Superscrabble Games October 25, 2018

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OCTOBER 25, 2018, THURSDAY, 10:00 A.M.

Pairing starts at 10:00 a.m. Please RSVP via email maliha.mendoza, text 714-654-4308, or leave a voicemail at this number 714-544-4746 to let her know you’re coming, especially those who are mentioned for belated Bday celebrations. Those who signed up or sent early confirmation for Oct. 25 games, there is no need to confirm: Gretchen C., Janet G., Joanie S., Lynn G., David P., Reneé K., Tom T., Anh N., Fern T., Don P., Jeff P., Alan S., and Yuki L.

There’s no fee to join and play; gameboard, rack, clock and tiles are provided. Catered lunch after the first game, and the basic goal is to achieve the funnest game in town. New comers will be allowed to use a cheat sheet all day. Make sure you write down the category words and all the bingo words

you played somewhere on your slip—use the flip side if necessary. Please do not leave until you receive your awards.

We’ll sing belated “Happy Birthday” during lunch time for those whose birthday falls in September and October (and someone who may show up to celebrate belated July and August bdays). I hope the following individuals can make it this time: TONY COCO (BD10/15), JANET GOLDSTEIN (BD10/17), PAUL TRACHTENBERG (BD10/26), ALAN STERN (BD9/8), JEFF POLAN (BD8/27), and ANH NGUYEN (BD7/6).

Here’ is an update of prize distributions: The pot for 12- to 13-letter-word-category will have $90 on 10-25-18. Several players have won this category before. On 8/28/14 Gretchen Cowan and Bill Lapinsky won the prize REGIONALIZES; Lynn Gunn and Bill Lapinsky for REPLENISHING. The last winners were Jeff Polan and Fern Trausch for PROCREATIONS. The award for a word with 14 to 15+ letters is now worth $190–this is higher than usual; thanks to Yuki Loritz, who contributed to start again after the memorable event last year as Fern and Yuki won $520 by playing a 17-letter word MISUNDERSTANDINGS. The pot originally started with $5 in 9/2012.

Winners of 3 games get $25; each bingo word is worth $1; make sure you write down your bingos on the slip. High-point game is 1¢ per point [1250 points = $12.50], highest-point cum is $10, highest-point bingo is $5, and highest-point non-bingo word is $5. Winners of 3 games are not qualified to win the high-point-game and the high-point-cum. For the first-, second-, and third-game categories, the word must contain 5 letters or more to qualify for the $5 reward. Everyone will get a chance to win something.

THE EXAMPLES BELOW are incomplete; some singular or plural variants are missing. Sometimes categories are repeated and taken from previous games.

1st Game Category: Words containing 2 M’s anywhere in the word. This category is also the ‘ALL DAY CATEGORY’. Thanks to LYNN GUNN who provided us with the folowing examples–a repeat of last June’s category: GAMMA, GAMMAS, GEMMA, GEMMAS, GUMMA, GUMMAS, COMMA, COMMAS, LEMMA, LEMMAS, MAMMA, MAMMAS, MOMMY, MOMMIES, MIMIC, MIMICS, FEMME, FEMMES, MAMMY, MAMMIES, JEMMY, JEMMIES, JIMMY, JIMMIES, IMAMS, IMAUM, IMAUMS, MAIMS, MADAM, MADAMS, MALMS, MAXIM, MAXIMS, MIASM, MIASMS, MIASMA, MINIM, MINIMS, MIASMAS, MUMMS, SMARM, SMARMS, AMMOS, MAMBO, MAMBOS, MUMPS, EMMER, EMMERS, MIMER, MIMERS, MOMUS, IMMIX, DUMMY, etc.

2nd Game Category: Words beginning with OUT. Examples: OUTACT, OUTADD, OUTAGE, OUTARGUE, OUTASK, OUTATE, OUTBACK, OUTBAKE, OUTBARK, OUTBAWL, OUTBEAM, OUTBEG, OUTBID, OUTBITCH, OUTBLAZE, OUTBLEAT, OUTBLESS, OUTBLOOM, OUTBLUFF, OUTBLUSH, OUTBOARD, OUTBOAST, OUTBOUGHT, OUTBOUND, OUTBOX, OUTBRAG, OUTBULK, OUTBREAK, OUTBRAVE, OUTBUY, OUTBY, OUTBYE, OUTCAPER, OUTCASTE, OUTCITY, OUTSINS, etc.

3rd Game Category: Plant-related words: AROID, ASTER, BIZNAGA, BISNAGA, BUBINGA, BISTORT, BONESET, CHILLI, COCONUT, COLLARD, COLZA, CYCAD, DAHLIAS, DAISIES, DAMIANA, DAPHNES, DAYLILY, DEERBERRIES, DITTANY, DOGBANE, DRACENA, DYEWEED, EPAZOTE, BANANAS, BAMBOOS, BEGONIA, FEVERFEW, FEIJOA, GRAPES, GUAVA, LONGAN, PALMETTO, PEANUTS, SPEARMINT, VANDA, YUCCA, CAROB, CUBEB, FORBS, SHRUB, LILAC, etc.

LEARN: PROFESSIONALISATION or PROFESSIONALIZATION with 19 letters. On the board you may find PRO, PROF, PROFESS, FESS, ION, LI, IS, AL, SAT, PROFESSION, PROFESSIONAL. Make sure it’s somewhere in the middle of the board. Who knows? Your friend might hook IONAL to PROFESS = PROFESSIONAL. There’s nothing wrong if you agree with each other to target this word or any other longer word you can think of—this process is mentally stimulating with 21×21 grid squares.

Considering that November is Thanksgiving month, the next Superscrabble Club games is scheduled on November 15, 2018. A reminder will be posted.

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