Welcome to the Jerusalem Scrabble Club
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Director: David Litke, 050-535-1800, email@example.com
THIS WEEK AT THE CLUB…
*** Season 76: Wk 4 of 25 – June 8, 2021 ***
Congratulations go to DavidS for winning the Club Championship – for the 21st time. And a shout-out to Wendy for her skill and stamina in contending with him through three hard-fought games played back to back. Wendy: “David is a very powerful player who controls the board, while being a pleasant and generous opponent.” David: “Wendy is a good sport. She plays quickly, which is often to her advantage.” The Scrabble fairy was kind to him, he said. “I outdrew her with five of the six blanks.” He used one of them to “recklessly” play QUATERN (a phony – it should be QUARTERN, the fourth part of a weight or measure) “because I got so mad at myself for letting her GARROT and FEELY [phonies] go in a previous game.” It’s good to know that those at the top are human too.
We saw the welcome return of JudyS after a period of feeling unwell, and veteran players were pleased to become reacquainted with Sarah Kern, who, together with her late husband Jack, was one of the club’s earliest members. Now that we may again bring refreshments from home, Roger produced a tray of cupcakes, baked together with his wife Alyssa, to mark his birthday.
One blank on your rack is a joy; two can be an embarrassment of riches. Not for Rena, who coolly played SPORRAN, using the blanks as Rs. It was, moreover, challenged – unlike her phony FORCEPTS, which should have been FORCEPS. Many Scrabble words are plant names, and she duly played FICUSES. DavidS had MELILOTS, the singular of which is a fragrant member of the pea family.
One player boldly added a B to LUSTIER, confusing it with BLUSTER and, possibly, BUSTIER. Her opponent, rightly suspicious, let it go in order to score well next turn.
Nail-biting finish: Madeline’s opponent was leading by a few points for most of their game, but by “hesitating and hesitating over each play” lost by 7 points, having overrun the time on the clock by mere seconds.
Registration kicked off for the Sam Orbaum Tournament, to take place in Jerusalem on July 14. Those registering for the day-long event pay the very reasonable (and highly subsidized) fee of NIS 80 (NIS 100 for non-members), which includes a strictly kosher three-course meat or fish meal, plus refreshments throughout the day. The palpable enthusiasm was more than just love of the game. It was delight at this return to pre-Covid normality.
WWW: DavidS, Rena, Rita, Liran, JudyM, Pamela
WOW: SCARABS(Lesley), CENTILES(Yaakov), MELILOTS(DavidS), FICUSES/SPORRAN(Rena)
PHOW: FORCEPTS (Rena)
Stats (high win, high loss, high triple):
A: 477(Rena), 390(DavidL), 1295(DavidS)
B1: 479(May), 404(Alice), 1200(JudyM)
100 pt play: none