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Commentary: Round 5
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Just one more round before tea is served. I still see a lot of breakfast out on the bar. One thing is for sure: we won't starve this weekend. I've heard of a place up the street that serves vegan poutine. I might just have to give it a try. Turns out the place is Smokes. Chris Lipe tries to eat there when he comes to Canada, but I'm sure he gets the extra bacon/extra gravy version. :)
We have a new annotator at board 1 shadowing seasoned veteran Lisa Kessler. Her name is Maya and she is a friend of the staff.
Adam Logan (Ottawa ON) chews on his green T-shirt as he contemplates AAIRTS? He settles on AnTIARS front hooking to make APLENTY for 72. Style plus. See the game in the annotated game section.
Table 2 annotators, Shelley Ubeika and Lynda Wise have switched ends of the table. They are now against the wall and add less to the row-clogging phalanx of annotators at table 1. They are currently at 6 total at that table: 2 players and 4 annotators.
James Leong (Vancouver BC) vs. Mark Edelson (Toronto ON). They are hiding behind room pillar at table 3. Early on I dee James' PROCAINE through the C for 82. Later on I see BONDERs, SERENATE, and RACOOnS.
As I walk by Sinna Vijayakumar (Mississauga ON) vs. Dean Porporo (Nepean ON), I see Sinna play ZONED for 50 and Dean reply immediately with STABLER/MARKAS down the triples for 92. Other games words: TUNICLe, REFUGIA, and OVATION. Dean started strong with a bingo bango of FESTIVE For 84 followed by NEUSTONE for 62.
Shan Abbasi (Mississauga ON) vs. Jackson Smylie (Toronto ON): Jackson opened with OUTLAND for 70. He later played TIDERIp, hooking the the E to make SHIVE. Shan held a few minutes and challenged. It is good. I see Shan's DEDUCTOR and TETANOID. Later on, I see EXEdRAE.
Dielle Saldanha (Richmond BC) vs. Steve Ozorio (Mississauga ON). DOGGO, KOWTOW, KELOID, and hALIBUT on the in-progress board. Ever fond of chocolate, she has an in-progress box of Pocky sticks at her table.
John Stardom (Ottawa ON) vs. Joshua Castellano (Vienna, VA). SUITERS for 66 went down for 66 and later got down SEnARRI. I see John's CONNOTED. I ask John if he did anything else and he said, "win." He laughs and then says the blank came late with both of them waiting for it to come. When it did, it could have changed things, but timing is everything. John's win, 379-360.
Andy Saunders (Guelph ON) wanders by, "I lost by only 98. I wanted to try GREENGAS* for a 149-point triple-triple, but opted for the acceptably boring play of ENGAGES instead." He sighed. He says he went over by 53 seconds, losing 10 points, but it was a worthwhile gamble in that had the tiles fallen differently, he mighta been a contender. :)
Chris Lipe writes:
Matthew Tunnicliffe (Ottawa ON) and Geoffrey Newman (Brampton ON) have got a good idea going -- they have down AMARETTI and BREWAGEs. Then I walk by Allen's game and he's laying down PILSENER. I also see PEPERONI, which was challenged. I'm totally up for pizza and beer, guys, but it is still only 10:30.
Bernard Gotlieb (Montréal QC) has VARIXES* on his rack and, yep, down it goes. Jesse Matthews (Kelowna BC) holds the play for several minutes before pulling the trigger on the challenge. Words like that can be tough to challenge unless you know cold that the plural of VARIX is only VARICES.
Randall is now holding ACGIIV?, which makes no sevens, but two TWL eights and one CSW eight. They have EGOMANIA on their board. (2)
Jackson has AAEGKS? which makes one TWL seven and one CSW seven. (3)
Immediately after his game with Geoff has ended, Matthew Tunnicliffe looks at one of his recorded racks and asks, "There's a seven in there right? BIGFEET? It didn't play." Funny how, if there's no place on the board for a seven to play, then I might not even notice that a seven was in the rack, or ditto if there are only certain letters for an eight, or the letters for an eight must be in a certain position.
All right, *fist pump* it's morning tea! After a quick nosh on elevenses, we will be back!
(1) TRAVESTY. CSW also has VETTURAS# (2) VICINAGE, CAVILING, INCAVING# (3) SOAKAGE, SACKAGE#
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