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Season 69: Week 20 of 25 – 21/02/2017
THIS WEEK AT THE CLUB…
֎ Blanks can both bless and embarrass. They blessed May and Asher this week in a game where the only bingo possibility was an eight-letter play ending in H. Both held blanks, and both found their word — but it was May’s turn, and her DEVIL[I]SH went down, while Asher’s MEG[A]LITH disappeared into the limbo of Great Plays Never Made… On the embarrassment side, a player holding OEING together with two blanks this week failed to find the bingo. While some of the possibilities — such as WENDIGO (an evil spirit clothed in human flesh) — are more obscure, the dictionary unfeelingly lists 76 other seven-letter possibilities… ֎ There are less than a third as many ‘bone’ words in the dictionary, but that was enough for Peta recently to get away with the phony LEGBONE. Only seven of the human body’s 206 bones are, in fact, legal as bone-compounds — SHINBONE, CHINBONE, JAWBONE, BACKBONE, BROWBONE, HIPBONE and TAILBONE —although twice as many other such compounds appear in the dictionary: HAMBONE, WISHBONE, BONEHEAD, BONEYARD, RAWBONED, BONEMEAL, DEBONE, FISHBONE, BONEFISH (Hawaiian fish), KNITBONE (Eurasian herb), SAWBONES (surgeon), BONEBED (stratum containing bones), REDBONE (light-skinned African American) and RINGBONE (osteoarthritis in a horse’s foot). ֎ And a final few words on names and the dictionary: in the spirit of inclusion, Josh has intrepidly explored Google Translate, and found that… CILLA is Swedish for ‘oscillator’, PINI is Italian for ‘pines,’ ADA translates as ‘there is’ and PETA means ‘map,’ both in Indonesian.
WWW: Peta, Dahlia, Ami, Madeline, Pamela, Elana, JudyS
WOW: GODETIA,SUBRULE(Pini), FONDANTS(Josh), DIRNDLS(Rose), DEVILISH(May)
PHOW: ELIPSES(Peta), LEAVETH(Dahlia), TAXIERS(Asher)
Stats (high win, high loss, high triple):
A: 589(Dahlia), 468(Steve), 1485(Steve)
B1: 487(Elana), 398(Shirley), 1268(Elana)
B2: 482(RuthO), 395(Pini), 1185(Pini)
High Combined: 952(Peta 484, Steve 468)
Squeaker: Elaine 385, Queene 384
100-pt plays: none (after 8 last week)