Nicky Huitson's Causeway AdventureAnd so,dear reader,the final chapter of the Asian adventure begins..As most of you who follow my ramblings will know, I did not have the most auspicious tournament health wise- firstly being bitten by a mosquito,with the bite leading to cellulitis,and secondly by falling into a 2 foot deep drainage ditch outside the doctor's in the most horrendous monsoon rain,thinking it was a pavement,resulting in cutting both legs open and covering me in multicoloured contusions! However,dosed to the eyeballs on antibiotics,pain killers and precautionary unnamed injections to combat potential deadly tropical diseases,I battled on regardless to try and bring some glory back to the UK, in the last ever Causeway tournament.It is as well that the world of Scrabble does not do random drug testing,or I probably would have been thrown out of the tournament! Firstly,hugest congratulations to Michael Tang and his team for what was a very well run event.I rather liked that you played chunks of 4 games within a time slot, once you and your opponent were ready to go.Despite having 240 people playing in one room,the noise level was quiet and professional,with the exception of a certain Mr.Llewllyn Jegels,who briefly lost his composure on the last afternoon,by shouting "I've won one!" presumably having had a less than auspicious day! Tim Butcher and I were placed n the same division,and both hoped we would not have to play each other at all,but due to us leapfrogging our way through the tournament,we were destined to clash in games 41 and 44...Despite my SEMOLINAS and LANKIER, Tim snuck in a sneaky NETTIER, appended to FAUNA,(FAUNAE), which deservedly won him that game. Revenge was mine in game 44, where I was fortunate to have GLEANERS,AZURINE and the rather mundane but useful TRAINER to clinch the game. Sadly this meant that in the very last game,where I think I stood an outside chance of creeping into 10th place,I had to play my tournament nemesis Chim Wai Main for a third time.In our first game, I played SHYLOCK, CASEMENT and ORGANISE to be very comfortably ahead,and then reverted back to old habits of fishing for a letter to match my 6 RETAINS letters,resulting in a draw-talk about snatching defeat from the jaws of victory! Our second game I chanced GALLOWED ,and although the game was nip and tuck,he won by 7...Our final meet in Game 45 decided who took 10th place and sadly,it was not me! My average bonus rate was 2.1 per game- not brilliant but acceptable,and my average score was 402. However,Tim and I both ended on a respectable 25.5 wins and came 17th and 16th out of a field of 84...despite many of the players not having a WESPA rating,they were a tough crowd!It is heartening to see the strength building in the youth sides of all countries- my goodness,they are good! I can't really comment on Amy and Steve's performances too much,as they were in different divisions to me.But Amy certainly had a last minute burst to end a very creditable 15th in the Master's Division.I think Steve had used all his luck up at the Singapore Open! Anyway,a good time was had by all,and last night we waved Amy and Martin off to the airport,whilst Steve and I headed back to Singapore for a last day of sightseeing. Well,that was the plan,but as the ever swelling leg threatens to explode,I have decided to take the sensible option and rest it for today,while Steve explores Little India and Chinatown,before the inevitable rain strikes again! Despite the health stuff,this has been a great experience and I wouldn't have missed it for the world!I do hope that Michael Tang reconsiders at some point. Bonus words played at Causeway for those interested are as follows;
OUTLEARNS LANTERNS EARLIES LUMBERED TONITES FLITTING DRESSING ANGORAS OTARINE ZANIEST DEHORNED HAIRLINE ENTRAINS GRAVIES RATEENS SHEITANS ISODATE STONING ENTREES CLARITY MOANERS LANDERS ORLEANS ISATINE PERTAIN BOREALIS PALLETS ATONIES TWINERS IRONERS RELAXIN SNEERING LAWSUIT RANDIEST GUILDER STOUTER FLOUTED SEDATION MILLERS APPEARS SPRAINT BRIDGERS DANNIES ETESIAN MIRAGES OUTLANDS TRASHIER TRIAGED ANISEED RAVINES STONIER DOTINGS BLUENESS OUTSTARE SARDINE BANNERS ADENOIDS VERTUES WINGERS VROOMED PIRATES TINTERS QUAGMIRE BINNERS AIRLINE DIETING SLANTER TAENIAS RETINAE AMORTISE SANTEROS LUSTIER RETINUE DOATING MARINAS SNARLIER SHYLOCK CASEMENT ORGANISE SHARING DETAINER ARTSIER WEANING GALLOWED STEARING DENIERS LANKIER KERATIN INCITER TRAINER AZURINE GLEANERS ISOLATED STORING and SEMOLINAS.
No more tourneys now until January 2012.Happy Christmas!