We had 18 players on the 17th of May. Jeff Lande showed up for the first time this year, and Vincent made a rare appearance as well. I forgot to mention last week that both Mina Le and Mary Krizan moved up to the ranking list; both in the top 10!
Nobody won all four.
Joe Gaspard won all three of his games 474 — 513 — 437
Scott Jackson played two games, and won both.
3/1: Steve P. and Zbigniew
2/1: Jerry and Dennis
Joe continues his winning ways, and has now won 10 of his last 11 games.
565 Steve Pellinen
551 Steve Pellinen
513 Joe Gaspard
488 Steve Pellinen
474 Joe Gaspard
459 Scott Jackson
457 Mary Atwood
High scores were mostly hogged by Steve and Joe!
Next up for byes: Pete, Maureen, Derek, Dennis, Mary A., Steve P., Lisa.
Joe showed me one of his racks in our game Thursday: he had PODAGRA, which, in its plural form, was one of the GASPARD+1(O) words from my list last week. Cool, eh? It couldn’t have happened to a more bejeweled guy!
Diane showed me the 50-pt. bonus she got in her game against Victor, when she went out and stuck him with: CJTTWX !
Speaking of Victor, be sure to use a clock when you play him. Victor, as anyone with a medical difficulties, is allowed to go five minutes over time with no penalty. In order to apply that accurately, a clock must be used, so don’t let him convince you that he is allowed to play without one! Nobody has that privilege : )
Now, getting back to Joe: on May 10th, when Joe had his record-breaking series, he played 13 bingos. TWO of them were -LIKE words, BOTH using a blank for the K… GATELIkE and EELLIkE. EELLIKE made me wonder how many -LIKE words produce the double L — there are 15:
ANIMALLIKE BOWLLIKE CAMELLIKE EELLIKE JEWELLIKE METALLIKE OWLLIKE PETALLIKE [anag: PLATELIKE] SEALLIKE SNAILLIKE [anag: SILKALINE] SOULLIKE TAILLIKE TUNNELLIKE VEILLIKE WOOLLIKE
OWLISH is also good, but none of the others work that way. None of them have anagrams.
One of Joe’s 13 bingos on May 10th was THEOCRAT. How many -CRAT words are there?
ARISTOCRAT -- a member of a ruling class or of the nobility AUTOCRAT -- an absolute ruler [anag ACTUATOR] BUREAUCRAT DEMOCRAT GERONTOCRAT -- a government based on rule by elders MERITOCRAT-- a system in which advancement is based on individual ability or achievement [anag: MERITOCRATS=ASTROMETRIC] MOBOCRAT -- mob rule MONOCRAT -- autocrat OCHLOCRAT-- government by masses; mob rule [anag: COLCOTHAR (a brownish-red ferric oxide)] PLUTOCRAT -- government by the wealthy SLAVOCRAT -- slaveholders as a dominant class SUPERBUREAUCRAT TECHNOCRAT-- an expert who is a member of a highly skilled elite group THALASSOCRAT -- Naval or commercial supremacy on the seas THEOCRAT -- a supporter of a government ruled by or subject to religious authority
BUREAUCRAT is the only one that does NOT have an O before the -CRAT. All but SLAVO- and THALASSO- can also have an -IC added to the end. All of these words can also be a “-CRACY”.
But there are a few words ending in -CRACY that don’t spell with -CRAT:
GYNECOCRACY -- government by women ISOCRACY -- a government in which there is equality of power among all the people PANTISOCRACY -- a utopian community where all are equal and all rule PLANTOCRACY -- a ruling class formed of plantation owners STRATOCRACY -- military rule TIMOCRACY -- a state in which the ownership of property is a qualification for office (or a tournament run by Tim?)
All of these pluralize; none have anagrams in either the singular or plural form. Did you notice that PANT is a front extension for -ISOCRACY?
There is a “vintage” apparel company in Wisconsin called MOBOCRACY: www.mobocracy.biz.
There is a comic book series called the Ochlocrat — here’s their website: www.alanguilan.com/sanpablo/ochlo.html
See you soon,