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Director: David Litke, 050-535-1800, firstname.lastname@example.org
THIS WEEK AT THE CLUB…
*** Season 78, Week 7 of 25 – Aug. 9, 2022 ***
We now can see the light at the end of the tunnel – or rather the library at the end of the hall – as the Himmelfarb school gradually reverts to its old-new self. Twenty-nine people showed up on Tuesday night, among them JudyS from Petach Tikva, who has long been away. It’s always good to see the return of veteran fellow players and she was warmly welcomed back by David.
It’s instructive to watch the titans play; they generally photograph their games for later study. With six letters left in the bag, DavidS was losing to Chani 422 to 279. “I then hit a double-double [word score] with NICOTINS for 90, and drew PINGLT.” Her final rack was the horrible JVVFKPL, but he lost – by 15 points. “Looking back,” observed David, “challenging ICHS probably did me in.” Lucky, then, that he’s human since it’s a contagious disease that has done in many a freshwater fish.
A gentlemanly player, Liran would never thumb his nose at his opponent, but she had to sing his praises when he placed an N in front of YAH, enabling him to then bingo down the triple with PRINTED. “I knew, of course, that AYAH was good and was quite hopeful I’d pick an A,” she said, “but it didn’t happen.” (Where are those A’s and I’s when you need them? They aren’t at all shy to litter your rack when you don’t.)
Dahlia was sorry but didn’t go crazy over missing a word that serves as a good A-dump: ACRASIA (also AKRASIA), meaning a loss of self-control. Her opponent, meanwhile, challenged the perfectly good GROWLY, to which there is only one response: GRR! (Note that while BRRR is good, GRRR isn’t.)
With Corona fears lessening, Elana played MASKLESS. It was challenged off, but “We think it will be in the next edition of the Word List!”
“Gila is fast!” exclaimed her opponent admiringly after a game, referring to the former’s speed of play. Indeed, playing quickly can serve as a tactic for throwing a less experienced opponent off-balance.
Even awful racks can (sometimes) hit the jackpot if there is a working brain behind them. Aryeh was staring ruefully at 2 U’s and a bunch of other uninspiring letters, including a blank, when it suddenly hit him that he could bingo with UPTURNS. That’s the dismay and delight of Scrabble: You never know what may turn up.
WWWW: Wendy WWW: Steve, Peta
WOW: UNBRIDLE(Rita), UNEARTH(Shirley), NICOTINS(DavidS)
PHOW: EQUATER(Elana), SKIRTLE(DavidS), OUTSPINS(Peta)
High Win, High Loss, High Triple:
A: 523(Jonathan), 447(DavidS), 1290(Wendy)
B1: 478, 390, 1211 (all Shirley)
100-pt plays: HEARTENS-158(Richard)