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Collioure  (Level: 102.3 - Posts: 9952)
Fri, 6th Mar '09 8:20 PM


Today as "a place I'd like to go" the answer was an ACTIVITY in a place. For example, "cruising down the Seine river in Paris."

I don't think that's "a place I'd like to go."

I think "a place I'd like to go" is "Paris to cruise down the Seine river."

What do you think?

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Fri, 6th Mar '09 8:31 PM

Now that the puzzle is over I guess it's safe to reveal that the answer was Whale watching in Alaska. I had that one but must respectfully disagree with you. While whale watching is an "activity" you actually have to find a "place" to watch the whales - like a boat or other location. I thought it was just fine.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Fri, 6th Mar '09 8:36 PM

Alaska's a place. it's right near Russia.

Luvnmexsun  (Level: 147.4 - Posts: 711)
Fri, 6th Mar '09 8:37 PM

I think you are splitting hairs. There are no rules about the clues having to be grammatically connected or even accurate for that matter. It's a clue, and individuality of phrase is accepted.

I have puzzled over many a clue after the fact...seems part of the game. There are some very strange, to me, idioms and syntax in the phrases. People from all over the world write them. I think it makes it more fun.

Relax...enjoy the game.


Tuzilla  (Level: 130.7 - Posts: 3769)
Fri, 6th Mar '09 9:19 PM

I would say as an example:

'I would like to go to Carnegie Hall to see Pavarotti' would be legit. I don't simply want to go to Carnegie Hall, and I don't want to go their for something for which I have no interest. At the same time, I do want to see Pavarotti, and I have when he was here. But I would really like to see him at Carnegie Hall...or La Scala, for that matter.

Quackinator  (Level: 165.3 - Posts: 151)
Fri, 6th Mar '09 9:36 PM

I had the same concern as Colliure (forgive me if I butcher the spelling)
Maybe it's because I moonlight as an English professor.

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Fri, 6th Mar '09 9:37 PM

Saw Pavarotti in Philadelphia - one of the best concerts I ever attended - he was in his prime and the crowd went nuts.

Tresgatos  (Level: 201.7 - Posts: 4144)
Fri, 6th Mar '09 10:18 PM

Ditto what Sunny said.

-- Geri

Collioure  (Level: 102.3 - Posts: 9952)
Sat, 7th Mar '09 3:40 AM

Thank you, Donna

That's what Sarah Palin said.

Bigbird  (Level: 236.1 - Posts: 3300)
Sat, 7th Mar '09 4:50 AM

I was just upset that I didn't get home in time to do the WP. I wouldn't personally care how closely the phrase related to the clue. It's all a game - and figuring out the puzzle is the point of the game. I guess it is going to annoy you that for the "Place" phrase I actually put more than one place in the puzzle that I wrote. And some of those old Community Quizzes only circuitously related to their topics, if you will recall. Who cares? Makes it fun.

I love these 10 Things About Me puzzles - they cannot be Googled, and we learn something about our fellow players.

Collioure  (Level: 102.3 - Posts: 9952)
Sat, 7th Mar '09 7:39 AM

I will elaborate a little further here now that the answer in question has been revealed.

After one letter I had _ _ A _ _ _ A _ _ _ _ _ _ IN ALASKA

For me "a place I'd like to visit" could be


but WHALE WATCHING is not a place IN ALASKA.

However, ALASKA TO WHALE WATCH (rephrased) would be "a place I'd like to visit."

I await your further comments, if any.

Suzannec  (Level: 243.2 - Posts: 616)
Sat, 7th Mar '09 8:22 AM

While writing this WP, "Whale watching in Alaska" was the first phrase that popped in my head so that is what I wrote. I suppose "Going to Alska to whale watch" or "Alaska to whale watch" would have been more grammatically correct but unfortunately, those phrases did not pop up in my head. Good grammer is very important to me and I now see where you are coming from. These individual WP's are a lot of fun and I expect to see a variety of different writing styles.

Tuzilla  (Level: 130.7 - Posts: 3769)
Sat, 7th Mar '09 8:29 AM

Thanks for the puzzle, Sue. I liked it. I had that one, too. It did not cause me any problems. I well understand the fine intricacies of semantics and the language, but did not let it get into my way.

Anyone who experience technical difficulties with this puzzle are hereby served proper notice to avoid mine, if and when it appears in the court of SD Law.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sat, 7th Mar '09 8:43 AM

I didn't think it was about grammar, and many many many puzzle phrases are sentence fragments like this, so to paraphrase Tina Turner, what's grammar got to do with it? If you're sitting there writing a puzzle and you ask yourself "where would I like to go?" and you answer yourself "whale watching in Alaska" then what the heck is wrong with that? She gave a vacation destination. If she had written "I want to go whale watching in Alaska" it would've been perfect, no? She just dropped the first part of the sentence, but it's certainly implied, and - oh yeah - it's a puzzle, dude. And anyway, "Alaska to whale watch" sounds clunky.

All good. You found out something cool about another islander that you're never gonna forget.

Pennwoman  (Level: 151.8 - Posts: 2478)
Sat, 7th Mar '09 8:51 AM

I am thinking if this is the biggest thing bugging you today, you have a good life, relax and enjoy it!
I think I should post this in the smarta@@ post!

Kaufman  (Level: 253.8 - Posts: 3936)
Sat, 7th Mar '09 10:03 AM

That's quite a letter to expose all the A's S's and K's and half the L's I's and N's. I have a feeling Kelly's going to be siccing her Cheat Dogs on you.

Collioure  (Level: 102.3 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 8th Mar '09 5:42 PM

First of all, I in no way intended this thread as a criticism of Suzanne who offered an excellent puzzle. To my way of thinking an editor might have altered this particular phrase.

I brought it up for the future as we will have more and more of these puzzles.

Opinion was split, I have made my point, I hope I don't ponder over another of these again, but we are all warned now. Place I'd like to visit may be an activity in a place I'd like to visit.

Thank you for your feedback.


Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 8th Mar '09 5:54 PM

I came so close to typing "alabama"

Tuzilla  (Level: 130.7 - Posts: 3769)
Sun, 8th Mar '09 6:07 PM

You point is valid, and something to think about. I will still reiterate my forewarning about mine not having the purist of the pure phrases.

Collioure  (Level: 102.3 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 8th Mar '09 6:16 PM

Actually your suggested phrase above is just fine, Steve, and many of them so far read similarly.

In Banomet's today the activity was the transportation to the place. It would have been awkward any other way.

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