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Aaron Bader Climbs to Top of Misty Mountain, Lets Out Ear-Splitting Victory Screech

1st Aaron Bader topped the group of players who had one loss by going 4-1 +348. Interestingly, each player in the top three was given their only loss by another player in the top three. "I shall allow my opponent to out-bingo me," he flatly intoned after the first round, where he defeated Gail Salm 418-379 despite playing just one bingo (MARVELS) to Gail's two (DIASTER, INFECTOR). That trend partially continued into the second round, which saw Aaron facing off against both Dave Kinzer and Dennis Lloyd. The victory against Dave was a spotless 464-285 affair wherein Aaron played INHALES, PEDANTRY, and KEROSINE (Dave got SHAGGED), but he was out-bingoed by Dennis, who got PLANERS and DEPUTIES to Aaron's LINIEST. However, Aaron was still able to take the win, 399-368. Aaron then laid down a massive amount of hurt on Charles Reinke (against whom he has now won five of six); the final score of 481-322 accurately reflects the magnitude of the supplied beatdown. Charles had one bingo of CRABLIKE, but Aaron scoffed at this pathetic display while getting down OUTSNORE, DETRAINS, OOMPAHS (anagram: SHAMPOO), and DIETETIC. Aaron would have been able to escape with an unblemished 4-0 record if he had been allowed to leave after the third round, but the extra game against Thomas Reinke proved to be his downfall (a downfall which will be enumerated in a later paragraph).

2nd Charles Reinke fell fifty spread points short of first place; his record of 4-1 +297 seemed fine at the time, but now his thoughts are haunted by the idea that if he had just managed to fit a phony bingo in there somewhere, he could taste the glory of the first-place spot for himself. Charles had the privilege of playing two games in his first round (if everybody did that, we would have to charge $4 instead of $2) and won them both, 475-317 against Dave Gilligan and 411-368 against Lynda Finn. Bolstered by a strong start where he had two wins to everybody else's one win (or zero wins), he went into a matchup against brother Thomas Reinke with confidence and easily triumphed, 474-350. Thomas had two low-scoring bingos (RETIRANT for 60, OMITTERS for 61), but Charles had three: OCARINA, OUTGUIDE, and UNRIFLED (note that UNRIFLE is not good!). A demoralizing loss to Aaron followed, but Charles returned to his winning ways by taking down Helen Flores in the final round, 478-347.

3rd Thomas Reinke was not allowed the benefit of playing a fifth game, thus, his record was a mere 3-1 +265. His first game was a quite lopsided 468-284 victory over Mary Becker, despite there being perfect bingo parity (Thomas had FORESTER, Mary had TACTILE). Part of the score differential was a result of Thomas' high-scoring non-bingo phony of GEEJAYS (JAYGEE is good; JAYVEE and VEEJAY is the pair he was thinking of). Luckily, we don't make players write down every phony word they play. But maybe we should. Anyway, Thomas' second win came against the visiting Jim Frankki by a score of 490-345. Jim would end up winning two of his four games, and he even bingoed twice in this game (REMOVAL and BRAGGER), so Thomas shouldn't feel bad about his mistreatment of the visitor (mistreatment which involved a trio of bingos: SKIRTING, ATRESIA, and GROUTED). A third-place finish was secured by a clutch 422-362 win over Aaron Bader, who was caught off-guard by Thomas' DANGEST (later extended to DANGESTS), but, to be fair to Aaron, his bingo of BARIUMS was at least somewhat cooler than Thomas' DANGEST and REALEST.

Jim's BENZENE was chosen as word of the week. It's probably a chemical compound or something. Just a guess.

(P.S. The screech thing was a joke, not least because Misty Mountain is not even a real mountain)

Posted on 2018-01-19 01:15:21 by admin
Club Results 1/10

Equality Reigns As No Scrabbler Goes Undefeated

1st Charles Reinke came in first, going undefeated but not with a perfect record, finishing at 3-0-1 +480. He hogged all the good tiles in his first game against Dave, scoring 523 and bingoing with COSTARD (n. a type of apple), SCANDALS, and CONATIVE. Things were a lot closer against Lynda in the second round, as he came out on top 404-386. A late high-scoring J play secured his win in that one, after he played REINSMEN earlier in the game. The trend of things getting closer for him came to its peak against his brother, Thomas, where their match ended in a tie at 398. Charles' bingos of DOVETAIL and LAZINESS were equaled by Thomas' RIGAUDON and MOTTLING, and all the rest of his points were equaled by the rest of Thomas' points. How are we supposed to figure out which one is the better twin after this? We can't. It's impossible. After that disappointing draw, Charles took out his anger on Helen, winning 477-317. He passed up the iffy 9-letter SUPERRACE to play VERRUCAS (n. a wart) instead, as well as PENSIVE.

2nd Gail Salm came in second with a 3-1 +176 record. She played Bryan in the first round and won, 432-390, playing ALIENER, HEAPERS, and TINGLED. That may not sound very exciting, but it is, because it broke a 26-game losing streak that Gail had against that particular meanie opponent. 26 games is a lot to lose to somebody in a row without punching them in the face, in my opinion. Gail is proof that if you try, try, try again x 24, you can find success is anything you try. More success came her way against Sue, against whom she won 419-378. Sue made it close with a bevy of high-scoring power tile plays, but Gail's late find of SUNRISE put her over the top. She took a big loss to Helen in third round, 280-426, setting up a match with newcomer Carl, who she scored 432 against. She played EERIEST and word-of-the-week JOANNES (n. a Portuguese coin, also JOHANNES, and don't play those with out the S on the end or they'll get challenged off!).

3rd Bryan Benwitz earned third place with his 3-1 +116 record. His first round loss to Gail was a  streak-breaker, caused by the fact that his early blank draw only turned into a bingo on the last turn of the game. He responded to this injustice with three straight wins to end the night, starting with a 424-374 win over Aaron. He managed to get down RUDERAL (n. a plant growing on infertile ground) and SANTERA despite the confusion that Aaron's non-bingo APOCOPE caused him. He followed that up with a high-scoring 478-395 victory versus Mary, countering Mary's UNLACES and LEARNING with RIGHTER and AROUSED. An even higher-scoring contest against Thomas finished things up, with the final being 470-445. Bryan's double-double of REMINTED got him off to a good start, and then he added TARSIERS (almost as cute as LORISES) and HOODIES. Thomas' BIGEYE for 50-some points at the end got him a lot closer, but it was too little, too late.

Posted on 2018-01-11 22:54:22 by admin
Club Results 1/4

Bryan Counteracts Cold Outside Temperature with Sizzling Scrabble Play, but it Didn't Work Because it was Still Cold Outside When we Finished so Thanks for Nothing Bryan

1st Bryan Benwitz extended his current win streak to, um, four in a row by going 4-0 +234, and also retook the club's top spot by upping his win percentage on the year to 72.1%. He started off with a heart-stopping one-point victory over Charles Reinke, 423-422. A late PACIFIES for 104 big points, plus additional bingos of SERIATE and OVERLAID, gave him the smallest possible cushion to win the game. Charles had WAHINES and MOULTING, and probably wishes that those bingos had scored one or two more points than they actually did. Bryan followed up that close win with a much more comfortable one, taking out Dave Kinzer 454-339. Dave got down BREASTED; Bryan had TOTALIZE and SCALARE (n. an angelfish). A subsequent victory against Helen Flores was similarly lopsided but not embarrassingly so, ending with a score of 433-339 and seeing Bryan hoarding the bingos for himself, playing PARTIALS, INANEST, and BANKING. An undefeated evening was within reach at that point, but an obstacle named Thomas Reinke stood in the way. With grit and determination, Bryan overcame that obstacle, winning 410-396 thanks to finds of FANJETS and HEADFUL (as in "Bryan has a headful of bingos just waiting to be unleashed on the unsuspecting).

2nd Thomas Reinke went 3-1 +382, but it sounds way cooler if you stop after three games and say he went 3-0 +396. His first game against Mary Becker was a 400-367 win despite his single bingo of NOTARISE (68) getting outdone by Mary's RECOINS (74). Things improved in a 431-319 win over Helen Flores, but he must have been saving all his ammunition for the upcoming matchup against Aaron Bader; their game ended at 634-383. For those keeping track at home, that's a total score over 1,000 (the first such game this year after two of them last year). Not content with one record, Thomas addressed another record by playing an astounding six bingos, which ties a club high set twice by, who else, Thomas. The bingos were PELORIAN, GALATEAS, ENDORSEE, YAKITORI, EQUINES, and BISNAGAS. Aaron, for his part, got FLAPPING for 102 points, but was justified in stating that YAKITORI wasn't even that good of a find.

3rd Aaron Bader averaged a nifty 474 points per game while going 3-1 +224. Like Thomas, his record would look a lot cooler if he could simply discount the loss. His first two games were both big wins in his favor; the first was a 472-332 victory against Lynda Finn (getting INCITANT and FEELERS). He then squared off against Dave Gilligan and came away with a decisive win, 564-232. A 158-point triple-triple of HANDLIST accounted for much of the disparity between the scores. Aaron suffered a significant setback in the previously-described loss to Thomas Reinke (reminder for those with short memories or who like to read paragraphs out of order like a barbarian: Thomas had six bingos and scored over 600), but avenged that loss by defeating the other Reinke in a high-scoring shootout, 477-474. Charles played DIALOGIC and BOUNTIES, while Aaron flaunted his superior word knowledge with EUCAINES, DEORBITS, TONNAGE, and REGALES. (Ed. Note: all those bingos are top 2500 in probability).

Posted on 2018-01-05 01:02:18 by admin
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