New blood took center stage this year as 24 year-old, second seeded Conrad Bassett-Bouchard beat 29 year-old, Jason Li (who finished 4th) in the finals to be named National Scrabble Champion ,the AP reports. Of the top ten finishers, six were in their twenties. Mack Meller, just 14, came in seventh.
Perennial favorite World Champion Nigel Richards took the high score, but finished in sixteenth place.
Li misstepped in the final round when he failed to see an opening to bingo with GRAMARYE (“occult learning; magic”).
Prize winners are listed on the official site. here.
: the area just in front of a goal in certain sports, soccer, lacrosse, or hockey.
: [adj.] resembling silver, or [n.] a small, silvery fish
The plural of the noun is ARGENTINES.
The name of the nation is derived from the Latin word “argentum,” meaning silver, which is tied to the silver mountains legend, widespread among the first European explorers of the La Plata Basin.
: a rib or rib-like feature (pl. COSTAE)
: spin applied to a ball (ENGLISHES, ENGLISHED, and ENGLISHING are all good too)
: pluralization of soccer
Yes, although it’s hard to imagine when and how one might use it, SOCCERS is a word. Perhaps one might say, “SOCCERS that vary slightly in style and rules are played in European leagues and the American professional league.”
: a red pigment extracted from the BRAZILWOOD tree, also known as “Natural Red 24”
: a type of hardwood tree, also known as the BRAZILWOOD tree
The nation of Brazil was named after the BRAZILWOOD, which was the first exploited product of the land. According to Wikipedia,
In Portuguese brazilwood is called pau-brasil, with the word brasilcommonly given the etymology “red like an ember”, formed from Latin brasa (“ember”) and the suffix -il(from -iculum or -ilium).
Note that BRAZIL is not a toponym as the place was named after the thing, not the other way around. I’m not sure if there’s a word for place names named after things—if you know of it please contact me!
: a boy employed as a servant
: a type of tree, also known as the European elm, also spelled WICH
Next time you’re asked “Which which is which?” you may want to reply by asking “Which witch in which WYCH—this witch that WYCH or that witch with the sandwich?”
: one who writes fiction, especially lower literary-quality novels in great abundance
FICTIONEER differs from FICTIONIST, which, though outdated, refers to writers of higher quality fiction.
: learning, knowledge
On this, the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, here’s a short list of some Scrabble words that are also Shakespearian characters.
- ARIEL: a gazelle found in Africa
- DOGBERRY: the fruit of a dogwood tree
- HAMLET: a village
- LEAR: learning
- LOTHARIO: a man who behaves irresponsibly or selfishly in his relationships
- PUCK: a disk used in ice hockey and other games
- ROMEO: a seductive male, a male lover
- SHYLOCK: to lend money with a high interest rate (offensive)
Am I missing any?
: an alternate spelling of pumpkin
Yeah…I know, right?
: one who tells the inside information about something, often a sporting event
FYI Pronounced dope-ster, not dopest-er.
: a card game similar to whist
Contrary to what the name might suggest, the game was actually invented in France in the 1770’s, perhaps taking the name to incorporate shades of the excitement (and anti-British zeal?) of the city at that time.
BOSTON is one of those nouns usually thought of as proper (the city of Boston, or the type of waltz known as the Boston) but which is playable as a common noun—in this case because of boston the card game. BOSTONS is also playable.
As a New Yorker, I prefer the common noun to the proper noun. Actually, the game sounds like it might be fun. Maybe I’ll try to learn how to play.