A Blank Mind
Mary's opening play on Monday night placed an S on the centre square. My opening rack was AEIDHT? so I made HEAD my suffix and pondered the possibilities. It became apparent to me that there were two possibilities if I wanted to place my H on a double-letter square whilst extending my bingo to a triple-word square. I selected the more prudish pITHEADS while advising Mary that there was another option that also would have scored 95 points. Mary cottoned onto the alternative bingo straight away and agreed that my choice was more prudent.
Later, when in a hopeless position, I showed Keith my unplayable bingo PENISE?. We both had a chuckle as I still found STEEPINg through the T of my earlier BOTULIN play. Self-congratulations were in order because BOTULIN contained no blank, S or E. At least it was better than my last loss against Keith when I could have triumphed if there was a place to play out with my F?CK (? was the actual U !). Rene admitted she would have faced a real dilemma, though I wouldn't hesitate to play it in a tournament.