I’m beginning to wonder about Maven’s learning curve. Sure, he’s the nearly infallible inhuman brain behind computer Scrabble, but he just doesn’t seem to understand what a bad idea it is to play into the outer rows and columns between the triple word scores. You may recall how I exploited this faux pas twice before — playing stodgier for a triple-triple bingo and 131 points, and muenster for 149.
Well, you’re not going to believe this, but Maven’s blundered again. This past Sunday, he played a seven-letter word into the bottom row between the two triple-word scores and set me up for credible — 167 points in a single turn!
Maven never got within a hundred points of me after that, but I failed to score as high as I might have, because my opponent, who doubles as the referee, disallowed my second bingo: caponise. It’s okay for him to use British variant spellings whenever he pleases — including bizarre Burnsian dialect – but not me, apparently.
Ah, well! When you play with cheaters, you just have to beat them by a wider margin.