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Hi, everyone so today is Thursday, 29 August 2019 Sorry for not writing for so long but I have been OVERBUSY with my firm’s audit.

The next tournament in Gauteng is the Pretoria East Rotary Event. This will be held on Saturday 7 September 2019 starting at 8h00. The address is at Niche’s lot, 19 Havelock St., Willow Park, Pretoria. There will be three sections – advanced, intermediate and social. Cost is R220. No lunch is provided. So please bring your clocks and your food and your equipment! To book email Anastasia on anastasia.demertzis@weathers.co.za or on cell: tel: 0828180726

The next tournament to be held in Capetown is the Retreat Tournament on 15 September 2019. This will be a Swiss-style tournament. The venue is the Meadowbridge Library in Meadowland. To book your place contact Diana tel: 0832602343

So we have had the Cape Town tournaments. Wow! What well run events!

First, there was the Woman’s Day Tournament which had an attractive field! The best dressed was Ms Niel dressed to the nines with his high heels.

Then on Saturday and Sunday, there was the Collins Tournament which was a closely fought tournament. In the last round, there were four players on 11 wins being Jarrod Page, myself (Andrew), Solomon and Llew. All of us in with a chance. I missed challenging Qebec* as I was so engrossed in my own play! In fact, I had told Jarrod about the word QUEBEC two days prior, it is the only word that takes a Z, a QU and an X to make ZEBEC, QUEBEC, and XEBEC. So Jay played out with three 7’s and won the tournament! Second was Solomon, Third was mysef and fourth was Llew. A worthy winner! Great prizes too ! Well done Cape Town.

Here is the interesting combination of CDEENUR? which goes with the alphagram* K, I, O, P, S, V, W or “WOK SPIV” making the words

UNCRE(W)ED C(O)ENDURE UNREC(K)ED

CEN(S)URED (P)RUDENCE RE(I)NDUCE (V)ERECUND= not a word

‘*’ = not a word

The NEW WORD LIST (2019) is now out and we have ordered only 40 of them so to secure your copy for only R300 !!!!

contact Andrew Goldberg 0832607530

or email agoldberga@gmail.com

So the Gauteng Champs was held in Fourways Johannesburg and the Pearl Seitz Memorial Tournament in Pinelands, Western Cape. The Gauteng Champs was held at Howard’s place where Harry (Scrabbleboy 2) carried on his winning ways, but he was gloating so much that he had beaten his mother (haha private joke) until he ran in to me, Goldybox. So Harry (Scrabbleboy 2) won 19 games in a row at competitions, he lost to me now and 19 games ago, shame, TWINNED by losses and birthdays (Harry and I are both born on 06 January). OK onto the results in first place we had Harry with 14 games, second was Solomon (welcome back to the scene), next was Howard who had a bit of a home advantage and in fourth place was myself. I had a good tournament, after a bad start with only 3 wins on Saturday I won 7 on Sunday including beating the top five players and playing BLOODIER for 149! Other great comebacks were Gary Birch who won 6 on Sunday and Debbe Hossy who came 5th.

In the Pearl Seitz Tournament top honours were taken by Jarrod Page with his mom Pam Page coming second and Joy Palm third, who climbed 69 rating points! It was as Neil says a bit Nepotistic, (only yoking).

Anyway enough of the chitter chat this weeks words are HACK, HECK, HICK, HOCK, HUCK and the very similar SHMECK SHMICK SCHMOCK SCHMUCK enjoy.

Safe travels everyone going to play in the Cape and I hope we come back to Joes with the trophies.

Last but not least there is talk of the comeback of Yusuf Lanre Oyenkule the “assassin” is making a comeback ! Wow Wow Wow! More will have to be posted on this when I find out the details.

At the Winter Tournament on 07 June 2019 held at Huddle Park we used the new 2019 list of scrabble words. So not one player at the Tournament played any of the new 7 letter or 8 letter or even 9 letter words. So it was left to Anastasia Demertzis ( O’ what a name for a scrabble player – the am(o)rtized assailant) – to win the 1 copy of the New Dictionary with a score of 72 for ZE.

The tournament was a great success with over 30 players, we had wanted 40 but only got 33 after there were some last minute pull outs (all men, no only joking). There were 3 sections – A, B, C. After 7 of the 8 games all the sections were close and it was left to the KING OF THE HILL match to decide the men from the boys! or the Queens from the grrls (as my son says it).

In division A we had the double matches of Harry Wiggins v Steven Gruzd and Andrew Goldberg v Gary Birch. But in the end there could be only one winner Harry Wiggins who after winning 7 of his 8 games, and 7 in a row pulled the hat out from the bag!

By winning this tournament Harry Wiggins gained 31 rating points and is now rated at 1863 whereas Steven Gruzd by coming second lost 14 rating points and now is rated at 1851. So now Harry Wiggins is rated 2nd in the country !!! And with the World Champs happening soon in Goa (India) this is a great return to form for the PROFESSOR / SURVIVOR, who will join the DOCTOR in travelling to Goa to represent South Africa at scrabble.

Past words to learn this week are SATINIER, SKODIER and the word played by Nigel Richards in his killer game v Jesse Day RATTAIL. Enjoy!