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tallactor
Tallactor  (Level: 153.1 - Posts: 423)
Thu, 11th Dec '08 8:57 AM

CHRISTMAS COUNT-DOWN WP

Warning--this WP is monstrously difficult for anyone who is not from Great Britain. If I'd known that from the start, I might have done better.

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 279.5 - Posts: 6639)
Thu, 11th Dec '08 9:28 AM

Well I'm from GB and I found it hard too...got stuck on one little word and wasted a few points and 5+ guesses then kicked myself...
Still a fun puzzle though.

marynuala
Marynuala  (Level: 133.5 - Posts: 994)
Thu, 11th Dec '08 10:56 AM

I think it captured a Christmas countdown in a consise and clever way. Fun WP!

keithr81052
Keithr81052  (Level: 144.2 - Posts: 147)
Thu, 11th Dec '08 10:58 AM

much better than some that have been on here recently

1mks
1mks  (Level: 210.8 - Posts: 5883)
Thu, 11th Dec '08 11:32 AM

I never even considered that it had anything to do with Great Britain....................

crazy4games
Crazy4games  (Level: 123.0 - Posts: 1020)
Thu, 11th Dec '08 12:03 PM

Really enjoyed it! All of the phrases I had could have been from anywhere in the world, imo. Excellent puzzle!

kaelin
Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Thu, 11th Dec '08 5:21 PM

My phone rang in the middle of puzzle 2 and I lost my train of thought - however, I found that reading the posts prior to taking the puzzle braced me for something that was not there out of the 5 that I got - not even close?

tallactor
Tallactor  (Level: 153.1 - Posts: 423)
Thu, 11th Dec '08 6:55 PM

Those who don't know what I meant about it being tough for people not from Great Britain clearly didn't get a couple of the puzzles I got. Three out of my five were pretty universal, but the other two seemed pretty skewed to an English Christmas. I'll explain after the puzzle is over and I'm back from rehearsal (I've got a show opening tomorrow night!).

kaelin
Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Thu, 11th Dec '08 7:12 PM

Hope the opening goes great - I'll be interested in the ones you got.

I have to say that my first one, for once was nice - it seems my luck of the draw is always over the top on the first one - like on PMB's last night - my first one was prez mates - wow - something I knew on my first puzzle - not that I wish anyone to get the bad ones first like I do - but it's nice to know our champs sometimes get them too.

Now I'm off to watch my daughter and her chorale perform "The Messiah" ---



bbear
Bbear  (Level: 161.0 - Posts: 2301)
Thu, 11th Dec '08 7:25 PM

I really enjoyed this one but found myself searching for british stuff and did find any. Fun puzzle.



tallactor
Tallactor  (Level: 153.1 - Posts: 423)
Thu, 11th Dec '08 10:40 PM

I posted a response about the answers to this WP, only to have it disappear without being posted, so I'll try again: The two puzzles I got that seemed to me to be skewed British were: 1) the one about dinner choices that included goose and duck, both of which may be common for Christmas dinner in England but which certainly are not common here in the US, and 2) the one which used the word "baubles" to refer to Christmas ornaments. "Baubles" is a British term not used in that same sense in the US, where a bauble is usually a showy piece of jewelry, as in the song "Bangles, Baubles, and Beads." I tried "candles" in my puzzle, since I have seen pictures of Christmas trees with candles on them (a dangerous practice, I would think), and I lost three moves because of it.

And Kaelin, thanks for the good wishes on the show!

swiper
Swiper  (Level: 146.3 - Posts: 874)
Thu, 11th Dec '08 10:52 PM

I got one with "rummy eggnog", is that popular somewhere other than the northeast? I've never heard that one before. Obviously it's eggnog with rum added but never heard it worded that way.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Thu, 11th Dec '08 11:19 PM

Missed the egg nog, got the goose, which I solved easily because I was warned it was Brirish.

Fun, ungooglable puzzle - perfect!

lamizell
Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Fri, 12th Dec '08 3:49 AM

There was also one that mentioned making the cake and pudding.

slicko
Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Fri, 12th Dec '08 6:03 AM

I got tripped up on the baubles too - also thought it was candles - already had the a, e, s - stuck in the L just to be sure - and then got the dreaded Sorry anyway. It was like trying to do the Sunday Times crossword puzzle - London Times that is. But is was a well done puzzle and kinda fun to see some different words.

alvandy
Alvandy  (Level: 229.3 - Posts: 7560)
Fri, 12th Dec '08 6:42 AM

Two puzzles slowed me down [rummy eggnog and cake/pudding] but we have a close friend who lives in England.
It wasn't as big a culture shock to Pennsylvania Dutchies.
I like to have "spiked" eggnog by the way.

Well written puzzle and a nice way to celebrate the holiday traditions.



kaelin
Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Fri, 12th Dec '08 7:41 AM

I had rummy eggnog too - I've not ever heard that - but I already had the e and n and knew it was eggnog - I stared awhile at it and picked an m - so figured out had to rum - at least it wasn't runny eggnog

duck and goose would have thrown me - as well as baubles -

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 279.5 - Posts: 6639)
Fri, 12th Dec '08 8:26 AM

Isnt goose a german custom?
The first time I had it was when I was in Koln.

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 256.8 - Posts: 3936)
Fri, 12th Dec '08 8:49 AM

Having no particular Christmas tradition of my own, I'm as familiar with geese as I am with other holiday traditions, so I didn't even think of it as un-American. I can see, however, where a certain recent vice-presidential candidate would have never considered that that slot might contain a 'G' ...


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