DC Scrabble Club

NASPA Club 171
Club 171: Our regular meeting is 5:30-10pm every Tuesday at the Chevy Chase Community Center. Please bring equipment if possible and contribute $1 toward photocopying, etc. Paired rounds begin at 5:30, about 6:15, 7:10, 8:05, and at 9pm sharp. If you arrive during a round, you will face a short wait for a game, but can partake of the snacks as you wait. Results from past play at Chevy Chase are shown below.
Weekly Roundup for week of December 11, 2012
We won't meet Dec. 25, 2012, and Jan. 1, 2013. Still exploring with DC whether we can meet other days those weeks. The week of New Year's seems more likely because of shorter hours at the center the first week.

The Castellano family did well at last Sunday's Philadelphia tournament. Vince won Div. 1 with a 7-0 record and Josh finished third in Div. 2 with a 5-2 mark. Congrats to both.

Good luck to everyone in the Delaware tournament(s) (double header and double header) next weekend.

Tuesday's results from director Carol Tillson:

Ted Gest             5-0         +424      7 bingoes
Grant Guenzel     4-0         +350      8 bingoes
Paula McMartin    3-0         +211      1 bingo
Vince Castellano  3-1        + 210     7 bingoes
Ralph Moore        3-2         +245     8 bingoes
Ted Mast              3-2             -5     8 bingoes
Dan Milton            3-2           -35     7 bingoes
Carole Denton      2-2          +39     4 bingoes
John Stinson        2-2          +36      6 bingoes
Daniel Novinson   2-2           +7       1 bingo
Carol Tillson         2-3         -237      1 bingo
Simon Chervenak 1-0        +140       
Stefan Fatsis        1-1          +34       4 bingoes
Joshua Castellano 1-2         -107      
Tat Reistrup          1-2         -193        1 bingo
Irene Awret            1-4         +30        1 bingo
Marty Gold            0-2         -156       3 bingoes
Sam Masling          0-2        -157
Jada Hayes           0-3         -567       
Gary Emanuel      0-5        -285        4 bingoes

Weekly Roundup for week of December 4, 2012
Our member Lee Pearson is seeking volunteers to serve as coaches to Scrabble clubs in one of 6 D.C. public schools. The time commitment would be as low as one hour a week, in the late afternoon, and people can work with an afterschool coordinator to set a schedule that works for them. Coaches are asked to build students' Scrabble skills so they can be prepared to play competitvely in the spring. The School Scrabble website has lots of material for coaches, and Stefan Fatsis will provide some live training.

Schools needing coaches are Jefferson MS, Bancroft ES, Takoma EC, Langdon EC, Columbia Heights EC, and West EC. To volunteer, get in touch with Lee, lee.pearson "at" dc.gov

Last Tuesday's results from director Dan Milton:

Carole Denton         4-0   +443     8 bingos
Ted Mast                 4-1   +520   13 
Dan Milton               3-0    +105    4
Gary Emanuel         3-2    +102    3
Ralph Moore            3-2    +16     5
Ted Gest                  3-2     +6      2
Carol Tillson             3-2    -79      2
Carol Colloton          2-1     +116   1
Tat Reistrup              2-2     +33     5
Vince Castellano       2-2     -19     3
Sam Masling              1-0     +31   1
Josh Castellano         1-3     -23
Irene Awret                1-4   -349
Marcia Bowen            0-2     -87    1
Aaron Gilary              0-2   -129    1
Jada Hayes               0-2    -269   
William Bass             0-2     -321
Paula McMartin        0-3     -221

Weekly Roundup for week of November 27, 2012
Here are last Tuesday's results from director Carole Denton:
 
Dan Milton             5-0   +550  8 bingos
Ralph Moore          4-1   +138  7  "
Tat Reistrup           3-1   +296  5  "
Carole Denton        3-2   +226  4  "
Jacob Radack        2-0   +141  3  "
Beverly Roberts      2-0   +82    1  "
Sam Masling         2-0    +66    4  "
Marcia Bowen        2-1   +143  1  "
John Stinson          2-3   +125   3  "
Ted Gest               2-3     +96  5  "
Ted Mast               2-3      -0-  8  "
Tyler Mathers        2-3   -207   4  "
Gary Emanuel       2-3   -276   4  "
Carol Colloton        1-2    +30   1  "
Paula McMartin      1-2   -125   1  "
Carol Tillson           1-4   -346   5  "
William Bass          0-2   -123  
Jada Hayes            0-3   -160
Betty Berger           0-3   -178   2 "

Weekly Roundup for week of November 20, 2012
We're happy to report that "Man of Letters," the video produced from Adam Ruben's Scrabble story, won the Speakeasy DC contest a week ago today.
Here it is on youtube. As we reported earlier, the story as Adam told it is here. Congrats to Adam and the filmmakers.

You may have noticed that Christmas and New Year's Day fall on Tuesdays. In the past we've sometimes arranged to play at the community center another day on one or both weeks. Informal survey: Please message Ted Gest if you might be interested in playing on Dec. 27 and/or Jan. 3 or 4. Note that the center may close at 8 or 9 p.m. Dec. 27 so we'd have to play on an earlier schedule. Reply only if your answer is yes or probably yes, and please specify the date(s) you are interested.

A report on Tuesday's action from director Ted Mast:

Carol Tillson             5 - 0    + 405    7 bingoes
Vince Castellano      3 - 0     +393    9
David Koenig            3 - 2     +111  10
Gary Emanuel          3 - 2       +39    3
Dan Milton               3 - 3       -75     8
Ted Mast                 2 - 1       -45     5
Chloe Fatsis            1 -  0     +70    
Caleb Anderson       1 -  0       +2
Paula McMartin       1 -  1     +95     2
Phil Koshute           1  - 1      -51     1
Irene Awret              2 - 3     -110
Ted Gest                 2 - 3     -171     7
Josh Castellano      1 - 2       -60      3
Jada Hayes             1  - 2    -129     1
Saone Crocker        0  - 1     -45
Stefan Fatsis           0  - 1   -105     2
Jampal Rowe           0  - 1   -172     1
Ralph Moore            1  - 4     -16     7
Cheryl Kagan           0 -  3   -131     3

Weekly Roundup for week of November 13, 2012
The new edition of TheLastWord newsletter is out. See TheLastWordNewsletter.com or http://tinyurl.com/TLWNovember-12*

Here are the results from Tuesday night from director John Stinson. Highlights included Paula McMartin's MONKEYS for 101 and Diane Chrisen's HARPIES for 97.

David Koenig               4-0    +665   10 bingos
Ted Mast                      4-0    +462     9 
Tyler Mathers               4-1    +431   10
Marcia Bowen              3-0    +360     3
Diane Christen            3-1         +7     4 
Gary Emanuel             3-2    +197     4  
Dan Milton                   3-3     -441     7
Vince Castellano         2-1    +182     5 
Carol Colloton             2-1      +26     
Paula McMartin           2-2      +69      3 
John Stinson               2-2      +28     5
Tat Reistrup                2-2    -170      3 
Ted Gest                     2-3      +52     8
Ralph Moore                2-3     -132    6 
Sam Masling                1-1    +249    4 
Beverly Roberts           1-1    -105
Stefan Fatsis                1-2      -53    6 
Josh Castellano           1-2    -141
Carol Tillson                 1-4    -394    2 
David Levinger             0-1      -63     
Audrey Alexander        0-1      -70
Jim Reus                      0-2    -147    1 
Jake Bogart                  0-2    -320
Irene Awret                   0-5    -322

Weekly Roundup for week of November 6, 2012
Tourneys coming up include Philadelphia on Dec. 9, Delaware Dec. 22-25 (various tournaments), and Atlantic City Jan. 26-28. See cross-tables.com for details. Early discount on Atlantic City expires this coming Thurs., Nov. 15.

Election Night club results from director Carol Tillson:

                                                
Ted Mast            4-1  +169   10 bingoes     
Ralph Moore         3-2  +154   8              
Ted Gest            3-2  -96    5              
Paula McMartin      2-0  -79               
Josh Castellano     2-1  +260               
Carole Denton       2-2  -167   3              
Gary Emanuel        2-3  -22    3              
Stefan Fatsis       1-0  +33    2              
Caleb Anderson      1-0  +23               
Sam Masling         1-1  +96    5              
Vince Castellano    1-2  +135   7              
Carol Tillson       1-2  -92    2              
Chloe Fatsis        0-1  -112               
Jake Radack         0-2  -115   1              
Elston Wisseh       0-2  -368               

Weekly Roundup for week of October 30, 2012
Three associated tournaments involving our members took place this weekend.

Congrats to Josh Castellano for winning first place in Div. 2 at the Eastern Shore tournament with a 12-4 record. Carol Tillson took second place in Div. 3 with an 11-5 mark, followed by John Stinson, tied for 3rd with a 10-6 record. You can see the full results at cross-tables.com

In the Collins branch of the tourney, held at Bob Linn's in Potomac, Dave Koenig took first with a 14-2 mark, winning his last 11 games consecutively. Bob was second at 7-9, followed by Marcia Richards, also at 7-9, and John Van Pelt, at 4-12.

We had a 5-person local club tournament on the first day of the Collins event. Winning that one was Gary Skowronski, 4-1. He beat Grant Guenzel, also at 4-1, by 40 spread points. Adam Fine went 3-2, Ted was 1-4, and Paula McMartin 0-4.

Then there was our Tuesday club session, which was relocated to Paula McMartin's building because Hurricane Sandy shut down D.C. government facilities. Thanks, Paula.

We had a small but hardy crowd for that one:

 
Ted Gest       4 - 2   6 bingos         
Ted Mast       3 - 2   11               
Joanna Ward    2 - 2   2                
Gary Emanuel   1 - 2   2                
Paula McMartin 0 - 4                 

Weekly Roundup for week of October 23, 2012
Congrats to Vince Castellano for finishing 3rd in today's Baltimore tourney with a 5-2 record and for playing XANTHONE for 118 points, and to Barb Lowrey (recently relocated back in the D.C. area from New Hampshire) for winning division B with a 6-1 record.

Now the results from last Tuesday at Chevy Chase from director Dan Milton:

 
Dan Milton      4-0          +219 5 bingos            
Ted Mast        3 1/2-1 1/2  +186 11                  
Ralph Moore     3 1/2-1 1/2  -61  7                   
Tat Reistrup    3-1          +341 4                   
Grant Guenzel   3-1          +233 9                   
Carole Denton   2 1/2-1 1/2  +175 6                   
Carol Tillson   2 1/2-1 1/2  -43  6                   
Carol Colloton  2-1          -158 2                   
Ted Gest        2-3          +118 5                   
Gary Emanuel    2-2          -204 6                   
Sam Masling     1-1          +29  2                   
Beverly Roberts 1-1          -10  1                   
Diane Christen  1-3          -84  5                   
Irene Awret     1-4          -64                    
Jeff Canady     1-4          -356 1                   
William Bass    0-2          -114                    

Weekly Roundup for week of October 16, 2012
See the Last Word newsletter at http://thelastwordnewsletter.com

Last Tuesday's results from director Carole Denton, who notes that a SCOMBRID is a mackerel.

 
Carol Tillson   4-1  +346  3 bingos   
Tat Reistrup    3-0  +297  2        
Josh Castellano 3-0  +270         
Vicki Holmes    3-2  +365  5        
Dan Milton      3-2  +286  6        
Ted Mast        3-2  -129  10       
Carole Denton   2-0  +258  2        
Aaron Gilary    2-1  +272  5        
Vince Castellano2-1  +142  4        
Tim Kwan        2-2  +21   5        
Dustin Dean     2-2  -177  5        
Simon Chervenak 1-0  +180         
Adam Fine       1-2  -86         
Jeff Canady     1-2  -130         
Irene Awret     1-3  -233         
Ted Gest        1-3  -326  3        
Gary Emanuel    0-3  -239         
Mark Goldin     0-4  -490         
Randy Taylor    0-4  -518  3       

Weekly Roundup for week of October 9, 2012
Club results from last Tuesday. Thanks to co-director Marcia Bowen for the food.
 
Carole Denton    3 - 1  +244  6 bingos        
Vince Castellano 3 - 1  +222  6               
Josh Castellano  3 - 1  +192                
Ted Mast         3 - 2  +76   11              
Tyler Mathers    3 - 2  -9                
Gary Emanuel     3 - 2  -77   4               
Ralph Moore      3 - 2  -172  6               
Ted Gest         2 - 1  +251  6               
David Levinger   2 - 2  +32   5               
Diane Christen   2 - 2  -18   3               
Jampal Rowe      1 - 0  +31   1               
Sam Masling      1 - 1  +28   4               
Jake Radack      1 - 1  -22                
Jim Reus         1 - 1  -51                
John Stinson     1 - 2  -88   5               
Jeff Canady      1 - 3  -37   2               
Carol Tillson    1 - 3  -66   3               
Beverly Roberts  0 - 2  -77                
Mark Goldin      0 - 3  -183                    

Weekly Roundup for week of October 2, 2012
Tuesday's club results, from director Ralph Moore:
 
Dustin Dean              3-0  +545  5 bingos
Carol Colloton           3-0 +113   2
Carol Tillson              3-1  +185   8
Tim Kwan                   3-1  +124   5
Diane Christen          3-1     -14   4
Tyler Mathers             3-2    +77   7
Ralph Moore              2-0  +136  3
Marty Gold                  2-0   +75   3
Gary Skowronski       2-1    +73   6
Stefan Fatsis              2-1    +39   2
Paula McMartin          2-1    -54    1
Ted Mast                     2-3    -62    9
Ted Gest                     2-3    -81    6
Sam Masling              1-0  +166   2
Jake Radack              1-0  +100   
Carole Denton            1-3     -98   4
Chloe Fatsis                0-1     -75     
Jeff Canady                 0-2    -109   1
Beverly Roberts          0-2    -112   1
Dan Milton                   1-4     -51     5
Gary Emanuel             1-4    -386    3
Mark Goldin                 0-4   -262    1
Jim Reus                      0-4   -453

Weekly Roundup for week of September 25, 2012
Here is another story about the 102-year-old Scrabble player from northern Virginia. Scrabble players are selling some interesting-looking tile bags at incredibletilebags.com

Tuesday's results from director John Stinson:

 
Dan Milton       4-1 +308   8 bingos
Carol Tillson    4-1 +147   6 
Carole Denton   4-1 +139   9 
Ted Gest           4-1 +139   5 
Ted Mast          4-2 +317   9 
John Stinson     3-1 +437 10 
Randy Taylor    3-2 +103   4 
Vicki Holmes    3-2   +85   7 
Tim Kwan         2-0 +130 
Theresa James    2-1    +7   3
Gary Skowronski 2-2 +68   3
Jampal Rowe      1-0 +234 2
Tat Reistrup       1-2 -164   2 
Carol Colloton    1-2 -243   2 
Vince Castellano 1-3   -99   8 
Ralph Moore       1-4 -236   5
Jake Radack        0-1   -49
Sam Masling       0-1 -124   1 
Susanne Humphreys 0-2 -304 1 
Beverly Roberts    0-3 -105
Josh Castellano     0-4 -285
Jeff Canady           0-6 -710 

Weekly Roundup for week of September 18, 2012
Tuesday's Chevy Chase results from director Carol Tillson:
 
John Stinson                 5    0          +322     8  bingoes
Carole Denton               3    1          +308     6 
Carol Tillson                  3    1           -17       5 
Tyler Mathers                3    2           +97      6
Jake Radack                 2    0         +281  
Bob Linn                       2    2          -27       4 
Ted Mast                      2    3         +73      11 
Stefan Fatsis                1    0       +109        2
Sam Masling                1    1         -238
Josh Castellano            1    1           -47       
Betty Berger                 1    2       +`147      2  
Carol Colloton              1     2           -44      1 
Tat Reistrup                 1    2          -116      2 
Jeff Canady                 1    3             -34     2 
Ted Gest                     1    4            -14      8 
Susanne Humphreys    0    1            -34      1  
Chloe  Fatsis               0    1            -149
Gary Emanuel              0    2            -152    1 

Weekly Roundup for week of September 11, 2012
Remember Connie Creed's tournaments next Sunday, Sept. 23, in Philadelphia, and Nov. 2-4 on Maryland's Eastern Shore (directed by Jason Keller). See cross-tables.com for details.

Anyone who might want to join Carole Denton, Cheryl Kagan, and Ted for periodic weekend sessions with inmates at the Montgomery County jail in Clarksburg, Md., please tell Ted. It's a worthwhile public service.

Here's a feature story on a local player well past the 100-year mark. Here are last Tuesday's Chevy Chase results. Thanks to director Dan Milton.

   
Gary Emanuel       4-1   +24     3 bingos
Bob Linn               4-2  +225   13
Marcia Bowen       3-0  +338     5
Josh Castellano    3-1   +265    
Dan Milton            3-1   +230     8
Carol Tillson         3-2   +213    3
Sam Masling        2-0  +192     6
Beverly Roberts    2-0    +44     1
Vince Castellano  1-2   +190     8
Carol Colloton      1-2     +12    2
Carole Denton      2-2    -135    3
Ted Gest              2-3     -79     5
Simon Chervanek  1-0    +56
Tat Reistrup          1-2    -45     1
Jeff Canady          1-3   -157     3
Irene Awret          1-4    -210    1
Diane Christen      0-2      -4       2
Jake Radack        0-2    -233
Susanne Humphrey 0-2 -421 

Weekly Roundup for week of September 4, 2012
Congrats to Brian Galebach for a 4th place finish in Div. B of last weekend's New York City tournament with a 13-8 record. David Koenig was 3rd of 6 Collins division players with a 12-9 record (the winner was 13-8). Carole Denton was 10-11 in Div B., and I was 12-9 in Div. C. Ted managed to win a prize for the highest scoring non-bingo, ZOUK for 81 points. Results are here:
TWL and Collins.

Here's the report from Chevy Chase last Tuesday; thanks to co-director Marcia Bowen.

Carole Denton     4 - 1   +229    10 bingoes
Ted Mast            4 - 1      -23      7
Marcia Bowen     3 - 0     +61
Ted Gest             3 - 1   +155     7
Tim Kwan            3 - 1     +41
Marty Gold           2 - 0   +226     4
Stefan Fatsis        2 - 0   +192     5
Gary Emanuel      3 - 2   +260      4
Tat Reistrup         2 - 1   +126      2
Simon Chervenak 1 - 0   +132
Jake Radack       1 - 0    +10       1
Sam Masling       1 - 1     -42       4
Dan Milton           2 - 3      -4       8
Irene Awret          2 - 3    -51       1
Josh Castellano   1 - 2    +26
Vince Castellano  1 - 2      -6
Chloe Fatsis         0 - 1    -79
Jampal Rowe        0 - 1   -112
Jay Chervenak      0 - 1   -132
Susanne Humphrey 0 - 2    -80
Beverly Roberts     0 - 2   -114     2
Carol Colloton       0 - 2    -167
Phil Koshute         0 - 2    -170
Carol Tillson         1 - 4      -91     2
Jeff Canady          1 - 4    -300     1

Weekly Roundup for week of August 28, 2012
Our member Randy Scrabbleman Taylor has written some guides on how to memorize Scrabble words. He displayed some at the club last month. If you might want to buy some, visit his website at www.brain-grains.blogspot.com

The new edition of The Last Word newsletter can be seen at thelastwordnewsletter.com or here.

Here is last week's report from director Carole Denton:

 
David Koenig      5-0 +417  10 bingos  (Collins)           
Carole Denton     4-0 +587  4                              
Tyler Mathers     4-0 +334  8                              
Randy Taylor      4-1 +337  7                              
Ted Mast          4-1 +317  12                             
Tat Reistrup      3-0 +216  4                              
John Stinson      3-1 +360  6                              
Ted Gest          3-2 -221  5                              
Stefan Fatsis     2-1 +158  7                              
Gary Emanuel      2-2 -83   1                              
Tim Kwan          2-2 -88   2                              
Irene Awret       2-3 -206  3                              
Chloe Fatsis      1-0 +93                               
Sam Masling       1-1 +162                               
William Gunn      1-2 -27                               
David Spitzer     1-4 -107  2                              
Carol Tillson     1-4 -286  6                              
Dan Milton        1-5 -436  7  (mostly Collins)            
Susanne Humphrey  0-2 -145  1                              
Jacob Radack      0-2 -192                               
Carol Colloton    0-2 -244  1                              
Marcia Bowen      0-3 -341  1                              

Weekly Roundup for week of August 21, 2012
Here are last Tuesday's results, from director John Stinson:
 
Dustin Dean                  4-0   +350     5 bingos
Ted Mast                      3-1   +423     9 bingos
Tyler Mathers                3-1   +276     5 bingos
Randy Taylor                 3-1   +210     5 bingos
Ralph Moore                  3-1      +71     7 bingos
Tim Kwan                      3-1      +42     3 bingos
Gary Skowronski           3-1      -39     5 bingos
Marcia Bowen               2-1   +353     3 bingos
Irene Awret                   2-2      -12
Theresa Schaeffer         2-2      -76
Gary Emanuel              2-2    -117      3 bingos
Dan Milton                   2-3      -68       8 bingos
Susanne Humphrey      1-0     +52       2 bingos
Paula McMartin            1-1     +37     
Kyle Singhal                1-1     -13        1 bingo        
Carole Denton              1-1     -29        2 bingos
Jeff  Canaday               1-1   -143        
Carol Tillson                 1-3   -141       2 bingos
Jason Jones                 1-3   -167
Tat Reistrup                  0-2     -81
John Stinson                 0-2   -154      2 bingos
Gretchen McKnew         0-2   -252
Katharine Bethell           0-2  -325
Ted Gest                      0-5   -266      6 bingos

Weekly Roundup for week of August 14, 2012
For some, the big news out of the national tournament in Orlando had to do with cheating, but for us the news was that Sam Masling of our club finished second in the 60-player Division 4 with a 21-10 record, +1466. Congratulations, Sam. Unfortunately he missed first place by losing 3 times to Amalan Iyengar of North Carolina. In one of those games, Sam extended SWITCHER to SWITCHEROO for 42 points--and lost by 8.

Other notable performances: Brian Galebach and Stefan Fatsis finishing #10 and #13 respectively in the tough Div. 2; Gary Skowronski and Adam Fine finishing #8 and #12 in Div. 3, and David Koenig 6th in the Collins division, followed by Marcia Richards at 7. (Marcia beat Dan Milton by one point.)

As for the cheating, unfortunately that's what the tournament has become publicly known for; the close victory by Nigel Richards by spread points in Div. 1 should have had more attention, but you've probably read and seen lots more about the "blanks" incident. Here is Stefan Fatsis' take on Slate.

Connie Creed has announced a Nov. 2-4 tournament on Maryland's Eastern Shore -- see cross-tables.com for details. Tat Reistrup is missing a Franklin electronic dictionary, which she thinks may have been left at the club. It should have her name on it. Anyone pick it up by mistake? Tuesday's club action from director Ralph Moore:

 
Tyler Mathers            5-0  +306   11 Bingos
Gary Emanuel            3-1  +253    3
Dustin Dean               3-1  +154    5
Carole Denton           3-2  +26      7
Ralph Moore              2-0  +211    2
Paula McMartin          2-1  +88      1
Cheryl Kagan             2-2  +24      6         
Ted Gest                    2-3  +48      5
Beverly Roberts          1-1  +120    2
Theresa James            1-1  -49       
Josh Castellano           1-2   -18     
Jim Reus                      1-2   -95
Jeff Canady                  1-3   -312     1
Phil Koshute                 0-2   -279     2
Tat Reistrup                 0-3   -269     2
Diane Christen             0-3   -347     3

Weekly Roundup for week of August 7, 2012
Our club results are below but first, some info about Orlando. By one count, we have 15 DC-area contestants there plus a former attendee. You can see round-by-round results at
this site. Back to our club, here are last Tuesday's results from director Carol Tillson:
 
Carol Tillson           5-0       +577    4 bingoes
Gary Skowronski    4-1       +194     7 
Dustin Dean           3-2       +375     6
Gary Emanuel        3-2         +93     4
Tim Kwan               3-2         +83      6 
Sam Masling          2-1         +45      1 
Adam Fine             2-1         +17      3 
Diane Christen      2-2          +97     5
Paula McMartin     2-2          +59     1
Carole Denton       2-2         +39      6
Jeff Canady           2-3       +268      2
Ted Gest               2-3         -32       6 
Dan Milton             2-3         -72       6
Ralph Moore         2-3          -97      7 
Madeleine Teller   2-3        -104      2 
Irene Awret           2-3         -197     
Beverly Roberts    1-0         +80      2 
Marty Gold            1-2          -98     4 
Tat Reistrup         1-2         -230     2
Jim Reus              1-3          -375     1 
Ted Mast             0-5          -516     9 

Weekly Roundup for week of July 31, 2012
Tuesday's standings from director Dan Milton:
 
Tim Kwan                   5-0   +467    4 bingos
Tyler Mathers            4-0   +413    11
Bob Linn                    4-0    +374    6
Carol Tillson              4-1   +479     6
Dustin Dean              3-2  +333     5
Sam Masling              2-1     +5      5
Jeff Canaday             2-3   -361    1
Irene Awret                2-3    -95     3
Beverly Roberts        1-1     -99
Tat Reistrup              1-2    +44     2
Susannne Humphrey 1-2    -105
Paula McMartin          1-3    -179   
Betty Berger               1-3    -239    2
Carol Colloton            1-3    -324    2
Dan Milton                  1-4    -312    6
Ted Mast                    1-4    -338   10
Cheryl Manning          0-3    -97       2

Weekly Roundup for week of July 24, 2012
Last Tuesday's results, from director Carole Denton: We welcomed new player Ben Rin and visitor Steven Alexander.
 
Gary Skowronski     5-0  +523   12 bingos
Ted Gest                  5-0  +153    5 bingos
Betty Berger            4-0   +325   5 bingos
Irene Awret              3-2   +96
Carol Tillson            3-2   +41     6 bingos
Carole Denton         2-0 +218    4 bingos
Cheryl Manning       2-1   +77    3 bingos
Tim Kwan                2-2   +50     3 bingos
Carol Colloton         2-2   -62        
Steven Alexander   2-2   -143      6 bingos
Ted Mast                 2-3   +126    11 bingos
Dan Milton (OWL)  1-0    +19       3 bingos
Beverly Roberts      1-1     -73       1 bingo
Sam Masling          1-2   +13        6 bingos
Tat Reistrup            1-2     +9        1 bingo
Paula McMartin      1-2    -213     2 bingos
Vince Castellano    1-3   -100       5 bingos
Diane Christen        1-4   -148       4 bingos
Jeff Canaday           1-4   -149
Marcia Bowen         0-2   -153      1 bingo
Ben Rin                    0-3   -192     
Mark Goldin             0-3   -268

Weekly Roundup for week of July 17, 2012
Congrats to Carol Tillson for finishing 2nd in Div. 3 in last Sunday's Philadelphia tournament. Last Tuesday at Chevy Chase we had an exciting finish in which Gary Skowronski edged out Tim Kwan by a few points--both were over 400. The final standings (thanks to Marcia Bowen for co-hosting):
Gary Skowronski         5  -  0     +357  10 bingos
Carol Tillson                4  -  1     +328   6
Marcia Bowen             3  -  0     +256   5
Phil Koshute               2  -  0      +88   3
Tyler Mathers              3  -  2      +94   9
Cheryl Kagan              3  -  2       -74   7
David Koenig               3  -  2    +233  12
Sam Masling               2  -  1    +220   3
Carol Colloton              2  -  2     +10   2
Tim Kwan                    2  -  2    +173
Gary Emanuel             2  -  2      +43   4
Mark Goldin                2  -  2     -304
Ted Gest                    1  -  1       -23   1
Irene Awret                 2  -  3      -179
Dan Milton                  2  -  4      -245  10
Beverly Roberts           1  -  2       -43   3
John Stinson               1  -  2      -114   5
Paula McMartin           1  -  2      -133
Tat Reistrup                 1  -  2     -143
Carole Denton              1  -  3      +11   4
Betty Berger                1  -  3       -49   4
Ted Mast                     1  -  4     -253   7
Jeff Canaday                0  -  3     -151

Weekly Roundup for week of July 10, 2012
Here are Tuesday's results from director Ralph Moore. On the night of the Major League All-Star game, David Spitzer played SLUGGER and BUNTERS, and Dan Milton played SLIDERS.
Carole Denton             4-1   +226  7 bingos
David Spitzer               4-1  +186  5
John Stinson               3-1  +13    9
Ted Gest                     3-2  +289  6
Carol Tillson                 3-2  +240  3
Dan Milton                   3-2     -71  8
Sam Masling                2-0  +181  5
Tat Reistrup                 2-1  +154  3
Paula McMartin            2-1  +138  2
Diane Christen              2-2    -51  4
Carol Colloton               2-2  -212   
Ted Mast                      2-3   -121   8
Irene Awret                   2-3  -165
Cheryl Kagan                2-3  -239   6
Marcia Bowen               1-0   +95   2
Gary Emanuel               1-1  +174  2
Stefan Fatsis                1-1    +88  4
Chloe Fatsis                 1-1    +75    
Beverly Roberts             1-2   +69    5
Marty Gold                    1-2   -110   3
Ralph Moore                  1-2   -131   5
Shermineh Jones           0-2    -103 
Mark Goldin                   1-4   -163   
Jeff Canady                   1-4   -405   4

Weekly Roundup for week of July 3, 2012
Come and try to match Gary Skowronski's EKPWELE (a former monetary unit of Equatorial Guinea) or Vince Castellanos' extension of QINDAR to QINDARKA for 66 points.

The full Tuesday results, from director John Stinson:

 
Gary Skowronski      5-0   +399   11 bingos
Dustin Dean             4-1   +359     3 bingos
Carole Denton          4-1   +142     4 bingos
Vicki Holmes           4-1     +57     2 bingos
Paula McMartin        3-1   +299     3 bingos
John Stinson            3-1   +270     7 bingos
Adam Fine                3-2     +85      6 bingos
Carol Tillson             2-1     +39      4 bingos
Cheryl Kagan           2-2     +45      4 bingos
Beverly Roberts        2-2      -37     3 bingos
Randy Taylor            2-3   +112     3 bingos
Ted Gest                  2-3    -114     5 bingos
Sam Masling            1-1     -52      2 bingos
Joanna Ward            1-2      -99
Cheryl Manning         1-3      -51      1 bingo
Ralph Moore             1-4    -224      6 bingos
Jampal Rowe            0-1   -219
Jeff  Canaday           0-3    -242      1 bingo
Vince Castellano      0-4     -191      5 bingos
Gary Emanuel          0-4    -510      2 bingos

Weekly Roundup for week of June 26, 2012
Here are the official results for the tournament June 23-24, if you haven't seen them,
TWL and Collins. Dan Horowitz still has room in his Delaware tournaments starting this coming Friday (21 games or 39 games). In other news, D.C. chose to honor Ted for running the club.

Results from last Tuesday from director Dan Milton:

Dan Milton                 4-0    +461     6 bingos
Carole Denton            4-1    +283     6
Ted Mast                   4-1    +166     8
Tyler Mathers             3-1    +199     7
Randy Taylor              3-2    +99       6
Vicki Holmes             3-2    +98      4
Ralph Moore              3-2    +81      5
Carol Tillson              3-2     +41     5
Joanna Ward             2-1     +16     
Paula McMartin         2-2    +122    1
Gary Emanuel           2-2     -213     4
Cheryl Manning         2-3     +34     5
Irene Awret                2-3      -59     
Jeff Canady               2-3      -298   2
Tat Reistrup              1-2      +61    2
Jessica Nazar           1-2      +3      4
Dustin Dean              1-2      +150  3
Beverly Roberts         1-1     +65     1
Ted Gest                   1-4      -207   4
Jampal Rowe             0-1     -46
Carol Colloton            0-3     -361    1
Mark Goldin               0-4     -301

Weekly Roundup for week of June 19, 2012
Jason Bednarz, Chris Lipe, Gwen Stewart, and Dustin Dean won divisions of the annual club summer tournament June 23-24 in Bethesda, Md. The 14-game event was directed by Ted Gest and Carole Denton. Bednarz also won the top division in the club's last last summer tournament in July 2011. The victory by Dustin Dean in Division C was notable because it was Dean’s first tournament.

Besides prizes for the first three places in each division, prizes were given for high word and high game and special prizes in anticipation of the presidential campaign for the best Obama word and best Romney word. Full tentative results follow. Official results will be reported to NASPA.

Division A

Jason Bednarz  12-2  924
Brian Galebach 10-4 647
Stefan Fatsis 8-5-1  242
Erica Norris Bodrazic 8-6 224
Grant Gurnzel  7-6-1  -85
Dan Milton  7-7  -68
Diana Grosman  6-8  -20
Ed Stewart   5-9   -406
Florence Spanfelner  4-10  -647
Pat Gaboury  2-6   (dropped out because of illness)
HIGH GAME  Erica Norris Bodrazic  588
HIGH WORD  PIEBALDS  95  Grant Guenzel
Collins Division
Chris Lipe  10-4   635
John Van Pelt  8-6  408
Lucas Freeman  8-6  96
Richard Buck  6-8  -284
Robert Linn   5-9  -235
Marcia Richards  5-9  -620
HIGH GAME  Bob Linn  570
HIGH WORD   HYPOGEA 121  Marcia Richards
Division B
Gwen Stewart  10-4   721
Woody Chen   10-4   365
Ted Mast  9-5   432
Celia Dayrit Thompson  9-5   275
Robin Schlauch  8-6   65
Tyler Mathers  8-6   -13
Trish Baker  8-6   -164
Cornelia Guest   7-7    497
Lane Lynn  7-7    12
John Stinson  7-7   -310
Teresa Schaeffer  6-8    -68
Aaron Gilary  6-8   -131
Nandini Dickens  5-9   -116
Wanda Fleming  5-9  -419
Steve Derr  4-10   503
Cheryl Kagan  3-11   -643
HIGH GAME  Aaron Gilary  515
HIGH WORD  RANKEST 109  Nandini Dickens
Division C
Dustin Dean   12-2   858
Tim Kwan   10-4   956
Matthew Rupert  10-4   418
Tim Weiss   9-5  360
Carol Tillson  8-6   652
Jacqueline Harpp  8-6   188
David Spitzer  8-6   86
Joanna Ward  8-6  -65
Jimmie Jenkins  8-6  -143
Martin Gold  7-7   364
Irene Awret  7-7  -54
Diana Bowen  7-7  -230
Paula McMartin 6-8   425
Nancy Bowen  6-8    46
Chloe Fatsis  6-8   -496
Tat Reistrup  5-9   -480
Vijaya Lakshmi   1-13   -2185
HIGH GAME  Carol Tillson  532
HIGH WORD  JELLING 104  Paula McMartin
Youth Division winners (6 games)
Jacob Radack  6-0
Bryson Torgovitsky  4-2
Michael D’Arcangelo  3-3
BEST OBAMA WORD MESTINO Marty Gold BEST ROMNEY WORD POLARIZE Dan Milton

For everyone’s entertainment, here were the entries in each contest: OBAMA: RESIDER, SEXIEST, SCORNED, SILVERS, NERD, ABOMA, DRIP, FINESSE FAKER, VAULTING, AMOK, VEXED, REB, ROPY, TRANQUIL, ELECTION, LAURELS, MESSIAH, BENEFITS, COLORED, URBANISE, LAME, VOTER, FANCIERS, OUTSIZE, BOZOS, BRO, SPIRITED, JEFE, VERBOSE, PEAK, TANKER, AGITA, COST, IGNITES, DORKIEST ROMNEY: SEXISTS, FORBODE, ANAL, RUDE, MITT, FOLLIES, SATANIC, TRAINEE, FINESSE, SEIZER, FOISTING, VANITIES, MOBSTER, STOOGE, UNEASES, OVERTURN, DEVOURS, DICIEST, SCARIES, OVERTURNED, NIX, ZERO, MUNDANE, SOBER, BIBLE, SPIELED, ELECTION, MILLION, NOISE, SQUIRE, CONNIVES, FORMENT, SADISTIC, STILING, ELASTIC, ENTITLED

TOURNAMENT LOST AND FOUND: Quilted pillow with cat in the centerpiece--Carole Denton has it. Tile "O" in black letters, white background--Ted Gest has it.

Club results from last Tuesday -- thanks to co-director Marcia Bowen:

Carol Tillson        4 - 1  +541   5
Brian Galebach    4 - 1  +159  10
Marcia Bowen      3 - 0  +196
Ted Gest               3 - 0  +136   2
Cheryl Manning    3 - 1   +62
Cheryl Kagan        3 - 1   -39   4
Tyler Mathers       3 - 2  +382  10
Mark Goldin         3 - 2  -205
John Stinson         2 - 1   +64   5
Marty Gold          1 - 0   +47   3
Jampal Rowe       1 - 0   +75
Joanna Ward        2 - 2   -85   4
Jessica Nazar       2 - 2  -121   4
Beverly Roberts   2 - 1  +189   3
Paula McMartin   2 - 1   -73
Caleb Anderson    1 - 1  -110
David Levinger      2 - 3   +46   2
Stefan Fatsis        2 - 3   -84   7
Dan Milton          2 - 3   -86   7
Carole Denton     2 - 3   -92   4
Aaron Gilary        1 - 2  +115   6
Tat Reistrup        1 - 2   +20   2
Ralph Moore       1 - 4  -350   8
Elena Nantz         0 - 2  -153
Carol Colloton      0 - 3  -185
Jeff Canaday        0 - 4  -268   1
Irene Awret         0 - 5  -372   1

Weekly Roundup for week of June 12, 2012
Here are last Tuesday's results, from director Ralph Moore:
Gary Skowronski           3-1  +196     8 bingos
Ted Mast                      3-2   +192    9 
Carole Denton               3-2     -18     5
Bob Linn                       3-2     -95     9
Tyler Mathers                3-2   -157     4
Stefan Fatsis                2-0   +136    3
Paula McMartin            2-0    +123    2
Ralph Moore                 2-1   +174    5
Aaron Gilary                 2-1     +18    7
Tat Reistrup                 2-1        -9    3
Carol Colloton              2-2      -183   1
David Koenig                2-3     +95  10
Ted Gest                      2-3     +69    6
Irene Awret                   2-3      -47    1
Carol Tillson                 2-3    -167     2
Simon Chervenak          1-0    +85
Chloe Fatsis                 1-1    +87      4
Beverly Roberts            1-1    +32      1
Gary Emanuel              1-1      -74     1
Josh Castellano            1-3      -44     
Mark Goldin                 1-3      -70
Jeff Canady                  1-3    -148
Jay Chervenak              0-1      -85
Theresa James             0-2       -80    1

Weekly Roundup for week of June 5, 2012
Congrats to those who did well in the June 3 Philly tournament, including Vince Castellano, #4 in Div A, and Carol Tillson and Joanna Ward, #2 and 4 respectively in Div C

Carole Denton and Ted had a good time teaching Scrabble to Montgomery County jail inmates on Saturday. Anyone who wants to join us later, please talk to one of us. (Several others of us are in various stages of involvement.)

Here's a report from last Tuesday from director Carol Tillson:

 
Ted Gest           4-1    +398  5 bingoes
Ralph Moore      4-1    +237  4
Tat Reistrup       3-0    -122   2  
Carol Tillson      3-1    +227   3
Jeff Canady       3-1    +199   1
Irene Awret        3-1      -57   1  
Ted Mast           3-2      -66   6
Gary Emmanuel 2-2    +298   6
Carole Denton    2-2      -56   4   
Paula McMartin 2-2       -66   1 
Dan Milton        2-3      -501   6
Betty Berger     1-0       +97   2 
Beverly Roberts 1-1      +44   1 
David Levinger   1-1        +8
Joanna Ward     1-3      -176  1
Sam Masling     0-1        -79
Darla                 0-2      -276 1

Weekly Roundup for week of May 29, 2012
Here are last Tuesday's results, from director Dan Milton, back from Malta:
 
Tyler Mathers        5-0    +405    9 bingos
Barry Jones           4-0    +350    6
Carol Colloton       3-0     +261   3
Joanna Ward         3-1     +72     2
Ted Mast                3-2    +260  10
Carole Denton      3-2    +103     6
Ted Gest                3-2         -7     7
Marty Gold              2-0     +91     2
Sam Masling         2-1     +106   2
Vince Castellano  2-1     +80      7
Jake Radack         2-1     +45
Jampal Rowe       1-0   +183
Marcia Bowen       1-1     +99    3
Ralph Moore         2-3     +82     5
Mark Goldin           2-3    -492
Josh Castellano   1-2       -20
Carol Tillson          1-2    -134    2
Simon Chervenak  0-1      -25
Chloe Fatsis           0-1    -155
Stefan Fatsis          0-1    -172   1
Dan Milton               0-2     -160  2
Jeff Canaday           0-3    -193  2
Joseph Briggs       1-4         -9
Gary Emanuel        1-4     -128    5
Irene Awret             1-4     -398

Weekly Roundup for week of May 22, 2012
A new player asked about the weekly pairings. Generally we try to pair people of approximately equal ability per tournament ratings but this is clearly not scientific. The basic rule is not to duplicate pairings during an evening. If you have a specific request to play (or not to play) with a specific person, please tell that evening's director before he or she has done the pairings for the next round. We hope that most of you will be willing to play anyone in the room on a given night. Thanks for your cooperation.

Here are last Tuesday's results--congrats to Josh Costellano for 10 bingos, with his dad not far behind, with 9. Thanks to Marcia Bowen for co-directing.

Vicki Holmes       4  -  1     +226   2
Josh Castellano   3  -  0     +378  10
Paula McMartin   3  -  0     +214
Carol Tillson         3  -  2      +84    4
Randy Taylor       3  -  2      +50
Vince Castellano  2  -  1    +408    9
Marcia Bowen       2  -  1   +158    5
Sam Masling/Jake 2  -  1       0
Theresa James      2  -  1  +105    4
David Koenig         1  -  0  +121    3
Jampal Rowe        1  -  0   +24     1
Gary Emanuel       2  -  2   +19    4
Ted Gest              2  -  2     -7     2
Carol Colloton       2  -  2  -109    4
Diane Christen      2  -  2  -142    2
Marty Gold           1  -  1   +63    2
Beverly Roberts    1  -  1   -59     2
Irene Awret           2  -  3   +4
Carole Denton      2  -  3   -28     9
David Levinger       2  -  3   -78
Ted Mast             2  -  3  -184    9
Barry Jones         1  -  2   -22     5
Jeff Canaday        1  -  3   -85     3
Ralph Moore        1  -  4  -605     3
Tat Reistrup         0  -  3   -73      1
Mark Goldin         0  -  4  -221

Weekly Roundup for week of May 15, 2012
Many of you know that we have been doing a volunteer program at two Montgomery County jails playing Scrabble with inmates, which promotes literacy among other things. Anyone interested in joining this should message Ted for more details. We're trying to see if we can do a session June 9, but it takes some preparation. We've attracted quite a bit of interest over the years.

Congrats to Dan Milton for his 15-17 record in the European Open Scrabble Championship in Malta this month. Back to D.C., congrats to Stefan Fatsis for his 158-point HEADENDS and Carol Tillson for a 126-point EXPIRES last Tuesday. The rest of the action, from director Carole Denton:

Ted Mast               5-0  +320  9 bingos
Sarel Kromer         4-0   +232  7  
Ted Gest               4-1   +250  7  
Paula McMartin     3-0    +62
Gary Skowronski   3-1  +135  3 
Carol Tillson          3-2   +268  5 
Tyler Mathers        3-2   +135   6  
Ralph Moore          3-2   +40    7  
Vicki Holmes         3-3   +226  5  
Joanna Ward         2-1   +32    2"
Tat Reistrup          2-1    +5    3 
Gary Emanuel       2-2   -58    4 
Randy Taylor         2-4   +12   1 
Stefan Fatsis         1-0   +162  1 
Carole Denton        1-0   +112  2 
Jampal Rowe         1-0     +72
Sam Masling         1-0     +69
Betty Berger          1-2     -50    3
Mark Goldin           1-4    -255
Chloe Fatsis          0-1      -60
Simon Chervenak   0-1     -71
Beverly Roberts      0-2   -182
Carol Colloton         0-3   -271  2 
Jeff Canaday           0-4   -104
David Levinger         0-4   -491
Irene Awret             0-5   -395  3 

Weekly Roundup for week of May 8, 2012
Remember our summer tournament June 23-24; see cross-tables.com for details. A couple of weeks ago, one of you left an L tile: black letter with white background, heavy plastic protile. Anyone missing an L? Here are Tuesday's results, from director John Stinson:
John Stinson            4-0   +334     7 bingos
Tyler Mathers           3-2   +302     6 bingos
Carole Denton          3-2    +24      3 bingos
Ted Gest                 3-2      +5      4 bingos
Beverly Roberts        2-0    +70      4 bingos
Tat Reistrup             2-1  +130     2 bingos 
Randy Taylor           2-2    +85     3 bingos
Carol Colloton          2-2    +15     3 bingos
Paula McMartin        2-2      -10     2 bingos
Gary Emanuel         2-2    -264      4 bingos
Irene Awret              2-2    -285    
Ted Mast                 2-3     +57     7 bingos 
Ralph Moore             2-3    -132     5 bingos
Simon Chervenak      1-0   +175
Aaron Gilary             1-1   +167     3 bingos
Sam Masling            1-1   +165
Carol Tillson             1-4       -89     4 bingos
Chloe Fatsis             0-1    -175      
Jeff  Canaday            0-5    -649

Weekly Roundup for week of May 1, 2012
Remember the Baltimore tournament May 12 and Delaware May 20. See cross-tables.com We will be touting to out-of-towners that Marty Gold is in a military band concert at the Capitol the Friday night before, June 22. You are all welcome, too, of course, Details to come.

Hope everyone saw the front page story on the school Scrabble tournament in Sunday's Post. Congrats, Stefan, Vince, Lee Pearson, and others for pulling this off.

Last week's results at Chevy Chase, from director Ralph Moore:

Jeff Canaday              4-0       +230         2 bingos
Carol Tillson               4-1       +104         6
Ralph Moore              3-0       +231         3
Gary Emanuel            3-1        +36         3
Ted Mast                   3-2        +382      14
Carole Denton            3-2        +340      10
Randy Taylor              3-2         -57         2
David Koenig              2-1         +287       9
Josh Castellano          2-1         +156       3
Marty Gold                 2-1         -54         6
Carol Colloton            2-2         -197        2
Dan Milton                 2-3          +19        5
Irene Awret                2-3           -47         1
Ted Gest                   2-3           -123       4
Yotan Demi-Ejegi       2-3           -347
Sam Masling             1-0           +134
Stefan Fatsis             1-0           +107      2
Simon Chervenak       1-0           +107
Vince Castellano        1-1            +68       4
Diane Christen           1-1            +15       2
Tat Reistrup               1-1            -29        2
Paula McMartin          1-2             -5         4
Theresa James           1-2            -14       2 
Betty Berger               1-2          -170       2
Mark Goldin               1-3           -200
Chloe Fatsis               0-1          -107
Beverly Roberts          0-2           -199
John Stinson              0-3           -218       3

Weekly Roundup for week of April 24, 2012
Congrats to Vince Castellano for tying Joel Sherman at 6-1 in the April 22 Philadelphia tournament. (Joel won on spread points). Brian Galebach was close behind at 5-2. Josh Castellano finished second in Div. B with a 5-2 record.

Last Tuesday's results at Chevy Chase from director Carol Tillson:

Dan Milton        4-1       +267        8 bingoes
Ted Gest           4-1      +158         9 
Carole Denton  3-1       +155       7 
Tyler Mathers   3-2       +379        8 
Ted Mast           3-2        +20        9
Carol Tillson      2-0       +97        2 
Grant Guenzel   2-1        +207     5 
John Stinson     2-1         +2         6 
Tat Reistrup       2-2         +82      4 
Joanna Ward     2-2          -2        4 
Gary Emanuel   2-2          -3         4
Irene Awret        2-3         +28       4 
Barry Jones       1-1          +63      3 
Diane Christen  1-1         +22     1 
Phil Koshute      1-1         +3         2 
Paula  McMartin 1-2        -109      2 
Ralph Moore       1-4       -384      3 
Simon                  0-1         -44
Jampal Rowe     0-1         -91
Beverly Roberts  0 -2       -165     1
Carol Colloton     0-2        -220     
Jeff Tyler               0-3         -330

Weekly Roundup for week of April 17, 2012
Ted Mast had a dominant night last Tuesday, as both he and John Stinson made bingoes in the double digits. Here's the report from director Carole Denton:
 
Ted Mast          5-0     +569 13 bingoes
Gary Emanuel      3-1     -103 5
Ralph Moore       3-1-1    +68 7
Dan Milton        3-2      +31 6
Martin Gold       2-0-1   +292 4
Carole Denton     2-1     +155 5
Adam Fine         2-1      +47 2
Joanna Ward       2-2     -117 2
John Stinson      2-3     +235 11
Barry Jones       2-3      +31 7
Ted Gest          2-3      -29 4
Tyler Mathers     2-3     -121 6
Simon             1-0      +80
Stefan Fatsis     1-0      +70 2
Beverly Roberts   1-1      -22 3
Paula McMartin    1-2      +72 4
Carol Colloton    1-2      -63 2
Carol Tillson     1-4     -315 4
Irene Awret       1-4     -320 2
Cheryl Kagan      1-4     -396 4
Chloe Fatsis      0-1      -80

Weekly Roundup for week of April 10, 2012
Down in Orlando at the annual School Scrabble tourney this weekend, congrats to D.C.'s Bryson Torgovitsky and Nathan Wagner (one of our club members) for finishing 10th with a 5-2 record, +379. Our own Vince and Josh Castellano helped with the tournament.
Josh can be seen as a game recorder in the photo on this site, and check out other Scrabble teams from our area. Thanks to all of our good young players for taking part.

Meanwhile, from the Lauderhill, Fl., Scrabble Club, our member Randy Scrabbleman Taylor, AKA Dr. Dictionary, took on #6 ranked NASPA player Ian Weinstein (rating 2030) and held Weinstein to a 13-point win.

Back here in D.C., a report on last Tuesday from director John Stinson:

Ted Gest         4-1      +236   9 bingos           
Tyler Mathers    4-1      +158   6 bingos           
Dan Milton       3-2      +247   8 bingos           
Ralph Moore      3-2      +175   6 bingos           
Stefan Fatsis    2-0      +125   3 bingos           
Tat Reistrup     2-1      +111   3 bingos           
Theresa James    2-1       +38   4 bingos           
Barry Jones      2-2       +40   8 bingos           
Gary Emanuel     2-2       -92   6 bingos           
Carole Denton    2-3      +153   6 bingos           
Carol Tillson    2-3      +126   4 bingos           
Ted Mast         2-3      -162   7 bingos           
Irene Awret      2-3      -262                      
Diane Christen   1-1       -48   2 bingos           
Chloe Fatsis     1-1       -75   2 bingos           
Carol Colloton   1-2      -130   2 bingos           
John Stinson     1- 2     -253   1 bingo            
Simon Chervenak  0-1       -36   1 bingo            
Paula McMartin   0-2       -78                      
Beverly Roberts  0-2      -237   1 bingo            

Weekly Roundup for week of April 3, 2012
You probably didn't know that April 13 is National Scrabble Day. That's because Scrabble inventor Alfred Butts was born April 13, 1899. There's a Philadelphia tournament April 22, and our tournament June 23-24. See cross-tables.com for details on those and others. Carole Denton 5-0 +268 9 bingos Joanna Ward 4-0 +110 2 Dan Milton 3-1 +414 5 Tyler Mathers 3-1 +44 6 Barry Jones 3-2 +128 5 Paula McMartin 2-1 +85 Carol Tillson 2-3 +29 5 Ted Gest 2-3 -7 7 Ralph Moore 2-3 -172 7 Beverly Roberts 1-1 +58 Gary Emanuel 1-0 +95 1 Marty Gold 1-2 159 7 Carol Colloton 1-2 -47 2 Diane Christen 1-2 -163 3 Wes Eddings 0-1 -47 1 Jampal Rowe 0-1 -130 2 Tat Reistrup 0-3 -393 Irene Awret 0-5 -414

Weekly Roundup for week of March 27, 2012
A report on last Tuesday's action. Thanks to co-director Marcia Bowen, who returned after hip surgery. Barry Jones returned the previous week after a long absence and clearly has not lost his stuff. Phil Koshute played FERRYMAN for 107.
 
Barry Jones     4  - 0     +215  3 bingos       
Irene Awret     4  - 1     +136  2              
Ted Gest        3  - 0     +285  3              
Tyler Mathers   3  - 1     +343  6              
Marcia Bowen    2  - 0     +193               
Phil Koshute    2  - 0     +155  2              
Dan Milton      3  - 2     +154  8              
Cheryl Kagan    3  - 2      +57  6              
Carol Tillson   3  - 2      -80  3              
Tat Reistrup    2  - 1      -46  1              
Sam Masling     1  - 0     +112               
Stefan Fatsis   1  - 0      +80  1              
Beverly Roberts 1  - 1       -5  3              
Carole Denton   2 - 3       -70  4              
Ted Mast        2  - 3     -209  7              
Jeff Martin     1 -  2      +42  1              
Aaron Gilary    1 -  2      -83  5              
Jeff Canady     1  - 2     -108               
Jampal Rowe     0  - 1     -112               
Lonnie Cooper   0  - 2      -28  4              
Ali Bauman/               
 Chloe Fatsis   0  - 2     -220  1              
Diane Christen  0  - 2     -272  1              
Gary Emanuel    0  - 3      -80  2              
Paula McMartin  0  - 3     -125               
Carol Colloton  0  - 3     -370  1              

Weekly Roundup for week of March 20, 2012
Remember to tell Ted if you might or definitely will play in our June 23-24 tournament in Bethesda. Details on cross-tables.com
Here is the link to the latest edition of The Last Word newsletter.

The big play of last Tuesday's session was a 203-point QUINELLA by Carole Denton. Ted Mast had played LARDIER with the L in the bingo lane starting in the upper right of the board. Carole then played QUINELLA through the L, with a blank as the A, for a triple-triple.

The report on the evening from director Ralph Moore:

Carole Denton     5-0         +515  8            
Betty Berger      4-0         +152  4            
Dan Milton        4-1         +273  5            
Tat Reistrup      3-0         +134  3            
Carol Tillson     3-2         +284  4            
Cheryl Kagan      3-2          +62  5            
Ted Mast          3-3           +2  11           
Ted Gest          2-0          +32  4            
Gary Emanuel      2-1         +162  4            
Beverly Roberts   2-1          -87  1            
John Stinson      2-2         -123  7            
David Spitzer     2-3         +205  5            
Carol Colloton    2-3          +94  4            
Irene Awret       2-3         -188  1            
Martin Gold       1-0-1       +201  2            
Ralph Moore       1-1          +25  2            
William Gunn      1-2         -112  2            
Barry Jones       1-2         -146  1            
Joanna Ward       0-3-1       -266  1            
Simon Chervenak   0-1         -134             
Teresa Schaeffer  0-4          -78             
Jeff Canady       0-4         -619             
Lonnie Cooper     0-5         -500  4            

Weekly Roundup for week of March 13, 2012
Here are Tuesday's results, from director Carol Tillson:
Ted Gest            4-1          +204               8 bingoes
Dan Milton          4-1          +166               9 
Tat Reistrup        3-1           +82                2 
Beverly Roberts   2-0           +42                2
Ralph Moore       2-3           +97                5
Gary Emanuel    2-3            -17                2
Ted Mast           2-3            -44                9 
Stefan Fatsis     1-0          +120               2
Carol Tillson       1-0           +76
Diane Christen   1-1            -19                1
Carol Colloton    1-2            -169
Cheryl Kagan     1-4              +7              6 
Irene Awret         1-4           -137
Carole Denton      1-4           -240             3 
Simon Chervnak  0-1             -50
Chloe Fatsis       0-1            -125      

Weekly Roundup for week of March 6, 2012
Remember the Philadelphia tournament -- Sun. Mar. 18, see cross-tables.com -- and tell Ted if you want to be listed for our June 23-24 tourney in Bethesda.

Last Tuesday's results from director Carole Denton:

Dan Milton              4-1  +472   11 bingos
Ted Mast                4-1   +196   10
Carole Denton         3-1   +175    5
Cheryl Kagan          3-2   +80      4
Nathan Wagner       2-0   +35
Joanna Ward           2-1    -45     1
Tyler Mathers          2-2    +33     6
Gary Emanuel         2-2    +13    4
Ted Gest                 2-3   -105    5
Simon Chervenak     1-0  +173   1
Jampal Rowe           1-0    +25    2
Chloe Fatsis            1-1   +120   1
Beverly Roberts        1-1     -23   1
Stefan Fatsis           1-1   -69     3
Diane Christen         1-1   -89     2
Martin Gold              1-1   -163   2
John Brunell             1-1   -181   1
Paula McMartin        1-2    +68   1
Tat Reistrup              1-4  +109   5 
Carol Tillson              1-4   -57     3
Irene Awret               1-4  -218 
David Spitzer            0-1  -103
Carol Colloton           0-3  -313

Weekly Roundup for week of February 28, 2012
It's official: Our summer tournament has been sanctioned for June 23-24, 14 games, in Bethesda. Anyone who wants to be among the first players to be listed on cross-tables.com, please contact Ted.

The results from last Tuesday from director John Stinson (last column is bingo total)

 
Betty Berger               4-0    +390    4     
Gary Emanuel            4-0    +206    6 
Ted Mast                   4-1     +29   10 
Grant Guenzel            3-0   +226     5
Chloe Fatsis              2-0      +15  
Carol Tillson               3-2   +161     2 
Dan Milton                 3-2   +141   11 
Tat Reistrup               2-1    -103     1
Stefan Fatsis             1-0     +98     2
Jampal Rowe             1-0      +17     1 
Nathan Wagner          1-1      -35 
Diane Christen           1-1     -50      4 
Carole Denton            2-3   +128     5 
Cheryl Kagan             2-3       -10    5 
Bob Linn                    1-3    -334
John Stinson             1- 3    -389      4 
Simon Chervenak       0-1     -10
Mike Vopatek            0-1     -39
Carol Colloton           0-2     -48      
Beverly Roberts         0-2     -71     1    
Paula McMartin         0-3    -122
Ted Gest                  0-5    -266      3 

Weekly Roundup for week of February 21, 2012
We have sought NASPA sanctioning to hold our annual summer tournament as a 2-day, 14-game rated affair on June 23-24 in Bethesda, with possible Collins and youth divisions, so please mark your calendars.

Ted wrote an obituary on Lorraine Cirina for the new issue of the Last Word Newsletter.

Here's a report on last Tuesday's club action from director Dan Milton:

 
Ted Mast          5-0    +556     12 bingos
Dan Milton        3-0    +317       4
Joanna Ward     3-1     +94       2
Cheryl Kagan    3-2     +399      5
Ralph Moore      3-2     -84        7
Marty Gold        2-1     +81       3
Sam Masling     1-0      +31
Betty Berger      2-2     +72       3
Beverly Roberts  1-1     -83        1
Tat Reistrup        2-2     -132      2
Pernilla Neal       1-1     +115
Carole Denton     2-3     -46        6
Irene Awret         2-3     -75
Carol Tillson        2-3     -325     3
John Stinson       1-3     -198     5
Ted Gest             1-4     -134     3
Simon Chervenak 0-1     -31
Amirrah Peterson 0-1    -102
Mike Frandsen     0-2     -156
Carol Colloton       0-3

Weekly Roundup for week of February 14, 2012
Because of an art exhibit opening in our usual room we'll probably be across or down the hall on Feb 21--watch for a sign.

Congrats to Dan Milton for going 11-11 in the Israeli Open (with a Collins dictionary) last weekend. Here's what happened back in Chevy Chase, D.C., in our Valentine's Day session (last column indicates number of bingos reported)

 
Ralph Moore         4 - 1   +402    11
Tat Reistrup         3 - 0   +150      1
Theresa James     2 - 0    +15      4
Ted Mast             3 - 2  +132       6
Sarel Kromer        2 - 1  +217      5
Carol Colloton       2 - 1     +4      2
Chloe Fatsis         1 - 0  +147
Beth Nickerson     1 - 0    +23     1
Carole Denton       2 - 2    +64     3
Beverly Roberts    1 - 1    +20
Diane Christen      1 - 1   -128      1
Ted Gest              2 - 3   +209     6
Joanna Ward        1 - 2     +17     2
John Stinson         1 - 2     -53     3
Stefan Fatsis         0 - 1     -23
Jampal Rowe         0 - 1   -108
Nathan Wagner      0 - 1   -147
Sam Masling          0 - 2   -206
Eddie Mack           0 - 2   -376
Elston Wisseh       0 - 3   -290

Weekly Roundup for week of February 7, 2012
Note that when you look yourself up on cross-tables.com there is now a notation when your $30 annual NASPA membership renewal is due,. You can then easily link to the place where you can renew. If you do it more than 30 days before it's due, you get a $5 discount.

Here is a link to Lorraine Cirina's obituary in the Washington Post.

Here are the results from last Tuesday, courtesy of director Carol Tillson, with the number of bingos reported in the last column. Remember to report your bingos on the back of your nightly score sheet.

 
Carole Denton         4-1       +235       11 
Joshua Costellano   2-0      + 277      
Carol Tillson            2-0      +173        2 
Beverly Roberts      2-0       +140        3 
Gary Emanuel        2-1         +24        3 
Ted Mast                2-3         -54        9
Jampal Rowe          1-0         +38        1 
Marty Gold             1-1       +127        3
Joanna Ward          1-1          -74        1
Tat Reistrup            1-2         -24        2 
Ralph Moore          1-4        -359         4 
Nathan Wagner      0-2        -177
Paula McMartin      0-4        -362

Weekly Roundup for week of January 31, 2012
Here are two things you can do next Sunday, Feb. 12: (you can't do both but it's nice to have a choice.) Connie Creed is sponsoring a one-day tournament in Philadelphia -- see cross-tables.com for details. Stefan Fatsis is discussing Word Freak and Scrabble in all of its modern online forms at 2 p.m. Sun. at the Bethesda Public Library, 7400 Arlington Road near downtown Bethesda.

About 50 folks came to Baltimore Saturday for a one-day tournament run by Linda Oliva and Dave Engelhardt. Winners from our area included these:
Div D: Lily Gasperetti, 3rd place
Div C: Martin Gold, 3rd place
Sam Masling, 2nd place
Div B: Barbara Lowrey, 4th place (moving back here...)
Ted Gest, 3rd place
Elston Wisseh, 2nd place
Thomas Ensey, 1st place
Div A: Stefan Fatsis, 4th place
Diana Grosman, 3rd place
Phil Koshute, 2nd place
(1st was taken by Connie Creed of Philly) Vince Castellano won for high game in Div A Hope I didn't miss any money winners from DC Full results will be on cross-tables.com (for which we had a fund-raising raffle on Sat.) Results from last Tuesday at Chevy Chase from director Carole Denton are below. Before we get to that, Carole was inadvertently omitted from the Jan. 24 club results. She went 3-2 +282 6 bingos (ranking 3d in a field of 21) Jan. 31 results:

Ted Gest            5-0  +264  9 bingos
Carole Denton    3-0  +332  5 bingos
Carol Tillson       3-2  +339  2 bingos
Ralph Moore       3-2   +173  7 bingos
Betty Berger       2-1    +92   2 bingos
Joanna Ward       2-2    +16   1 bingo
Diane Christen    2-2    -83   3 bingos
Cheryl Kagan      2-3   +128  5 bingos
Dan Milton          2-3     -24    7 bingos
Irene Awret          2-3   -355   
Vince Castellano  1-2   +1    7 bingos
Josh Castellano    1-2   -77   
Gary Emanuel      1-3  -255  4 bingos
Jampal Rowe        0-1  -81   1 bingo
Nathan Wagner     0-1  -233  
Sam Masling         0-2  -217 

Weekly Roundup for week of January 24, 2012
We are considering a one- or two-day combined spring-summer tournament on June 23-24 in Bethesda. Please mark your calendars and tell Carole, Cheryl, or Ted if you prefer one or two days (Sat. & Sun.). Remember that to play in these tournaments you must be a NASPA member. See scrabbleplayers.org for info. It's $30 per year and you get discounts for multiple-year memberships.

A report on last Tuesday's club action from director Ralph Moore (third column is players' bingo total).

Ted Gest                        4-1     +306        8
Phil Koshute                  3-0      +224        4
Carol Tillson                   3-2      -154        4
David Koenig                  2-1      +214       8
Gary Emanuel                2-1      +111       3
Ralph Moore                   2-1          -6       2
Jeff Martin                      2-1      -49          2
John Stinson                  2-2      +64         7
Ted Mast                       2-3      +118       7
Dan Milton                     2-4       -211      10
Chloe Fatsis                  1-0      +213        3
Sam Masling                 1-0        +50
Nathan Wagner              1-1      -114
Vince Castellano             1-2    +119        6
Betty Berger                   1-2      +27        1
Tat Reistrup                    1-2      +22
Gary Skowronski            1-3      -206        4
Beverly Roberts              0-2      -181
Paula McMartin              0-3       -131 
Josh Castellano              0-3       -281

Weekly Roundup for week of January 17, 2012
We are sad to report the death of longtime club treasurer Lorraine Cirina in California on January 19. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law and a sister, all in northern California. A short trip down memory lane: We held our first major tournament here in 2006, run by Alyssa Faria, Brian Bailey, Austin Nichols, and Ted Gest. We needed a bank account for this, so Brian, Lorraine and Ted met downtown to establish it. Then in 2007 we started our tournament-style format at our club, and decided to bring refreshments. Lorraine volunteered to collect our $1 contributions, and as many of you know, did this week after week for years. She also spent lots of time keeping track of tournament entry fees as we had many events in Maryland and during the summer in D.C. Lorraine took part in 10 rated tournaments from 2001 to 2008 and many of our unrated summer tournaments.

Results from Tuesday from director John Stinson: (If any of you want to join our crew of rotating directors, note that it's possible to be a director and lead the standings...)

 
John Stinson              3-0    +642     8 bingos
Grant Guenzel            3-0   +421     6 bingos
Phil Koshute              3-0   +314     5 bingos
Adam Fine                 3-0   +179     4 bingos
Paula McMartin          3-0     +49
Ted Mast                   3-1   +251     7 bingos 
David Spitzer           3-1-1      -26     4 bingos
Ted Gest                   3-2    -106     4 bingos
Joanna Ward             2-1   +276     4 bingos
Dan Milton                2-3   +103      3 bingos
Carole Denton           2-3     -28       7 bingos
Cheryl Kagan            2-3   -174       7 bingos
Carol Colloton          1-2    -164       1 bingo
Carol Tillson           1-3-1   -325       5 bingos
Gary Emanuel          1-3      -84       3 bingos
Tat Reistrup             1-3       -91     3 bingos
Sam Masling            0-1      -11   
Jampal Rowe            0-1      -17
Beverly Roberts        0-2     -225
Mike Frandsen          0-2     -570     
Ralph Moore             0-5    -429     3 bingos

Weekly Roundup for week of January 10, 2012
Connie Creed still has room in her 3-day Atlantic City tournament next weekend, through Mon., Jan. 23. See cross-tables.com for the details. Also on cross-tables is info on the Feb. 4 Baltimore tournament. Our club member Susan Orlins did an article comparing Scrabble and Words With Friends.
See it here. The latest The Last Word Newsletter can be seen here. It includes an account by Terry Kang Rau of Jason Keller's great nine-day run on Jeopardy.

Here's what happened at our club last Tuesday, courtesy director Dan Milton:

Ted Gest               4-1   +231    7 bingos
Josh Castellano     3-0   +185  
Tat Reistrup          3-1   -102      2 bingos
Dan Milton            3-2      +3      10 bingos
Aaron Gilary          2-1    +202     5 bingos
Carol Colleton       2-1     +30     1 bingo  
Dave Koenig         2-1     +13     5 bingos
Jampal Rowe        1-0    +46      1 bingo
Sam Masling        1-0    +15 
Carole Denton       2-2     +133    4 bingos
Stefan Fatsis        1-1      -16      3 bingos
Ted Mast              2-3     +184     8 bingos
Ralph Moore         2-3      -13       7 bingos
John Stinson        1-2     -95        3 bingos
Paula McMartin     1-3    -168
Chloe Fatsis         0-2     -129     1 bingo
Cheryl Kagan        0-3      -207     3 bingos
Gary Emanuel       0-4      -257     3 bingos

Weekly Roundup for week of January 3, 2012
Linda Oliva and Dave Engelhardt are running a one-day tournament in Baltimore on Sat. Feb. 4. See cross-tables.com for details. This event on the UMBC campus near BWI airport is convenient for us in the D.C. area, so sign up if you're interested.

Results of our first 2012 club session are below. Thanks to co-director Marcia Bowen. It is a total coincidence that two people named Ted did well.

 
Ted Mast            4  - 1    +244  10 bingos
Ted Gest            3  - 0    +125  5 bingos
Stefan Fatsis      2  - 0    +252  3 bingos
Ralph Moore       3  - 2    +124  5 bingos
Joanna Ward      2  - 1     +83  2 bingos
John Stinson      2  - 1     +21  3 bingos
Sam Masling      1  - 0     +66
Gary Emanuel    2  - 2     +75  6 bingos
Tat Reistrup       2  - 2    -315  3 bingos
Carol Tillson       2  - 3    +174  5 bingos
Carole Denton    2  - 3    -179   4 bingos
Chloe Fatsis      1  - 1     +75
Marcia Bowen    1  - 1     -46  1 bingo
Paula McMartin  1  - 2     -35
Jampal Rowe      0  - 1     -75
Beverly Roberts   0  - 2    -145
David Spitzer      1  - 4    -160  4 bingos
Dan Milton          1  - 4    -174  4 bingos

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