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NSC 2014 Commentary: Round 11
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Orlet Bullock (Barbados) squared off against Sandy Nang (Malibu, CA) this round. I see his SERENATE and her CHROnos*, wait, what? She explains later that he wanted the S to play NAKEDEST, so he let it stay on the board. She played RECORDED after trying and failing at playing ERRORED*. She still won the game, 433-340!
A new face in the top row of tables, Austin Shin (United Kingdom). He is playing John OLaughlin (San Francisco, CA). And, he handed John his second loss of the event, 435-403. After seeing NAKEDEST on Orlet’s board, I then saw Austin’s HORNIER and SOULMATE on this one and begin to sense a theme. However, I am wrested away from all that by John’s plays of HAIQUES# and ESPALIER. Orlet played his two bingos back to back and I say that it was cute and John says, “I didn’t find it all that cute, at all.” Ha ha ha.
Stephen Sneed (Fort Worth, TX) tells me of his game this round where he played a phony on purpose because he was holding another bingo in his rack. His opponent opened the board up and he was able to bingo with CASEATE. The cool thing was that his opponent was in “zugzwang” which basically means that it would be better to “pass” than do any play. That is the only way he could have not played his bingo!
Philip Nelkon (United Kingdom) visits board 1 in the CSW division. Unfortunately for his record, he played Adam Logan (Ottawa ON), who continued his undefeated ways, 391-381. Way to keep it close, Philip. I spotted NEONATAL (blank L) and GALLIES on their board.
Chris Lipe (Rome, NY) had an enjoyable game with Joel Wapnick (Montreal QC) this round. I wandered by and saw Joel’s TELESEME and PRISTINE and Chris’ NOtIFIER. After I left, Chris reports that he was down by 50 or so and needed to bingo, so he played BLAND to open up. Joel pulled the second blank and played DIALOGER through the A, leaving the D open. With delight, Chris slapped down RONDAVEL# for a 149-point triple-triple to take a “small” lead. Out of a “terrible tile pool,” Joel pulled GUANASE and won the game by about 20. Chris was in it, though, until the end!
Jesse Matthews (Kelowna BC) holds up his iPhone. It says 469. He told me to write it down. I did. Then he showed me his scorecard. He went 1-3 this morning, despite averaging 469 points per game. He played Wapnick, O’Laughlin, Clinchy, and Gabriel. A tough day.
Nigel Peltier (Portland, OR) squared off against Jerry Lerman (Foster City, CA) at table 2 in division 1. I see Nigel’s opening of LANATED, LENTIGOS*, and SCORING. Jerry got down sEDGIER, HOLSTERS, and THORITE and won the game, 392-387.
Two of our highest rated babes: Lisa Odom (St Louis Park, MN) and Robin Pollock Daniel (Toronto ON) played this round. They were down to their last plays as I walked up. I see Lisa’s AWAITER for 92 and AROYNTs for 85. Robin got down CORDOVAN. I also see LORRIES and FUBSILY (blank L). By body gestures I can tell that it was Lisa’s win.
Richard Spence (Tucson, AZ) is 4-0 this morning. His favorite anecdote was that he kept his opponent, Kristiina Overton (Maxville ON) from bingoing with ADEINS?. They were both low on time and it was difficult, but he managed.
Out in the salt mines I find Nigel Richards (Malaysia) in a just completed game with Joshua Sokol (Montreal QC). I see Nigel’s NEARLIER to empty the bag and RETHINK. Joshua played ENRaGED and FANCIEST. Nigel’s win, 437-426.
Matt Canik (Austin, TX) and Scott Garner (Memphis, TN) had a fun game this round. I see Matt’s DUSTpANS, EARTHNUT, and ARMLETS. Scott played DIETING and ESTRAGON. CONIDIA was a nonbingo for Matt. Matt’s win, 441-341.
Megan McMahon (Worcester, MA) had a 558-400 game with Betty C McDaniel (Sicklerville, NJ). Betty got down two bingos: OUTSANG and ENDURED. Megan won with such a high score due in part to CROQUET and her 149-point triple-triple PESTIEST played through the first E. This is her first ever triple-triple! Woo hop!
Matt Graham (New York, NY) is long gone (it is lunchtime after all!) and I catch Scott Appel (Elkins Park, PA) by his board. I see Matt’s VELAMINa, SOLOING, and BANDAGES. Scott got down LEGHORN, but lost, 341-441.
Sam Hollington (St. Catharines ON) bingoed out with a 9-letter word in round 10 in a game with Mark Fidler (Waltham, MA). He played ALIMENT in front of AL on the board to make ALIMENTAL and won the game by 18 points!
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