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garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 280.2 - Posts: 6643)
Sat, 18th Apr '09 11:00 PM

11.00 AND WE'RE FREE TO CHAT ABOUT WPS

But I don't have anything to say...yet.


Barry

maurlin
Maurlin  (Level: 213.3 - Posts: 2671)
Sat, 18th Apr '09 11:01 PM

Barry- I have a guess about which one you wrote.

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.6 - Posts: 3302)
Sat, 18th Apr '09 11:06 PM

If I weren't so senile, I would remember the few I thought were really remarkable. I gave about 4 5's, I think - but for the life of me I cannot remember what the puzzles were.

One, I do remember - I LOVED the one about Justin! Brilliant puzzle.

headylamar
Headylamar  (Level: 150.7 - Posts: 740)
Sat, 18th Apr '09 11:09 PM

OMG!!!! I know it won't last, but...... As of right now and with 97 people completing the puzzle, I am in first place for tonight's puzzle (2nd WP Contest Wrap Party)!!!! I've only finished in the top ten once before and that was 7th in the C:Old and New Almanac so I'm pretty geaked!!

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sat, 18th Apr '09 11:39 PM

I was first once. But then suddenly somebody else took the WP, daggum it.

Hey, I hope you hold on to first place. Let us little people know how it feels up there in the clouds.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 205.1 - Posts: 4197)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 12:05 AM

Barry, don't you have any guesses on who wrote what? Last time you had a whole list. I missed taking a couple of the puzzles, unfortunately, but overall, I enjoyed the ones I did take. I thought there was a lot of variety and a good mix of topics.

-- Geri

clevercloggs
Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 2:24 AM

Although the quality of composing the puzzles was high, i thought opportunities were missed. Many of the topics offered scope to be more inclusive of non US content, but the puzzles were heavily biased towards US subjects. "Popular Sports Quotes", "Female Artists Of Rock" and "First Women" were prime examples.

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5316)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 2:34 AM

You make a good point, Clevercloggs

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.9 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 2:50 AM

So apparently not free.

Ay yi yi.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofunky (Editor)  
Sun, 19th Apr '09 2:52 AM

We're sorry, but Collioure's post had to be deleted for revealing how he voted on particular puzzles.

Please remember to not reveal how you voted on any particular puzzle. You can comment and provide feedback on any puzzle you want to, but please do not reveal your vote.

Please consult the end of the contest rules and FAQ thread in Hotwire for more information:
http://www.sploofus.com/bbs_detail.sp?post=142734&cID=1

Thank you.

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.9 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 2:58 AM

And I lost three ideas in that post.

To some rules that are tucked away somewhere and not posted on this thread.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofunky (Editor)  
Sun, 19th Apr '09 3:08 AM

Collioure - I copied your post and sent it to you in a PM. Please feel free to repost it minus the votes.

Your point is well taken regarding the rules. When making the announcement that voting was closed, we should have reminded players of the rules and linked to the Hotwire thread at that time. We apologize for the oversight and thank you for your understanding.

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.9 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 3:39 AM

Thank you, Sploofunky, and you might want to edit Bigbird's post as well.

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.9 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 3:41 AM

I agree with Bigbird about the Justin puzzle.



collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.9 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 3:42 AM

Maybe I was too generous, but I handed out a lot of 5's.

I did run into one puzzle where the lack of any editor input per the rules was evident. There was a phrase that just didn't make sense, and I wasn't alone in that opinion. If a puzzle doesn't meet a minimum standard, I think it should not be accepted.

I am saving a WP for the next contest.

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 280.2 - Posts: 6643)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 11:50 AM

Re Collioure's point.
Yes I'm counting the weeks to the next puzzle . When or if I get a really good idea I'll save it for the next one.

Larrybus' point (3 months ago)
Is it fair to the people at the tp of the tree to hand out wagers this way? You bet! They can join in and get wager tokens so if they choose not to they should not complain about unequal oportunities.

Re voting
I hope sploofus will tell us how many people actually voted on the 'giving out marks' category. My guess is that more than 75% of the people who wrote a quiz tried to vote on others' quizzes. We'll see, I hope!

Re favorite puzzles
See next note

Barry

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 280.2 - Posts: 6643)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 11:57 AM

Favorite puzzles -- I'm not going to discuss my marks....I can't even remember them; hope this does not disqualify the comment....

I only saw 1/2 that needed strict editing. Let's not be too fast to complain here. Everybody learns by doing and failing. My editor has strict standards which sometimes makes me curse under my breath but (s)he has improved my puzzles each time an edit has been made. Other editors clearly take a laxer view -- and in one or two cases as I said there were signs of inexperience.

My least favorite puzzle was one that turned into a google speed test -- I admit I tried and failed to win that race.
Another similar puzzle succeeded brilliantly by not quoting precise years for the movies to which it related.

My favorite puzzle was one that moved months days and years forward by one; since I tried that and failed last year (judging by the howls of protest!) I can only assume that whoever set it had learned by my mistakes....

Moms Fibs, trivial trivia, vacation spots, band maladies are ones I noted as having enjoyed. But I'd love to see others' lists...

Good work all round!

Barry

suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 12:17 PM

I think I played all of the WPs except the Spaghetti Westerns (overworked at school that day), but I don't remember one that moved the days and years by one. Can you give more info on that one? Did I totally miss the concept of a puzzle I played?

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 280.2 - Posts: 6643)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 12:24 PM

Suzer
Was it called future movies?

Barry

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 12:44 PM

It never even crossed my mind that people who wrote WPs would intentionally bomb others' puzzles with low ratings.

Sheesh - and I even read all the posts on Al's Sploofus Goofus about bombing the other entries.

I'm so stinkin' naive.

But I choose to stay that way.

On today's winners puzzle, I think the 5 winners I got were well placed. I hope that's not saying too much nor that I voted that way. I'm just saying all the winners I saw were definitely great puzzles that I enjoyed.

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.6 - Posts: 3302)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 12:55 PM

Barry - I think the one you mean was called Future Features, and had phrases like May in Paris. It was not one of my favorites, but at least once you got into the groove it was clean and fair.

I'm remembering more of them now - guess they've become long-term memory! I enjoyed the ones where the fictional characters were in different settings - like Holmes in Watsonville. And while I do not usually like song-related puzzles (since I'm really ignorant in that category), I did enjoy the Road Rally Songs puzzle. And now I remember the title of the Justin puzzle - it was Sploof Daddy. Loved it.

The ones I didn't enjoy - as always - the really short phrases and the totally googleable quotes.

What was really fun was trying to guess who wrote what. Will we ever know?? I was sure I had Bbear locked into one - but then there was another that I was sure she wrote. Probably wrong on both counts.



bakerstreeet
Bakerstreeet  (Level: 42.7 - Posts: 187)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 1:25 PM

Hi! I've never participated in a puzzle contest before, so I have no comparison, but I thought the entries were terrific. It seemed like everyone tried very hard to present fun and engaging puzzles. It was wonderful to see the variety that were created!

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 1:29 PM

I was confused by the women of rock. That wasn't really my idea of rock music.

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 280.2 - Posts: 6643)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 2:04 PM

My guesses -- please feel free to laugh at them and claim you never would have written a puzzle that bad (good)

Bizarro Oscar Daveguth
Crows Tuzilla or Kateatebate
Cats Osuzanna
Blockbustermovie puns Philkon
Mom always said Koota
sploofdaddy gingerybush
trivial trivia uclonewolf
songtitle choice vlcrowe
Roadrally monkeynips or imks
double trouble crazy4games
moving movies pepperdoc
maladybands tresgatos
1st women suzer 22

Barry

daveguth
Daveguth  (Level: 254.2 - Posts: 1636)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 2:08 PM

First of all, so many great quizes! They were lots of fun! (Well, at least until this last weekend while I've been out of town. I was forced to use a very lousy laptop with a very slow line speed. My heart goes out to folks who have to play Sploofus with poor equipment and/or line speeds all of the time.)

I'd like to ask, if it's OK with the rules, what folks specifically thought of my WP--Bizarro World Oscar Winners. (It was the very first one in the contest, so it might be tough to remember. It had Best Picture winners reversed, e.g., The Worst Years of Our Lives.) I ask, because that was my very first WP, and I'm curious whether folks thought it was too hard, too easy, stupid, etc, and especially if they thought it was fair or not. I know folks don't enjoy WPs that seem like they're out of left field, so I was especially concerned about a couple of particularly tricky puzzles, e.g., From Eternity to Here and A Parisian in America.

I'm thinking of writing a few more WPs (in fact, one is due later this week), but I'd like to make sure they're the kind of puzzles folks enjoy.

Thanks.





jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 2:11 PM

Dave - I'm shocked that was your first WP. The writer seemed like an old pro! I enjoyed it after I understood what was going on. Nice going!

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.9 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 2:28 PM

Very fine puzzle, Dave. Enjoyed it.

bakerstreeet
Bakerstreeet  (Level: 42.7 - Posts: 187)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 2:30 PM

Hi Barry!!!

Just wanted you to know that the 'Caw,Caw' one was mine. Don't know folks' styles yet to be able to assess the veracity of your other guesses. I think it's cool to try to pin the puzzle on the...uh....crow?

bakerstreeet
Bakerstreeet  (Level: 42.7 - Posts: 187)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 2:40 PM

Hi Dave: I agree, really great puzzle, or in keeping with the theme, should I say wonderfully weird!

Sploofus Editor
Sploofunky (Editor)  
Sun, 19th Apr '09 3:29 PM

We're sorry, but Foogs' post had to be deleted for revealing how he voted on two particular puzzles.

I copied the post and will PM it to Foogs. If he chooses, he can repost it without the information on votes.

Please remember to not reveal how you voted on any particular puzzle. You can comment and provide feedback on any puzzle you want, but please do not reveal your specific votes.

Please consult the contest rules and FAQ thread in Hotwire for more information:
http://www.sploofus.com/bbs_detail.sp?post=142734&cID=1

Thank you.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 3:31 PM

I really loved "who let the dogs out" and "characters go a wandering"!

suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 4:15 PM

Tee hee - Barry thinks I wrote about the First Women. Anything historical (unless it's Theatre or Dance history) is SO not me!

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 205.1 - Posts: 4197)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 4:34 PM

Barry,
I didn't write the Malady Bands WP, but I think it's neat that you included me on your list. Thank you!

Care to take another guess?

I also have a good editor who has helped me with my WPs. Not that I've written many lately. But I had writer's block once, and s/he told me to just write a WP and not worry about it being perfect, and presto! No more writer's block.


Dave,
I really enjoyed your Bizarro World WP. Applause to you for having your first WP be in a contest! Anyway, when I was a kid, I read Bizarro Superman stories, so your WP was right up my alley. Thanks for a lot of fun!

-- Geri

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 220.4 - Posts: 1935)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 4:38 PM

My favs were, in no particular order, Bizarro Oscar winners (nice job, Dave), Caw, Caw, Caw (well done, Emily), Alcatraz, Mother Said or something like that, Sploof Daddy, Movies That Move, Lovers in the Library, Characters A-wandering, & Future Features. Since it's rude to include my own, I'll just say thanks Sandra

nanpaulhus
Nanpaulhus  (Level: 139.1 - Posts: 340)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 4:59 PM

It is my first WP contest also in which to to vote (and never to author I fear). I have a difficult time in many categories simply because I am a bit less knowledgeable - no TV in my home until I was about 35 (1985) and no real interest in rock n roll to speak of. So, moves, oscars, actors, singers, songs, etc.... all out of my league!!

That said, I really enjoyed the contest and I do think there was a lovely variety of puzzles. I was surprised that only one puzzle referenced locations outside the US. I can't recall the name of that one though. Favorite places?

Dave yours was terrific, and the crow thing was too - firsts for both of you, what a way to come out of the starting gate! Good show.

WPs are my absolute fav thing here at sploofus, except for people

bakerstreeet
Bakerstreeet  (Level: 42.7 - Posts: 187)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 5:00 PM

Sandra: Thanks so much. I wish you'd say which one you wrote, I'm sure I enjoyed it a lot!

bakerstreeet
Bakerstreeet  (Level: 42.7 - Posts: 187)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 5:02 PM

Tresgatos: I also really enjoyed your 'Characters go a wandering.' You obviously spent a lot of time on it, and it shows. Great job!

crazy4games
Crazy4games  (Level: 123.0 - Posts: 1020)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 5:23 PM

Great job on all the puzzles! Dave, congrats on your first W.P. It was terrific!
Barry, Double Trouble was not my puzzle. I'm embarrassed to admit I didn't write one this time around.

I really enjoyed all of them, but I'd have to say my two favorites were Rockin' Road Rally, which I am guessing Old Cougar wrote, and Sploof Daddy, which I don't have a clue who authored.

to all the authors.Well done!

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 5:25 PM

I think Goddess wrote My Favorite Fibs by Mom - I just can see her mom and her laughing about those.

I think Al wrote Female Artists of Rock

I think Smoke wrote While You Slept Last Night

(If someone already admitted to these, I apologize for missing it)

crazy4games
Crazy4games  (Level: 123.0 - Posts: 1020)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 5:31 PM

Oops, just re-read this entire thread, and I realize Randy did NOT write Rockin' Road Rally. And I was so sure.
Hmm...maybe it was Oogie then.

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 5:36 PM

Would the writer of "Sploof Daddy" please stand up?

slicko
Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 5:43 PM

Guilty as charged

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 5:52 PM

Awesome job and clever subject, Slick. And I'm not a bit surprised! Congratulations - this one was my fave.

slicko
Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 5:55 PM

Thanks - I had a blast putting it together.

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.9 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 6:24 PM

BRILLANT PUZZLE, Gary! I hope it wins but I won't know until I get up in the AM.

Already after midnight here and this afternoon I went on a roller-coaster 3.5hr hike today about 5km from my house as the caw-caw-caw flies, but 32km as my Renault drives.

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 6:33 PM

Here's the list consolidated from two other posts by editors (to refresh everyone's memory, including mine.)

C: Guess My Vacation Spot
C: More Than Candy
C: Female Artists of Rock
C: Double Trouble
C: Movies That Are Moving
C: My Favorite Fibs by Mom
C: Movies to make you FAT
C: While You Slept Last Night
C: Feelings About The World
C: 10 Things re X-Files Mulder
C: Rockin' Road Rally
C: Song Title Choices
C: Popular Sports Quotes
C: Trivial Trivia
C: Sploof Daddy
C: Spaghetti Westerns
C: State Your Name
C: Mom Always Said
C: Hollywood Blockbuster Puns
C: All About Alcatraz
C: Really Famous Cats
C: Caw, Caw, Caw!
C: Give me a Clue
C: True According to Snopes
C: Bizarro World Oscar Winners
C: Old and New Almanac
C: Presidential Facts
C: Favorite Actors' Movies
C: Who Let The Dogs Out?
C: Characters Go A-Wandering
C: Future Features
C: First Women
C: March Is Gone
C: Malady Bands
C: Lovers in the Library

(Note to Barry: you were right.)

On FAvorite Actor's Movies, I figured that would be solved in 5 moves by lots of people, and to be in the top 10 you wouldn't have time to google.

I enjoyed March is Gone for the variety; the Sploof Daddy title cracked me up; for some reason really go into the Spaghetti Westerns one; True according to Snopes was interesting and I knew nothing about X-Files, but I liked that it was included in the variety of puzzles; Future Features was fun, but I messed up on at least one, forgetting if I which one was forward or backward;....really enjoyed the variety.

My guess on who did what was 1mks on Favorite Vacation Spot; Oldcougar on Rockin' Road Rally; Bbear on Who Let the Dogs Out?; Suzer on Characters go a Wandering; Tresgatos on Really Famous Cats; Alvandy on More than Candy; Tuzilla on While You Slept Last Night; if Chickbref did one, I figured it was the Snopes one; had no idea Slicko did the Sploof Daddy one; I would have guessed Barry on the puns one, but now I think he Lovers in the Library.

These were hard to peg on particular authors. I hope they all come forth so we'll know.

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.6 - Posts: 3302)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 7:25 PM

Great job, Slicko! Wonderful puzzle.

I'm not even guessing at that whole long list. I'll fess up to the Candy one, but apparently it didn't make anyone's rave list. I think I'm just getting back into the writing business - wrote my first quiz in ages the other day; and this was my first WP in awhile.

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 3936)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 10:37 PM

If you've all forgotten me, at least you've tried to pin my work on some of my favorite authors. Best form of flattery, or something.

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.3 - Posts: 1302)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 10:41 PM

I liked yours, Bigbird! I thought it was really clever.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 205.1 - Posts: 4197)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 11:18 PM

I had a feeling Sploof Daddy was your puzzle, Gary. It just sounded like you. And that's a good thing, because I always enjoy your puzzles! Anyway, I thought it was really clever, and every phrase tickled me and made me smile.

Alice, I loved your More Than Candy puzzle. I thought it was also very clever with good clues and some unexpected but fun twists and turns. Lots of fun, and it made me hungry!

Pepper - I didn't write the Famous Cats WP. Mine was Characters Go A-Wandering.

Ken, which one was yours?

-- Geri

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 3936)
Sun, 19th Apr '09 11:37 PM

Put it this way: While you slept last night, approximately 2/3 of a WP ran.

daveguth
Daveguth  (Level: 254.2 - Posts: 1636)
Mon, 20th Apr '09 1:10 AM

Thank you to all who left nice comments about the Bizarro World Oscar winners. It was kind of strange not getting immediate feedback given the special contest rules, but now I feel empowered to try it again! However, after you see my second one (due out on Thursday, I believe), you may be sorry you encouraged me!



jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Mon, 20th Apr '09 7:19 AM

Great puzzle, Ken!

slicko
Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Mon, 20th Apr '09 8:10 AM

I thought Ken did the characters go a wandering one - but discovered it was Geri's - I think Ken's sense of humor is wearing off on you! Really enjoyed that one. Ken's while you slept was super clever also. Really enjoyed the lovers in the library. Even having read all of the books it made me think. I think the overall quality of this contest surpassed the last one so agree with Barry - don't be afraid to get some more puzzles out - there's some real talent just starting to be tapped!
And many many thanks to the editors - this must have been a lot of work averaging scores and keeping track, let alone sending out PMs to all who participated. Can't wait to see what the got up their sleeves next!

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Mon, 20th Apr '09 8:57 AM

Be flattered, Ken! I need to sharpen my sleuthing skills!

bbear
Bbear  (Level: 161.7 - Posts: 2301)
Mon, 20th Apr '09 10:06 AM

Ours was Alcatraz; we had just returned from vacation and had toured it. We got 6th!! Just out of the token running but very respectible none the less.

We really enjoyed Sploof Daddy (although it took a while and had a few serious "Groaners" in it and who let the dogs out.

All in all, terrific contest.

koota
Koota  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 2104)
Mon, 20th Apr '09 8:13 PM

Sorry Barry, but you guessed wrong.

I was too busy to enter a Contest WP this time.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 205.1 - Posts: 4197)
Tue, 21st Apr '09 3:29 AM

I hope the rest of the authors will step forward and tell us which puzzle they wrote.

Let's see, aside from puzzles I've already mentioned, I also really enjoyed WPs like First Women and Presidential Facts, as I thought they were a nice change of pace from the wordplay puzzles. Lovers in the Library was another favorite. I got a phrase on one of my all-time favorite O. Henry stories, "The Gift of the Magi." So, that was neat.

While You Slept Last Night was fun, funny and fascinating, Ken! You left out some things, though. Like approximately 100,000 people got up in the middle of the night for a snack. Half of them chose pizza and got indigestion. So, about 200,000 antacid tablets were consumed.

I also really enjoyed both of the puzzles having to do with things mothers say. They made me think of all the various things my mom has said. Double Trouble was another favorite. One of my phrases was: bookkeeper has three sets of double letters in a row. I love observations like that about words.

Pepper, I enjoyed your Movies That Are Moving puzzle. I thought it was an interesting concept with excellent clues and good choice of classic movies.

Anyway, I thought it was a really fun contest. Thanks to everyone who wrote a puzzle!

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.6 - Posts: 3302)
Tue, 21st Apr '09 5:37 AM

So - Taking Pepperdoc's list, and adding to it - Here's what we know so far:

C: Guess My Vacation Spot
C: More Than Candy - Bigbird
C: Female Artists of Rock
C: Double Trouble
C: Movies That Are Moving
C: My Favorite Fibs by Mom
C: Movies to make you FAT
C: While You Slept Last Night - Kaufman
C: Feelings About The World
C: 10 Things re X-Files Mulder
C: Rockin' Road Rally
C: Song Title Choices
C: Popular Sports Quotes
C: Trivial Trivia
C: Sploof Daddy - Slicko
C: Spaghetti Westerns
C: State Your Name
C: Mom Always Said
C: Hollywood Blockbuster Puns
C: All About Alcatraz - Bbear
C: Really Famous Cats
C: Caw, Caw, Caw! - Bakerstreet
C: Give me a Clue
C: True According to Snopes
C: Bizarro World Oscar Winners - Daveguth
C: Old and New Almanac
C: Presidential Facts
C: Favorite Actors' Movies
C: Who Let The Dogs Out?
C: Characters Go A-Wandering - Tresgatos
C: Future Features
C: First Women
C: March Is Gone
C: Malady Bands
C: Lovers in the Library

What a great bunch of puzzles! Anyone else want to come forward? Thanks to all the authors.

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Tue, 21st Apr '09 7:25 AM

I'm "Guess My Vacation Spot."

I too wish everyone would step up and take the bla....I mean, the credit for your WPs. They really were a fine and fun group of puzzles!

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Tue, 21st Apr '09 8:35 AM

Put my name next to Movies That Are Moving, Bigbird.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 205.1 - Posts: 4197)
Tue, 21st Apr '09 9:10 AM

In the other thread, I think Oogie said he wrote Song Title Choices, and Pat wrote First Women. And I think Randy implied above that she wrote Who Let The Dogs Out?

Who wrote the Famous Cats one? That one was right up my alley.

-- Geri

naomi4195
Naomi4195  (Level: 51.7 - Posts: 184)
Tue, 21st Apr '09 12:44 PM

I will take the blame for Feelings About the World. It was my first effort and obviously not well liked, but it was the only idea I could come up with.

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 220.4 - Posts: 1935)
Tue, 21st Apr '09 2:26 PM

Guilty as charged, I let the dogs out

Naomi, I enjoyed Feelings About the World & I'm sure others did too, perhaps you missed the top 10 by very little. I'm sure there very many ties after the top 10, don't be discouraged Heck, my favourite puzzle, Lovers In The Library didn't make the Top 10, either. Nor did another of my top picks, Bizarro Oscars Winners, everyone has their own ideas about what makes a good puzzle. I definitely liked yours better than some that placed higher, different stokes

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.9 - Posts: 9952)
Tue, 21st Apr '09 3:56 PM

Naomi, your puzzle was just fine. You might try to include some rather difficult words next time to challenge all the brilliant people here - like VuGraph, for example

I'm sure I gave it at least a 4.

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 280.2 - Posts: 6643)
Tue, 21st Apr '09 5:30 PM

Touche he murmured.
No one voted for me -- and mine did not include any difficult words this time.....

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.9 - Posts: 9952)
Tue, 21st Apr '09 5:42 PM

Barry, I was one of the few that did not stumble on VuGraph.

I just threw that in for fun, but interesting words really do spice up a puzzle.

bbear
Bbear  (Level: 161.7 - Posts: 2301)
Tue, 21st Apr '09 6:03 PM

I have to disagree about purposely putting in difficult words. I made that mistake once by putting NYPD, Bocho and Sipowitz all in one sentence. Realize now it was really mean.

I prime example was someone's "10 things" where a bunch of flowery unnecessary words, including antartica, were put in.

I think with experience comes the ability to create excellent, well written and well thought out puzzles without "gotcha" words.

Also, if you are lucky enough to have an exceptional editor (and Slicko and I share one) it helps a lot.

Just me.

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Tue, 21st Apr '09 6:35 PM

Not splitting hairs here...but...there's a difference between interesting and obscure.

I would expect Antarctica in a puzzle relating to that part of the world. And a puzzle about NYPD would be appropriate to include the creator and star/character on the show. I think the difference might be that everyone lives in a world that has Antarctica, but not everyone watched NYPD. (I did, so I'm not dinging it, just using it as an example.)

And obscure is probably in the "eye of the beholder" as well. One person's Vugraph is another person's Twitterati.

bigdavy
Bigdavy  (Level: 131.3 - Posts: 529)
Thu, 23rd Apr '09 3:15 PM

I wrote "State Your Name" (which had Joe Montana, Dakota Fanning, etc.)

Hope people liked it. I got busy that day and forgot to do my own WP!!!!!

- bigdavy

maurlin
Maurlin  (Level: 213.3 - Posts: 2671)
Thu, 23rd Apr '09 3:28 PM

I did enjoy "State Your Name" I wrote March is Gone.

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.9 - Posts: 9952)
Thu, 23rd Apr '09 4:21 PM

March is Gone was superb.

(Only I thought Beth had written it)

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Thu, 23rd Apr '09 6:23 PM

I thought March was Beth, too, like it muchly. I liked most all of them. Mine was evidently a case of love-it-or-hate-it:

He remains devoted to his first love through her long marriage to another (Love in the Time of Cholera)
Misunderstood moments and a false accusation tear new lovers apart (Atonement)
Her meddlesome matchmaking nearly makes her miss her own soulmate (Emma)
By the time she knows she loves him he no longer gives a damn (Gone with the Wind)
She abandons a lame loveless marriage for his sensual synchronicity (Lady Chatterley's Lover)
She sells her hair to get a chain for the watch he sells to buy her combs (The Gift of the Magi)
Their plan for dual suicide by sled results in unintended consequences (Ethan Frome)
Blinded by love he keeps a tragic secret until a fateful day of fiery ruin (Jane Eyre)
His thwarted passion and her restless spirit find a grave peace in the end (Wuthering Heights)
He wins fair lady with the aid of a secretive king and a prince of outlaws (Ivanhoe)



jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Thu, 23rd Apr '09 6:28 PM

I did horribly on yours, Donna, but it was one of my faves. Great job!

bigdavy
Bigdavy  (Level: 131.3 - Posts: 529)
Thu, 23rd Apr '09 10:40 PM

Donna, I absolutely loved "Lovers in the Library." I learned a lot about classics I've never read. In some cases your WP spoiled the endings for me, but realistically I wouldn't be reading these books anytime soon!!!

- bigdavy

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 280.2 - Posts: 6643)
Thu, 23rd Apr '09 11:34 PM

smoke yours was one of the few I thought were excellent.
Sorry there was no reward...
Now what was it Barnum said about going broke and the Americasn Public?



Barry

suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Fri, 24th Apr '09 1:13 AM

Mine was Double Trouble.

Did anyone notice that every phrase was about something doubled and used double letters in it somewhere? I had a lot of fun putting it together - word play is one of my favorite things!

I was most proud of the phrase: claimed to have seen his own doppelganger ("Percy Bysshe Shelley")

As long as I don't really know the truth, I can pretend I came in 11th

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.6 - Posts: 3302)
Fri, 24th Apr '09 5:46 AM

So - To update the list, we now have:

C: Guess My Vacation Spot - Jank0614
C: More Than Candy - Bigbird
C: Female Artists of Rock
C: Double Trouble - Suzer22
C: Movies That Are Moving - Pepperdoc
C: My Favorite Fibs by Mom
C: Movies to make you FAT
C: While You Slept Last Night - Kaufman
C: Feelings About The World - Naomi4195
C: 10 Things re X-Files Mulder
C: Rockin' Road Rally
C: Song Title Choices - Oogie
C: Popular Sports Quotes
C: Trivial Trivia
C: Sploof Daddy - Slicko
C: Spaghetti Westerns
C: State Your Name - Bigdavy
C: Mom Always Said
C: Hollywood Blockbuster Puns
C: All About Alcatraz - Bbear
C: Really Famous Cats
C: Caw, Caw, Caw! - Bakerstreet
C: Give me a Clue
C: True According to Snopes
C: Bizarro World Oscar Winners - Daveguth
C: Old and New Almanac
C: Presidential Facts
C: Favorite Actors' Movies
C: Who Let The Dogs Out? - Oldcougar
C: Characters Go A-Wandering - Tresgatos
C: Future Features
C: First Women - Salzypat
C: March Is Gone - Maurlin
C: Malady Bands
C: Lovers in the Library - Smoke

We're filling in quite nicely! And that March is Gone - I also was positive was Beth's.

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Fri, 24th Apr '09 6:40 AM

Who wrote the Mulder/X-files one? I had a blast with that one. I loved that show, and I think you were spot on with Mulder!


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