Club Results 6/28

Charles Reinke Wages Word War

1st Charles Reinke, tired of mundane 4-0 outings, surpassed that drudgery with a stellar 5-0 +669 performance. He built up some momentum in the first round by taking out both Betty Hasselkus (482-290) and Mary Becker (399-381). That momentum was clearly carried over into the next round as he scored a mind-boggling 647 against Gail Salm. Charles had just three bingos in that game (RETAKES, INWEAVES, and VICTORIA), not an unusual total for him, but a bevy of high-scoring power tile plays were what propelled his score to stratospheric heights. Charles ensured that another three bingos (ANTEDATE, STERLING, DELATES) were on order for Bryan Benwitz, but the score of that game was a more reasonable 453-402, as Bryan got down CENTRUMS and VALIANCE (anagram VALENCIA). As so often happens, Charles had to face his undefeated brother in the final round, and, given that Charles got first-paragraph honors here, you know who won. In contradiction of their high per-game averages, the match between brothers ended in a somewhat low 412-395 score, and neither player reached their bingo average either (Charles had PAVISERS and ADRENALS; Thomas had REIGNITE).

2nd Thomas Reinke had a perfect record going into the fourth round and should have stopped there, but he foolishly played his fourth game to wind up with a 3-1 +376 record. He took out Lynda Finn in the first round by callously denying her even a single bingo, despite the UN having declared bingos to be a universal human right. The final score was 461-347, and Thomas had the only two bingos in the game, EROTICS and AIRLIFT. Thomas wasn't quite as callous in the next game against Dave Gilligan, allowing him to play a 90-point POTTIES, but the result was even more lopsided, this time 456-300 in Thomas' favor. Two bingos of TORNADIC and FAIRIEST certainly helped there. A third big win was tallied against the wily Richard Lauder, 389-266, despite a big bingo of HAZINESS from Richard's end. Thomas continued his trend of playing dubious comparatives that started with FAIRIEST by unblinkingly laying down TOWERIER. What's next for this madman? IVORIEST? PARTIEST?

3rd Bryan Benwitz narrowly missed second place, going 3-1 +364 (for the mathematically-impaired, that's 12 fewer spread points Thomas). Just saying, twelve points could easily be made up over four games via "innocent" "scoring errors". Bryan didn't break 400 in either of his first two wins, but managed to average 432 for the session thanks to a big game at the end. He defeated Helen Flores 386-288 with bingos of RESTIVE and TUNDRAS, then played a very similar game against Mary Becker which he won 392-304 (getting down SORTERS and TRIPLING). Neither opponent bingoed, which is always a strategy for success if it can be pulled off and if you don't care about blatantly violating UN resolutions. After a brief hiccup in the form of a loss to first-placer Charles Reinke, Bryan released the full power of his word arsenal upon Gail Salm, and won their match 549-320. In truth, Bryan didn't have to delve that deep into his well of words, as his three bingos were rather pedestrian: DILUTERS, ENTITLE, and SITTERS.

Dave Gilligan is the proud recipient of Word of the Week with his find of HEJIRAS, played against Lynda Finn.

Posted on 2017-06-29 16:31:03 by admin
Club Results 6/21

Reignke of Terror

1st Charles Reinke exploited the intricacies of the standings protocol to come in first with a 4-1 +578 record. In the first round, against Helen, he got down AMIDONES, then quickly followed it up with AMIDINE. A third bingo of something like AMIDASE or AMIDOLS would have been cool, but his TONTINE ended up being totally unrelated. Also in the first round, this time against Mary, he played the nice EXORABLE, but was defeated 401-414 by Mary's late SHOCKERS. Charles recovered from this loss with three straight wins against tough competition, the first against returning Iowan Mike Johnson, who he beat handily with the help of TABANIDS and NOOSING. Even more handy was his win against Bryan, 623-278, made possible due to his triple-triple of AVENGERS for 140, as well as some other good fortune. As he said, "It's great when you can draw the remaining esses and bingo with them, killing all the remaining lanes while your opponent is trying to bingo." I think we can all agree with those wise words. Against Thomas, he won 413-390, a somewhat low-scoring affair (for them) that would have been a win for Thomas had he not foolishly missed a bingo late in the game. I guess you could say it was... Tom-foolery! HAHAHA! HA. Ha...

2nd Aaron Bader didn't lose any games, going 3-0 +519, but still came in second because the website's standings programming discriminates against people who only stay for three rounds. Even the perfect computers of the future are not free from bias! Anyway, he won his first game, against Richard, 489-331, playing GRAYISH and LOCUSTAE, while his opponent played PEEWITS and LARIATED. Those two bingos by Richard ended up being the only bingos played against him on the night; neither Sue nor Mary could do anything against his stifling defense, as he won those games by a combined 400 points. After this undefeated night, he is jetting off to Korea for a bit. We have encourage him not to wander too far from his hotel, lest he end up on the wrong side of the DMZ.

3rd Mary Becker edged out Bryan for third place, going 3-1 -2. As already detailed, she had an impressive win against Charles in the first game, playing INDEXES and SHOCKERS. In the second round she encountered Dave and, playing no bingos, won easily 406-294. Dave had a bingo himself, CHAPTER, but Mary's time-tested strategy of "just score points" won out. It's a good strategy! Bingoing is something, but it isn't everything. Or, maybe it is everything, because her lack of bingos resulted in a big loss to Aaron. That loss sent her carefully accumulated spread into the negatives, but she regained most of it against Mike, beating him 400-310, playing ROILIEST and SOUPIER.

Word-of-the-week honors go to Thomas, who played CORNPONE, which, depending on context, means "cornbread" or "something or someone stereotypically southern". He also wins phony-of-the-week with his challenged-off attempt of BIGCOCK* against Bryan. Funny, right? Turns out he was probably thinking of BIBCOCK.

Posted on 2017-06-22 19:03:49 by admin
Club Results 6/14

Thomas Reinke Inches Closer to Club's Top Spot and with it, Immortal Glory

1st Thomas Reinke put together a strong, but not entirely unprecedented (for him) 5-0 +545 record. This is his second time going 5-0 this year after also doing it in early January. His first round match saw him playing two at once, but Thomas was not fazed in the slightest; he beat Helen Flores 443-332 and Dave Gilligan 533-264 while playing six total bingos between the two games. This strong start was followed up by a closely-contested, high-scoring game against Bryan Benwitz which ended with a score of 448-441 in Thomas' favor. Bryan got down PALINODE and NOXIOUS (for 59 points, one thinks that the X must have been a blank), while Thomas had REDDENS, LINTERS, and HOTTEST. After the game, Bryan immediately began to plot his revenge, given that he has lost ten of the last eleven games to the elder twin. A win over Aaron Bader (described in gruesome detail in the following paragraph) gave Thomas the coveted 4-0 record, but he still had one game to go, and he used that extra game to beat the snot out of his brother Charles Reinke, 502-377. Charles had NEGATION and RELIEVOS, which ensured that he retained some of his snot, but much snot was lost when Thomas got down ZIPPERS for 131 points (along with his other bingos, PROTEASE and WOODIEST).

2nd Aaron Bader faced a tough lineup of opponents, but succeeded in the face of pairings-borne adversity, going 3-1 +375. A 442-349 victory against Lynda Finn saw a rather unexciting collection of bingos get played (IDEATES for Lynda; ATONERS, ANERGIES, and RELENTS for Aaron), but there is no stipulation in the rules that bingos have to be exciting to get the fifty-point bonus. Aaron built upon that strong start by downing club leader Charles Reinke 461-336, playing NEROLIS (lame bingo alert! [sirens]) and SAPOTAS to Charles' TEASING [additional sirens]. The bingos continued to effortlessly flow out of Aaron's rack in a game against Thomas Reinke, but even a 3-to-1 bingo advantage (CENTAURY, ESCALATE, and GLORYING vs. word-of-the-week PURLIEUS) could not secure the win for Aaron; he lost 381-421. Denied the chance to go home after the third game, Aaron then took out his inner rage on Bryan Benwitz with a 499-307 win.

3rd Mike Johnson made the long trip from Decorah, Iowa, and his trip was definitely worth it as he finished 3-1 +131. After being informed that players from Iowa are not allowed cheat sheets, he got creamed by Bryan Benwitz, 281-453, but Mike rebounded from that loss to win the next three even without the aid of any cheat sheets. His biggest game was a 533-327 victory over Dave Gilligan, and he was also the proud recipient of five entire US dollars for his triple-triple of TABORINS for 149. Somehow, that play wasn't the highest of the night, as Dave himself played AVOIDERS for 176 in a later game (in other news, the club is now bankrupt). Mike's second win was against Betty Hasselkus, 412-334, but it was tainted by Mike's creatively-spelled, but ultimately phony, play of QUAESAR (QUASAR is what he was looking for). Meanwhile, Betty's DICTIONS was perfectly valid. No bingos, phony or otherwise, were needed in a 419-400 win over Gail Salm. Technically, this 3-1 performance gives Mike the top spot in the club's yearly standings, so way to go Mike!

Posted on 2017-06-15 16:51:29 by admin
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