GAME RESULTS – SUPERSCRABBLE CLUB 10-25-18

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CONGRATULATIONS to all winners! We had 2 champions this month: LYNN GUNN won 3 games, played 5 bingos, and 3 category words. YUKI LORITZ won 3 games and played 17 bonus words (taking an award for the mostest bingos). AMNON MEYERS won the High-GAME=1127 during the second round, and the High-CUM=3105. The highest point bingo word SQUIRTS=130 was played by JANET GOLDSTEIN, and FERN TRAUSCH found the highest point non-bingo YEZ=95. Again RENÉE KAHN dominated the category words; shefound 8 words. Well done!

Thanks to RICHARD GOODALL who surprised everyone by joining us; he is travelling these days coming from England visiting several places including Amritsar, India. We all enjoyed his company and stimulating conversation. Thanks to GRETCHEN and LYNN for showing Richard how to play our favorite game. A special thanks to AMNON for his voluntary contribution to the long-word pot, which will be split between two categories: 12 to13-letter-word and the 14 to 15+ letter word.

The following results are posted. See the blog site: superscrabble.wordpress.com.

RESULTS: OCTOBER 25, 2018:

Players GA GAMES Played WIN High Game CUM Bingos Category Words Total Awards
BOB AGNEW 2 1 752 1366 3 1 4
GRETCHEN COWAN 3 1 1001 2505 9 0 9
EVELYN DAVIS 3 2 942 2542 8 3 11
JANET GOLDSTEIN 3 1 891 2346 2 1+hb 4
RICHARD GOODALL 3 0 671 1940 2 2 4
LYNN GUNN 3 3 905 2453 5 3 9
RENÉE KAHN 3 2 816 2257 1 8 9
YUKI LORITZ 3 3 1204 3097 17 +1mb 19
MALIHA MAHMOOD 2 0 761 1416 3 0 3
ALIA MAHMOOD 1 0 489 489 0 1 1
AMNON MEYERS 3 2 1127 3105 13 0 15
GARY MOSS 1 0 793 793 2 0 2
DON PLATT 3 1 773 2203 3 1 4
DAVID PODER 3 2 970 2871 11 0 11
JEFF POLAN 3 1 869 2480 9 5 14
NAJAT REIKES 3 1 993 2517 7 1 8
JOANIE SCAFUTO 3 1 819 2321 3 5 8
FERN TRAUSCH 3 2 916 2575 6 1+hnb 7
ALAN STERN 3 2 1077 2803 9 0 9
TOM TITUS 3 2 1051 2786 8 3 11

The next Superscrabble Games: NOVEMBER 15, 2018. A reminder will be posted a week prior.

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.

September 20, 2018

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SEPTEMBER 2018 is a RENEWAL of our wholeheartedness ALL-DAY games with amazing friends having a lot of fun and joyful togetherness just like a happy scrabble family get-together, yet competing to better ourselves, maintain mental sharpness, and remain straightforward in memory.  September also marks the 6th year existence of the Superscrabble Club of Tustin in California. This is also a time to celebrate birthdays that happened in JULY and AUGUST.  We will sing a joint belated birthday song for: AMNON MEYERS [7/25], NANCY DOUGLAS [7/31], PAM STUBBLEFIELD [7/17], JEFF POLAN [8/27], GARY MOSS [8/20], and MIRIAM GREEN [8/4].  Birthday individuals, please let me know if you’re coming, so we can provide enjoyment for all.  It’s great to have a vacation and see Paris, Manila, my grandchildren, and my half-sister Donna from Sydney, Australia—all took place during the last two months.

This announcement and invitation to join our games for 9-20-18 require an RSVP.  Please call 714-544-4746 and leave a message if nobody can answer.  The venue is:  2130 Chandler Drive, Tustin 92782.  You may also text a message to Maliha at 714-654-4308 whether or not you’re coming. The space is limited.  Pairing begins at 10:00 a.m.  The following infos are for the newbies:  There is no fee; a volunteer teacher can show you how to play, and a “cheat” sheet will be allowed for the next 3 games.  There is no need to bring your equipment.  There are prizes to reward your memory sharpness–check out the 5-17-18 blog at superscrabble.wordpress.com. The prizes for some participants of the last games 6/21/18 are still with me.  We ran out of time, hence the director was unable to distribute the awards of the following players:  FERN TRAUSCH, PAT YARNELL, TINA UDELSON, BOB AGNEW, YUKI LORITZ, and NAJAT REIKES. Your envelopes are ready for pick up.

On 9-20-18, the instant reward for a word with 14 to 15+ letters will be worth $185; the 12- to 13-letter word will be $85.  To qualify for a reward in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and All-Day games category words, the valid word must contain 5 letters or more.  Winners of 3 games get $25; a bingo word is worth $1. Highest-point bingo is $5, high-point game is 1¢ per point [1250 pts = $12.50], highest-point cum is $10, 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.  Everyone will get a chance to win something and have fun. Study the assigned categories to enjoy more awards. THE EXAMPLES BELOW are incomplete; some singular or plural variants are missing.  If DON PLATT is here, he’ll announce the categories; otherwise any volunteer is welcome.

1st game category:  PETS you want to have–including names of species – birds, reptiles, puppy:  GUENONS, LANGURS, CAPUCHINS, TARSIER, ANTHROPOID, PROSIMIAN, POTTO, PENGUIN, ELEPHANT, EAGLE, MONKEYS, SNAKES, HUMMINGBIRD, MACAQUE, PARROT, CHIMP, SPARROW, CATFISH, AARDVARK, CHEETAH, TIGER, WALLABY, KANGAROO, KOALA, DOGGIES, PUPPIES, ELEPHANT, BEARS, ORANGUTAN (WOW–if you can manage the size of the last 3 possible pets) etc.

2nd game category: PICNIC words — useful things you take along to a picnic somewhere in the park, beach, forest, desert, garden, etc.:  BASKET, PLATES, CUPCAKE, TABLECLOTH, CHAIRS, SALADS, FRUITS, BREAD, DRINKS, POPCORN, UMBRELLA, WATER, CAMERA, etc.

3rd game category:  PLACES you want to visit:  DESERT, FOREST, CEMETERY, THEATER, CHURCH, MUSEUM, ANCHORAGE, STADIUM, GARDEN, STORES, MALLS, LIBRARY, ZOARIA, BEACH, PARKS, TEXAS, MANILA, PARIS, CITADEL, TEMPLE, LIBRARY, MOSQUE, RIVERS, SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY, SHRINES, GROTTO, etc.

ALL DAY category:  Words containing –IFY word ending.  The letters must be together.  This list is only 1/3 of what Gary Moss has contributed (thanks to Gary):  ACETIFY ACIDIFY AERIFY ALKALIFY AMMONIFY AMPLIFY BASIFY BEATIFY BEAUTIFY BRUTIFY CALCIFY CARNIFY CERTIFY CITIFY CLARIFY CLASSIFY COALIFY CODIFY COPURIFY CORNIFY CRUCIFY DAMNIFY DANDIFY DEIFY DENAZIFY DENSIFY DETOXIFY DIGNIFY DULCIFY EDIFY EMULSIFY ESTERIFY ETHERIFY FALSIFY FANCIFY FORTIFY FRUCTIFY GASIFY GENTRIFY GLORIFY GRATIFY HORRIFY HUMIDIFY, etc.  You might have received his full list already, so make use of it.

LEARN a long word each day:  LARGEHEARTEDNESS has 16 letters.  Starting with ART, you may add HE in front to make it longer–HEART.  Or find EAR, ED, ES, ESS, ESSES, HART, HE, HEAR, HEART, HEARTED, LAR, LARGE, NESS, NESSES, TE, TED at the start.  How wonderful it is to be able to expand the word from many starting points.  Make it longer:  LARGEHEARTED, LARGENESS, LARGENESSES. It’s magical finding an 18-letter word:  LARGEHEARTEDNESSES.  This will fit in a 21×21 grid board.  You and your partner can make it happen.  If it does, you will be splitting the award. Yuki and Fern received the prize of $520 for the longest word they found last year:  MISUNDERSTANDINGS.  Each time we meet a gift of $5 is added to the pot.  Anybody is welcome to add in the POT any gift amount—thanks to Yuki who started the idea last year.  The POT will be near the sign-up book during the meeting. This incentive will add joy to our FUNNEST game in town.   The next meeting is scheduled for October 25, 2018.

Results: 6-21-18 Superscrabble Games

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CONGRATULATIONS to all winners! BILL LAPINSKI won 3 games, 1 category word GUMMY=16, and played 11 bingos. AMNON MEYERS the High-Cum score=2900.  NAJAT REIKES played the High-point game score=1054. YUKI LORITZ played the High-Point bingo word PLENIST=132FERN TRAUSCH won the High-Point non-bingo word ZESTY=103. TINA UDELSON played the Highest Number of bingos (bonus words) =17. RENÉE KAHN played 3 category words all MM words: MAXIM=45, HAMMER=26, SHIMMER=26. And LYNN GUNN played 3 category words:  MADAM, OUTDO, MADAM–(2nd time, no scores were recorded). The 3-game winner cannot take the high-game and high-cum awards to give chance and fairness to all players. Great performances, and I’m so proud of all of you as part of the family of super scrabblers.  WELCOME to Mariles Kalam and Tayyaba Hashmi who came to play with us for the first time. We hope to see you again. Please VISIT our blog site and tell a friend:  superscrabble.wordpress.com.

Players GAME  Win High Game CUM Bingo Cat. Words
BOB AGNEW 1 1 861 861 2 0
GRETCHEN COWAN 3 2 988 2821 9 0
NANCY DOUGLAS 3 1 789 2075 3 1
LYNN GUNN 3 2 991 2820 9 3
TAYABA HASHMI 1 0 500 500 0 0
RENÉE KAHN 3 2 876 2598 5 3
MARILES KALAM 1 0 406 406 0 0
BILL LAPINSKI 3 3 1062 2913 11 1
YUKI LORITZ 2 2 1052 2064 12 0
MALIHA MAHMOOD 2 1 857 1655 2 0
AMNON MEYERS 3 2 998 2900 12 0
GARY MOSS 2 1 1019  2005 3 2
DON PLATT 3 1 806 2326 4 0
DAVID PODER 2 0 960 1768 4 0
JEFF POLAN 3 1 862 2490 9 0
NAJAT REIKES 3 2 1054 2829 10 0
JOANIE SCAFUTO 3 0 813 2254 2 0
TOM TITUS 3 1 866 2503 5 0
FERN TRAUSCH  3 2 918 2536 3 1
TINA UDELSON 3 2 1043 2866 17 0
PAT YARNELL  2 0 884 1659 2 0

The next Superscrabble Games is scheduled for SEPTEMBER  20, 2018.  A reminder will be posted a week prior.   HAPPY SUMMER DAYS!

 

Results: 5-24-2018 Superscrabble Games

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CONGRATULATIONS to all winners! RENÉE KAHN won 3 games; she played 5 bingos, and 3 category words SKIRT=20, NOTION=14, and WONTON=24.  BILL LAPINSKI also won 3 games, 13 bingos, and a high non-bingo word FAQIRS=108. Please note that the 3-game winners are excluded from the High-Cum and High-Point game awards to exercise fairness amongst players.  DAVID PODER won both the H-cum=3187 and the H-game=1270 points, and played the most bingos=16.  The H-point non-bingo word was played by PAT REED, finding RAPINES=114. And JOANIE SCAFUTO had the highest number of category words=4: FLATS, ELATION, FRUITS, and CANDY.  We sang Happy Birthday for TOM TITUS’ upcoming special day—May 26.  We missed Gretchen Cowan and Bob Agnew.

RESULTS: MAY 24, 2018 SUPERSCRABBLE GAMES:

Players GAMES   Win High Game CUM

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Category Words

EVELYN DAVIS 3 1 900 2553 7 0
JANET GOLDSTEIN 3 1 833 2246 4 3
LYNN GUNN 3 1 Tied 937 2571 7 0
RENÉE KAHN 3 3 950 2649 5 3
BILL LAPINSKI 3 3 1174 3077 13 0
MALIHA MAHMOOD 2 0 824 2385 3 0
AMNON MEYERS 3 2 1025 2807 8 2
GARY MOSS 1 0 899  899 3 0
DON PLATT 3 1+1 Tied 785 2178 4 3
DAVID PODER 3 2 1270 3187 16 0
JEFF POLAN 3 1 907 2589 7 2
PAT REED 2 2 841 1642 2 0
NAJAT REIKES 3 2 932 2603 9 1
JOANIE SCAFUTO 3 0 785 2246 4 4
TOM TITUS 3 2 989 2577 7 0
FERN TRAUSCH  3 2 1000 2646 9 0
PAT YARNELL  2 0 1283 1283 0* 0*

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The next Superscrabble Games is scheduled for Thursday, June 21, 2018.  A reminder will be posted a week prior.  If you did not receive your reminder, of if you wish to invite a friend, please check the blog at superscrabble.wordpress.com.

SUPERSCRABBLE GAMES 5-24-18

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MAY 24, 2018, THURSDAY, 10:00a.m. – SUPERSCRABBLE CLUB GAMES

Pairing will start at 10:00a.m.  We’ll sing belated or advance “Happy Birthday” during lunchtime for those whose birthday falls in May and early June: TOM TITUS (May 26) and ESTHER KISICH (June 6). There’s a special gift for all celebrants who are able to show up.  Please email maliha.mendoza@gmail.com, text 714-654-4308, or leave a voicemail at this number 714-544-4746.

1st Game Category: What are you wearing? This category is also the ‘ALL DAY CATEGORY’.  For example:  if you’re wearing a pair of shoes.  SHOES is acceptable; if you’re wearing a makeup, MAKEUP is good; COSMETICS is good; LIPSTICK, MASCARA, SANDALS, SWEATER, JACKET, PANTS, SLACKS, SOCKS, BRAZIER, WRISTWATCH, PAJAMA, PYJAMAS, PONCHO, FEDORAS, RINGS, NECKLACE, etc.

2nd Game Category: Words ending with –TION.  Some examples: ACTION, NOTION, NATION, OPERATION, RELATION, SITUATION, TRANSLATION, IMAGINATION, ORGANIZATION, AMBITION, POSITION, POLLUTION, REVOLUTION. SOLUTION, ATRACTION, AFFECTION, CORRECTION, FICTION, CONSTRUCTION, CAUTION, OPTION, UNCTION, JUNCTION, PORTION, SECTION, BENEDICTION, etc.

3rd Game Category:  What are you eating?  APPLES, BANANAS, GRAPES, PEANUTS, WALNUTS, PISTACHIO, PASTA, SHRIMP, WINGS, CHICKEN, SPAGHETTI, ARTICHOKE, LONGAN, PEARS, SUSHI, CAKES, COOKIES, BISCOTTI, VEGETABLES, FRUITS, SQUID, KUMQUAT, PINEAPPLE, MANGO, QUAIL, BEEFS, CANDIES, etc.

LEARN a long word each day.  This is my favorite:  STRAIGHFORWARDNESS which equals 18 letters.  You may start FOR, or WARD (but make sure it’s somewhere in the middle of the board leaving two spaces before reaching grid 21 after hooking NESS). Who knows?  Your opponent might hook STRAIGHT in front of FORWARD.  Thinking this way makes me so excited I can’t explain why.  Adding ES at the end of straightforwardness makes it STRAIGHFORWARDNESSES=21 letters.

The instant reward for a word with 14 to 15+ letters is now worth $175.  The 12- to 13-letter word category will have $75 on 5-24-18.  To qualify for an instant reward, the word must contain 5 letters or more.  Winners of 3 games get $25, and each bingo word is worth $1. Highest-point bingo is $5, high-point game is 1¢ per point [1250 pts = $12.50], highest-point cum is $10, 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.  Everyone will get a chance to win something and have fun. Study the assigned categories to enjoy more awards. THE EXAMPLES BELOW are incomplete; some singular or plural variants are missing.  If DON PLATT is here, he’ll announce the categories.  If not, volunteers are welcome.

JUNE 21, 2018, 10:00am will be our next meeting.  A reminder will be posted a week prior to the event.

RESULTS: 3-22-18 Superscrabble Games

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CONGRATS to all winners!  PAT REED won 3 games, and finishing with 11 bingos.  AMNON MEYERS won 3 games, 10 bingos, and 1 (one) High-Scoring-Bingo MERCHANT=185.  Please note that the 3-game winners are excluded from the High-Cum and High-Point game awards to exercise fairness amongst players.

DAVID PODER won the High-Game points=1055, the High-Cum=2880, and finishing with 12 bingos. NOTE: Awards will be in an envelope for pick up next time.  YUKI LORITZ won the Mostest Bingos=16, after 3 games.  DON PLATT won the High-Scoring Non=Bingo word ADZED=97.  RENÉE KAHN played 5 category words; she did it again, beating NAJAT REIKES who found 4 category words.  FLASH announcement:  An additional prize of $5 will be awarded to whoever plays the mostest bingo words after 3 games.  This is an encouragement for players to study their 7-letter-words more often.  For example:  If a player has 16 bingo words, he/she will receive an additional $5 for the achievement.  However, please remember that Superscrabble Club was created with the intent to learn more long and longer words which is an extremely challenging brain exercise.

We missed Gretchen Cowan, but wishing her safe travel home. Also enjoyed seeing Lynn Gunn looking great and recovering from all cancer screening which she passed.  Thanks to the LORD of the universe, the highest MIND.  We sang belated “Happy Birthday” to Joanie Scafuto and Fern Trausch, and advance H.Bday to Don Platt who will be celebrating his birthday on March 30. Thanks to Gary Moss for playing double due to uneven pairing at the start of the games.  The prize distribution totaled $246.  We all had a fantastic time. Everyone should now feel that the Superscrabble Games is not just a convergence of intelligent scrabblers; it is more like a “family-get-together,” a very informal and friendly atmosphere.  Like in your  own home, you should feel free to look for something you need in the kitchen, or pick a fresh herb from the garden for your special tea and medicinal libation.

RESULTS OF THE 03-22-18 GAMES:

Players Games WINS High Game CUM Bingos Cat. Words
BOB AGNEW 2 1 803 1574 2 0
JANET GOLDSTEIN 3 1 790 2334 2 1
LYNN GUNN 3 1 948 2701 8 1
RENÉE KAHN 3 2 815 2279 2 5
YUKI LORITZ 3 1 1009 2785 16 0
MALIHA MAHMOOD 2 0 795 1487 2 1
AMNON MEYERS 3 3 1032  2903 10 0
GARY MOSS 2 2 977 1876 6 0
DON PLATT 3 1 896 2173 2 1
DAVID PODER 3 1 1055 2880 12 0
PAT REED 3 3 1089 2872 11 0
NAJAT REIKES 3 1 983 2484 7 4
JOANIE SCAFUTO 3 0 749 2116 4 2
TOM TITUS 3 2 921 2614 4 0
FERN TRAUSCH  3 2 1032 2790 9 1

The next meeting will most likely happen on MAY 24, 2018; I will confirm this by posting a reminder a week prior to the event, INSHA-ALLAH.