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Maurlin  (Level: 221.7 - Posts: 2720)
Wed, 25th Feb '09 8:37 AM


Barry, what a wonderfully creative WP! I had planned to send a Help message about a spelling error, but by the second WP I realized that there wasn't one. Fiendishly clever!!!!!

Ladyvol  (Level: 213.0 - Posts: 5681)
Wed, 25th Feb '09 8:50 AM

It was a good puzzle but for some reason my poor brain didn't get it! Maybe it's the medicine I'm on....not sure...

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5426)
Wed, 25th Feb '09 9:12 AM

I'm anxious to see the posts tonight after the puzzle ends. Sorry, I didn't "get it" either and I'm sure the explanation is so simple. But I didn't bail!

Skidrowkiddo  (Level: 4.4 - Posts: 21)
Wed, 25th Feb '09 9:49 AM

I didn't hgel it either!

Berylm  (Level: 164.1 - Posts: 478)
Wed, 25th Feb '09 10:01 AM

I *thought* I got it but I still struggled - I too can't wait for it to end so I can find out what on earth was going on with it!

Winddancer41  (Level: 63.3 - Posts: 1113)
Wed, 25th Feb '09 10:21 AM

Well at least i'm not as crazy as i thought i was because it made no sense to me either. but i still applaud your skill at writing a word puzzle that made everyone have to use some brain power.

Crazy4games  (Level: 125.1 - Posts: 1019)
Wed, 25th Feb '09 11:49 AM

Gotta agree with Maurlin on this one! Very clever. Loved it!

Charcoal  (Level: 183.9 - Posts: 52)
Wed, 25th Feb '09 12:06 PM

I got it on the fifth puzzle. I would have liked it if I understood the theme sooner but since I didn't get it until the end I didn't really enjoy it just plugged in letters until it was done.

Daveguth  (Level: 269.7 - Posts: 1636)
Wed, 25th Feb '09 1:24 PM

I thought it was a lot of fun and very clever, but I might not have thought so if I didn't get the idea on my first puzzle. It must have been pretty frustrating if you didn't know what Barry was up to. In other words, I'm not surprised that this puzzle was created by the same person who liked yesterday's "Same and Different" puzzle!

Virtus  (Level: 171.1 - Posts: 2498)
Wed, 25th Feb '09 2:30 PM

Very challenging, clever, and educational. Well done, Barry.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Wed, 25th Feb '09 3:34 PM

1mks  (Level: 221.5 - Posts: 5931)
Wed, 25th Feb '09 3:36 PM

Collioure  (Level: 115.6 - Posts: 9952)
Wed, 25th Feb '09 4:11 PM

I just gave up. I have no idea what this puzzle is about. I was going back and forth so many times to look up surely totally obscure words that I needed one reset and would have needed another.

I'm sure there's a good explanation for this.

Quackinator  (Level: 176.6 - Posts: 151)
Wed, 25th Feb '09 4:21 PM

I finally got it on the last one. Fiendishly clever is an excellent descriptor for this puzzle.

Bigbird  (Level: 250.7 - Posts: 3356)
Wed, 25th Feb '09 4:30 PM

Like so many others I think it all depended on which one you got first. I was pretty lucky.

Nelly  (Level: 181.4 - Posts: 1167)
Wed, 25th Feb '09 5:12 PM

Really enjoyed that one, Barry! Thank you!

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Wed, 25th Feb '09 5:34 PM

I thought this was fiendishly clever and actually did enjoy it. Unfortunatley due to the level of difficulty I should have waited until I got home where I could have concentrated a little more. Beeper went off several times causing me to repeat a word in one puzzle and mispell a common 4 letter word in another.

Lucimoore  (Level: 194.3 - Posts: 1738)
Wed, 25th Feb '09 5:40 PM

I loved it Barry. Unfortunately my head is in the stuffed mode with flu but got it on the first puzzle. Just couldn't easily put the other words in place. Nice work, thanks. I think here is where I say "More Please".

Allena  (Level: 269.1 - Posts: 1434)
Wed, 25th Feb '09 6:04 PM

Clearly sets a record for most letters used. Fully 25% of the people did not bail after 100 moves. Fiendish is too mild. Congratulations, Barry.

Kaufman  (Level: 270.4 - Posts: 3942)
Wed, 25th Feb '09 6:21 PM

Very difficult, quite creative, and I can appreciate how hard it was to write. My only criticism would be that in cases in which the solver was not familiar with the subject matter, he or she would be hoplessly lost, and faced with that "30"ing feeling.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofunky (Editor)  
Wed, 25th Feb '09 7:38 PM

Barry's post had to be deleted because it contained all of the answers.

Sorry Barry, but the puzzle is NOT yet over. I saved your post and can repost it for you once the puzzle has ended. Or, you are certainly welcome to repost explanations yourself.

Garrybl  (Level: 294.6 - Posts: 6812)
Wed, 25th Feb '09 7:42 PM

Apologies for my stupidity. My time zone mastery is clearly 'back to the drawing board'.
I'll repost later -- but put it down to jetlag.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4583)
Wed, 25th Feb '09 8:20 PM

Now please now???? Huh huh huh???? (I don't see an emoticon that jumps up and down like it needs to go to the potty, but that would fit! Not the potty part, the jumping up and down part)

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12008)
Wed, 25th Feb '09 8:21 PM

Dead clever

Garrybl  (Level: 294.6 - Posts: 6812)
Wed, 25th Feb '09 8:58 PM

OK here's the story.

Each clue did give a relevant piece of information, I hope, and tried to use the odd long words -- except for the 'theme word' in some cases.
The theme word in each clue contained an element: ARGONaut for example, which was replaced by the chemical symbol for Argon. So 'Oxygen'e became OE, Girondist gFEdist.

Thanks to my editor (who warned me how hard some clues might be) I spared you subsidiary words with a further replacements; a couple of clues had wri'tin'g and guillo'tin'e with SN for tin in them but I relented..... wisely.

The real problem with the puzzle was that some clues had an easier word than others; if you got a bad set or the hard ones to start you might be scrambling for a while. I could not find a way round that.

Here are all the clues -- (some of the wording changed a bit in later versions) and I do admit that it was tough; but the fact that so many people stuck with it despite high scores suggests it was fun in a masochistic way.

Next year it will be in Welsh.

Elementary WP?

Snowy & Thom(p)son twins
European cartoon fans love Herges adventures of snsn

Brissotins 1789
Most of the gfedists who led the French revolution were beheaded

Eg Jackdaw of Rheims
The inausby legends are a collection of humorous Victorian poems

Sheriff John Cleese?
Agado starred Kevin Kline and Kevin Costner

Harryhausen’s masterwork
Jason and the arauts inspired Spielberg and Lucas

The Shangri-Las
The first line of pber of the pack is also a Joe Jackson song

Calligraphic style
Cuplate was first used in etching and became a style of handwriting

Beef stew
A Canade is made with beer and onions

Teresa Brewer
Put another ni in in the niodeon

Electronic groundbreaker
Jean Michell Jarres Oe had huge success worldwide

Kaufman  (Level: 270.4 - Posts: 3942)
Wed, 25th Feb '09 9:22 PM

I still never heard of a casodiumde.

Daveguth  (Level: 269.7 - Posts: 1636)
Wed, 25th Feb '09 9:30 PM

I think it was actually "cnade," which translates to "carbonnade."

Garrybl  (Level: 294.6 - Posts: 6812)
Wed, 25th Feb '09 9:43 PM

I think Ken can sell Daveguth his bridge in Brooklyn, going very cheap.

Lucimoore  (Level: 194.3 - Posts: 1738)
Wed, 25th Feb '09 9:49 PM

You're right Daveguth.

Allena  (Level: 269.1 - Posts: 1434)
Wed, 25th Feb '09 10:41 PM

This puzzle was neatally hard on the sploofus envfement, but fun!

Daveguth  (Level: 269.7 - Posts: 1636)
Wed, 25th Feb '09 11:36 PM

Funny, I thought I was just helping out, Barry, after you spelled it "cnade" in the actual quiz and "canade" in the thread above. I wasn't quite sure how anyone could figure out how to translate "canade" into "carbonnade." Personally, I don't think I would have been able to translate "canade" into a real word, but, then, again, I'm pretty consumed with buying bridges.

Tresgatos  (Level: 217.9 - Posts: 4468)
Wed, 25th Feb '09 11:45 PM

I really enjoyed your puzzle, Barry! I love chemistry, so it was right up my alley. Thanks for a lot of fun!

-- Geri

Oldcougar  (Level: 230.2 - Posts: 1937)
Thu, 26th Feb '09 1:16 AM

Very clever, Barry If only I could have remembered carbonnade was a stew, the air was blue, but not at you, just my bleeding memory

Collioure  (Level: 115.6 - Posts: 9952)
Thu, 26th Feb '09 4:23 AM

Yep, shoulda been cnade = carbon nade

Canade = calcium nade

Very clever, Barry. Flew right over my head. Might have caught on if the title had been Elemental WP.

But you know, anyone who develops such an original WP must have a really twisted mind

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Thu, 26th Feb '09 8:21 AM

The twist I enjoyed (putting the "elemental" abbreviations) in the clues. There was an obscure word in one having nothing to do with the element and sucked up letters like a Hoover.

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