Carol’s North Metro Report: March 29, 2012

Posted by Carol Dustin on March 29, 2012 under Carol's North Metro Reports

Greetings,

We had 16 players at LaCasita last week. Player Andrea Michaels of San Francisco was in town, and joined us for a few games.

Zbigniew’s bingo stats for 03/29/2012.

WINNERS

Derek Martinez won all four: 418 — 356 — 452 — 464
3/1: Lisa Odom, Joe Gaspard, Fran Galt.
2/1: Rob Robinsky and Andrea Michaels

Derek started 2012 with a nice win streak, and now he’s streaking again, watch out!

HIGH SCORES

660 Lisa Odom
576 Carol Dustin
575 Lisa Odom
533 Rob Robinsky
490 Andrea Michaels
481 Steve Pellinen
478 Joe Gaspard
477 Mary Atwood
464 Derek Martinez
457 Zbigniew Wiecklowski
452 Derek Martinez

Look at Lisa go! The two high scores above netted her wins of +265 and +230. Her total cumulative for four games was 1960, an average of 490 per game, with an average margin of +119 per game (altho she lost one game). 660 is just shy of the 2012 record of 667, held by a close relative of Lisa’s :)

My 576 game included a triple-triple bingo, the first I’ve had in ages. Through a standing B, I played EBONITES for 149. Lisa Odom had a 158-point play with FORESAIL (one of her 11 bingos!), and Derek passed the phoney MANEATER for 140; those must have also been nine-timers. For what it’s worth, “maneater” gets 770,000 hits on Google — mostly thanks to the Hall & Oates song about a certain kind of woman, but it also it was the title of a couple of films and a Lifetime TV series, a novel, the name of a comic-book villain, a video game character, and student newspaper of the University of Missouri, as well as describing a creature that eats human flesh, such as shark. But don’t play it! [MANEATER + I = REANIMATE]

Next up for byes: Me, Mary and Bishak are virtually tied for the next bye. Others following us are Diane, Jerry, and Steve P.

Kudos to the Scrabblers who participated in that St. Paul crossword puzzle tournament last Friday. Andrea Michaels of California (who is herself a puzzle-maker) and locals Jim Kramer, Anne Loring and Carl Voss were among the competitors. Of those, Carl placed highest, looks like maybe 6th from the top? (See crossword tournament results.) Nice job!

CarlVoss spells one valid Scrabble word when you add one letter. Can you find it? Spoiler below.

I started writing this report over the weekend, which includes April 1. That’s the anniversary of when I quit smoking cigarettes, 10 years ago today, after 36 years of 1 – 2 packs per day. That computes to about 110,000 cigarettes unsmoked, costing well over $20,000, had I not quit (assuming I’d have been fortunate enough to live to be 63). I know that many of you have also given up that addiction; so I tip my hat to you as well. It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I’m celebrating by listing all the SMOKE, PUFF and TOBACCO words. (Of course, the folks most praiseworthy are those who never smoked in the first place… )

SMOKE (-D, -ING, -S)

ANTISMOKE
ANTISMOKER (-S)
ANTISMOKING
BESMOKE (-D, ,-KING, -S) -- to soil with smoke
  [anag. BESMOKED = EMBOSKED and BESMOKING = EMBOSKING]
NONSMOKER (-S)
NONSMOKING
OUTSMOKE (-D, KING, -S)
OVERSMOKE (-D, KING, -S)
SMOKABLE [anag. = ABELMOSK]
SMOKEABLE
SMOKEHOUSE (-S) -- a structure in which meat or fish is cured with smoke
SMOKEJACK (-S) -- (Cookery) a device formerly used for turning a 
                  roasting spit, operated by the movement of ascending
                  gases in a chimney
SMOKELESS
SMOKELIKE
SMOKEPOT (-S)
SMOKER (-S)
SMOKESTACK (-S)
SMOKEY
SMOKY (-IER, -IEST)
SMOKILY [anag. = SOYMILK]
SMOKINESS (-ES)
UNSMOKED

CREAMPUFF (-S)
PUFF (-ED, -ING, -S)
PUFFBALL (-S) -- a fungus, also, the head of a dried dandelion flower
PUFFER (-S) -- one that puffs; a kind of fish (fugu)
PUFFERY (-IES) -- excessive public praise
PUFFILY
PUFFIN (-S) -- a sea bird
PUFFINESS (-ES)
PUFFY (-IER, -IEST)

ANTITOBACCO
NONTOBACCO
TOBACCO (-ES, -S)
TOBACCONIST (-S)

Besides the above tobacco words, there are only five other Scrabble words ending in -CCO. MOROCCO (a fine soft leather made from goatskins), SIROCCO and SCIROCCO (a hot, opressive wind), SECCO (wall painting done on dried plaster), and STUCCO (that familiar exterior wall surface).

I had trouble finding a definition anywhere for SMOKEPOT that didn’t have to do with pot-smoking, though I assume it is a pot used for smoking foods. Anyone know better?

EMBOSK means “to conceal with foliage”. I read that PUFFER fish are the second most poisonous vertebrate on earth (next to the “golden dart frog”). ABELMOSK, anagram of SMOKABLE, is “a hairy annual or biennial flowering plant native to Asia, cultivated for its seed. Also called ambrette or musk mallow.” Doesn’t “musk mallow” sound like a muskmelon-flavored marshmallow?

The CARLVOSS solution: the additional letter is E.

The word is NOT: CLOVERASS* or VELCROASS*, CRASSLOVE*, LOVESCARS* or CRAVELOSS* … it IS…

……….

OVERCLASS.

According to thefreedictionary.com, that means: The upper social stratum of society, composed of wealthy and professional people, especially when viewed as controlling society’s economic power.

You can be an underclassman, but not an overclassman, nor an underclasswoman.

See you soon,

Carol

If I were Carol Vess, I’d be OVERCLASS, too.


See also the complete list of Carol’s North Metro Reports