UVSC Session Report Monday, July 22, 2019 (Session #237) (authored by BJ) This week we were very pleased to welcome a new player, Bill, who decided to drop by after seeing our blurb in the Valley News events calendar. Bill stayed for three games, observed others playing, asked lots of questions, and said he hoped to return. We enjoyed his company very much, and we certainly would love to see him return! Everyone got on the bingo train this week. Bill played his first club bingo, STINGING, against Iliana. Marilyn made the nice find of SVELTEST (most SVELTE), and Ellen found FRIGATE for a come-from-behind out-play win. Late in a game I had a substantial lead and the rack of ADEIT??, so I decided to see what unusual word I could find. The word I played is the name of an ornamental shrub (pictured below) and contains one of the power tile letters (J, K, Q, X, or Z). Iliana played BEWARES, which sounds strange to me, but that's probably because we normally hear the imperative form, as in "Beware the ides of March!" But BEWARE is a verb like any other, so perhaps you BEWARED the ides of March earlier this year, and maybe I'll be BEWARING them next year, and for all I know, Iliana BEWARES them every year. Of David's bingos, my favorite was STYGIAN. It is often--but not always!--capitalized, and means "pertaining to the river Styx", which is the river of the underworld in Greek mythology. Thus, STYGIAN means hellish or infernal. As David pointed out, it has a very common word as its anagram, so if you find the common word, try playing its uncommon anagram and maybe you'll draw a challenge from your opponent. David did!