Monthly Archives: August 2019

A Very Very Sad Day!!

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It is unusual when someone comes into your life and leaves such an impression!!  But that is exactly what Maliha Mahmood did..  In the peaceful serene surroundings of the Melrose Abbey Memorial Park, Maliha was laid to rest today surrounded by Scrabble friends and family..  My relationship with Maliha was short-lived compared to others but she left a mark on my life and on my inner being that few people have ever done before…

As director of Scrabble Club 34 and as a leader in the Scrabble community, I will do what I can to continue the legacy and memory of Maliha.  I want to keep Superscrabble a monthly event.  Maliha would want that and so do many others.  With the help of Gretchen Cowan, Yuki Loritz and others, this will be a reality.  We have the equipment, we have the food and I am pretty sure we have the location.  I think I have found a spot very attractive and centrally located that can accommodate the Superscrabble club of Orange County.  More specific details will follow but the one thing that will not happen are the financial awards that Mahila gave out on a monthly basis.

Maliha was so very generous every month she would spend in excess of $500 on prizes and food.  I do not know of anyone who will continue that tradition but no one should care.  I know of very few people who came to Superscrabble for the money!!  So we will carry on the tradition but things will never be the same without Maliha!!

David Poder, Director

NASPA Club #34, Huntington Beach, CA

In Memoriam!!

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I never wanted to write such a column and certainly not about this lady!  It was supposed to be a fun event today, another amazing Superscrabble party at Maliha’s home in Tustin Ranch.  I look forward to it every month and today was no exception.  But tragedy struck yesterday when word came out that Maliha had suddenly and unexpectedly passed away.  What a loss for me personally and for Scrabble in general.  I have been in deep depression ever since I heard the news.  I found her to be one of the gentlest and most caring people I have ever met.

I heard about Superscrabble years ago but never had the urge to participate.  I thought it was kinda silly.  After all, who wants to play Scrabble at twice its normal size??  But I finally gave in and never looked back.  It was December 2017 and did I have a blast…  Some of the most fun I ever had…  And it was all due to Maliha.  She made everyone feel welcome in her home.  She had a heart of gold and now she is gone.  This really hurts but with the help of others I hope to carry on her legacy with more Superscrabble.  The details still need to be worked out but it would be a tragedy if we did not carry on in her honor and in her memory..

We were supposed to have fun today but instead we will be attending her funeral tomorrow.  How very sad!!  Rest in peace my very dear friend..  You will always have a special place in my heart…

David Poder, Director

NASPA Club #34, Huntington Beach, CA

Dear Maliha passed on to meet her Creator

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May the angels lead dear Maliha into paradise;

  1. may the martyrs come to welcome dear Maliha
    and take her to the holy city,
    the new and eternal Jerusalem.
  2. May choirs of angels welcome Maliha
    and lead her to the bosom of Abraham;
    and where Lazarus is poor no longer
    may Maliha find eternal rest.
  3. Whoever believes in me, even though that person die, shall live.
    I am the resurrection and the life.
    Whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.

Triune fiat,
Joyce C Payne, OCDS

REMINDER: August 22, 2019 Superscrabble Club Games

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The following players signed up for the next Superscrabble Club games: David Poder, Tom Titus, Renée Kahn, Najat Reikes, Lynn Gunn, Bob Agnew, Karen Sturm, Fern Trausch, Joyce Payne, Carmelita Silvino, Nancy Douglas, Joel Elkins, Don Platt, Gretchen Cowan, and Maliha Mahmood. PLEASE confirm your attendance.  Games begin at 10:00 a.m.

We are expecting to see the following birthday celebrants (belated or advanced) so we can serenade them:  Gary Moss (8-20), Miriam Green (8-4), Alia Mahmood (8-19), Cheryl Melvin (8-26), and Jeff Polan (8-27).  Please let me know if you can make it.

The reward for finding a word with 14- to 15+ letters is now worth $445.  The prize pot for 12- to 13-letter word category is now worth $345. The players who find the long word may split the prize.  Take a look at the category words; to qualify for the category, the word must contain 5 letters or more.

1st game category:  PLACES you want to visit:  BEACH, DESERT, FOREST, CEMETERY, THEATER, CHURCH, MUSEUM, ANCHORAGE, STADIUM, GARDEN, SCHOOL, STORES, MALLS, PRAIRIE, STADIUM, ARENA, etc.

2nd game category:  PETS you want to have, including names of species – BIRDS, REPTILES, PUPPY, LIZARD, SNAKE, MONKEY, HORSE, DONKEY, etc.

3rd game category:  PICNIC words — useful things you’d take along useful during picnic somewhere in the park, beach, forest, desert, such as: UMBRELLA, DRINKS, FOODS, TOWELL, CANDY, CHAIR, SHEET, WATER, COFFEE, ect.

ALL DAY category:  Words containing two –MM– anywhere in a word; the lettersmust be together.  Examples:  AMMETER, AMMINE, AMMINES, AMMINO, AMMOS, AMMOCETE, AMMOCETES, AMMOLITE, AMMOLITES, AMMONAL, AMMONALS, AMMONIA, AMMONIAC, AMMONIC, AMMONITE, AMMONIUM, AMMONO, AMMONOID, BAMMED, BAMMING, CAMMIE, CAMMIES, DAMMAR, DAMMARS, DAMMED, DAMMER, DAMMERS, DAMMING, DAMMIT, DIGAMMA, DUMMY, GAMMA, GAMMADIA, GRAMMAR, GRAMMA, GAMMAS, GAMMED, GAMMER, GAMMERS, GAMMIER, GAMMIEST, GAMMING, GAMMON, GAMMONED, GAMMONER, GAMMONS, GAMMY, GUMMY, MOMMY, MUMMY, etc.

LEARN a long word each day:  GENTLEMANLIKENESS=17 letters.  You may start with GEN, GENT, GENTLE, MAN, GENTLEMAN, MANLIKE, LIKE, NESS, LIKENESS, etc.  Make it longer by adding ES at the end:  GENTLEMANLIKENESSES=19 letters.

Visit superscrabble.wordpress.com for reminders and results.  The next Superscrabble Club games is scheduled for September 26, 2019.