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Word Cup 2016 will take place in Tempe, Arizona, from July 30 through August 3.  The entry fee is $125 if received by June 1, #140 after that,

Word Cup isn’t just Scrabble®,  If you come early, you can take a group tour of Sedona and the Grand Canyon.  We’re going to a Diamondbacks game.  Bennett Jacobstein will host another of his great trivia contests, and Gretchen Cowan is putting together another talent show.  But the best part is seeing many old friends and making some new ones.

Giraffes at the Phoenix Zoo

Giraffes at the Phoenix Zoo

If you bring your family, there are a number of attractions in and around Phoenix that will keep them busy while you concentrate on your games.  Closest is downtown Tempe, The zoo and botanical gardens are a short drive away.  The Musical Instrument Museum is a lot of fun.  And there’s lots more.

See Word Cup 2016 for details.  The entry form is Word Cup Flyer

Fun with Za

James Johnson in the parking lot with his winnings

James Johnson in the parking lot with his winnings

We had another six-round tournament at our local pizza place in Portland.  Twelve of us played Sunday afternoon.  Fortunately, we played fairly rapidly, because at 5 PM a group burst into the playing room, saying that they had the space reserved.  We managed to wrap up our final games and award prizes, but it was hectic.  Rich Moyer won Division 1 with a 5 – 1 record.  Leesa Bergeron went 6 – 0 to claim the Division 2 win.  I couldn’t get the usual picture of the winners, but here’s the group that pushed us out of the room.RT group

It’s Spring!

SpringWe’re celebrating with an abundance of events.  April through June, we have tournaments scheduled in ten states as well as informal games on a European river cruise.  Maine to California, there’s something in every time zone.  Check out the details at Upcoming Tournaments.

A day in Phoenix

From Larry Rand:

The results for the Phoenix One Day are now available at Phoenix One-Day

We had 12 players attend our March 19th One Day potluck.   The array of food was impressive!
Because of the unusually small group, we split into two divisions of six players and played a five game round robin, KOTH, KOTH with no repeats, and KOTH.   Duplicate prizes were awarded to both divisions;  1st $70; 2nd $50, and BPBH $40.  We also had two fun prizes in the morning and afternoon sessions, with each winner receiving $10.  The balance of the entry fees ($60) were shared by the Brookdale Christown Center and the Word Cup 2016 prize fund.
Fun prize winners”  Begins with “M” for March:  Satya- “myriads” (82) and Zach- “mineral” (84.  Ends with “H” as in March:  Gary- “ranch” (44), and Susan- “blah” (44).
We had a first time tournament player from Surprise, Sharon O’Connor, who one 2 games and won the BestPerformanceBottomHalf award.  We hope to see Sharon at club occasionally and at our future tournaments.
The next One Day tournament in AZ will be directed by Laurie Cohen on Sunday, May 15 at the Minder Binder restaurant.  Information is available at Tempe in May.
Div1

Division 1 Winners

Fun

Fun Prize Winners

Div2

Division 2 Winners

A short weekend in Monrovia, CA

A view from the venue

A view from the venue

We lost an hour’s sleep when daylight savings time kicked in, but most played well, regardless.  Maddy and Roy Kamen organized an enjoyable tournament, ably directed by Bennett Jacobstein.  See the stats at Monrovia March Results.

Roy and Maddy check results

Roy and Maddy check results

 

Bennett at work

Bennett at work

Division 1

Division 1 winners

Division 2

Division 2 Winners