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May 13–16, 2016

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Commentary: Round 10

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Round 10 Auto-Commentary

James Leong (Vancouver BC) stays in the lead, 9-1 +911, on a 6-game winning streak. Adam Logan (Ottawa ON) is 1 game behind at 8-2 +898, #2 rising from #3. Jesse Matthews (Kelowna BC) is 1.5 games behind the leader at 7.5-2.5 +653, #3 slipping from #2.

High Win: Allen Pengelly (Waterloo ON) 538-355 vs. Bernard Gotlieb (Montreal QC). Low Win: Heather Mccall (Toronto ON) 345-307 vs. Carl Madden (Brantford ON). High Loss: Heidi Robertson (Ottawa ON) 447-461 vs. Nicholas Schneider (Pickering ON). Low Loss: Eric Peters (Toronto ON) 267-404 vs. Craig Rowland (Mississauga ON).

Round 10

Two new words: IXNAY and WAREZ on a Jason Li (Dollard-Des-Ormeaux QC) vs. Matthew Tunnicliffe (Ottawa ON) board. I see NUDIsTS, CREDITOR, SILVERER. Jason's win, 425-411.

I walked by the Vera Bigall (Toronto ON) vs. John Stardom (Ottawa ON) board and she ran her finger along the top of her scoresheet. John had made these first 4 plays: BLAZED for 42, AIRTHED for 70, ALFREDOS* for 95, and GELATION for 76. Much later in the game, she got down SENIORs for 78. No shock that John won, but they were both surprised by the phoney. Turns out ALFREDO is an adjective!

Michael Fagen (Montreal QC) vs. Deen Hergott (Ottawa ON): EPILaTORS, UNREELs, STAINER, and EARTHEN. A close win for Deen, 415-411.

I watch Anna Miransky (Toronto ON) walk away from her game with Sary. The tiles are picked up, Sary is smiling and shaking her head. I give the thumbs up and she nods and shrugs. I walked over and plopped down opposite her. She said, "I bingoed out with OVERMELT. How does that happen?" Anna came down the aisle and they both giggled a bit about being in the top row of tables where "they" don't belong. I assured them they do! I asked Sary why she thought she was doing so well and she said, and I kid you not, "I just learned to use Zyzzyva this week." I told her she was getting into the software a bit late, as it has been available for years. She explained that she never knew how to use it. Fern Lindzon (Toronto ON) mailed her instructions and then Jason Li (Dollard-Des-Ormeaux QC) helped on the ground and even though it took a village, Sary can now use Zyzzyva! Yeah Sary! She thinks she even have studied OVERMELT, now that she thinks about it.

OUTCLEANSE* catches my eye. It caught the eye of Shan Abbasi (Mississauga ON), too, because moments later he and Roger Cullman (Toronto ON) prodded off to the challenge machine. Off it came. I see SWaMPIER, OORALIS, and pRAISED on their board. Shan won, but in endgame chatter, Roger explained how he thought Shan might have accepted the phoney because he stood a chance of winning by 2 points.

Eric Tran (Calgary AB) won his game with Fern Lindzon (Toronto ON) and most of the board was picked up when I happened by. Two plays Fern liked: Eric's PRoPHASE and her reply of POACHIER from the P.

John Chew asks me to photograph a Craig Rowland (Mississauga ON) vs. Eric Peters (Toronto ON) board. Craig played FUNKIA and then Eric played FUNKY. In their game, Craig played REBUYINg, which drew a challenge (I would have challenged, too!) and HOArDER for 97 on the triple line. I see WIGLETS and we look up OLLIE, a new word that Craig played. His win, 404-267.

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