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Bbear  (Level: 162.7 - Posts: 2296)
Wed, 24th Dec '08 11:31 PM


Grand fun. Had one word that was dreadful and lost a bunch. Was interesting to see how little there is on the web about christmas in remote places - very interesting. Thanks!

Salzypat  (Level: 158.2 - Posts: 5353)
Wed, 24th Dec '08 11:32 PM

That was a fun and interesting puzzle. Learned some things - which is always a good sign!

Kaufman  (Level: 260.4 - Posts: 3936)
Thu, 25th Dec '08 12:03 AM

It was indeed interesting and well selected material from one of my favorite authors here, but I fear it didn't scorein the fun department. Every puzzle, it seemed, depended on punching in letters till you got the elusive unfamiliar proper name, with minimal linguistic cues to guide you or opportunities to use your head, shy of banging it against something hard. Or you could completely shut off your brain and google everything up, but where's the fun and challenge in that?

A suggestion for Alice and others who find themselves building something similar: Next time you do a puzzle like this, swap the familiar proper names in the clues with the unfamiliar ones in the puzzles, juggle the text accordingly, and make it something we have a chance to solve. I'll be looking forward to those!

Bigbird  (Level: 243.0 - Posts: 3317)
Thu, 25th Dec '08 4:52 AM

My deep apologies to those who found the WP annoying. It's become my gut feeling that the majority enjoys Googling WPs. That's why the country was listed for each Christmas tradition. Figured you'd just look up how Christmas was celebrated in each country.

OK - guess I was wrong. I will resume my normal, non-Googling WPs.

Have a merry Christmas, however Santa got there, and whatever you call him (or her)!

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Thu, 25th Dec '08 6:15 AM

I often don't have time to google when I do a WP, but still thought it was interesting and fun!

Oldcougar  (Level: 222.0 - Posts: 1935)
Thu, 25th Dec '08 6:26 AM

I liked it Alice

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Thu, 25th Dec '08 6:35 AM

I enjoyed it a lot - and I didn't have to Google all that much. We always conclude our office Christmas party with a raucous game of Jeopardy - I write the questions - one of my categories this year? - Santa Claus - 4 of my 5 puzzles last night were included in the game I wrote! Google puzzles or nongoogle puzzles, Bigbird's are always great. Thanks, and Merry Christmas.

Joanneeberlin  (Level: 185.9 - Posts: 686)
Thu, 25th Dec '08 8:07 AM

Great Puzzle once again Alice. Thanks and have a great holiday season...


Keithr81052  (Level: 146.3 - Posts: 147)
Thu, 25th Dec '08 8:48 AM

a good puzzle, I didn't and wouldn't google it as I believe if you aren't smart enough to solve the puzzle with the brains God gave you, you shouldn't be doing them in the first place

Garrybl  (Level: 284.1 - Posts: 6672)
Thu, 25th Dec '08 8:56 AM

I enjoyed it and learned some new words (this time not swear words)


As a general issue I think all puzzles should be set up so they are hard to google. And editors should review them and suggest modifications. I do google but would be happy if it were made harder to do so -- so save me from myself1

Happy Xmas.


Alvandy  (Level: 233.0 - Posts: 7603)
Thu, 25th Dec '08 9:37 AM

Once again, I learned a lot from solving my puzzles.
It was difficult to find some of the references/ spellings, but that's what the quest for knowledge is all about.
The foreign names used would have been impossible [for me] to know without googling, and I would have burned a lot of letters and become frustrated.
We didn't learn everything about the cosmos and all that's in it- while we attended school, so researching subjects and facts is still a necessity to achieve our potential.
I hope Bigbird writes puzzles in any manner she chooses- google or non-google.
This was a timely and appropriate puzzle. Kudos for writing it.

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Thu, 25th Dec '08 12:44 PM

I missed this one, but I think I set a new personal record. This miss plus one bail for the month (so far).

Francesann  (Level: 55.5 - Posts: 124)
Thu, 25th Dec '08 1:15 PM

I enjoyed this quiz, did it while trying to stop the dinner from overcooking - which thankfully it didn't! Had to google as there was no way I could have guessed the answers, especially as enjoying a glass of wine at same time. thank you

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