My bonus percentage dropped this month, from 89.5% to 87%. Still chasing that elusive 90%, even though my word knowledge is increasing every day. This time I feel it was a lack of review issue (I’ve been focusing more on fives lately). The following is my bonus word list for August 2017 from games I played in person, on ISC.ro, and against Quackle. Blanks are not recorded. A complete list of bonus words played can be found here.
Sevens (41): AGENDUM, ANTLIAE, APTERAL, BAILORS, BONSELA, CESTOID, DESMOID, DISARMS, HAGRIDE, HITTERS, INQUERE, LAITIES, LEAGUES, MILORDS, MOHELIM, NUDNIKS, OUTGLOW, PANOCHE, PLENIST, RANGOLI, REBOANT, REFRAIN, REGLUED, RELENTS, ROOTAGE, SHEETER, SOLIDLY, SPLICER, STANGED, TABBIES, TALONED, TANNERS, TANNEST, TARTARS, TERTIAL, TINAMOU, TOISONS, TORPORS, TURGENT, VANNERS, WHINERS.
Eights (44): ACHENIAL, AUCTIONS, BARONESS, DENARIES, DOUBLING, DREADEST+, DROOLIER, FRUITING, INDENTER, INNATIVE, INTERRED, INTERWEB, JAUNTIES, LAURELED, MANSUETE, MONIKERS, MOTORING, NEREIDES, PERIAGUA, PIANETTE, PILLAGED, POWERING, PRIMAGES, PUMPABLE+, QUADRATI+, QUIESCES, REALISMS, REMAINED, RENOVATE, RETINULA, RORTIEST, SAXONITE, SERENITY, SERVANTS, SLITHERY, STEAMING, STROLLER, SULTANAS, SWATHIER, TANISTRY, TENDANCE, THEREOUT, TOUTIEST, TWEELING.
Nines (1): PRETENDER.
Three of these are recent CW15 additions: DREADEST+, PUMPABLE+, and QUADRATI+. The repeated words are becoming more frequent, with PANOCHE, REFRAIN, ROOTAGE, WHINERS, RORTIEST, and STROLLER joining the twice-played bonus list. A complete list of repeated bonuses can be found here. MONIKERS was a 194-point nine-timer, and highest scoring play since I started recording my bonuses.
My thirteen misses this month included two sevens (NIOBATE and VIDUAGE) and eleven eights (AUTODYNE, GAUCIEST, GROTTIER, LANTHORN, LYRICISE, OUTTRICK, PATINATE, TUTANIAS, WATERISH, and XENOTIME). Both sevens and five of the eights are Tier One words, which means I’ll need to review those soon before I get back into the tournament scene. A complete list of missed bonuses can be found here. NIOBATE and VIDUAGE join ANEROID as bonuses I’ve missed having found them previously, all very high-probability words. FAIRYDOM remains the lone word I’ve found having missed it previously.