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NASC 2015 Commentary: Round 27

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Round 27

Having missed so much of the last game between Constance J Creech (Metamora, MI) and Jack Peters (Nantucket, MA), I wanted to catch more of this round’s action. I got a little bit more! The board has two bingos on it:L DAISIEs and TAILERS. She played SEZ/UTS and he held her. SEZ is one of our new TWL threes. He let it go unchallenged: good thing for him!

The other division 4 semifinal pairing was between Chan Fonseka (Dublin, CA) and Evan McCarthy (Windham, NH). The game already over, Evan tells me that he lost the first game by 69 and won this game by 123. He played HEAVENS for 88, OVATIONS for 72, and LATEENS for 87. In the game last round, he got down SMILING (fitting!) and Chan played AVIARIES and UPRANKS.

Over on the other side of the room, OUTDATEs is challenged and Bill Ewing (Missoula, MT) and Daniel Novinson (San Francisco, CA) go back go their board. Someone gets another turn. I spy GORDITA on the board.

David Engelhardt (Baltimore, MD) has been languishing in the bottom of his division, but this round he finally had some kismet going! He played 5 bingos in his first 6 turns: WHISTLER through the E, DIMPLEs, RELEARNS, DAShIEST through the E for a double-double, and DOUBTING through the U. His opponent, Stephanie Sugano (Roseville, CA), played the nonbingo, but cute play FIREFLY for 40. A big 513-370 win for Dave!

Game 2 for John Karris (San Jose, CA) vs. Tod Taylor (Seattle, WA). John gets down the beautiful CAUTIONs through the U for a 140-point triple-triple and then plays NEAREST. Tod got down URANiDE and TRUSTED. A 512-344 victory for John, he is now 2-0 in this series with Tod.

TAENIAE is the only note I take on the Greg Feldkamp (Cleveland Heights, OH) vs. Charles Dupont (Seattle, WA) board. After this game, they are 1-1 in their series.

Kevin Fraley (San Jose, CA) vs. Gunther Jacobi (Portland, OR). I see TEENAGEd. By winning this game, Kevin is now 2-0 in their series.

CULEX was the opening play in the Panupol Sujjayakorn (Thailand) vs. Matthew Tunnicliffe (Ottawa ON) game 2 semi. Panupol got down ASSOILED through the L and Matthew’s TARTUFE, FLATLINED (blank first L, played to the ED!!), and VIXENiSH. Matthew is 2-0 in this best for 4.

Bingos, bingos, bingos everywhere! This is how it looks on a Joanne Craig (Australia) vs. Peter Armstrong (Oakland, CA) board. They are engrossed quietly, so I get the score: 509-484, her win. Bingos: INHEReNT, UPRISINGS, ARRESTEE, CURARIS, GUIDABLE, sTATELY (David played this one which gave her the opening for her to bingo out and win), and ELUTING for Joanne.

Joel Wapnick (Montreal QC) vs. John O'Laughlin (San Francisco, CA). The board has the pretty CONQUESTS on it, but it was a QUEST with a C put other there and then an O slotted in over time. Glancing over John’s scoresheet, I see Joel’s SENDUPS and FOCUsED. John played AMBERITE# and HOVERING. John’s win, 508-382.

Carmel Dodd (Australia) played Matthew O'Connor (DeWitt, NY) this round. I admire his cODEIAS. She got down MUTTERs and SALICET#. His win, 430-403.

Becky Dyer (Austin, TX) vs. Austin Shin (United Kingdom). She played a double-double WIFELESs, BLiNDAGES, and BAJRI#. Austin played TOILINET# and SENATOR. I tell him he finally played a word I could find! Her win, 472-395.

Nick Ball (San Bruno, CA) vs. Bradley Whitmarsh (Attleboro, MA). I’m lured over to their 1000+ game and I’m not disappointed. Before I go into the game, let me say that this loss for Nick ended a 10-game winning streak! That is terrific! And, frankly, shame on Brad for mucking it up, but let’s proceed. Bingos: gHERAOED through the first E and then SANTOUR for Brad; LIKENINg through the second N for Nick; and RINGETTE through the first E for a 131-point triple-triple for Brad (+5 for the challenge). Later on Brad played OUTFLIES to the S and Nick played PETIOLE in a desperate fight to keep the spread down. A 587-416 win for Brad. He said, “this is my second 1000 game, the first being when I drew the bag against Robert Linn (Potomac, MD) yesterday.”

Marty Gabriel (Charleston, IL) brings me to see a close game between he and Chris Cree (Dallas, TX). Marty played the first two bingos: LOANEES for 70 and MYELITIS for 64 (which drew a challenge). Chris played SITARIST for 68. Marty then played BULIMIC through the second I for a 52-point, nonbingo double-double and HOARIeR for 89. Chris replied with DREARIER for 61, AZUKI down the triple for 69, and then ZACATOnS from the Z for 98. It wasn’t enough to overtake Marty, but not bad for an 11.5 turn game! A 470-446 win for Marty!

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