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Garrybl  (Level: 275.9 - Posts: 6605)
Fri, 30th Jan '09 10:20 AM


Well I didnt run into any infamous ones -- and they weren't that famous either....
But they WERE challenging and fun and all the puzzles were thoughtfully constructed -- in fact that added considerably to the challenge of each sentence.
Its easy for the constructor to give away some words in each 'quote' sentence --and I thought a lot of care had gone into this to avoid that happening.

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Fri, 30th Jan '09 11:51 AM

Defintely agree with Barry's observations. Unlike some quotes puzzles this one really kept you guessing.
Unfortunately did it again in the middle of work and got interupted about twenty times. But I guess if I didn't take care of my sick nun then I might have paid much more dearly than a bad time.

Daveguth  (Level: 250.0 - Posts: 1636)
Fri, 30th Jan '09 3:12 PM

I wasn't particularly fond of this one. Most of my moves (and time) were spent after I had already figured out the quote. There was some odd wording (to my ears) in a couple of my puzzles--I suppose that can be blamed on the British/American language thing. Still, it was kind of frustrating trying to decipher unfamiliar phrasing that had nothing to do with the quote.

Bbear  (Level: 159.3 - Posts: 2301)
Fri, 30th Jan '09 7:38 PM

I usually don't care for the quote WPs because there have been some where the authors is given as the clue and folks just go to brainyquote and find the letter pattern. However, this was much better because it was written to allow some googling but not too much. Super.

Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Fri, 30th Jan '09 8:13 PM

man alive.. as I get older my fingers get clumsier and eyes get blurrier... 3x I knew my spelling was right.. 3 TIMES.. d'oh!

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Fri, 30th Jan '09 8:23 PM

I liked it and didn't encounter any odd wording.

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Fri, 30th Jan '09 8:39 PM

Lisa, that usually happens to me too. Only I'm about finished with all my beer, but yes, I still blame it on my eyesight.


Pafork  (Level: 132.0 - Posts: 537)
Fri, 30th Jan '09 8:48 PM

I missed this one unfortunately, but I totally agree with BBear. It's always a bit disappointing to see all the better-than-usual scores on the straight quote-and-source puzzles.
Mixing up the phrases makes it more challenging and fun.

Daveguth  (Level: 250.0 - Posts: 1636)
Fri, 30th Jan '09 9:22 PM

Yeah, you're all correct that mixing it up a bit, and avoiding super simple structures, like "Bart Simpson said, 'Eat my shorts,'" is a good idea. I think it was fair for this WP author to try and do that, and for the most part, it was a very good quiz.

I'm just wondering, though, if any of you got the one about Benjamin Franklin (I think that was the one I had so much trouble with), and if you remember how that was worded. That one in particular (which I've already forgotten) just wasn't stated in a way I've seen before.

Whatever, the point is that some puzzles seem to work better for some folks, while others seem to work better for other folks. Now isn't that an insightful observation.

Alvandy  (Level: 225.5 - Posts: 7525)
Fri, 30th Jan '09 10:37 PM

I liked the challenge too. Definitely not easy even if you googled to determine the quote or author.

I had the Ben Franklin phrase [Ben is one of my Pennsylvania heroes], and the quote was a paraphrase of his "All would live long, but none would be old".

I took quite awhile finally figuring out the the advance wording before that - Franklin offered a GEM [may not be exact wording]. Gem was a tough one to figure.

But that's the fun of word puzzles.
Some you get ; some you don't ; some make you need a peppermint pattie for comfort.

Garrybl  (Level: 275.9 - Posts: 6605)
Fri, 30th Jan '09 10:58 PM

I think 'gem' came in a different quote along with 'offered' -- I got that one and sat looking at it, for quite a while -- knowing that it was NOT part of the quote but the intro -- which helped.
I did not get the Franklin one i'm pleased to say.

Alvandy  (Level: 225.5 - Posts: 7525)
Fri, 30th Jan '09 11:19 PM

Barry may be right- I know the Franklin quote had an advance wording issue that stumped me too.

I also had one that said "offered this gem-" so that must have been a different phrase.

Geez - I had two that made me need a peppermint pattie.!

Daveguth  (Level: 250.0 - Posts: 1636)
Fri, 30th Jan '09 11:29 PM

I think it might have been Gandhi who "offerred a gem."

Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Fri, 30th Jan '09 11:42 PM

Nope -- Gandhi "was good with," which was weak and took too many safety letters. Some of the attributions tried to be puns (Dickens "cried" in his quote about tears), some were more straightforward. My major complaint was that the tenses weren't consistent. If one puzzle uses "says," then it's completely unfair for another to use "said."

Daveguth  (Level: 250.0 - Posts: 1636)
Sat, 31st Jan '09 2:08 AM

"Gandhi was good with" That was the one that drove me crazy! Egad.Now I know why I deleted that one from my memory banks!

Still, though, I'm glad so many of you enjoyed this WP.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sat, 31st Jan '09 2:19 AM

I think it was Mark Twain who offered the gem about facts being stubborn.

Oldcougar  (Level: 217.3 - Posts: 1935)
Sat, 31st Jan '09 8:34 AM

Liked this puzzle, thought the wording was creative, in a good way Too bad my proof reading sucks, missed a small word of the one I solved with the least letters & knocked myself out of the top 10. Head banging, foot stomping & blue air occurred

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