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NSC 2008 Commentary: Round 17
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Trip Payne (Boca Raton, FL) becomes victim #14 in the consecutive win freight train called Brian Cappelletto (Chicago, IL), losing 300-426. When I walked up the board to snap a photograph, he said, this is "not even interesting enough to photograph."
At table 2 in division 1, the last few play's worth of tiles are all spread out on the sides of the round board. Jerry Lerman (Foster City, CA) is standing and smiling as he gestures to the board while talking to onlookers. I approach and he said, "I missed a triple-triple." It probably cost him the game to Ian Weinstein (Coral Springs, FL). Jerry held AEERTTW and had a blank J in the left hand triple lane. Can you find his play?*
As I stand and watch, Darrell Day (Richardson, TX) bingos out with JoRDANS for 70. He seems less than enthused about this, and I discover that he's lost to Steve Polatnick (Miami, FL), 390-424. I see Darrell's REAGINIC and REZeROS. Steve played LOITeRED, ADVISING, and AIRIEST.
Winter Zxqkj (Houston, TX) defeats Seth Lipkin (Hopkinton, MA) this round, 454-380. I try to find out something about the game, but they are so intent on one another that I just let them continue in that vein.
Robert Gillis (Owens X Roads, AL) is delightful. He approaches me with his glasses laying around his neck, the kind that meet in the middle and snap, so they are removed by pulling them apart at the bridge of the nosepiece. He always shares obscure word stories with me. It is no wonder he created Bob's Bibles! Anyway, the report this round is that he got to play MEGAHIT. This word he learned in a quiz with Patricia Barrett (Houston, TX) and Chris Cree many moons ago.
Jerry missed seeing WATERjET.