NSA: Tourneys: 1998: CSC : Saturday: Commentary
|CSC98 Commentary: Round 4|
Round 4 After a breakfast in the buffet room, the players filed in for game 4. I'm surprised how so many people can be so orderrly. The Maple Leaf blanks are a huge hit! They jump out from the tables and catch my eye as I walk by. Christina O'Sullivan lost this round to Jeff Parsons, 421-381. I see INHERING on their board. In Hilda Schlechter's game against Linda Espallardo, I see TOROIDS, rITUALs, AZINE to the triple, and AMoTION. On Danny Panganiban and Ron Hoekstra's board I see SCLERAE, ZAYIN (to the triple), and TIFFED. In a game between Andrew Golding and Paul Sidorsky, I spot JOUNCES, SEVErItY, and AIRHOLE. On table 2's board, in a game between Libero Paolella and Tim Anglin, I see ESTRONE, MIZEN, ToWERING, BEAKY, and INDITES. All of a sudden I heard a soft, mechanistic clicking in the room, almost like a rhythmic floor waxing machine, and was surprised to discover that the noise was coming from Craig Rowland's board. The game was over and he was picking up tiles more quickly than I'd ever seen. His fingers, blindingly fast, reminded me of a pianist hard at work. After this round, I'm going to check for subcutaneous magnetic implants. Sary Karanofsky says hi to everyone. She just beat Linda Gomes, 406-358. In the game between Bernard Gotlieb and Fran Silver, Bernard pulled out a 10-point win, 392-382. When I asked if I could photograph the board, Fran joked, "Can't we make it look better by putting SEXPOT on it or something?" Bernard played IGnORERS and Fran got away with the phoney MITEY. Also on the phoney wagon, Jim Nanavati got away with AEDINEs against Glenn Mosher. Jim got both blanks and won, 414-318. Jim's second, acceptable, bingo was LANNErET. In Jeff Fleetham's game with James Cherry, Jeff played ALUNITES. James got down CANTEEN and won the game. Shaun Goatcher and Gene Rawlins had a good game. Gene got down HOaRDINg and Shaun played ACREAGES, EUPLOID, and OVERNEAT. At nearby table 1, Zev Kaufman lost to Albert Hahn, 476-442. Albert played RIVIErA and Zev played DAUBRIES, UNDOCILE, and ORANGIEr, to the "r" in Albert's bingo. After all games were done this round, we were treated to the first- ever SCRABBLE dancing floor show. The three challenge runners were on the stage, grooving, musiclessly, to some tune. They are prepared for a hard day today and one of them, Lauren, is even sporting a new temporary tattoo across her bicep.
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