Monthly Archives: July 2014

Limerick – my first attempt to be humorous

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Tell me if I failed to humour you. Per Gary’s enthusiastic solicitation of limericks to include in his collection, this is what I submitted in his ongoing contest, and I wanted to share it with you.

Upon reaching REM during my supine oblivious position,
Nessie came saying, the funnest thing to do is finding the NESS junction.
What junction? At the boundlessness, vast and infinite place by the NESS
At the garden of Nessie, the comptroller of words that ends in NESS.
There’s a STRAIGHT path that Nessie made FOR all to find the long words;
Go FORWARD and you’ll meet Nessie’s friends from Superscrabble Ness.
At the WARD, my friends, meet the twins STRAIGHTFORWARDNESS and
STRAIGHTFORWARDNESSES.

Superscrabble Club Stats 7-24-14

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Welcome to TONY COCO (former Mayor of Tustin) who played with us for the first time. He could not recall precisely when he last played standard Scrabble® but never faced the Super Scrabble® board before. Please come back to play again as we enjoyed your presence.

Congrats to BILL LAPINSKI who was unbeatable again winning all three games, plus nailing down the highest scoring bingo with 182 points for FIDDLERS. He also won the high-game point in Group 1, scoring 1073 during the first round, and found 10 bingos. PAT REED and GRETCH came in second for 9 bingos played.

Many thanks to GRETCHEN COWAN (an educator in previous profession) who was very kind to show TONY the funnest game that tickles and rocks our brain all day. Gretchen did it for the sake of rescuing our insanity, and guide us in seeking the Superscrabble Club ness (albeit thru the stern faces of STRAIGHTFORWARDNESSES, the twin brothers who guard the ward at the ness–per Nessie). GRETCHEN won the high-point game 1069 for Group 2 (she floated into Group 2 to once again be the privileged teacher). Congrats to RENEE KAHN for winning the high-bingo point 151 for HEROINE in Group 2.

Games played, wins, cumulative score, high game, high bingo, bingo word, total bingo words, *unrecorded

BOB AGNEW, G-2: 3, 0, 2171, 703, 91 MARAVELS, 6

TONY COCO, G-2: 1, 0, 954, 954, * SMATTERED, 2

GRETCHEN COWAN, G-1 & G-2, 3, 1, 2828, 1069, * 9

RENEE KAHN, G-2: 3, 2, 2514, 1001, 151 HEROINE, 4

BILL LAPINSKI, G-1: 3, 3, 2927, 1073, 182 FIDDLERS, 10

MALIHA MAHMOOD, G-2: 4, 2, 3415, 983, 104 QUINTETS, 6 (MM played double, 2nd round)

PAT REED, G-1: 2, 1, 1845, 1054, 120 RECOMBED, 9

TOM TITUS, G-1: 3, 2, 2828, 1035, 94 CARBNES, 7

FERN TRAUSCH: 3, 2, 2628, 901, 131 GREENER, 6

PAT YARNELL: 3, 1, 2396, 907, 86 FILIATE, 7

65 Bonus Words (bingoes) Played on 7/24/14 (Note: phony words are indicated with an asterisk=*)

RESENTS, BLOWERS, COATED, SCENTING, SEATERS, MARVELS; SMATTERED, OVERALL; TEENAGE, MESHING, DENTING, BOSSING, LARGEST, OUTTIRES*, MISRATE, SQUINTS, DEGLAZE; TENDERLY, HEROINE, SPOUTER, DISTANT; INTENTS, DEZINCED, FIDDLERS, MENACES, PENITENT, ASUNDER, REALISM, ASEPTIC, SHRILLED, SNORTED; MUNGOES, UPDATES, REFINES, QUINTENTS, UNDATED,CARTAGES; JAUNDICE, EGOLESS, RECOMBED, ATONIES, SERPENT, SLUMBER, REBAITED, RETUNES, STANDER; ROUGHISH, DENTINE, BULGIER, BUDGETS, UNITIES, RATTLER, CARBINES; TAVERNS, IRONLESS*, BANDERS, GREENER, ETERNAL, SEALERS; DAUNTERS, FILIATE, MATTINS, SENTRIES, CHAPTER, DARTLES, STIFFER

Ask Google who Nessie is. If you wish to contribute a list of words to study, please email it to Maliha for inclusion in the next blog. The next Superscrabble Club games are scheduled for 8-14-14.

Superscrabble 7-24-14 10:00 A.M.

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR: July 24, 2014 – Superscrabble Club 10:00 a.m.

We welcome newcomers. Make this your favorite bimonthly activity. The first game starts at 10:00 A.M., group lunch is next; and we play two more games in the afternoon. No fees.

Group 1 (score range per game of 900- 1200+) and Group 2 (score range of 400-899) using 200 tiles per game. Please respond and confirm via email (maliha.mendoza), phone 714-544-4746, cellphone or text 714-654-4308. If you’ve never played at Superscrabble Club before, current participants will be happy to show you. Equipment is provided. Come and meet new friends. If you have dietary restrictions, please bring something that’s necessary. Otherwise, there is always food for all to taste and enjoy.

First game category: Words having to do with SUMMER activities and accessories. Exmples: CAMPING, SWIMMING, CAMPS, KAYAKING, BOATS, BOATING, HUNTING, SHORTS, BIKINIS, LUAUS, SWIMSUIT, FLIPFLOP, BIKES, etc.

Second game: JAZZY musical instruments, words relating to jazz and percussion: SAXOPHONE, TRUMPET, PIANO, BANDS, DRUMS, BONGOS, GUITAR, MARACA, CYMBAL, CONGA, TUBAS, TUBAE, BANJO, etc.

Third game: VEGETABLES and HERBS. Name it—CARROT, LEEKS, VERBENA, CHIVES, RHUBARB, CILANTRO, TOMATO, POTATO, OREGANO, ORIGAN, LETTUCE, SPINACH, ONIONS, etc.

LEARN a long word that can be played in multiple steps. Here’s a good one: APPROACHABLENESSES = 18 letters. Possibility: In four steps. (1) ROACH—hook (2) APP in front to make APPROACH. (3) Hook ABLE to make APPROACHABLE. (4) Hook NESSES at the end to make APPROACHABLENESSES (n., pl.) Anyone who can complete a long word with 15+ letters will be awarded $250; and $150 for 12-14 letter words. Try your best to find any long word–this is an on-going challenge to all Superscrabblers. Remember the board has the space for up to 21-letter words.Visit .

There’s an all day category: Any word that starts with AND– will have a prize (with five letters or more). Examples:

AND

ANDALUSITE

ANDALUSITES

ANDANTE

ANDANTES

ANDANTINI

ANDANTINO

ANDANTINOS

ANDESITE

ANDESITES

ANDESITIC

ANDESYTE

ANDESYTES

ANDIRON

ANDIRONS

ANDOGALACTOZEMIA

ANDOGALACTOZEMIAS

ANDOUILLE

ANDOUILLES

ANDOUILLETTE

ANDOUILLETTES

ANDRADITE

ANDRADITES

ANDRO

ANDROCENTRIC

ANDROECIA

ANDROECIUM

ANDROGALACTOZEMIA
ANDROGALACTOZEMIAS

ANDROGEN

ANDROGENESES

ANDROGENESIS

ANDROGENETIC

ANDROGENIC

ANDROGENS

ANDROGYNE

ANDROGYNES

ANDROGYNIES

ANDROGYNOUS

ANDROGYNY

ANDROID

ANDROIDS

ANDROLOGIES

ANDROLOGY

ANDROMEDA

ANDROMEDAS

ANDROS

ANDROSTATRIENEDIONE
ANDROSTATRIENEDIONES

ANDROSTERONE

ANDROSTERONES

ANDS

Additional Information for Superscrabble Stats 7-10-14

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In Group 2, Renee Kahn won all three games; she also scored the high-game-point of the day at 933 in her group. Renee’s award is ready for pick up.

We will maintain the format of two groups. The next superscrabble games is scheduled for 7-24-14. A reminder will be posted a week prior.

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7-10-14 SUPPERSCRABBLE STATS

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BILL LAPINSKI is the big WINNER and won all the four games, (playing double in the first round). Here’s a summary of his fantastic day during the Superscrabble games on 7/10/14: Highest game-point 1277; most number of bonus words after 3 games with 14 bingos–after the 4th game, he had accumulated 19 bingos; high-point bingo word for 142 points—BUNTERS.

Welcome to LOURDES CORTEZ who played with us for the first time. She recalls playing a standard Scrabble® game on a flat cardboard set with her relatives in the Philippines while growing up, and until her recent visit this year wherein the tiles are mostly crooked during the entire game. She was amazed at how the tiles stayed perfectly straight while playing here—thanks to the built-in grid on the board. We all gave her a warm welcome, and showed her how to use the clock and keep track of the scores during the game. BOB AGNEW was very kind to show Lourdes how we do our Superscrabble “thing” enthusiastically. We hope to see Lourdes again and again.

Several players won the assigned category: TOM TITUS, JOYCE PALMER, FERN TRAUSCH, and RENEE KAHN. Usually there is an example for each assigned category included in the REMINDER a week prior to the games. Take a moment and read the listed items to gain advantage and add to what you already know.

CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners! Maliha opted to split the players into two groups: Group 1 and Group 2 in order to give a chance to others who are still learning the words, hammering words down into the stubborn or aging brain, prodding the neurons to work better, and still considering the best way to develop a wordage recollection process—wondering when it will ever click into place for instant recall.

Group 1

Games played, wins, cumulative score, high game, high bingo, bingo word, total bingo words

BILL LAPINSKI: 4, 4, 4243 (3180 after 3 games), 1277, 142 BUNTZES*, 19

JOYCE PALMER: 3, 1, 2375, 829, 87 SATANIC, 6

PAT REED: 3, 0, 2406, 809, 89 BANNERS, 8

TOM TITUS: 3, 2, 2701, 1035, 88 FLUSTER, 8

FERN TRAUSCH: 3, 1, 2456, 883, 96 HAIRNET, 6

PAT YARNELL: 3, 2, 2747, 1013, 99 ENOLASE, 8

Group 2

BOB AGNEW: 2, 0, 1574, 703, 90 ROOFING, 3 (BA left after two games)

LOURDES CORTEZ: 3, 2, 2328, 832, 80 MEASLES, 3

RENEE KAHN: 3, 3, 2469, 933, 98 PITCHES, 6

MALIHA MAHMOOD: 2, 0, 1324, 696, 0 (MM was a floater playing G1 and G2)

MARIAN MELENDEZ: 3, 1, 1959, 724, 73 FAILING, 1

66 Bonus Words (bingoes)Played on 7/10/14 (Note: phony words are indicated with an asterisk=*)

POTENTS*, OLEATED*, BUNTZES*, CROSIERS, SINCERE, INFUSER, UPLANDS, VACATIONS, MINDSETS, REGLAZE, FIXATES, PINCHES, BLUNTED, HOGTIES, TINDERS, RELISTED, HORIZONS, GANDIES*, BEAVERS; TEARERS, ATTIRING, OGREISMS, SALINES, TIMESETS*, SATANIC; PANDERS, AGOUTIS, COINTERS, GRUNTLES, BANNERS, WINCEYS, AGNATES, INERTIA; ENDORSE, INSUREES, STIRRERS, SCABIES, SEXTAIN, TRAILER, FLUSTER; HEATING, STUDIOS. HAIRNET, SCENTING, RESTFUL, MOSSIER; ENHALOS, OMELETS, DESTINE, SOOTIER, DISEASE, INJURES, ENOLASE; ROOFING, MEATIER, STOOLED; MEASLES, MEATIER, UNLINED; SQUIRTED, OILIEST, INTERNS, PITCHES, TIMBERS, DISTEND; FAILING.

If you wish to contribute a list of words to study, please email it to maliha.mendoza for inclusion in the next blog. The next Superscrabble games are scheduled for 7-24-14.

Superscrabble Games 7-10-14 Thursday next week

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR: July 10, 2014 – Superscrabble Club games.

We welcome newcomers. The first game starts at 10:00 A.M., group lunch is next; and we play two more games in the afternoon. Please respond and confirm via email (maliha.mendoza), phone 714-544-4746, cellphone or text 714-654-4308. If you’ve never played Superscrabble before, current participants will be happy to show you. There’s no need to bring equipment. Come and meet new friends. The categories below must contain 5 letters or more to qualify for a prize.

First game category: Words having to do with geology: basalt, chert, dolomite, earth, earthquake, fossil, gabbro, geothermal, granite, igneous, landslides, marble, metal, mineral, rockfall, scoria, shale, slate, schist, tectonics, volcano, etc.

Second game: Personal accessory: necktie, belt, shoes, eyeglass, headband, earring, rings, timepiece, watch, bangles, bracelets, necklace, anklets, stockings, etc.

Third game: Desserts: ganache, chocolate, creamy, cocoa, frosting, cakes, cookies, fudge, candy, custard, marzipan, vanilla, honey, syrup, gelato, patisseries, brioche, etc.

All day category: Any word that starts with ACA– will have a prize (must contain five letters or more). Examples: ACACIA, ACACIAS, ACADEME, ACADEMES, ACADEMIA, ACADEMIAS, ACADEMIC, ACADEMICAL, ACADEMICALLY. See the rest of the "ACA–" words listed below following the review of words extracted from “Measure for Measure” by the playwright SHAKESPEARE.

LEARN a long word that can be played in multiple steps. Here’s a good one, and it’s a noun: INFINITESIMALITIES = 18 letters. Breakdown (all the following short words are acceptable to play): IN, FIN, IT, FINITE, NITE, NITES, SIM, ALIT, MA, AL, LI, TIES, INFINITE, INFINITES, INFINITESIMAL. Watch out when INFINITESIMAL is actually on the board; look at your rack as you might have I-T-I-E-S which you can hook at the end to make INFINITESIMALITIES. If you’re able to make it, this will qualify you to win $225. Otherwise, INFINITESIMALS will qualify you to win $145. Try your best to find any long word–this is an on-going challenge to all superscrabblers. Also visit .

MEASURE FOR MEASURE Review of some words extracted from the playwright SHAKESPEARE that are acceptable to play in both standard Scrabble games and Superscrabble games:

ABSENCE, ABSOLUTE, ABSTINENCE, ADVERTISE, AMPLE, APPLAUSE, ASSEMBLIES, ATTEMPTED, BELONGINGS, BENEFACTORS, BLASPHEME, BLOSSOMING, BOSOM, BRAVERY, CENSURE, CHARACTER, CHOICE, COMMISSION, COMMONWEAL, COMMONWEALTH, CONCERNINGS, CONCERNS, CONDITION. CONFESSOR, CONJECTURED, CREDITOR, DECORUM, DECREES, DEPUTATION, DETERMINES, DISCOURSE, DISCRETION, EXCEEDS, EXCELLENCE, EXECUTION, EXPRESSETH, EXTENUATE, FIGURE, FOISON, FORNICATION, GODDESS, GOVERNMENT, HAPPINESS, HARBOUR, HEAVEN, HERSELF, HIDEOUS, HISTORY, HONOUR, HOPEFUL, HUSBANDRY, IMMORTAL, IMPORTUNE, INSTITUTIONS, JUDGMENT, JUSTICE, MALEFACTORS, MATTERS, OBEDIENT, OBSERVER, OVERDONE, PERMISSIVE, PLEASURE, PLENTEOUS, PRACTISE, PREGNANT, PREPARED, PRIORESS, PRITHEE, PRIVILEGES, PROCEEDED, PROFANATION, PROPERTIES, PROSPERITY, PROVOST, PURPOSES, QUESTION, REMAINES, REMAINS, REMEMBER, RENOUNCEMENT, SAINTED, SATISFACTION, SCARECROW, SCIENCE, SCRUPLE, SECONDARY, SEEDNESS, SEIZES, SISTERHOOD, SMALLEST, SOMETHING, STRENGTH, SUFFICIENCY, THEMSELVES, THREATENING, THYSELF, TORCHES,

TOUCHED, TYRANNY, UNCLEANLINESS, UNDERGO, UNFOLDS, UNQUESTIONED, UNSWORN, VEHEMENT, VILLAINS, VIRTUES, VOTARIES, WITHDRAW, WITLESS, WRINKLED

WORDS STARTING WITH “ACA—“EXTRACTED FROM WORD JUDGE USA:

ACACIA, ACACIAS, ACADEME, ACADEMES, ACADEMIA, ACADEMIAS, ACADEMIC, ACADEMICAL, ACADEMICALLY, ACADEMICIAN, ACADEMICIANS, ACADEMICISM, ACADEMICISMS, ACADEMICS, ACADEMIES, ACADEMISM, ACADEMISMS, ACADEMY, ACAJOU, ACAJOUS, ACALEPH, ACALEPHAE, ACALEPHE, ACALEPHES, ACALEPHS, ACANTHA, ACANTHAE, ACANTHI, ACANTHINE, ACANTHOCEPHALAN, ACANTHOCEPHALANS, ACANTHOCEPHALIASES, ACANTHOCEPHALIASIS, ACANTHOCEPHALOUS, ACANTHOCHEILONEMIASES, ACANTHOCHEILONEMIASIS, ACANTHOID, ACANTHOPTERYGIAN, ACANTHOPTERYGIANS, ACANTHOPTERYGIOUS, ACANTHOUS, ACANTHUS, ACANTHUSES, ACAPNIA, ACAPNIAS, ACARBOSE, ACARBOSES, ACARBOXYPROTHROMBIN, ACARBOXYPROTHROMBINS, ACARI, ACARIASES, ACARIASIS, ACARICIDAL, ACARICIDE, ACARICIDES, ACARID, ACARIDAN, ACARIDANS, ACARIDS, ACARINE, ACARINES, ACAROID, ACAROLOGIES, ACAROLOGY, ACARPOUS, ACARUS, ACATALECTIC, ACATALECTICS, ACAUDAL, ACAUDATE, ACAULESCENT, ACAULINE, ACAULOSE, ACAULOUS