Scrabble lovers tend to alight on similar words when describing Mr Nigel Richards (left) , the New Zealander who this week won the word game's francophone world championship even though he cannot speak any French.
"Freak" comes up a lot, along with "elusive", "enigmatic" and, mostly, "amazing". He is also, ironically, described as "a man of few words".
The 48-year-old claimed the title in Brussels after memorising virtually the entire francophone Scrabble dictionary - then needed an interpreter to thank the audience.
A rival New Zealand Scrabbler once said Mr Richards was "like a computer with a big ginger beard", while Malaysian tournament organiser Michael Tang has called him "the Tiger Woods of Scrabble".
He already dominates English-language Scrabble, with three world championships, five North American titles and 11 wins at the prestigious King's Cup in Thailand, sponsored by the Thai royal family.
A trained engineer, Mr Richards reportedly began playing Scrabble at 28 at the request of his mother, who was frustrated that his photographic memory was making their card games too one-sided.
He moved to Malaysia in 2000, with New Zealand media reports saying he was offered an IT-related job by a Scrabble aficionado.