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December and January were the second coldest on record for our province but it didn’t prevent our Scrabble players from braving the elements most Wednesday nights.

Seven or eight of our stalwarts turned up regularly and we recorded some wonderful words and bingos.

During that time we welcomed Cameron Locker, a new enthusiast who had recently moved to Brandon. Cameron has enjoyed the relaxed and friendly atmosphere at the Army Navy and Air Force club. He is keen to learn unfamiliar words and strategies used at the club.

Some of Cameron’s notable plays included ‘gnu,’ ‘reindeers,’ lazy,’ ‘spray,’ ‘swift,’ ‘model,’ ‘vapour,’ ‘nazi’ and ‘relaxed’. He was quite amazed to learn that ‘nazi’ was valid. Just wait until he finds out what other dreadful words and epithets are permissible as well. He fits comfortably into the group and is at his best in friendly banter.

Co-director Carol Enns came up with ‘trotter,’ ‘agape,’ ‘equate,’ ‘brae,’ ‘belted,’ ‘clove,’ ‘civic,’ ‘geeks,’ ‘minuet’ and ‘slurred’ for her bingo. Co-director Deb Lee added ‘craven’, ‘vav,’ ‘thief,’ ‘stealing’ and ‘murderer’. There is a well defined criminal ring to her words but ‘seafarer,’ ‘leaving’ and ‘candies’ were pretty well crime-free plays. They are legal and virtuous and Deb is striving to be both when it comes to Scrabble.

Jude Roberts has returned after a few months in Edmonton and contributed ‘avenue,’ ‘fared,’ ‘smile,’ ‘raven,’ ‘bairn,’ ‘qat,’ ‘anion,’ ‘kitten,’ ‘cum,’ ‘ka’ and ‘zoo’. She is getting pretty sharp at remembering those little two and three letter words that are new to her, those little words that can count up so nicely on the board. In doing so, Jude humbled Amy and took her to the cleaners. We all know Amy can take a lot of humbling!

Kim Herperger’s good words included ‘cello,’ ‘virtue,’ ‘seal’ and ‘gather’. Her bonus words were ‘tonnages,’ ‘grieved’ and ‘retreat’. Nice bingos, Ms Herperger!

Marg Hilash donated ‘goof,’ ‘watch,’ ‘canoe,’ ‘surf,’ ‘egoist’ and ‘hertz’. Her bonus play was ‘realize’ which, she reminds us, can also be spelled ‘realise’ as it is spelled in Britain. Good to know, Margie!

Over the Christmas season Patti Willson played a very appropriate ‘inn’ and ‘mangers’.

Kim Herperger found ‘joyous,’ while Nancy Dressler found ‘noel’ and ‘cradle’.

Len Sandeman had ‘angelic’ and Margie Hilash claimed a ‘madonna’; Dev found ‘devout’ and ‘worship’; then Fred Saunders burst forth with ‘nativity’ and Gerrie Aplin found ‘myrrh’ and an early ‘advent’. Carol Enns placed ‘incense’ on the board and Amy was stuck with ‘frank’ when there wasn’t room to place it in front of Carol’s sweet- smelling word.

There were even more bingos that burst forth during those cold and frosty weeks.

Fellow stalwarts at our club are Fred Saunders and Len Sandeman. Some of Len’s claims to fame are ‘scented,’ ‘picnics,’ ‘relaxes,’ ‘lessons,’ ‘storage,’ ‘sleeper,’ ‘martins,’ ‘daunted,’ ‘sulkier’ and ‘sleeping’.

Not to be outdone in the bonus word department, Fred retaliated with ‘relocate,’ ‘tunnies,’ ‘unlined,’ ‘apogees,’ ‘uneases,’ ‘oleates,’ ‘briefing,’ ‘blender,’ ‘bonkers,’ ‘equators’ and ‘swarmed’. He was most proud of ‘assegai’ which isn’t a naughty word at all but means ‘to pierce with a light spear’.

As you can see, Fred and Len have a plan in place for both of them to swarm the rest of us with seven and eight letter words at every opportunity.

Those bingo bonanzas bugged Amy, so, not to let those two get away with all the multi-lettered bonus words, she put on her thinking toque and found spots for ‘inflate,’ ‘mushily,’ ‘grooming,’ ‘molters,’ ‘guiltily,’ ‘dualist’ and ‘cockatoo’. She also claimed the smallest scoring bingo when she played ‘teeniest’ for only 57 points.

The Brandon Scrabble Club meets every Wednesday evening at the Army Navy and Air Force clubrooms between 6:30 and 9:30. All interested players are welcome and can contact Carol at 726 1117 or Amy at 728 3271. We provide players with helpful word lists and encourage their use during their first months of playing.

Amy Bonchuk is a student at Assiniboine Community College’s Manitoba Institute of Culinary Arts and is also a purebred Simmental and Gelbvieh cattle breeder. Her column runs every other week.

» ajbfoodie@mts.net.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 13, 2014

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December and January were the second coldest on record for our province but it didn’t prevent our Scrabble players from braving the elements most Wednesday nights.

Seven or eight of our stalwarts turned up regularly and we recorded some wonderful words and bingos.

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Seven or eight of our stalwarts turned up regularly and we recorded some wonderful words and bingos.

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