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Word Nerds - The weather outside was frightful but the Scrabbling was delightful

Following 110 days of subzero temperatures, it comes as no surprise that there were many cool words brought in out of the cold at the Brandon Scrabble Club. Anything to break the tedium of the longest and coldest winter in memory. Our players contemplated the Chill Factor with icy intent.

Fred Saunders found ‘frost’ to which Len Sandeman added ‘bitten’. Dev Lallawooa found more ‘frost’ on another board and daughter Eschita, known for her sweet tooth, stretched it to ‘frostings’, as in icing. Actually, there was a lot of frost. Amy Knight found some too and Marg Hilash stretched it into ‘permafrost’. Cam Locker dropped an ‘icicle’ on his board and Gerrie Aplin got rid of it by turning it into ‘icicled’.

Nancy Dressler found ‘frigid’ which Carol Enns stretched to ‘frigidly’. Deb Lee dumped ‘snow’ on the board and her opponent Judy Roberts transformed it into ‘snowplow’. There were some amazing plays on coldness but we agreed that ‘permafrost’ and ‘frostbitten’ were the best two destined to come in from the cold!

Enough about our current season. Let’s get on with other interesting and clever plays of the winter. Kathie L is another new player to our group and her plays were pretty interesting for a relative newcomer. She found places to put her ‘scry,’ ‘egad,’ ‘unsure,’ ‘astride,’ ‘quin,’ ‘hales’ and ‘index’. Her big bonus play was ‘quivers’ for a huge number of points. Good plays Kathie!

Kim Herperger played ‘grazer’ and ‘fane’ while Nancy Dressler found ‘numbs’ and for her bingo made ‘studied’. Gerrie Aplin had ‘relegates’ for a nine letter bingo. How did she do that, we wondered; she only gets seven letters each turn. The L and the G were already on the board so she just wrapped her letters around them. Very, very nice Gerrie. Her shorter words included ‘bicep,’ ‘pith,’ ‘newt,’ ‘loiter,’ ‘marina,’ ‘rogue,’ ‘shunt’ and ‘beget’. Her other bingo was ‘hedonist’ and that is the pursuit of pleasure. She claims we Scrabblers are all hedonistic as we pursue the pleasure of finding weird words. (Or did she say we are all just weirdies?)

Deb Lee unscrambled lots of letters to come up with ‘dumpy,’ ‘hoary,’ ‘china’ and ‘bruin’. Her high scoring words were ‘panther,’ ‘drained’ and ‘laddies’. Cameron Locker contributed ‘yak’ and ‘until’ and found ‘painted’ as his bingo.

Amy laid claim to ‘hype,’ ‘nada,’ ‘porno,’ ‘wivern’ ‘toyons,’ ‘cabin’ and ‘ilex’. Her plays of the bonus variety were comprised of ‘quarters,’ ‘bastion,’ ‘buttress,’ ‘moraine,’ ‘puckered,’ ‘goonies,’ ‘repasted,’ ‘poachers,’ ‘mealiest’ and ‘slanders’. Proudest stretch that took three turns was ‘covarying’ — relating to two or more variables in statistics.

That leaves Fred and Len to bring up the rear, if you will pardon the expression.

Fred was responsible for ‘bice,’ ‘gusher,’ ‘jole,’ ‘chad,’ ‘hazy,’ ‘cherub,’ ‘elhi,’ ‘lording,’ ‘pettle’ and ‘quoted’. Big bonus bingos for His Lordship were ‘question,’ ‘bullies,’ ‘relaying,’ ‘openers’ and ‘zestier’. His biggest stretch of a word was when he grabbed Amy’s ‘ditz’ and lengthened it to ‘ditziness’.

Len Sandeman came up with ’avow,’ ‘hake,’ ‘dimmer,’ ‘haji,’ ‘begum,’ ‘guano,’ ‘brayer,’ ‘uglier’ and ‘trek’. Bonus words were ‘nasties,’ ‘tendril,’ ‘triplane,’ ‘origami’ ‘dissolved,’ ‘sincere’ and ‘sadiron’.

FLASH! — The Winnipeg Scrabble Club has sent out an invitation to attend their April 4-6 open rated tournament. Google Winnipeg Scrabble Club or Cross-tables.com for particulars.

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 204-726-1117 or Amy at 204-728-3271 or Fred at 204-726-9277. We provide new players with helpful word lists and encourage their use during their first months of playing. Fees are only $2, a measly, paltry sum for all the fun, laughter and oh those awful puns!

Amy Knight is a local Scrabble buff who enjoys a regular dose of wordplay.

» acknight@mts.net.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 20, 2014

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Following 110 days of subzero temperatures, it comes as no surprise that there were many cool words brought in out of the cold at the Brandon Scrabble Club. Anything to break the tedium of the longest and coldest winter in memory. Our players contemplated the Chill Factor with icy intent.

Fred Saunders found ‘frost’ to which Len Sandeman added ‘bitten’. Dev Lallawooa found more ‘frost’ on another board and daughter Eschita, known for her sweet tooth, stretched it to ‘frostings’, as in icing. Actually, there was a lot of frost. Amy Knight found some too and Marg Hilash stretched it into ‘permafrost’. Cam Locker dropped an ‘icicle’ on his board and Gerrie Aplin got rid of it by turning it into ‘icicled’.

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Following 110 days of subzero temperatures, it comes as no surprise that there were many cool words brought in out of the cold at the Brandon Scrabble Club. Anything to break the tedium of the longest and coldest winter in memory. Our players contemplated the Chill Factor with icy intent.

Fred Saunders found ‘frost’ to which Len Sandeman added ‘bitten’. Dev Lallawooa found more ‘frost’ on another board and daughter Eschita, known for her sweet tooth, stretched it to ‘frostings’, as in icing. Actually, there was a lot of frost. Amy Knight found some too and Marg Hilash stretched it into ‘permafrost’. Cam Locker dropped an ‘icicle’ on his board and Gerrie Aplin got rid of it by turning it into ‘icicled’.

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