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Tallactor  (Level: 153.1 - Posts: 423)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 9:25 AM


I just sent in a support ticket, but I'll mention it here as well: I think there is a misspelling in one of the clues in this WP, so care should be taken, and it might be smart to wait until the misspelling is fixed before solving this puzzle. It's probably just a typo, but it could mislead (it misled me for a bit).

Tallactor  (Level: 153.1 - Posts: 423)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 9:26 AM

And let me add: aside from the misspelling, this is an outstanding WordPuzzle. Good work, Barry!

Maurlin  (Level: 211.1 - Posts: 2660)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 9:31 AM

I just did the WP. I doubt that a misspelling in any of the clues would make a bit of difference. I only wish that this were one of the contest puzzles so I could submit a grade for it.

Zeedee  (Level: 222.1 - Posts: 1088)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 9:39 AM

Oooh.....a good one!

Alvandy  (Level: 225.6 - Posts: 7525)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 9:50 AM

I did okay, but I'm glad I sharpened my brain with coffee this morning.
With Garrybl/Barry- expect the unexpected. It helps.

Sploofus Editor
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 10:17 AM

I just checked and see that it was corrected some time ago, but whoever did it, did not post the fact. Anyhow, all clear. Puzzle on.

Winddancer41  (Level: 63.3 - Posts: 1113)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 10:30 AM

Interesting puzzle to say the least, but i also think i must have had a senior moment through the whole thing cause it took me forever to catch on. Good job on the puzzle. charlotte

Kaufman  (Level: 254.0 - Posts: 3936)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 10:45 AM

I got a very unfortunate first two puzzles, which led me to be completely misled about the puzzle's theme. Then I got a word in puzzle 5 that I'd never heard ove, and out the window went another 12 letters and 1000 or so points. Sigh.

Keithr81052  (Level: 142.1 - Posts: 147)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 1:27 PM

interesting isn't the word I would use to describe it, I still have no idea what it was about

Papajensai  (Level: 189.7 - Posts: 1025)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 2:02 PM

Totally lost. Please, Barry, post the clues and answers when appropriate. I want to appreciate what others were able to see so easily.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 2:13 PM

I think the key is which puzzle you get more comments until end of WP time.

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 3:09 PM

If that were a contest puzzle it would have been a definite 4 - great fun. Bravo Barry

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 4:35 PM

My first puzzle was so OFF THE WALL
I gritted my teeth and did them ALL
Earned my lowest point score ever
Guess that Garry guy thinks he's clever

1mks  (Level: 208.2 - Posts: 5864)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 4:36 PM


Gerryn  (Level: 18.7 - Posts: 141)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 5:00 PM

Too obscure for me.

Bigdavy  (Level: 128.5 - Posts: 525)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 5:05 PM

Loved it!

Crazy4games  (Level: 122.3 - Posts: 1020)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 5:08 PM

I really liked it. Not my best score by any means, but it wasn't so easily googleable as some. Great clues too.

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 6:09 PM

When I got this first one - I thought I got it - but I didn't - especially when my second one came up - finished but still don't know what it was about - and don't have a clue as to what the missing link is (thought I did as I said with my first two - was wrong) - obviously quite a few get it - number 1 at this point - blows my mind

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 7:07 PM

Thanks Pepper - duh

Kimoira  (Level: 198.2 - Posts: 1189)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 7:17 PM

I got lucky on the first puzzle and the second clue clarified the theme but my third and fourth clues were buggers so I got a bit lost. Lately I haven't been able to do as many of the WPs as I would like but this was one of the better puzzles I've taken in a long time and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Apinavl  (Level: 37.5 - Posts: 59)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 7:38 PM

Really enjoyed the puzzle Barry. Great job.

Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 10:35 PM

Were all the puzzles missing "and" or were some missing other conjunctions? I figured out the missing "and" on my 4th puzzle - up til then I was lost, but I don't think I got names or places I would have known even with all their letters - I might be remembering this wrong, but what the heck is DIE DIAMONT supposed to be??

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 11:05 PM

I didn't get that one Suzer. Is a Dandie Diamont a dog?

Kaufman  (Level: 254.0 - Posts: 3936)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 11:17 PM

It's a point-sucking vampire.

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 11:22 PM

I have figured out that a DANDIE DINMONT is a doggie, indeed!

Check this link:~

Cheers, Bev

Oldcougar  (Level: 217.3 - Posts: 1935)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 11:22 PM

Aha, missing the "and", now it all makes sense. Very clever, too bad I'm not. Didn't finish too badly but my first 2 puzzles made me think I was looking for a jewelry theme & I got off on the wrong track. Good job, Gary

Bbear  (Level: 159.3 - Posts: 2301)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 11:40 PM

Got two with no letters; got three with ALL, plus missing a bunch. Interesting.

Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 11:44 PM

Oh yeah, I remember now, the clue was something about a terrier...but I've never heard of that breed, even with the "and"! Ah well, better luck next time! It was a clever idea for a puzzle.

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sat, 22nd Nov '08 11:57 PM

I don't remember who had the 5 when I had finished - but it blew my mind!

Garrybl  (Level: 275.9 - Posts: 6608)
Sun, 23rd Nov '08 12:29 AM

I'm pleased that so many of you enjoyed it and sorry if dandie dinmont is an unusual breed.
I tend to assume that if i know something it is in the public domain. And of course a UK dog breed may not be common in the US... I did not check that out.
As surmised each question was missing an 'and'; rather than post them all I can answer specific questions. I tried to make each reduced word into a real word or abbreviation and then clue both the truncated and complete form...briefly.

There will be similar puzzles to come (unless the ransom is received by 6PM in unmarked notes)


Tresgatos  (Level: 201.7 - Posts: 4145)
Sun, 23rd Nov '08 1:16 AM

I know Bigdavy scored a 5. I was amazed as well. It took me awhile to catch on.

-- Geri

Bigdavy  (Level: 128.5 - Posts: 525)
Sun, 23rd Nov '08 1:38 AM

I got lucky, my first 2 phrases were "A Fish Called Wa" and "Kung Fu Pa" -- and because I'm a movie buff, the clues for these phrases led me in the right direction. Because of those 2 phrases, I was thinking the missing letters were "nda" which didn't make much sense, but then the light bulb came on. I also had "Mexican St Off" and "Marlon Bro", and I can't remember the other one.
- bigdavy

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sun, 23rd Nov '08 6:30 AM

Very good Davy - I didn't have either of those - although in retrospect I had marlin bro as my first one - my second one was actor who loved yentl - and for some reason all that came to my mine was james brolin - cemented by marlin bro - which was obviously off the track and "bro" should not have taken hold ..mandy - duh...clever puzzle Garybol

Tallactor  (Level: 153.1 - Posts: 423)
Sun, 23rd Nov '08 7:41 AM

The clue that had a misspelling originally said, "Fetcher's mate" rather than "Fletcher's mate," and I spent some time trying to figure out what or who "Fetcher" was--actually, it's the name of one of George W. Bush's dogs, and I was scurrying trying to find out what the other dogs from that litter were named before I decided the reference was to "Moby Dick." Fortunately, that was on my 4th puzzle, so I already had the trick of the puzzle figured out.

Bigdavy  (Level: 128.5 - Posts: 525)
Sun, 23rd Nov '08 8:26 AM

FYI, Fletcher Christian was on the Bounty (of "Mutiny on the" fame) and not involved with "Moby Dick"

Kaufman  (Level: 254.0 - Posts: 3936)
Sun, 23rd Nov '08 8:30 AM

Except I had the same first two as Bigdavy, but instead of coming up with the rule "remove the AND", I noticed it was "remove the middle to get a state's postal abbreviation". This was suboptimal.

Tresgatos  (Level: 201.7 - Posts: 4145)
Sun, 23rd Nov '08 8:45 AM

Congratulations, Dave, on your great solving ability on this WP!

-- Geri

Tallactor  (Level: 153.1 - Posts: 423)
Sun, 23rd Nov '08 8:51 AM

Oops--I meant "Mutiny on the Bounty." That's what happens when I try to write a message when I'm not yet fully awake!

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sun, 23rd Nov '08 2:32 PM

Garry....never mind the ransom. I'm so happy
with this latest masterpiece, I going to send
you a parcel....don't worry if it's ticking!!!!

Wordster  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 892)
Mon, 24th Nov '08 7:40 PM

Nice puzzle but I was a tad annoyed about how many guesses it took me. BTW: I knew that a Dandie Dinmont was a dog. All that watching of Crufts worked out! BTW2: Citicorp is going under so you'll just have to do another Wordpuzzle.......

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