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Two challenge judges have noticed clocks running when they approached the boards for a challenge. One told the opponents to neutralize the clock and the other said nothing (figuring it wasn't permitted). The word judges are still talking about what is the proper action.
Division 2 word judge, Kathy Baker, decided to dedicate part of her lunch hour to looking through the challenge slip box. These were the words tried that are not acceptable: RATIONER, AZIN, QUEG, FAH#, MES#, FLAKINGS, QUENE, ENCOIL, UNPERMER, BESTMAN, OUTSPARK, ORAS, WIM, AXINE, WROT, POUTISH, COM, DUGOUTS [this is acceptable - jjc], PLOGHED, JARE, CLAPY, DARSMAN, QUINE, SCAMPIS#, GOG, MEIN#, WOKER, LORDIES, BLINN, OASISES, HARASSE, COZING#, IRITATES, AIOLA, NEPORTIC, PIGFEET, QUAT#, AEROS#, MAVONS, ASHPILE, MEDS, DOFT, YONS, ROBOTISE#, SYE#, MAVES, DROPTIME, VIN#, KAO, PICAX, and MIN. These were acceptable words challenged: VALERIANS, ALEC, BOXINGS, QATS, SEESAWS, TARED, JOWED, PINHOLES, BUCKO, GITS, LUMPISH, WATERMEN, SORL, QUAVER, GAOLER, SAILINGS, REEL, RIVE, BALLOTERS, FER, and RUNE.
Joey Mallick tells me about his comeback game against Charnwit. He says, "First of all, I don't know what I was thinking when I challenged TERN. I slowly chipped away at his lead and then it's down to my last rack, and I think it's hopeless. I hold AADELN? and the only possible bingos must be exactly 7 letters and must end with A or AN. After moaning to myself for only finding ADRENAL and LANATED, I come up with LEADMAN and end up winning by 13, 375-362."
-- Sherrie Saint John, Internet Reporter, NSC98
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