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Bbear  (Level: 167.3 - Posts: 2297)
Fri, 27th Feb '09 11:19 PM


Really, really hard. Some words were just mean. I love challenging puzzles, but there is no reason to have words that NO ONE will get. Liked the idea; not to thrilled with the result. One way or the other, appreciate anyone who tries to write one!!

Foogs  (Level: 280.1 - Posts: 848)
Sat, 28th Feb '09 12:04 AM

Bailed. 20 on the first phrase.

Alvandy  (Level: 240.3 - Posts: 7692)
Sat, 28th Feb '09 12:50 AM

I did pretty well and seemed up to the challenge.
Some words were not common; Non "googlers" are at a disadvantage.
Learned new things- so a nicely authored puzzle.

Garrybl  (Level: 291.8 - Posts: 6770)
Sat, 28th Feb '09 1:02 AM

I'm curious about this puzzle. I agree there were some tough words, which I did not particularly enjoy but that's just me.
I might have preferred this puzzle backwards -- ie having the puzzle relate to working out what was bigger --and putting the odd words in the clue. There again that might have been too easy to google.
incidentally Beryl you may have set a record by persuading one of our 'not faster' members to take 8000 seconds on the puzzle. That's over two hours!

Berylm  (Level: 162.5 - Posts: 478)
Sat, 28th Feb '09 1:14 AM

Um, well, actually, having started to do it and then forgotten and gone off to do other things before coming back to finish it I apparently took something over four hours to do it myself - so maybe that's what the other person did too!

And since I only got 4,600 points when I wrote the d*mn thing, yes, I suppose it must have been difficult! Sorry about that!

However, the only difficult words used (to the best of my recollection) were the names of the items, which couldn't really be changed - and if I hadn't put them in I'd've got complaints that y'all want to know who/what etc - so I can't really win!

If anyone remembers actual 'unnecessarily difficult' words used other than names, let me know - I haven't got a copy of the list any more, and I'd like to know which ones you mean.

Ta muchly!

Daveguth  (Level: 266.8 - Posts: 1636)
Sat, 28th Feb '09 1:54 AM

Al hit it on the head--this one was all about googling. Serious googling at that.It wasn't like there was some nice little website out there with all of the answers--it took some persistent searching and plenty of luck. But the "answers" were out there. So, yes, this was a non-googler's nighmare.

Not sure if I still have the energy tonight, but I plan on starting a thread about the strange division here on Sploofus between the googlers and non-googlers. I'm still relatively new to the Salty Dog chats, so this may be an old and boring topic. But I sure am curious to hear what others think of this odd, sort of unspoken bone of contention.

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Sat, 28th Feb '09 6:44 AM

I am a "sort of Googler" - i.e. I try not to Google unless I am so far off that I have no idea what a word might be or if it is obvious that a puzzle is going to suck up nearly every letter. One of the puzzles was clearly one of those and so I Googled like crazy - never did locate it so ended up burning 15 extra letters until I hit it. Being stubborn - after the puzzle was over tried to Google even with the full spelling and couldn't find it! I enjoyed the puzzle except for that one which took a puzzle from "really cool" to only "so so" in my book.
Oh and I also Google a lot when Barry writes puzzles because they are often on a different plane (in a good way Barry)

Bigbird  (Level: 249.1 - Posts: 3337)
Sat, 28th Feb '09 6:50 AM

I only google on music puzzles. I know zero, and everyone else knows everything, so I've made that justification to myself.

I made so many errors on this puzzle. It was fun - I enjoyed it - and then when I was typing I'd leave out a letter that was even showing in the puzzle. Or for one I typed in a period at the end. I knew I was too sleepy to handle it then - I should have listened to myself. I think I got the Sorry box 4 times. All my own fault.

Oldcougar  (Level: 228.1 - Posts: 1935)
Sat, 28th Feb '09 7:09 AM

I'm hungry, may I have some more please Quite enjoyed it, Beryl

Collioure  (Level: 113.7 - Posts: 9952)
Sat, 28th Feb '09 2:00 PM

Guess I got the easy ones.

Forgot a phrase in one of the answers I prepared. Shoulda had 28.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sat, 28th Feb '09 2:22 PM

I got all the other easy ones. Fun puzzle, interesting factoids.

Kaufman  (Level: 267.9 - Posts: 3941)
Sat, 28th Feb '09 2:46 PM

Having that one record set in Fort Payne, rather than Fort Wayne, was sadistic.

1mks  (Level: 219.5 - Posts: 5925)
Sat, 28th Feb '09 3:58 PM

Yep, I got that one too Ken.

Crazy4games  (Level: 124.7 - Posts: 1019)
Sat, 28th Feb '09 7:19 PM

I also answered Fort Wayne.

Banomet  (Level: 179.4 - Posts: 266)
Sat, 28th Feb '09 7:34 PM

I never heard of Sam Adams Utopias. Now I want it!

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