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1mks  (Level: 221.4 - Posts: 5931)
Tue, 9th Dec '08 9:30 AM


Lots of fun........made one dumb dumb typo.................of course it helped to be from Texas! Yee Haw!

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5426)
Tue, 9th Dec '08 9:42 AM

Very good puzzle. I would make a negative comment about Nebraska winters, but actually ours hasn't been too bad, except today is cold, windy and dreary. We have to have some of those to make us appreciate the warm days even more.

Good job on the puzzle!

Garrybl  (Level: 294.3 - Posts: 6810)
Tue, 9th Dec '08 10:01 AM

Yes most of the concepts contained in this WP are more like English summers than texas winters for me....


Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Tue, 9th Dec '08 10:01 AM

OK so we've had 4 feet of snow, no sun in 5 weeks, and last night we received a coating of freezing rain to turn our snow piles to rock. If Texas winters are really like your puzzle then we gotta move.
The puzzle was quite a lot of fun.

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Tue, 9th Dec '08 10:02 AM

I always laugh at my programming partner who tells me I'm not allowed to say it is cold (he lives in Minnesota) - I said you know - you LIVED here and you moved up there - so you are not allowed to tell me what I'm not allowed to say -

Look forward to taking this -

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Tue, 9th Dec '08 10:04 AM

Fun puzzle, Pepper! Reminds me of when I lived in your great state of Texas. Good job!


Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Tue, 9th Dec '08 12:30 PM

You can see what I thought of this puzzle
in Mistymented's thread about the
Southern States....

Lucimoore  (Level: 194.3 - Posts: 1738)
Tue, 9th Dec '08 12:57 PM

Nice work Pepper. Sad to say our Middle Tennessee winters have become way too close to your descriptions of Texas winters. Predicted high of 69 degrees today then high of 39 forecast for tomorrow and gradually returning to 58 by Monday of next week.

Gypsylady  (Level: 149.5 - Posts: 6108)
Tue, 9th Dec '08 1:38 PM

Loved your puzzle, Pepper!



Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2291)
Tue, 9th Dec '08 5:27 PM

Geez, where do you live? Mythinks a slight exaggeration about the weather?? Really, really fun puzzle. Thanks?

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Tue, 9th Dec '08 9:53 PM

You're welcome?
Apparently, you haven't heard of Acapulco, Texas.

I'm shocked that you'd think people from Texas would exaggerate, when we're such a mild mannered, stoic bunch!

BTW. Short sleeves to work this morning, coming home it was 36 degrees with the wind blowing like a son of a gun, then snow flurries later.

Thanks for the feedback!

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4583)
Tue, 9th Dec '08 10:21 PM

Exhausting drive home trying to stay on the road in those horrible gusts. Wrecks out in the country of vehicles that lost their loads and small trailers blown off the road. My arms ache again from the tension of fighting to stay between the stripes. Here at the house, electricity coming and going. They say this blasting wind is down from Amarillo/the panhandle. I thought I recognized the misery.

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Tue, 9th Dec '08 11:02 PM

Last night around midnight is about 70 degrees and huge lightening storms that took out our electricity - finally came back on about 7:00 cst this morning - left for my office in short sleeves but threw my coat in the back. About 3:30 when I wen to pick up my son from track practice it had dropped to 43. Went back to work and took him to scouts and it had dropped to 35 and now it is 32 and we've been through sleet and snow flurries that have now dried up.

We truly mean it when we say "If you don't like the weather in Texas, wait an hour"

Tresgatos  (Level: 217.7 - Posts: 4464)
Tue, 9th Dec '08 11:11 PM

Thanks for a really fun and interesting puzzle, Pepper! One of my favorite clues/phrases was:

TexMex candy - whip up a batch of jalapeno peanut brittle

I laughed, thinking you were kidding. Then I looked it up online, and the stuff really exists! Yikes! Have you ever eaten any of it?

I also really liked this one:

Spicy Christmas display - hang garlands of chili pepper lights in your yard

Neat image!
-- Geri

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4583)
Tue, 9th Dec '08 11:13 PM

Nope, Bbear, there was absolutely no exageration in the WP. Pepper was right on. The saying here is, if you don't like the weather, wait 15 minutes and it will change. I've seen winters here when the oak leaves never even turned completely or fell off the trees. A New Year's Day cookout is pretty usual around here (DFW).

Probably the other teachers here from DFW can vouch for the fact our students wore shorts yesterday (69 degrees) and today shivered in long jeans and coats.

I remember being in San Antonio in February of 1973. It was the first snow SA had recorded in years. Residents went nuts. (It was less than an inch deep). People somehow came up with enough snow to drive around with snowmen on their cars. The freeways (particularly Hwy 10) were closed off. Our Greyhound bus driver got out and moved the baricades, and we were the only vehicle on 10. It was a hoot to watch people go snow crazy!

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Tue, 9th Dec '08 11:30 PM

Geri, Yes, I had jalapeno peanut brittle at Thanksgiving and right now I have red chili pepper lights burning brightly.

Alvandy  (Level: 242.1 - Posts: 7733)
Tue, 9th Dec '08 11:35 PM

Very fun puzzle.
Didn't do my best work but I'm from Pennsylvania [trade climates with Texas ?]

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12008)
Wed, 10th Dec '08 12:58 AM

Very nice puzzle! I didn't think Texas was so warm in winter; sounds a lot like winter in northern Florida, complete with cookouts - and chili pepper Christmas lights are not unknown in these parts. We call winter "wrap-and-peel" weather, with a tank top under a sweatshirt and maybe a jacket in the morning, and if we're lucky we get down to the tank top for a few hours most days before sometimes ending up in the jacket again in the evening. Hardly anyone wears hats or gloves more than a few times a year. We're kept up to date to the hour on how long the temperature might be below freezing overnight, especially where there's citrus, and we all troop out with old sheets and wrap our more tender plants like ghosts until the sun comes up.

Our last "snow" was a half inch of sneet that closed all the bridges and paralyzed the city on Christmas Eve 1989. It was thundersneet, and lightning hit the power pole in front of the house, set the pole on fire (burned for hours) and knocked out power to our whole street from around 2 in the afternoon until late the next night, and it was bitter cold the whole time and us with a baby in the house. John's kerosene heater from the garage saved us. It kept us warm, we cooked stew on it and made coffee on it, and it gave enough light to see, if not to read. I think that was also the last time we used the booklights someone gave us one year.

Enjoyed it a lot - thanks Pep!

Oldcougar  (Level: 230.2 - Posts: 1937)
Wed, 10th Dec '08 2:41 AM

Lots of fun

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4583)
Wed, 10th Dec '08 6:49 AM

Smoke - including the baby in the house, that story has shades of the very first Christmas. And it sounds like a heavenly way to spend a Christmas day....well, maybe once, anyway.

Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2291)
Wed, 10th Dec '08 11:24 PM

Tee Hee Hee. Snowing in Houston tonight. Did you have to put out your one sweater?

I'm being silly, because it's really cold, windy and raining cold stuff in New Orleans.

How are our friends in the north doing?
Need a break from the winter? We have a spare bedroom; come on down!!!

Kaufman  (Level: 270.3 - Posts: 3942)
Thu, 11th Dec '08 5:54 AM

Yup, in this part of the north, we were ahead of the front -- 50s, occasional rain and wind. Today the front comes through annd brings us (your) 2" of rain along with dropping temperatures. By tomorrow, we may have some sleet, and everything will be back to norbal.

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