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Club Results 2/19

1st Dave Gilligan played the role of "welcoming committee" (a committee of one is still a committee, right?) by playing three new players and sweeping them, going 3-0 +237. The first play of his first game, against newcomer Ronna, was a bingo of LURKERS, and he later added on a bingo of TAMPERS (proving the usefulness of looking for -ERS bingos whenever possible) for a 428-300 victory. His next game, against first-timer Bruce Miller, was a tightly-contested 342-327 win for Dave. His bingo of PIERCES (eschewing a possible third -ERS bingo, PIECERS) was surely crucial in such a close game. Dave finished up his undefeated run at glory with a 331-237 win over Sam and his exquisitely handcrafted custom equipment. The independently-rotating playing surface and tile-holder, while not tournament-legal, were dazzling to all who were blessed enough to fix their gaze upon it.

2nd Aaron Bader played his customary four-game series against fellow Collinser Mark Kenas and came out ahead with a 3-1 record (albeit with a startling -3 spread total). Their first bout was a classic Collins slugfest with Mark taking the win, 543-478. Aaron had a double-double POOLSIDE and a triple-triple UNEDITED (for 140 points!), but Mark had four bingos: BEGLAMOR, PYRONINE, RECTITIC#, and SNASHED#. In game two it was Aaron's turn to get four bingos: he played TRICKERS, ABROSIAS, APOGEES, and ADMITTEE en route to a 431-423 win. The bingo situation equalized in the third round: both Aaron (MONOCRAT, THERMEL) and Mark (LAWINES, ENTROPIC) had two bingos, but it was Aaron's win, 468-423. They finished their night with another high-scoring affair, a 471-462 victory for Aaron, the result being that both players scored at least 400 in all their games. Collusion has not been ruled out.

3rd Thomas Reinke went 2-1 +143 for a third-place finish. His first game was his best as he clobbered Michael David by a score of 475-292. Thomas got down bingos of ABSENTED and BANAUSIC. Against Bryan Benwitz, Thomas notched another convincing victory, 473-385. POUTINE, GALACTIC, and DEUTERON were Thomas' bingos in that contest, while Bryan had AWAITERS and HOARIER. Thomas' aspirations of an undefeated evening, however, were callously crushed by enemy-since-birth Charles Reinke: Charles won their game 538-410. Thomas' bingos (LECTERNS, ABSORBED, WOODSIA) were equal in number to Charles' (LESSENED, APANAGE, ERUMPENT), but it was still a decisive loss for the good guys. Or is it the bad guys?

Posted on 2020-02-21 02:06:08 by admin
Club Results 2/12

1st Charles Reinke showed no love for any of his opponents in a pre-Valentine's Day Scrabble onslaught, going 4-0 +403. Neither did he offer any of his opponents a box of chocolates. In fact, all he did to celebrate the occasion was to gorge on heart-shaped cookies that were kindly provided by a fellow Scrabbler. In the first round, he made easy work of Gail Salm, winning 427-288 with the aid of his two bingos, BLONDINE and BESTOWAL. Another big win subsequently came against Helen Flores, 468-317, despite perfect parity in terms of bingos (CONSIST for Charles, TEASING for Helen). Charles' closest bout was in round three when he faced off against the suspiciously similar-looking Thomas Reinke and came away with just a three-point win, 430-427. His three bingos (TOLEWARE, ROSINOL, YEASTIER) were apparently much-needed in securing victory. The final jewel in Charles' crown of undefeatedness (a sapphire, in case you were wondering) was received from Bryan Benwitz, who fell to Charles by a score of 362-472. Bryan had bingos of UNIFIERS and the rarely-played BAILIFF, while Charles had the more pedestrian NITROUS and TAWPIES.

2nd Thomas Reinke averaged a club-best 454 points per game en route to a 3-1 +251 record. His first-round matchup turned out to be a high-scoring contest against Michael David, a contest which Thomas won, 458-432. Michael played just one bingo, APRICOT, but made it close in the face of Thomas' trio of bingos: AGONISTS, HASTIER, and FREEDMAN. The same bingo discrepancy was once again apprent against Bryan Benwitz, against whom Thomas won 457-361 (getting down bonus plays of DECEASE, LOONIEST, and the non-self-descriptive PHONIES while Bryan got SERFAGE). A three-point loss to Charles Reinke followed where Thomas bingoed just once (GASALIER), but order was restored to Thomas' universe in round four when he got a big win against Helen Flores, 473-341. The axiom "two bingos are better than one" had its truth affirmed as Thomas got two bingos (IRONWARE, AUBADES) to Helen's one (COURTING). It's science.

3rd Aaron Bader got his revenge after two losing sessions against fellow Collins expert Mark Kenas by going 3-1 +160. Round one was the most lopsided of the four games they played, with Aaron winning 476-344. TATTLING, NETHEADS#, and MISTERY# (which anagrams to SMYTRIE# in case you want to punish yourself by learning words that aren't in the American dictionary) were Aaron's bingos. Their round two game was a bit closer, but still a convincing win for Aaron, 435-369. It shouldn't be possible for a Collins game to end with just two bingos on the board, but Aaron (OUTROWS) and Mark (PARADISE) managed it against all odds. Their next game saw Mark narrow the gap even further, but it was still Aaron's win, 432-414, thanks to RABATOES#, DECILES, and ULEXITE. Mark finally got a win in the fourth round, 480-424, and this time he was the one who got three bingos: NIDUSES, FETERITA, and SNARERS.

Second-time player Steve Buechner played the word of the week, MAJORITY for 110 points!

Posted on 2020-02-14 02:20:12 by admin
Club Results 2/5

1st Mark Kenas went 3-1 +272, easily beating out the meager spreads of the other three-and-oners to come in first place. His night got off to a great start as he opened with the Collins-only-but-totally-definable UNALIVE* against Aaron. He later added ETESIAN and TARDIES, and won big, 523-396. He beat Aaron again in the second round, 426-401. Aaron bingoed with OUTPLOT (not to be confused with OUTPLOD) and ARAISED*, while Mark played NEUTERED and CALORIC. CALORIC seems like a hard word to fit on a board, given that it starts and ends with a C, but the Collins dictionary has CH*, so maybe that explains it. His only loss of the night came at the hands of his old nemesis, the clock, as he went over by several minutes and ended up losing by 4, 387-391. He did bingo out with BRANSLE*, but it was not quite enough. To add insult to injury, his "high S" play of INSWATHE for 101 was snatched from his grasp by Aaron's ZYDECOS (n. ZYDECO, a music style of southern Louisiana) for 113. In the final game, he faced a new opponent, Thomas, and beat him 533-409. Thomas opened with two bingoes, TANKERS and ADORNED, after which Mark smiled and thought to himself "I've got him right where I want him". Mark bingoed four times after that, with METEORIC, PALEWISE (adj. vertical, also PALEWAYS), VEINLESS, and IODISER* to win.

2nd Bryan Benwitz came in second with a 3-1 +70 record. He got his loss out of the way quickly, setting him up for maximum enjoyment of the rest of the evening, falling 322-461 to Charles. Even his sole bingo was out of a not-so-good rack, as he played AUREOLA. Charles had EVINCES, EARSHOTS, and GAMEPLAY (n. the way a video game is played) as his bingoes. Bryan's fortunes took a pendular swing in the other direction in the next match, where he won 529-344 against Dennis. He bingoed with THORITE, DECIARE, and TOERAGS (n. TOERAG, a contemptible person, and here I was thinking of calling socks "toerags" from now on), while Dennis played EVASION. In the third round, he barely eked out a win against Betty, 394-377. Betty played DEFINES, and Bryan got down GIRDLING, a word that has too many G's and I's and not enough of the good vowels for my liking. He saw a familiar face in the fourth round, facing Charles again and coming out on top this time, 387-380. Charles' vowel-less final rack doomed him, while Bryan had flexibility, playing a late NIQABS while hooking IOTA to make BIOTA.

3rd Thomas Reinke had a negative spread but came in third anyway, going 3-1 -13 (palindrome alert!!!!!!). In the opener, he beat Dennis 434-425, with bingoes of DESPOIL and WEIRDED. Dennis made it close with CLEANEST and STAINED, but late power-tile plays sealed Thomas' win. After that, he had a low-scoring game with Helen, with him coming out ahead 340-318. His big play that game was ESPIEGLE (adj. playful, apparently lifted straight from French), not to be confused with SPIEGEL (n. a type of cast iron). Against Charles in the third round, he opened with AWAITED, and later added DROPHEAD and EPEEIST and won 486-406. Things were looking good for a 4-0 night as he opened with two bingoes against Mark, but things turned south and he lost 409-533. That'll teach him to dip his toes in the Collins ocean!

Posted on 2020-02-07 02:22:55 by admin
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