Dumb Answer of the Week
What Happens When You Speak Before You Think.
October 8th - October
Text by: Mike Klauss
One genre of game shows rarely visited
in the Dumb Answer of the Week is kids shows. This time, an exception is
made. Let's visit the wonderful world of digital cable, specifically The
Hub and their recent entry, "Scrabble Showdown."
One would assume a
prerequisite of being on a game called "Scrabble Showdown" is a decent
knowledge of the English alphabet and its vocabulary. This week's winner
shows that this isn't necessarily always true.
This week's Dumb Answer recipient isn't a kid, though. (I don't believe
it should ever go to a kid who might not know better, and I'm sure Rob,
Carl and everybody else associated with this site would agree with me.)
It goes to a parent. Meet Babsy. (Yes, that's her real name.) If Babsy
and her son Tiras win on this episode of Scrabble Showdown, they want
airline tickets to Rome.
The game played is Scrabble Flash, based on the game of the same
name...or was the board game based on the Family Game Night Season 1
staple of the same name? It doesn't matter. The game is played with 5
electronic tiles, each of which displays a different letter. The team
players alternate turns by playing valid three, four, or five-letter
words over the course of 30 seconds. In this case, the key word is
Babsy starts for her team. Her letters are R, O, E, D, A. There are some
easy-to-find words in that bunch--road, oar, red and adore, among
others. What does Babsy play first?
Roed. *buzz buzz* Try again, Babsy.
Roeda?! *buzz buzz* What is a roeda, besides Rhoda's first name spelled
It's the Brazilian version of Wheel of Fortune, apparently. And it's
spelled wrong too. Take 3, Babsy...
Roe! It's a legal word! Babsy probably
doesn't know what 'roe' is, but it doesn't matter. Maybe Tiras can turn
...and he does with 'road'. Back to Babsy. Hang on. It's going to be a
Oade?! Are you even trying?
And at the last second, Babsy pulls 'ode' out of a certain orifice of
her body. 10 points total, one per letter used in acceptable words.
For the record, the other team scored 13 points in 21 seconds to win the
round and a Sony Vaio laptop while all Babsy won for her performance is
this entry. Well done, Babs!