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Director: David Litke, 050-535-1800, david_sojsc@yahoo.com 

Season 68: Week 17 of 25 – 26/07/2016

THIS WEEK AT THE CLUB

Aryeh created a new brand-name of acetylsalicylic acid at the Club this week.   Doubtful about getting the phony ASPIREE past his opponent, he played his rack onto a free N, producing (the equally phony) ASPIREEN.  Unchallenged, it stayed on the board.  A few moves later, drawing an identical rack and finding another free N, he confidently put down his phony pain and fever medication again.  This time, however, for reasons unknown, his opponent pounced with an immediate challenge.  He would have done better to play the legal APERIES or, using the board’s N, NAPERIES….  ֎ Freshly back from the US with wife Madeline, he happily immersed in the Club’s hubbub — a sharp contrast to the Austin-Texas Club where they both played last month, and where the dozen regular players are too few to be organized into leagues.   Not for the majority of American clubs is the tradition, diversity and range of the Jerusalem Scrabble Club.    

֎ In part to balance the uneven size of our two B-leagues, we piloted an old-new way of pairing the third game this week.  It’s old in that it uses founder Sam Orbaum’s system of basing the third match on performance in the first two games;  it’s new in that Sam’s seven plastic jars and slips of paper of 30 years ago were replaced by the computer,  programmed (as is all the Club’s software) by resident computer guru Zev.  While there are a number of glitches to be ironed out, the plan met with overwhelming approval, and it’s worth noting that the one player who did oppose the changed system won her third game.  Some interesting results were seen in the new pairings, particularly regarding the three B1 players who defeated A players.  ֎ We welcomed back Judy Musket, and met Club first-timer Bina Presser, who won one of her initial games. 

WWW: Bernard, Peggy, DavidS, DavidL

WOW: CONFRERE(Josh), THIONATE(DavidL), ALVEOLI(DavidS), KVELLED(Wendy), PANORAMA/UNDOCKED(Asher), LACELESS(Dahlia), CATENATE(Ami)

PHOW: INVIGOUR(Asher),  ABATOIR(DavidL),  ASPIREE(Aryeh)

Stats (high win, high loss, high triple):
A:    621(DavidL), 393(Zev), 1536(DavidL)

B1:  503(Asher), 380(Cilla), 1239(Asher)

B2:  432(JudyS), 355(Paul), 1104(JudyS)  

Squeaker: Susan 347, Taffy 346

100-pt plays:

Ron:     104, ENERGIZE, tws

Attendance: 47