Scrabble has been a strange experience for us today. Firstly, Smoky seemed to be trying to sabotage this lunchtime’s game. Thing is, since our recent shifting of furniture, we’ve been using a couple of temporary rugs while we wait for a proper floor covering to arrive. These rugs are wool (yes, real wool!) and are quite fluffy, as you might expect. And Smoky has taken quite a shine to them. Sometinmes though, he will suddenly pounce on some imaginary mouse or spider and will attack the rug with his claws. (Actually, it’s rare for him to savage the carpets, although he used to be a complete menace until we eventually bought him a few scratching posts.)
So there we were this afternoon, just getting started on a game, when Smoky pounces on the rug and the Scrabble table starts sliding along with it. We couldn’t help but laugh. ‘Bad kitty,’ I chuckled. Smoky soon simmered down and sloped off for his daily siesta.
This evening’s game though, was very odd. We always draw tiles from a bag and the nearest to ‘A’ starts the game. Today, we both picked the same letter and had to redraw. Shana won this mini battle. ‘I hate going first,’ she said. But not long after, she put down her first word: TIDIEST. Yes, seven letters straight away, with the requisite fifty bonus points to boot.
Shana had another three seven-letter words, namely ENVISION, NORTHErN and PARTNERs ( the lowercase letter indicates that a blank tile was used to represent that letter). Her total score was 442, comfortably eclipsing my rather wimpish 278.
Shana’s assignment for the week will now be to concoct a story using the phrase ‘Envision tidiest Northern partners’. Good luck with that 🙂
And we may now consider a Scrabble handicap system a bit like that used in horse racing. I shall have, say, a 100 head start. Or maybe 250, just to be on the safe side? Alternatively, I may start playing with nine tiles.
Or I could be really dastardly and simply tie up the bag using half a dozen of my special half hitches. I do know knots after all 🙂