New Words for Collins™ Too!

Dear Friends,

The updated international wordlist (aka Collins™ or CSW19) is now available, and we at WPGO are excited to start using the newly added words like EW, OK, and ZE. To match other organizations around the globe, WGPO will start using CSW19 at all WGPO tournaments and clubs using the international lexicon effective July 1st, 2019. This means that CSW19 will be used for the Collins™ division at Word Cup 2019 in Coral Gables, FL. Of course, this update will have no effect for the majority of our players that solely use the North American lexicon (TWL).

Freely downloadable copies of programs using CSW19, including Collins Zyzzyva, are available at

Happy studying to all, and see you with the new words in Coral Gables!

*Collins™ and its wordlists are owned by HarperCollins.

Four Corners Plus in Durango


Everyone but Zana

Some of us came from Maine and Oregon, but most drove to Durango from homes in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado.  It was a beautiful Spring weekend, and what better way to celebrate than with a tournament atop a pseudo-mesa with a playing room open to the view.  I hope Mike Johnson’s Iowa tournament was equally celebratory.  Maybe he’ll share with us.

Photos from Zana Anderson and Gary Smart.  Thanks to both.  And a big thank you to Ann McCarthy for organizing and directing.  Superbly done!


Everyone but Gary

Everyone but Gary

Fun Prize Winners

Ann with Fun Prize Winners Keith, Laurie, Mary

Division 1 winners

Ann with Division 1 winners.  John Karris won with a 12-1 record

Division 2 winners . Ann placed first with 10.5 wins

Division 2 winners . Ann placed first with 10.5 wins

Detailed results at:  Durango19

Cruising, Cruising

From Larry Rand:

Cruising Players

What could be better than visiting seven countries in 15 days and not having to do any driving, or making your bed!  Barbara and I led a group of 30 on the Celebrity Constellation.   On the six days we were at sea, twenty players competed in our 24 game Scrabble tournament.  [Roy Kamen won 20 games in Division 1, while Betty Schulman and Barbara Van Alen topped Division 2 with 18 games, Betty edging Barbara on spread.  Results at BestofIndia.]

The differences in the countries we visited were notable, but the vast majority were much the same.  Religion played a major role in each country, so we got to see many temples, churches, museums, and palaces.
Our private excursion to Agra, and the Taj Mahal, was a highlight for the majority of our group. Our tour guide, Sanjay, was excellent.  Check that one off the bucket list!
The seven countries that we visited were Abu Dhabi; Dubai; Oman; India; Sri Lanka, Thailand; and Singapore. Before the cruise, Barbara and I stayed three nights in Abu Dhabi.  We experienced the Grand Mosque, Louvre Art Gallery, and a sand dune ride.  Oh what a ride it was!  In Dubai, we went up the tallest building in the world (2,717 feet), the Burg Khalifa.  In India, we spent most of our time focused on getting to and from Agra and the Taj Mahal.  On our last afternoon, we took a tour of Delhi.  In Sri Lanka, we toured some of the areas away from the center of Colombo.  Less than a month after our visit, Colombo experienced a terrorist attack on churches and hotels.
 In Thailand, Buddhawe toured a cashew factory, Big Buddha, a Buddhist Temple, and we watched the sunset over the waters of Promthet Cape.
Our last port of call was Singapore, an island city state.  Compared to all of the other countries that we visited, Singapore was the most city-like in appearance, with major banks, hotels, and numerous food and entertainment opportunities.  Barbara and I took a wonderful narrated tour of Marina Bay.  A number of guests in our group extended their stay in Singapore.
We have pictures and captions of our land and sea tours at   You can also obtain more information about our future cruises at  “upcoming tournaments.”
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Call for Proposals – Word Cup 2020

Dear WGPO Directors and Members,

It’s that time of year again, and the Board of Player Representatives (BPR) and Executive Committee (EC) is starting the process of selecting the venue for Word Cup 2020! To make this great event accessible to a wide range of players, we try to bring Word Cup to a different region each year. For 2020, we are focusing our search for cities in the Upper Midwest. If you or your local club is interested in hosting Word Cup for 2020, now is the time to start gathering proposals from local venues.

Please submit venue proposals for evaluation by May 31th to the Executive Committee at

Proposals should include

  1. Short cover letter listing the venue, available dates, contact information for the proposed leadership team (include potential directors and organizers, at least one of whom is local), nearby airports or attractions, and other highlights/challenges for this venue.

  2. Copy of proposal from hotel venue including room rates, room block requirements, playing room costs and banquet minimums, parking fees, any hotel incentives, etc.

Starting June 1st, the BPR and EC will start evaluating all proposals received and coordinating with prospective organizers if additional information is needed. Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Region: Venues in the Upper Midwest (Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, etc.) will have priority.

  2. Quality of accommodations and playing space

  3. Location: Proximity to major airport, scrabble population centers, restaurants and local attractions, etc.

  4. Total Cost: Hotel room rates, room block requirements, playing room and equipment costs, banquet minimums, parking fees, hotel shuttle, hotel incentives and amenities, etc.

  5. Dates: Preference will be for bids in late June, anytime in July, or early August and those that do not conflict with other major events or holidays.

  6. Availability of local organizers/directors/players to help run the event.

Do not hesitate to contact any of us on the EC or BPR if you have questions about the selection process or have specific questions regarding a hotel proposal you have received. If you or your local club is considering submitting a Word Cup proposal, please let a member of the EC know by May 1st. This will help us coordinate with local directors/organizers as proposals are being gathered.


The Executive Committee of WGPO

Deborah Baggett

Mike Johnson

Steve Pellinen

P.S. Don’t forget about this year’s Word Cup in Coral Gables, Florida from July 20-24. Early registration ends May 12th. Make sure to sign up before then to save on entry fees! More information can be found on the flyer at

New friends at Friendsview

In division 1, Gunther Jacobi went 5-0, while P. K. Gott had a 4-1 record

In division 1, Gunther Jacobi went 5-0, while P. K. Gott had a 4-1 record

By venturing to Newberg, Oregon, we enticed three new players to join us in a 5-game tournament.  They couldn’t get the better of us, but they appeared to be enjoying themselves.  The division 2 winners were seasoned players Gary Waltuch (5-0) and Scott Smith (4-1).  Kudos to director Rich Moyer for a well-run tournament.

WGPO Letter to Members

From Word Cup 9 Committee:

In case you haven’t yet heard or are just procrastinating, the yearly WGPO Word Cup 9 Tournament in Coral Gables, Florida (July 20-24) is just three months away! Coming up in under a month is the deadline for the early entry $120 fee. That date is May 12th. We hope you take advantage of this offer, The price for the main event will then increase to $140. The early bird tournament (July 19th) for 7 games remains at $35 after this cutoff date.

We are planning a fabulous complimentary reception for all attendees after the first seven games on Saturday night. For those of you who want to play even more Scrabble® or other games, the playing room is available till 12 am each night. On Sunday evening, Bennett Jacobstein will run his annual fun trivia contest for all interested players.

The immediate neighborhood boasts numerous cafes and restaurants for you to enjoy. The famous Miracle Mile is a short walk from the host hotel. Hyatt Regency remodeled their rooms earlier this year so that all of us staying there will reap the benefits! Please book your room by June 20th to receive the special group rate of $135 plus tax each night. This rate is also in effect for three days before and after our event.

Because of generous donations and volunteers, we pledge to return nearly 100% (or even more) of all entry fees as monetary prizes.  How many word game organizations can say that?

We hope you share our enthusiasm and decide to attend Word Cup 9. If you have any questions. please email Maddy at or Roy at (This works for PayPal).

Maddy’s phone number is (661)373-1407. and Roy’s is (310)597-6321.

We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you there!

Maddy and Roy Kamen-Tournament Organizers

Steve Pellinen-Tournament Director

Larry Rand – Data Entry