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NSC 2012 Commentary: Round 12

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Round 12

We are back from lunch and besides a cane owned by Vivienne Muhling (Toronto ON), which seems to have been misplaced, all is well and games started on time.

Kate needs a nap. She'll annotate this round and then go and try to get a bit of sleep... (she didn't, though).

Tom OLaughlin (Hartland, WI) had his best game of the tournament, winning as the 56th seed against the 6th seed. He had OUTRAGED and UNFILLED, then STAINER to go out.

Eric Tran (Calgary AB) vs Michael Thelen (West Jordan, UT): Mike says, "this one was so fun I almost don't mind losing." Mike had MACAROONS, MISGRADE, and QUeERED nonbingo for 64. Eric had RETROFIT through the R, BYRnIES for 100, AGONIZE, and WHEEPED as a nonbingo for 67. Eric's win, 460-441.

I see Bruce D Ambrosio (Los Angeles, CA) challenge CRESTEDS* off against Betty Cornelison (Portland, OR). CARBINER* stands on a nearby board, and I had to look up SANDLING because it just looked funny, but that one is good. It takes the S, so perhaps it's a small bird or something.

Speaking of birds, there's FATBIRDS in CSW. There is also GUARDABLE triple-triple on a Mark Kenas (Madison, WI) CSW board.

GOOGLIES in division two and GOOGLES# in division four in the same round! In division four board two, Michael Krafchick (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL) had DENARII, but Sam Masling (Washington, DC) had ETHIONS, IOLITES and GOOGLES#. They were finishing the game, and Michael asked if GOOGLES# was good, and Sam thought it was a number, but in fact, the number is GOOGOL. Michael had considered challenging, but it stays on the board and Sam wins.

I see ?ARLINS with S?OW played through it, and wonder why someone played SmOW. It later occurred to me that cARLINS and mARLINS are both words. See? I'm getting tired.

In Mason Shambach (Battle Creek, MI) vs Gunther Jacobi (Portland, OR), I see five bingos in the nine plays on the board. Mason writes big enough that I can read the situation on his score sheet: Gunther has bingo-bango-bongo with SCATTINg, BEDSONIA, HOISTING and followed with nonbingo WIZENED, while Mason has AIRLInE. Gunther goes on to get a 563-366 win, for his second 500+ game this tourney. He's one to watch from the Pacific Northwest.

Also in CSW, there is a simultaneous challenge — both games at table 6 pause, and all four players head to the challenge computers. Both TRINDLED and HOMA# stay on the board. bONEYARD is also on the Jeremy Hildebrand (Ottawa ON) board.

Fun words on a Bob Lipton (Vero Beach, FL) vs Orlet Bullock (Miami, FL) board: OXYMELS#, RHODINAL#, GOBAR#, and bIZNAGA.

Sandy Nang (Malibu, CA) has UC?HEAD set up on her rack. She ultimately plays the pretty DEbAUCHED to an ED on the board and goes on to win 485-404. After starting 1-5, she has gone on a fabulous 5 game + one bye run. Maybe Harry Potter this morning during the bye helped.

Jason Keller (Highland Park, NJ) and Conrad Bassett-Bouchard (Piedmont, CA) play a close match. Jason gets the stylish HAYFIELD from an H late, but Conrad holds on to win 417-410.

Sherrie reports: In Tony Incorvati (Uniontown, OH) vs Daniel Heck (Des Moines, IA): early in the game, the only bingo is TARTANS at this division four, board one game.

To get POKE on to the board and to the triple, Brenda Dede (Gainesville, FL) had to front hook and create PREWRITE*. Her opponent, Paul Rickhoff (Saugus, CA), decided to challenge, and off it came. I see FATTeNS on their board.

BLONDER is a bingo on a Joyce Stock (Rocky River, OH) vs Christine Engle (Rockledge, FL) board.

Jean Trotman (West Memphis, AR) is playing on a Dan Stock approved board. Her name is blazoned on a bright purple board and she plays with bright purple tiles. In this game, with Sylvia Polson (Montreal QC), I spy the two-blank ConVERT.

Division 3: SMOOtHING jumps out on a Bruce Shuman (Wilmington, NC) vs [error: no such id: hellmann] board. APrONED is also there.

Also division 3: (a now ejected player) is continuing in this NSC with a strong showing. However, this round, Norma Lovett (Unknown city QC) is winning their game. She opened with UNDE, and later extended it to UNDERTOW for the beautiful extension to the triple. She also played MISREADS for 69, and ELOIGNED for 66. He had FADeINS and TRIBAdE.

At table 1, division 3, I saw a really beautiful play. It was Mark Garrod (East Lansing, MI) vs Gary Perman (Blairsville, PA): BRaINIER for 74 was played by Gary, and the beautiful HiRSUTE.

A couple of bingos, MINGLES and LINEAtED, led Ben Withers (Houston, TX) to a win over Sam Rosin (Bernardsville, NJ) in CSW. KEAVIE# was on the board.

Sam Kantimathi (Sacramento, CA) chickened out. He wanted to play STRAINS hooking to make JERQUINGS# on the triple for 152 points. Alas, he didn't. Imagine his dismay when Geoff Thevenot (Austin, TX) played TOES/JERQUINGS# for 68. Words on their boards: UNsETTLE and COWhIDEs. I also see MUEDDIN and IMPALAS.

I would like to take a moment to thank Michael Thelen (West Jordan, UT) for zyzzyva. I have used it a lot to report on the CSW division, since it provides the octothorpe designation.

John Van Pelt (Centreville, VA) vs John OLaughlin (Cambridge, MA): PAEONY#, ALEFT#, RELIQUES, DECRIER, and THRIVEN.

What an exciting game! Chris Lipe (Rome, NY) vs Marty Gabriel (Charleston, IL): Chris played PARKOUR# (a nonbingo for 28), HERBAGeS for 86, ROISTED# for 74 and the gorgeous TOENAIL/AZYME# (hooking TOENAIL to ZYME). Marty played EUPATRID for 84, WAGONED for 96, DIALoGIC through the first I for 63, and the fun WISHA. and MILF#. Marty wins.

Robert Linn (Potomac, MD) vs Steve Polatnick (Miami, FL): PIONERS#, OUTREAD, DARIOLES, the fun BIZOnES, and TYMP#.

Pat Schuberg (Australia) played FOotLESS, hooking to create NEF#, which drew a challenge from Eric Kinderman (Burlington, VT).

Caroline Polak Scowcroft (Australia) vs Marcia Richards (Centreville, VA): CARRIED, BOGGLEs, and TOUrERs, and the fun ISO#.

A remarkable two game sequence for Jesse Day (Berkeley, CA): this round, in his game with Will Anderson (Croton, NY), he managed a career high play score of 212 for JIBbOOMS through the first B, triple triple. Jesse bingoed with ISOTOpE for 76, and drew ?IJMOOS out of the bag. Will kindly played BATFOWL as a nonbingo for 32, dangling the B in the triple lane. Jesse also got EX for 52, AZO for 45, and RELINES for 68, ending up with a 650 to Will's 275. Chris Cree (Dallas, TX) stopped by and admired the board. I asked him to use JIBBOOMS in a sentence, and he said "Okay, Jesse Day played JIBBOOMS." Jesse has gone 4-1 today so far.

The annotators were impressed by the play at table 1 this round, where Jerry Lerman (Foster City, CA) defeated Dave Wiegand (Portland, OR). Of the game, all Jerry had to say was, "I got to play ORTHOEPY." Other words: ImPIOUS, ESTROGEN and UNcOOKED.

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