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Steven Alexander, who had the very strong 583 victory the game before, was beaten 500-429 by Avi Moss (NY), despite the loser's two 100+ point plays. They were: ANTLEReD, triple-triple for 131 and DIAPHONE for 101. Another player, overhearing this, said, "How did you get so much worse in just one game?"
Joan Mocine has a story for me, but she says she has to kill herself first instead. I guess she doesn't have a good story.....
Gregg Foster lost 4 out of the last 6 games and all 4 of his losses had him with a losing score of exactly 391. He is 9-9 and gripping hard to keep it even.
Jan Dixon just beat Joe Edley to halt his 5-game winning streak. The key, says Jan, "was that Joe, late in the game, played CURETING with natural tiles. I challenged it, knowing that there was a blank and an S still in the bag. I ende dup getting them both, but waited four turns to play a bingo, playing off one tile at a time, knowing that there a Z in the bag. With one tile in the bag, I went ahead and played my bingo because there were no possible comebacks and low and behold, I did get stuck with the Z! But I had built up enough of a lead that she decided she could do that. Ironically, the board had gotten so tight that Joe could not go out with his 1-point tiles."
I have more coverage for round 18, but will send this for now.
-- Sherrie Saint John, Internet Reporter, NSC98
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