Maybe it was all the talk in the blogosphere about the lamented demise of Scrabulous, or maybe it was just the maddening boredom that awaited us in our net-less apartment after we returned from the library yesterday. Either way, my lady friend and I played a spirited round of the old-fashioned, non-virtual letters and squares game of Scrabble before dinner.
And I scored 113 points on one word (see title.)
Those as geeky and lame as myself will recognize that these particular letters are worth exactly one point apiece, with the blank tile (standing in for a "G" if you're retarded) valued at zero. So how does a seven-point word become a 113-point haul?
I'm glad you asked: The eight letters spanned the gap from one triple word score square to another, which allows for the total to be multiplied by nine (three and then three again.) 63. Plus 50 bonus points for using all seven of my available tiles.
Interestingly (for those who are inexplicably still reading this nerdfest), it was almost the lowest possible score in this particular scenario. The only way it could have been lower was if I had held two blank tiles instead of just one. Throw in a letter or two worth more than one point (instead of "sleeting" it could have been "sleeping" or, god forbid if it were a word, "zleexing") and the score for this one word could have easily been many times my measly 113 points.
This was no consolation to Courtney, who did not find it nearly as funny or academically interesting as did I. She interpreted my amazement and incessant rambling on the subject as gloating. She may just be a sore loser. And she did end up losing. It's tough to come back from a 113-point deficit in Scrabble (which she nearly did anyway.)
(P.S. Dont' forget about Choose Your Own Blogventure tomorrow! Don't worry if you show up here and find the conclusion to a nonsensical story; I'll link you to the start.)