLean 1st. C Grade: Yvette Hewlett 3rd, Vicki Robertson 1st, Clare Wall 2nd.
From left – D Grade: Suzanne Liddall 2nd, Nola Borrell 1st, Alexander Gandar 3rd. E grade: Suzanne Harding 3rd, Sue Hensley 1st, Calum Henderson 2nd. Team winners from Wellington: Vicki Robertson, Nick Ascroft, Howard Warner.

High game trophy was awarded to Dylan Early (612 points). Cicely Bruce was awarded the Eileen McLean trophy for the most tournament games played in the last year, plus her badge for 2000 Tournament games played overall. Jennifer Smith read one of her unique poems at the awards ceremony, and Suzanne Harding won the prize for the most ‘Kingly’ word.

Saturday 13th April is National (and world) Scrabble day in honour of the birthday of Alfred Butts. Alexander Gandar from Mount Albert club was interviewed about Scrabble and National Scrabble day on TV1 breakfast.

The 40th Masters was held in Christchurch over Easter weekend, with some interesting word plays according to Peter Johnstone … ” Congratulations to our champ Howard who was helped when Herb played the amazing YTTER[B]Ic to win over Dylan. As our previous champ Andrew said, anyone else would have played pRETTILY off a P in the top middle TWS. And also a shout out to Val who won a tight game over Blue by going out with wonderful FORZATo (onto an existing O)”.

Howard Warner is our Masters champion for 2024, Dylan Early 2nd, Blue Thorogood 3rd, Gil Quiballo 4th (not pictured), Lawson Sue 5th, and Peter Sinton 6th. Traditionally, at the Masters, the president gives a bottle of wine to the first person to reach their expectancy – and this was Murray Rogers! NZASP Treasurer, Cicely Bruce and NZASP Secretary, Liz Fagerlund presided at the prizegiving. Congratulations to one and all!

The following is a document created by Murray Rogers, for the NZASP Youth Scrabble Committee, as a reference for the general public, educators, tournament organisers and club players to help promote youth involvement. Please feel free to share any or all information as appropriate. 

Our NZL-based Zebra Word Judge app is now available for Android (non-Apple) devices. You can download it from the Google Play Store. See installation instructions. Before you can use it, you will need to install the NZL21 (New Zealand Lexicon 2021) file. Apply to scrabblenz@gmail.com for a link to this file.
The versions for iOS (Apple devices such as iPhone) and Windows (PCs and laptops) are under development. We hope to get them to you soon. Note, all versions will include accessibility features for blind players. A huge thank-you to Dylan Early for all his hard work in designing, developing and testing the app. It will allow us to continue word-judging using our own unexpurgated word source.

Check out the widespread public interest in the NZ Scrabble scene in Media coverage.
Anyone, regardless of age or ability, can join one of our many friendly NZ Clubs, enjoy playing Scrabble with others, and improve their game. See who has been winning the recent club, independent or national Tournaments.

To contact NZASP, email scrabblenz@gmail.com

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