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From Laurie Cohen:

The Annual Tempe One-Day Tournament is always a great reunion of Scrabble players across Arizona.  This year, we were excited to have players from New Mexico, California, and Nevada, as well.  Paula Catanese drove to Tempe from San Jose, CA with her dog, Mac A Roni!  Nancee Mancel and John Karris flew in from New Mexico.  Dave Nabutovsky from Las Vegas returned to tourney scrabble after a 12 year hiatus! Welcome back!

With the temperature in Phoenix still in the triple digits, a fun prize of a $10 ice cream parlor gift card was offered in each division for the best ice cream word.  In Division B, Andrew Schwartzberg won with MINTY.   In Collins, sadly, there was no submission, so two prizes were awarded in division A – one to Gary Smart for CHILLED and the other to John Karris for FUDGE.IMG_2644

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In Division A, bottom seed, Satya Mahapatra came in first with a record of 6-2 +18. John Karris came in second with 5-3 +753 and Travis Carlson came in third with 5-3 +147. John had the high game of 558 and Gary Smart had the high loss of 412.

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In Division B, Susan Kessler was the winner with a 6-2 +329 record.  Phoenix Tourney “Director Extraordinaire,” Barbara Van Alen came in second with 5-3 +581, and Godwin Gwei came in third with a 5-3 +195 record.  Barbara had the high game of 556 and Luther Durant had the high loss of 409.

In the Collins division, Laurie Cohen won with a record of 7-1 +941.  Jim Lamerand came in second with a 4-4 +193 record.  In a twist, his prize was a copy of the new OSPD6! Laurie got the high game of 578 and Paul Stabin got the high loss of 449.

In the Collins division, Laurie Cohen won with a record of 7-1 +941.  Jim Lamerand came in second with a 4-4 +193 record.  In a twist, his prize was a copy of the new OSPD6! Laurie got the high game of 578 and Paul Stabin got the high loss of 449.

Thanks to all who attended, especially those who came from out of town.  It was a great day of Scrabble and friendship!