A Word With You: ALBATROSS

The ALBATROSS (9 letters) is not in the Official Scrabble Dictionary but it is in the Tournament dictionary. At nine letters, there needs to be something like an AL or a BA free on the board that one can play through, ad the appropriate letters to do so.

By JJ Harrison (https://tiny.jjharrison.com.au/t/fCEqOJC1cJUcoIOa) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18290910

By JJ Harrison (https://tiny.jjharrison.com.au/t/fCEqOJC1cJUcoIOa) – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18290910

Adult ALBATROSS can have a WINGSPAN of over 14 feet.  They find it very difficult to take off, but once in the air can stay in the air for weeks at a time, and will often circle the globe.

There are 14 species of ALBATROSS and all of them are endangered to some extent.

 

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A Word With You: AVOCET

An AVOCET is a shore bird, part of the WADERSAVOCETS are black and white, or PIED, with an upturned bill.

Avocet. Photo: By Andreas Trepte - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10610115

Avocet. Photo: By Andreas Trepte – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10610115

In ESTUARINE settings (a word used in tournament Scrabble) they feed exposed MUDFLATS.

AVOCET anagrams to OCTAVE.

5 letter words: COVET and OVATE

4 letter words: CATE, CAVE, COAT, COTE, COVE, TACE, TACO, TOEA, VETO and VOTE.

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1st WGPO-Sanctioned Rocky Mountain Word-eo Tournament a Success!

The Cheyenne Scrabble Club hosted the first WGPO-sanctioned National Scrabble Day  Scrabble tournament in Cheyenne on Saturday, April 13, 2019. April 13 was declared National Scrabble Day over a decade ago, as it’s the birth day of Scrabble creator Alfred Butts.

The tournament has another name: the Rocky Mountain Word-eo (pronounced Word-day-oh), which I’ll be using in future to publicize what I hope will be a major Rocky Mountain Scrabble tournament, drawing players from at least the five states surrounding Wyoming as well as Wyomingites.

C Division players Jerry Evagelatos and Carol Matthia (in front) and Matt Carlass and Maria Mores prepare to start their opening games

C Division players Jerry Evagelatos and Carol Mathia (in front) and Matt Carlass and Maria Mores prepare to start their opening games

17 people participated in the tournament, which was held at the First United Methodist Church in Cheyenne. Eleven of these drove up from Colorado – including one who came all the way from Denver.

Entry fee was $30, which included a catered lunch from Subway. Each division had monetary payouts for 1st through 3ed place.

The people who made history by participating in the very first WGPO-sanctioned Scrabble tournament in Cheyenne were:

From Cheyenne Scrabble Club

  • Matt Carlass (C division)
  • Jerry Evagalatos (C division)
  • Bonnie Harrison (C division)
  • Barbara Peterson (B division)
  • Carol Mathia (C division)
  • Maria Mores (C division)

Fromthe  Northern Colorado Scrabble Clubs

  • David Brown (A division)
  • Pat Feigin (A division)
  • Dave Goldberg (A division)
  • Tom Graim (B division)
  • Ron Lipka (A division)
  • Caroline McCormick (B division)
  • Jim Sherrill (A division)
  • Tina Spicer (A division)
  • Janice Whitaker (B division)
  • Margaret Wick (B division)
  • Joanie Woodrick (B division)
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B Division Margaret Wick and Caroline McCluskey in front, Joanie Woodrick and Janice Whittaker behind

 

A DIvision - Ron Lipka and Jim Sherrill in front, sharing the table with B Division Barbara Peterson and Tom Graim

A Division – Ron Lipka and Jim Sherrill in front, sharing the table with B Division Barbara Peterson and Tom Graim

The tournament was divided into three divisions – Beginners or C, Intermediate or B, and Expert or A.

Winners

C Division

  • 1st – Carol Mathia
  • 2nd – Matt Carlass
  • 3rd – Maria Mores

B Division

  • 1st – Tom Graim
  • 2nd – Janice Whitaker
  • 3rd – Margaret Wick

A Division

  • 1st – David Brown
  • 2nd – Dave Goldberg
  • 3rd – Ron Lipka

An article about the tournament appeared in the Sunday, April 14 edition of the Cheyenne Tribune Eagle newspaper.

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The next Rocky Mountain Wordeo will be held on April 11, 2020 (the Saturday closest to April 13, which is National Scrabble Day).

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A Word With You: ANHINGA

An ANHINGA is an aquatic bird, recognizable because it will stand with its wings spread out from its body to dry them.

By Tim from Ithaca - Anhinga, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15526948

By Tim from Ithaca – Anhinga, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15526948

ANHINGA comes fro the Tupi language of Brazil. The ANHINGAS are water birds. When they swim their entire body is submerged except for their head. As such they are sometimes mistaken for snakes. It can also mistaken for a CORMORANT.

The ANHINGA is in the DARTER family.  When ANHINGAS migrate, the flock is called a KETTLE.

Six-letter words

AAHING and ANGINA

Five-letter words:

AGAIN and AHING

Four letter words

AGHA, AGIN, ANGA, ANNA, GAIN, HANG, NAAN, NANA, and NIGH.

 

 

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A Word With You: AMADAVAT

An AMADAVAT is an Asian songbird, according to the official Scrabble dictionary.

It’s actually an old word – the current term for this bird is not in the dictionary, so I won’t share it here.

Amandava_amandava_(VijayCavale)

By Vijay Cavale – Photograph by Vijay Cavale vijay AT indiabirds.com, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=477509

4 Letter words

  • ALMA – Indian maid
  • DATA

3 letter words

  • AMA
  • AVA
  • DAM
  • MAD
  • MAT
  • TAD
  • TAM
  • TAV
  • VAT

2 letter words

  • AA
  • AD
  • AM
  • AT
  • MA
  • TA
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A Word With You: ACCENTOR

The ACCENTORS are a genus of birds that live in the mountainous areas of Europe. They are a fairly drab species – dull grey.

ACCENTOR in England, photo from Wikipedia

ACCENTOR in England, photo from Wikipedia

Anagrams within ACCENTORS

8 letters

  • ACCENTOR

7 letters

  • COENACT – to enact together
  • CONCERT
  • ENACTOR

6 letters

  • ACCENT
  • ATONER -one who atones
  • CANCER
  • CANTOR – a Jewish singer
  • CENTRA – plural of CENTRUM: the body of a vertabrae
  • CORNEA – part of the eye
  • CANOER
  • CARNET – customs document for cars
  • CANTER – horse’s gate
  • CARTON
  • CONTRA – againt
  • CRATON – an immobile part of earth’s crust
  • COATER
  • CORNET – musical instrument
  • NECTAR
  • OCTANE
  • ORNATE
  • RECOAT
  • TANREC – also TENREC – insectivorous mammal
  • RECANT
  • TRANCE

 

 

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A Word With You: AASVOGEL

An AASVOGEL is a picturesque term (or rather a misspelling of the Afrikaans word) for  VULTURE – used in fiction books in the 1800s by such authors as Rider Haggard (The Days of My Life), John Buchan (The Island of Sheep) and Saki (The Collected Short Stories of Saki, aka Hector Hugh Munro) when telling stories taking place in South Africa.

A VULTURE is a bald-headed bird of prey that scavenges on CARCASSES.

Vultures from the Disney film, The Jungle Book (1967)

Vultures from the Disney film, The Jungle Book (1967)

CONDORS (both the Californian and the Andean varieties) are also VULTURES.

A group of VULTURES in flight is called a KETTLE, and on the ground is called a COMMITTEE. When they are eating, they are called a WAKE.

Californian Condor

Californian Condor

There are 2 TAXA of VULTURES.

Old World: 16 SPECIES  divided into 9 GENERA.

New World:  7 SPECIES.

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Welcome to the official website for the Cheyenne Scrabble Club

Thanks for visiting the official website of the Cheyenne Scrabble Club.

We hoe to make this site a favorite stop for Scrabble players around the world – although we will only deal with the North American tournament word list.

We’ll post updates to our schedule, and announcements of tournaments, but we’ll also post a Word of the Day. So please subscribe and come back often!

 

 

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