During the month of October, as autumn leaves began to fall, one of the Scrabblers decided we needed to have a theme related to nature, agriculture or farming, and true to form our players produced a bumper crop of pastoral plays.
Perhaps ‘petiole’ pertaining to the millions of falling leaves would qualify for the most unusual ‘P’ word. That is the slender little stalk that supports each leaf to its branch.
Working backwards and starting out with Fred Saunders there was ‘pasture’, ‘timothy ‘ and ‘cloaca’. A few eyebrows went up at such a strange idea for a farm word. Fred calmly and knowledgeably explained that ‘cloaca’ was the sewer hole or waste exit among foetal pigs, snakes and birds. We learn a goodly number of weird words from some of our players, and in this instance Fred takes the weirdest word of the night award. What was his prize? A roll of toilet paper, appropriately enough. Good word Frederick!
Len Sandeman rounded up an ‘emu,’ a ‘goat’ and an ‘ox’, Len tells us there is an ox cart at Oak Lake, an ‘emu’ on an emu ranch off of Highway 10 and a ‘goat’ on his own front lawn to keep the grass trimmed, all summer long.
Deb Lee cut a wide ‘swath’ on her way through the family ‘soybeans’ up in Strathclair. You can take the girl out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the girl, it is in her blood. She once made hayey when we didn’t even think of having a farm theme. And on that same vein, Carol Enns produced ‘hay’, so Debbie could turn it into ‘hayey’.
There were several other farm-related words but there were no names beside them so I will just add them for good measure. We had ‘ewe,’ ‘sired,’ ‘feed,’ ‘sunlit,’ ‘buds.’ ‘pupa’ and ‘air’. There is nothing like country air, Deb claims — she breathes it all the time, just can’t get enough of it some days.
There were some interesting bonus words made in October, too — those seven or eight letter words that rack up more than 60 points each. Carol Enns garnered 68 points and an extra turn for ‘fairings’ when her opponent challenged it and lost her turn. Good word Carol.
Dev Lallawooa, alias the Taxi Czar of Brandon, fairly dazzled us with ‘soldiers,’ ‘digests,’ ‘adapters’ and ‘heaters’. Debbie Lee found ‘foisted,’ ‘recliner’ and ‘legging’.
Len Sandeman had ‘eyelets,’ ‘elitist’ and ‘familiar’. Fred Saunders unscrambled ‘lessens,’ ‘hoodies,’ ‘eaglets,’ ‘liquors,’ ‘slowing’ and orangier’. Amy found ‘athiests,’ ‘slotters,’ ‘tinniest’ and ‘inground’.
Special notice: The Brandon Scrabble Club is putting on their annual rated tournament this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26-27. Entry fee is $55. Twelve games, all played at the Assiniboine Community College Adult Collegiate at 725 Rosser Ave. More than 20 players from Manitoba and Saskatchewan have already registered for the fun. Call Amy or Carol to register. Players must be registered with NASPA to compete in this event.
The Brandon Scrabblers meet every Wednesday evening at 6:30 at the ANAVets Club, 31 14th Street. Admission is always free for visitors. We welcome newcomers or past players to join in the fun and learn new words and laugh lots in the process. We are big on fun, short on seriousness. Call Amy at 204-728-3271 or Carol at 204-726-1117 — or just come on down!
Amy Knight is a local Scrabble buff who enjoys a regular dose of wordplay.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 24, 2013