A fond farewell to Richard Johnson who is heading back to Texas this weekend. We enjoyed having you at club and hope you pass this way again soon.
Congrats again to Scott Jackson for finishing 3rd in Division A, Sue Hoehn for finishing 2nd in Division D, and to Carol for her high game 522 and high play LEFTISTS for 149 in Division B at the Arden Cup.
Thanks to my Steve for getting us to and from the Arden Cup in one piece, Chicago drivers notwithstanding, and for the wonderful lunch at High Rock Cafe at the Dells, the halfway point of our journey.
Here are the Division A winner’s Arden Cup highlights:
• The fact that hotel decor featured my favorite color orange throughout and not just any orange, but a red poppy orange, not too far off the Pantone color for 2012, Tangerine Tango. I also loved the trendy art–closeups of escalator parts and asymmetrical prints of iconic midcentury chairs.
• Spending time with my pal Joey Mallick – it had been awhile and I’ve missed his playful puns like “losing his moJOEY” to describe his 11-9 performance.
• Being lectured by Michigan expert and friend Paul Epstein on the difference between a cover band and a tribute band and hearing all about his latest musical endeavor, Smiths United. It gave me something fun to google when I couldn’t sleep on Sunday night.
• Tapas with Steve, Debbie Stegman, Alyssa Faria, Rod McNeil, Paul Epstein, and Julia Bogle. It was fun to get to know Alyssa who just won the BAT expert division last month even if she did trounce me by 181 at a critical point in the tournament. I suppose that was in retaliation for trouncing her partner, Rod, by 202 in game 5. And she loves to eat like I do. Steve’s pick, figs wrapped in bacon, was the star of the night.
• Dinner with Steve, Carol, Joey, and Sue H at Maggianos. Nice to spend time with clubmates at a place Steve, Joey and I have enjoyed in Chicago and Minneapolis though the Edina restaurant closed a few years ago. And the linguini with with white clam sauce was as good as ever.
• Scott’s “I’m rooting for you” speech at the beginning of the last day of competition when we were tied. What a mensch!
• My natural CLEEKING for 230 (high play) and the resulting 617 (high game) in game 15. CLEEK means to seize something suddenly and eagerly. I felt like I was CLEEKING when I slapped down AUTOMATE to clinch game 20 and the tournament within seconds of Scott’s go ahead bingo.
• Winning the tournament which meant getting back to 1900 (1932!), back to the top 50 in NASPA, a big shiny trophy and $800.
Thanks to everyone who wished me well before or during and congratulated me after.
23 bodies under the Bridge
Undefeated Record & Avg Score
Carl Voss 4-0 394
David Herfel 3-0 464
Megan O’Connell 3-0 398
Winning Record & Avg Score
Scott Jackson 3-1 454
Dan Bliss 3-1 394
Diane Weinerman 3-1 351
Nadine Jacobson 2-1 435
Steve Pellinen 2-1 403
Paul Kyllonen 2-1 361
Nadine Jacobson 504
David Herfel 504
Who won a dollar?
Prizes by Jason
MLI LISA ODOM – Carol for TANDOOR (5) 85 (2012 Arden Cup Champion)
BEST WORD DESCRIBING CHICAGO DRIVERS – Jason for DUI (Driving under the influence, get it?)
HIGH FIVE LETTER WORD – Lisa for IZARS (75)
LOW S PLAY – Carl for LUVS (16)
1. UNHEALTHIEST WORD – Dave H for PICA
2. HIGH 8TH TURN – Bob for FROZE
9:00 BINGO ROUND
Bob, Lisa, Dave H
• You’ve heard of Charlemagne? Well, say hello to Carlemagne: Carl Voss goes 4-0 at at club for the second time in three weeks. He had a nice bingo too: GASOHOLS. For those who may not know, Charlemagne means Charles the Great in French. Carl felt a bit like a pretender because he didn’t have to play the top of field, but he has been moving steadily up the leaderboard (currently 11) and is poised to break into the top ten.
• Kudos to Dan Bliss for moving into the top half of the standings by going 3-1 and to Diane for going 3-1 though only averaging 351,
• Nicest bingos of the night? Steve played DOGESHIP to the triple line and then followed it up with PINNIPED. A pinniped is a mammal with flipperlike limbs. Seals, sea lions and walruses are all pinnipeds. DOGESHIP is the office a doge, a chief magistrate in Venice or Genoa. DOGEDOM is also good, the domain of a doge.
• Failed to notice last week that Vincent had tied my 12-game consecutive win streak. The record has been updated.
• Steve broke his own high non-bingo record with JEEZ for 89.
• Two nines got played through ER last night! Megan played ENTAILerS against Steve and Dave Herfel played INTerVALE against me. I stuck an S on it later, knowing the singular was good, but not knowing whether it was a noun our adjective. It reminds me of INTERLACHEN*, an Edina street and nearby golf course that I always assumed meant “between the lakes.” In fact, INTERVALE is a noun: “a tract of low-lying land, especially along a river.”
• Going Bye Bye: Michele A then Greg E then Bob L then Diane W then Carl V then Dawn G then Vince V then Doobie K then Jason V then Harmony K.
Anamonic of the Week
Anamonics are phrases or words in which all of the letters combine with the stem word to form legit words. The best ones are those which are easy to remember because they relate to the stem word in an obvious way. Also, the more concise, the better, though concision should not supersede the memorability of the phrase. (BTW, anamonic is not a legit word).
Some of the best anamonics are ones that define the stem word perfectly since it makes them easy to remember.
READING = Bed habit mostly (also DERAIGN GRADINE GRAINED) B - BEARDING BREADING E - REGAINED D - READDING DREADING H - ADHERING A - DRAINAGE GARDENIA (b) I - DEAIRING T - GRADIENT REDATING TREADING M - DREAMING MARGINED MIDRANGE O - ORGANDIE S - DERAIGNS GRADINES READINGS (t) L - DANGLIER DRAGLINE Y - READYING
|High Bingo||176 (GYNOECIA)||Dave Herfel||3/13|
|High Non-Bingo||89 (JEEZ)||Steve Pellinen||5/29|
|High 3-game Series||1697||Greg Edwards||2/21|
|High 4-game Series||2050||Greg Edwards||2/21|
|High Game||642||Greg Edwards||2/21|
|High Loss||462||Greg Edwards||2/14|
|Win Streak||12||Lisa Odom||2/28|
|Win Streak||12||Vincent Van Dover||5/29|
– Lisa O