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Director: David Litke, 050-535-1800, email@example.com
THIS WEEK AT THE CLUB…
*** Season 76: Wk 18 of 25 – September 13, 2021 ***
Any player concerned about suffering withdrawal symptoms on account of the fact that our next session won’t take place until Thursday, Sep. 30 had better fix up a few friendly games right now, or check into a Scrabble treatment center.
There’s nothing like experience. Hilda warns that while BONKED is good, BONKER will boomerang on you. Yaakov played SCENTER, which sounded (sort of) okay, but wasn’t. He got away with it and won the game. He’d likely agree with DavidL, who took a risk with FLEETED, which was challenged but proved good. “I’d rather make an error of commission than omission,” he commented. It means to fly swiftly, as in “clouds fleeted across the sky.” “Many young gentlemen,” wrote Shakespeare in As You Like It, “…fleet the time carelessly.” A rueful Richard also had recourse to the Bard. “I worked so hard to catch up with my opponent,” he lamented. “I made 81 points with BISQUE, which was challenged. Then I picked EEEE and two I’s,” he ended, quoting Gloucester in King Lear: “As flies to wanton boys are we to the [Scrabble] gods; They kill us for their sport.” Alice observed that she lost two games owing to bad picks and needs to “go back to picking school.” Or you might pick the right letters and place them wrongly. One player had SYRINGE, but played SYIRNGE. His opponent lost no time in dispatching it.
Never think a game is in the bag (so to speak). Then again, maybe it is… Rena had both blanks and three S’s in two games, while her opponent each time had the big letters. “I won one game big, and lost one big,” she reported. Another player bingoed out with LOUSIER for 69 points and gained a further 28 from her opponent, and still lost the game. It’s those Scrabble gods again, having their sport.
Think ZEN takes an S, as two players did? Think again. What about a D on the end of TRUE? Fine, meaning to bring a wheel or other object into an exact position. (Fact from the Too Much Information (TMI) Department: Historical linguists believe that TRUE and TREE share the same Indo-European root meaning firm, solid and steadfast.) One player’s T hovered over the end of PUT and finally went elsewhere; PUTT is a gentle stroke in golf. Finally, Alice played TROUNCED – but then beat her opponent by only 5 points.
OUR NEXT SESSION – חג שמח
Thursday, Sep. 30
WWWW: Wendy WWW: Susan, Pamela, Alice, Bernard
WOW: ATWITTER /TABLOIDS(Rita), RANCIDER(Elana), FREELOAD/IGUANAS(Steve), UINTAITE/TRICLAD(DavidS), PRONOUNS(Jonathan)
PHOW: UNGRANTED(Steve), SCENTER(Yaakov), REDOERS(Gordon), ALLOTING(Pamela), UNTARRED(Joel)
High Win, High Loss, High Triple (Week 18):
A: 583(DavidS), 418(Jonathan), 1460(DavidS)
B1: 454(Gordon), 380(Elaine), 1126(Gordon, Lisa)
100-pt plays: ENQUIRES, 104(Chani) – ORGANDY, 101(Madeline)