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1mks  (Level: 221.1 - Posts: 5929)
Sat, 14th Feb '09 8:32 PM


Clever but NOT something for Valentine's Day. LOL Good clues and I knew most of mine so that helped.

Gypsylady  (Level: 149.2 - Posts: 6103)
Sat, 14th Feb '09 8:51 PM

Enjoyed your Wordpuzzle! Thanks!


Suzannec  (Level: 260.3 - Posts: 616)
Sat, 14th Feb '09 9:22 PM

This WP was one of my favorites. Thanks. And Happy VD!

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 14th Feb '09 9:26 PM

Liked it a lot heh, heh

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Sat, 14th Feb '09 9:29 PM

Quite a workout - fascinating stuff - but C'mon now Barry - Kamikazes, Plagues, and now Death - do you need us to ship some Prozac over to Japan for you???
That being said it was a really terrific puzzle -

Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2291)
Sat, 14th Feb '09 10:05 PM

Barry....time for happy feet. Excellent puzzle but pretty much a downer. Extremely well written. Thanks

Garrybl  (Level: 294.1 - Posts: 6802)
Sat, 14th Feb '09 10:50 PM

Everyone who knows me will tell you that (away from the bridge table) I'm quite a cheerful sort. But my sick sense of humor is not in doubt. That said it DOES appear to be a running theme -- but there is no really good reason that I can think of; it just happened that way.
I do not have any more black themes in the pipeline; but I cant predict anything beyond next month.

Alvandy  (Level: 242.0 - Posts: 7720)
Sat, 14th Feb '09 11:14 PM

Scored well so who am I to complain about the theme?

As I researched, I found a lot of interesting information about the "end" of life.

Kaufman  (Level: 269.9 - Posts: 3941)
Sat, 14th Feb '09 11:17 PM

You should know, being as you are from the first de-capital of the United States ...

Allena  (Level: 268.6 - Posts: 1415)
Sun, 15th Feb '09 12:08 AM

Out of themes, eh? Vampires, Charles Montgomery Burns, Dr. Doom, Bond's enemies, Batman's enemies, spies, serial killers, poisons around the house, and best of all, sentences that end marriages. Now, get back to work.

Garrybl  (Level: 294.1 - Posts: 6802)
Sun, 15th Feb '09 3:24 AM

Dibs on them all!


Maurlin  (Level: 221.5 - Posts: 2718)
Sun, 15th Feb '09 7:04 AM

That works for me! I look forward to all of them as WPs, Barry, or even as regular quizzes. I really liked this death one.

Kaufman  (Level: 269.9 - Posts: 3941)
Sun, 15th Feb '09 8:45 AM

Don't forget doing your own Gashlycrumb Tinys.

Collioure  (Level: 115.2 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 15th Feb '09 9:49 AM

Just excellent. What genius!

The ultimate tourist, I had been to one of those places and not even noticed the site of one puzzle (in my defense I will note that Odile had been in charge of that portion of the trip and had not been very well prepared)

With a reset after I had done very well on 3 1/2, I count 8 different puzzles minimum in this WP. And the last three were much harder than the first three I had solved.

1. As I consider developing a WP (An American in Paris, for example), I must ask, "How many do you have to submit?"

2 And how many points does one get for solving the puzzles (independent of ranking)?

Finally, seeing how many gazillions points you aces have accumulated I have begun to use up my inventory of showdown and wager tokens.

Kaufman  (Level: 269.9 - Posts: 3941)
Sun, 15th Feb '09 10:26 AM

First of all, you currently need to be Platinum to submit a WP. Some among us have taken the plunge specifically for that privilege. If and when you upgrade, you'll be contacted with instructions.

I believe the general instructions are out in Hotwire, but you do need 10 for a given Puzzle. There are some format restrictions.
"An American in Paris" sounds fun!

Kaufman  (Level: 269.9 - Posts: 3941)
Sun, 15th Feb '09 10:32 AM

Oops, to continue, for solving the puzzle, you get 0-5000 points, depending on how many absent letters you picked (no, you can't go negative, as many of us solving the "Welsh Castles" puzzle discovered) and then you get bonus points depending on your finish: 1000 points for positions 1-5, 500 for 6-10, and between 200 and 300 for finishing below that.

And yes, pretty much the only way to get those many-digit point totals is to wager often, bet the maximum, and win often.

Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Sun, 15th Feb '09 11:12 AM

Am I the only one who had never heard of Caryl Chessman, even after reading up on him? If so, feel free to point and laugh.

(And is 12 years really that long to be on Death Row? It seems like it nearly always takes that long to exhaust the seemingly endless appeals.)

Collioure  (Level: 115.2 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 15th Feb '09 11:29 AM

Thank you , Ken.

10, huh.

Lamizell, you might be the only one. He was in the news for a long time. Convicted child killer, I believe.
Gas chamber, no?

Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Sun, 15th Feb '09 11:49 AM

Well, he died years before I was born so I'm using that as an excuse. That, and the fact that *Kill Me If You Can* isn't as popular a movie as *The Birdman of Alcatraz.*

Collioure  (Level: 115.2 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 15th Feb '09 12:00 PM

That's a pretty good excuse.

However, I am very sorry.

The Complaint Dept is closed on weekends.

Oldcougar  (Level: 229.6 - Posts: 1935)
Sun, 15th Feb '09 1:40 PM

Interesting & enjoyable, Barry Slightly macabre but that makes for a nice mix of Wp

Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Sun, 15th Feb '09 6:55 PM

Oh, I wasn't complaining (for a change); I did very well. I just was surprised to see a totally unfamiliar name.

Collioure  (Level: 115.2 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 15th Feb '09 7:20 PM

I am mistaken - he was a robber/rapist and, because he dragged a couple of his victims from their cars, he was convicted of kidnapping which brought on the death penalty.

Kaufman  (Level: 269.9 - Posts: 3941)
Sun, 15th Feb '09 8:21 PM

Otherwise known as, the law decided that the crime was so heinous that they wanted to butcher him for it, they searched for and found found a technicality that would allow them to do so, and the equally bloodthirsty jury lapped it up.

Garrybl  (Level: 294.1 - Posts: 6802)
Mon, 16th Feb '09 4:40 AM

my One famous friend (a writer named Caryl Phillips) was named after him. His mother sympathized with the case... Were イNot for that (and maybe an obsession with the guinness book of Records) I might never have heard of him.

Collioure  (Level: 115.2 - Posts: 9952)
Mon, 16th Feb '09 6:50 AM

Sorry, Ken.

I don't miss him.

Kaufman  (Level: 269.9 - Posts: 3941)
Mon, 16th Feb '09 7:39 AM

Of course not. Nor I.

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