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Club Results 4/23

Bryan Benwitz Bamboozles Bewildered Opponents, Now Averages 400 on the Year

1st Bryan Benwitz climbed unimpeded to the top of Mt. Scrabble with his perfect 4-0 +184 record.  His ascent was not without obstacles, however; his first game was a high-scoring 441-409 affair with Susan Vergeront.  Bryan's bingos of INCITES and the ever-useful ESTRONE (n. ESTRONE, an estrogen) were offset by Susan's BROGUES and WEEPIEST.  Visiting Oshkoshian Marty McCarthy came closest to beating Bryan, but it was not to be: Bryan prevailed in the end, 384-375.  Only in the last game did Bryan begin to flex his muscles, dropping 497 on the unsuspecting head of Mark Kenas, who didn't score too badly himself with a 387-point showing.  The bingos were expectedly plentiful in that one: Bryan played HERETIC, DOMAINS, and ANDESITE; Mark responded with WAILSOME and REDRYING.  Thus the question remains unanswered: what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?

2nd Mark Kenas averaged 462 points per game while going 3-1 +504.  His sole loss is detailed above, but otherwise, his opponents averaged well below 300 points per game.  Thomas Reinke was the first to match up against Mark's immense skill and also the first to be trounced, 442-302.  Thomas was limited to zero bingos as Mark hogged the good tiles for himself, playing HONEYING, URINOSE, and REMINTS.  Mark again got three bingos (PENTADS, CULVERIN, and the nine-letter TOPSIDERS) against Chris Vergeront, the final score being a lopsided 527-297 despite Chris' TERRAIN and TOASTIER. 

3rd Peter Schmiedicke also finished 3-1, his spread of +323 easily beating out Chris Vergeront, who had the same record but a -54 spread.  Peter neatly beat Andy Bohnsack 419-376, helped along by his finds of NEATENS and ALTERANT.  However, the winning margin of that game paled in comparison to the 248-point win he secured over a stunned Richard Lauder.  476-228 was the final, with all three bingos on the board being played by the victor: HARDEST, ETERNITY, and the phony PAREVES (PAREVE is an adjective; REPAVES is the valid word with those letters).  Peter's only loss, a 405-417 match against Marty McCarthy, also saw him play three bingos (FEIJOAS, ANEURINS, and STIBINE).  Marty got down BURSTER and used other methods of scoring to make up the bingo-count deficit.

Posted on 2014-04-24 09:50:36 by admin