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Club Results 4/17

1st Charles Reinke went 3-1 +386, a result befitting the club champion. He won big in his opening-round game against Dave, scoring 511 and bingoing with TOILETS, MASTOID, STATIVE. But in a garbled and tearful retelling, it was revealed that the most notable part of the game was Dave hooking an L onto the front of RHINO for LRHINO*, an error which went unnoticed for up to 30 seconds. The "1" part of his "3-1" record came in the second game, as he lost a close contest to Thomas, 403-413. His bingo of ANANKES (n. ANANKE, a concept of necessity in ancient Greek religion, from the Greek goddess bearing the name) was no match for Thomas' triumphant trifecta of DESCEND, PITIABLE, and EMERITUS. He did manage to keep the game close by using the strategy of "scoring while not bingoing", while Thomas, when he wasn't slapping down all his letters, was playing two-letters words for two points and picking his nose. Against Bryan, Charles won by a nice even 100, with the final being 471-371. Charles played DENARII (n. DENARIUS, a coin of ancient Rome, not to be confused with DENARI, which is the plural of DENAR, a monetary unit of Macedonia), GLEETIER, and CISTERN in that game. His final game saw him drawing the rack EEKINR and a blank, which of course spells out REINKE. Unlike the last time he had that exact rack, about a month ago, he played REKEYING, adding on to his already-played bingos of ROOMIEST and ENDOGEN. Meanwhile, Lynda played the word-of-the-week CUSHIONY, but lost 431-457.

2nd Michael David came in second place at 3-1 +211. His first game was a low-scoring battle against Helen, with the only bingo played being Michael's SENATES. The rules of Scrabble clearly state that in order to win the game, you have to score more points than your opponent, and Michael did that in this game, winning 363-325. Like Charles, the second round was his downfall, with him facing Bryan and losing 275-472. He did play TRIODES for 87, a significant portion of his final total, and Bryan played DEPUTING and ARISTAS. Hopefully someone hooked that last one with a B to make BARISTAS. Things improved a lot for Michael in the third round, as he scored a perfect 500 against Dave. Dave got down KEENERS (n. one that keens, a normal citizen might not think that KEENER takes the S), while Michael had bingos of CANOPIES, BARTENDS, and the stomach-growl-inducing-for-one-hungry-writer CALZONE. In the final round, he scored a decisive win over Thomas, 467-324. All of his bingos caused Thomas mental anguish, drawing a hold on ABETTERS, drawing a real challenge on his phony attempt before his find of EDUCATE, and another challenge (this one in his favor) on YEANING. Meanwhile, he was cool as a cucumber when Thomas played RENDING, the only question being whether it took an S or not (it does not).

3rd Thomas Reinke had a 3-2 +240 record, edging out Lynda for third place and thus the coveted "third paragraph" award. His night got off to a blazing start as he won by a combined 441 points in a two-on-one, scoring 547 against Mary and 537 against James. A full list of the bingos played in those games is too long to type out here. His night slowed down drastically after that, with his next game being a mere 10-point win over his brother. In the third game, he went up against Lynda, who won 487-419. Thomas did play three bingos (a lot for a losing effort, I must say), HELICOID, CLINGIER, and a late ONLOADED to close the gap from "huge" to "if I could somehow draw another bingo out of this empty bag maybe I could win". Lynda, afer an exchange by both players, opened with SKITTER, and added GROSSED to seal the game. Thomas' downward slide continued with his 324-467 loss to Michael, but luckily for him, there were no more rounds left to play. Otherwise, he'd be looking at a 45-832 defeat at the hands of a mysteriously late-arriving Nigel Richards.

Lynda Finn, in addition to playing the word-of-the-week CUSHIONY, also played the third-highest scoring bingo in club history (since records have been kept), SIZINESS for 212 in her win against Bryan. A picture of the play will be posted to the Facebook group so that the club can accumulate more "likes", and for no other reason.

Posted on 2019-04-18 21:16:40 by admin