Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Sport Boy Takes the Plunge
I drove the taxi today which meant an early start, and a different clientele, less of the drunken yobbo brigade and more of the shopping granny crew. I actually picked up Stu the Gardener's Great Grandma!
In my spare time I've been playing a lot of Scrabble on the computer, pitting myself against it at ever higher levels. My rating is about 1750, my opponent, the annoying Professor Maven, currently operates at 1900, his maximum setting is 2100. Just so you don't think I'm wimping out playing him below his best, let me give you a selection of the latest words he's thrown at me. I defy any of my readers to give a definition to any of them without the help of the best dictionary you can find!
Maven's Scrabble Words
How are you going? Know any of them yet?
Note how many of them are 7 or 8 letter words meaning that not only has Maven played yet another word I've never heard of but he's racked up a 50 point bonus in the process!
I get about a 1 second glimpse of Maven's tiles before he plays his lightning fast mega moves.
Today I saw he had the letters AAIOUBN and thought to myself, "He won't be able to do much with them!!"
How wrong can you be?
Can you do anything with them? With some effort I could construct a 4 letter word for maybe 8 points.
Not Maven though!
Maven just casually laid out all 7 letters to form the word OUABAIN!!!!!!!
I KID YOU NOT!!
I will send a prize of a year's free subscription to Holt Press to anyone who knows what OUABAIN means!!
I'll be impressed if you can even find it in your dictionary! It's not in mine.
That didn't stop Maven racking up 60+ points with it on his way to another belting for yours truly!
I have managed to beat him at 1900, 14 times in fact, each one of them hard fought and highly prized, giving me a win ratio of about 30%.
While I was away I foolishly flirted with him at a setting of 2000 and lost 5 straight games!
Leave your definitions, real or made up (Pop, the Heir) in comments!
I'll give you Maven's definition tomorrow!