We had 16 players at LaCasita last Thursday. We couldn’t help noticing that 7 of our top 8 players were absent, for various reasons, making it a little lighter field than usual.
Richard Johnson won all four: 483 — 435 — 456 — 483
3/1: Greg Edwards and Zbigniew Wieckowski
2/1: David Herfel, Dennis Fenichel and Diane Weinerman
Richard averaged 464 per game, and Greg averaged 462 per game.
Richard was attending North Metro for just his second time. He lives in Texas and has been on a work assignment here for some time, but next week, he will ride off into the sunset. Thanks Richard for being a part of our Scrabble community during your stay, and congrats on going out with a bang! You will be missed.
554 Harriet Strasberg
506 Dennis Fenichel
503 Greg Edwards
494 David Herfel
488 Greg Edwards
485 David Herfel
483 Richard Johnson
483 Richard Johnson (same score twice)
474 Joe Gaspard
463 Greg Edwards
456 Richard Johnson
Next up for byes: Pete, Maureen, Derek, Dennis, Cal, Steve P.
Congrats to Lisa O., who placed at the very top of the Arden Cup tourney over the holiday, taking first place in Dvision A, and winning lots of money! Scott Jackson was third in that Div., and Sue Hoehn was second in Division D. I did not place well, but I won $40 for having the high game and the high play in Division B.
I didn’t run a list of MOTHER words for Mother’s Day, so I’ll do it now, because today (May 31) is my mother’s 87th birthday. Tonight at club, I’ll pay $1 for every 87-point play, in addition to the regular prizes.
MOTHER (-ed, -ing, -s) [anag MOTHERS=SMOTHER=THERMOS] MOTHERBOARD (-s) -- the central circuit board of an electronic device MOTHERHOOD (-s) MOTHERHOUSE (-s) -- a convent housing a mother superior MOTHERINGS [anag SMOTHERING] MOTHERLAND (-s) -- one's native land MOTHERLESS, MOTHERLESSNESS (-es) MOTHERFUCKER (-s) MOTHERFUCKING MOTHERLY, MOTHERLINESS (-es) MOTHERY -- slimy (really!) FOREMOTHER (-s) -- a woman ancestor GODMOTHER (-ed, -ing, -s) GRANDMOTHER (-s) GRANDMOTHERLY HOUSEMOTHER (-s) -- a woman employed as a chaperon in a boarding residence SMOTHER (-ed, -ing, -s) [anag. MOTHERS] SMOTHERER (-s) SMOTHERY STEPMOTHER (-s)
Wow, I didn’t even know that chaperon could be spelled without the ending -E. Did you notice the flip-flop? MOTHERHOUSE and HOUSEMOTHER. Motherland, fatherland and homeland all mean about the same thing.
Mothery means “slimy”? It is related to THIS definition of mother: “a stringy slime composed of yeast cells and bacteria that forms on the surface of fermenting liquids and is added to wine or cider to start the production of vinegar.” Lovely!
Other words containing MOTHER that have nothing to do with mothers:
CHEMOTHERAPIST (-s) CHEMOTHERAPY (-pies) NORMOTHERMIA (-s) -- a normal state of temperature NORMOTHERMIC
Since Father’s Day is right around the corner, it’s intereting to see the two lists side by side. Here are the Father words:
FATHER (-ed, -ing, -s) [anag. FATHER = HAFTER = TREFAH] FATHERHOOD (-s) FATHERLAND (-s) FATHERLESS FATHERLESSNESS (-es) FATHERLIKE FATHERLY, FATHERLINESS (-es) FOREFATHER (-s) GODFATHER (-ed, -ing, -s) GRANDFATHER (-ed, -ing, -s) GRANDFATHERLY HOUSEFATHER (-s) -- a man in charge of and living in a boardinghouse STEPFATHER (-s) UNFATHERED
Grandfather is a verb; while grandmother is not. Motherlessness is good, but fatherless does not take the -ness suffix. You can be fatherlike, but don’t try to be motherlike*. Unfathered is good; but not unmothered*. Curious.
PARENT appears in words like apPARENT, transPARENT, etc… but here are just the words using PARENT in the meaning of a mother or father:
BIPARENTAL, BIPARENTALLY -- of or derived from two parents COPARENT (-ed, -ing, -s) [anag. COPARENT = PORTANCE] GODPARENT (-s) GRANDPARENT (-ed, -ing, -s) GRANDPARENTAL GRANDPARENTHOOD HOUSEPARENT (-s) NONPARENT (-s) -- someone other than a child's parent who has or seeks parental authority or custody PARENT (-ed, -ing, -s) [anag PARENT = ARPENT = ENRAPT = ENTRAP = TREPAN] (all take an -s) PARENTAL, PARENTALLY [anag: PARENTAL = PARLANTE = PATERNAL = PRENATAL; PARENTALLY = PATERNALLY = PRENATALLY] PARENTAGE (-s) -- ancestry PARENTHOOD (-s) PARENTING (-s) PARENTLESS STEPPARENT, STEPPARENTING (-s)
PARENTERAL and PARENTERALLY are medical terms, meaning something like “entering the body in a manner other than through the digestive tract”.
• “We said there warn’t no home like a raft, after all. Other places do seem so cramped up and SMOTHERY, but a raft don’t. You feel mighty free and easy on a raft.” ~ Huckleberry Finn
• “There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.” ~ Chinese proverb
• “Mothers are the necessity of invention.” ~ Bill Watterson
• “Doubt is the father of invention.” ~ Galileo
• “I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.” ~ Phyllis Diller
• “I won’t lie to you, fatherhood isn’t easy like motherhood.” ~ Dan Castellaneta
See you soon,