Archive for July 1st, 2015

The more you know: Tisane, ingesta, digesta and other Scrabble anomalies

July 1, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
July 1, 2015

Time for a Scrabble rant!

This post revolves around a single high-scoring play in game 5 of the tournament that I played on Saturday, June 27. But before I recap what happened and explain why things were so screwy, I want to discuss a key part of the game.

A bingo, as faithful readers know, is a move that uses all seven letters on a player’s rack. A bingo yields the points scored that such a move would normally score plus a 50-point bonus. Competitive games among really good players tend to average at least one bingo. Typically, in tournaments, the player who bingos the most will win the most games.

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Scrabbling: Recapping my June 27, 2015, tournament (part 4 of 4)

July 1, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
July 1, 2015

Game 7 began innocuously enough. Alas; soon, it devolved into a rout.

I played J., a cheerful local fellow. After three turns, he held a 77-53 lead, mainly thanks to his second play, AX 30.

But on turn 4, J. laid down FRIENDlY 69, giving him a big lead. And two plays later, he sprang a second bingo, MEAThEAD 66. I was down, and down big: I trailed 238-117 at the close of turn 6.

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