* Indicates non-allowable words (challenged play; turn missed).
Comments from Joan:
I think the significant factors were that I was getting good letter combinations that fitted good places on the board; I was able to score consistently (even on my "dump" moves); Chris was getting a lot of drek; and his plausible tries which resulted in 3 nonwords gave me 3 more turns than he had. That and the fact that I started gave me 4 more turns in the game than Chris, which was 4 more opportunities to score than might have been expected.
Comments from Chris:
I hope she enjoyed it as much as I wallowed in self-pity afterwards...
Joan must have decided at this stage [Move 4] that if that idiot Chris hadn't seen AMARETTI by now then he never would, and gave me the third different place to play it - a triple word score this time... [Editor's Note: Joan says she didn't see AMARETTI]
I must confess that the lyrics of "Hair" were running through my head at the time, perhaps as a consequence of the friendly pre-tournament abuse hurled my way on account of my unkempt and rather lengthy locks, and in said song the word MATTY* is used as an adjective. I was so confident I tracked my tiles [MATTIER] while the challenge was taken up...
Also thanks to everybody through the rest of the day who kindly informed me that LITOTES is an anagram of TOILETS - a dollar for each of you and I could have shouted dinner at the Lane Cove Steak House for the entire membership of ASPA NSW...
For the rest of the game I decided to prove that if I didn't know anything else I at least knew the 3 letter words.