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Nov. 12, 2016, Scrabble tournament recap: Part 3

November 21, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
Nov. 21, 2016

My fifth-round opponent in the Nov. 12 Scrabble tournament was MS, a smart young local player whom I’d never before faced in official competition. I knew from personal experience that he would be a tough out. His player rating — 1098, the highest in our division — only confirmed that.

Going second, I led early, responding to MS’s opening of HEP 16 with FUD/UH/DE 18. My opponent traded four tiles in turn 2, enabling me to pad my lead with WIN 19.

MS narrowed the gap in turn 3 with DEX 35, but my RIB 21 kept me ahead with a very small 58-51 lead.

The fourth turn proved to be important. MS played OVAS 24, instantly raising my suspicion: OVUM is the singular form of a word meaning egg; OVA is its plural. I was fairly certain that OVA did not take an -S.

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