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NASC 2015 Commentary: Round 29

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Round 29

I just logged into: twitch.tv/ggslive and was happy to see so many logged in to hear/watch the streaming coverage. Robin Pollock Daniel and Jesse Matthews are once again at the commentary desk, three laptops squished together with four mugs in front of them emblazoned with the letters NASC.

After round 31, the players are encouraged to stream over to Silver Legacy A to watch the next two final games on a big screen they will have set up there. The finalists are playing a total of 5 games today while the rest of the room will play the standard 31.

In the day’s opening comments, Alan Stern (Shadow Hills, CA) thanked Jeremy Hildebrand for making our event shirts for the third year in a row. We all gave him a hearty and thankful applause for his artistic efforts!

Then, the highlight of today so far was to present the NASPA Person of the Year award to Kate Fukawa-Connelly for all she has done for NASPA in her committee and social media work. She took to the microphone and humbly said she hadn’t done much more than follow through on a few ideas, just like any of us could. She encouraged the attendees to send her ideas or better yet join a committee and help bring some of them to fruition. A most deserved award!

Alan then introduced all the finalists and we were off.

Kit Morehead (Berkley, MI) and Cynthia Seales (Stone Mountain, GA) challenged DOMINEs off the bat. A good word!

Kenji Matsumoto (Berkeley, CA) needed a pen and I handed him mine. I wonder if he’ll be partial to the purple once he realizes that is what I gave him!

Constance J Creech (Metamora, MI) and Evan McCarthy (Windham, NH) at table 1 in division 4 tore into their first game. He got down NEUTERs and she played the nonbingo but fun PILATES. It was his win, 434-277.

Evans Clinchy (Boston, MA), still smarting from his 3-0 loss to Dave Wiegand (Portland, OR) yesterday afternoon, had a 526-430 game with Joanne Craig (Australia). He bingoed twice early on: TRAIKED and DRUXIEST. She got down EPITOPES through the P for 74 in front of me. The game-opening play was the fun PEEWIT. Joanne played LYRICONS and AGGADOt and Evans played GEMINOUS, and the outbingo REtAILOR for 66. Evan’s win, 506-430.

Panupol Sujjayakorn (Thailand) vs. Will Anderson (Croton, NY). Early on, Panupol front-hooked NOB to create KARTiNG/KNOB. Other fun plays: GAIJIN, OUTDRAG, and mESONIC (which was Will’s). He set it up the turn before by playing FELID one short of the triple lane, holding ?S. Will explained that the Q was criticial. They both needed to decide if they would keep the Q spot open. Panupol said he was keeping it open because he wanted to bingo through that line, but in any event, Will drew it and got to play and not worry about it anymore and close down the board. A 436-361 win for Will.

Nigel Peltier (Portland, OR) vs. Matt Canik (Austin, TX): A 52-point double-double nonbingo for Nigel: REVIVAL. I see REDOUBLE, DORMERS, and Nigel’s outbingo of ENTITLEd. In endgame chat, they discussed that REDOUBLE takes an R at the end! A 482-331 win for Nigel.

Sharon Sorensen (Australia) looked to be a tight battle with Tim Weiss (Jersey City, NJ). I see her oUTREADS and then realize he got down MOOtERS, GITANAS, and TREEWARE. So, not as close as I thought! A 440-316 win for Tim!

Bill Ewing (Missoula, MT) vs. Charles Dupont (Seattle, WA) vying for it all in division 3. I see Bill’s SALTERNS and NONRATED early on. He later got down ABLEIST (blank L and S in that word). A 408-362 win for Bill. After the game, Charles pointed out that there are six anagrams for ABLEIST!

Dan Stock has had time to study the division 3 finalists and he has determined up to now that the bigger beard has won in every match up (it is true!) and so based on this, he predicts Bill will win division 3 since his beard is bigger.

Kevin Fraley (San Jose, CA) vs. John Karris (San Jose, CA). Early on OTITIDES went down. Dan Stock watched me look at it quizzically and he grabbed my notebook and wrote, “plural of OTITIS (ear infection.” I find out after the game that Kevin played it. He also got down RePOSAL and the fun QuIRK on the triple for 81 (the Q put just so). John played SEAROBINS and RAVELING.

Tod Taylor (Seattle, WA) wins game 1 in his matchup for 3rd of 4th place with Gunther Jacobi (Portland, OR). I see WRASTLED, WETTING, and STEAMILY for Tod and EMItTERS for Gunther. GINZOs* is on the board, and it only works in the singular. A 441-391 win for Tod

Annotator Lisa Kessler is so excited under her cool cucumber demeanor. Both players Jesse Day (Berkeley, CA) and Matthew Tunnicliffe (Ottawa ON) are under one minute on their clocks and the game is within 5-points. All of a sudden, Jesse puts down a play that creates a bad hook and Matthew challenges it off. LIER created a bad hook, IR*. The game ended moments later with 5 seconds on Matthew’s clock and 4 seconds on Jesse’s clock! A 372-370 win for Matt.

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