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garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 280.2 - Posts: 6644)
Tue, 5th May '09 9:54 AM

U R HERE (BUT I'D RATHER NOT BE)

Steve
love your wps generally but.....
Some equalization of clue difficulty would have been nice. If half the clues have words normal people haven't heard of and half are about rather more well known subjects you're putting us at the mercy of sploofroulette.
And really; I'm not sure the subject matter was the most gripping ever.
(Plus I did lousy -- which probably didn't help my mood)

madamec8
Madamec8  (Level: 82.6 - Posts: 893)
Tue, 5th May '09 10:22 AM

I'm with Barry, Steve. I couldn't connect with most of them.

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Tue, 5th May '09 10:39 AM

I don't think i've ever punched in so many letters so abstractly, yet with so few lost points!

I'm good with it, and I learned some things.



crazy4games
Crazy4games  (Level: 123.0 - Posts: 1020)
Tue, 5th May '09 10:57 AM

I really liked your puzzle Steve. Learned some stuff, and that's always a good thing.

monkeynips13
Monkeynips13  (Level: 21.5 - Posts: 647)
Tue, 5th May '09 11:29 AM

I really enoyed this puzzle. I grew up in a neighboring state and my family would often take day trips to the state in this WP for some hiking and sightseeing. Thanks for bringing back some good memories Steve.

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.8 - Posts: 2144)
Tue, 5th May '09 11:39 AM

Was fine by me. I rarely know any of the stuff in the WP's anyway so just seemed like all the rest.

slicko
Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Tue, 5th May '09 11:44 AM

I must have had the 5 opposite puzzles from Barry - mine made sense and the clues fit the puzzles perfectly.

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 134.2 - Posts: 3779)
Tue, 5th May '09 11:59 AM

Well, after all, the poor guy is trapped on a island full of cannibals in New York...lmao.
I tried. maybe next time. Liked it or not, Thanks for taking it to all who tried it.

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.2 - Posts: 5886)
Tue, 5th May '09 11:59 AM

No problems here either. Fun and educational.......my usual typos .......but then THAT is my own dumb fault. Thanks for a job well done.

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Tue, 5th May '09 12:09 PM

Enjoyed it! I got stuck on one word, and then smacked my head after pumping in about 10 letters.

daveguth
Daveguth  (Level: 254.3 - Posts: 1636)
Tue, 5th May '09 12:48 PM

I did pretty well on this one and didn't find anything unfair about it. Strange how some folks have such a bad experience while others enjoy a particular theme. Yesterday, for example, I had a miserable time taking the one about public libraries.

I wonder how much of this is due to the luck of the draw, i.e., which five puzzles you get (Slicko's suggestion) or how much is due to familiarity with the subject matter. I don't think of myself as an expert on the particular subject on this WP, but I'm a lot more comfortable with standard geography trivia than random observations at a local library. ("Panda faces on the earpieces???")

As Gary (Slicko) just mentioned to me yesterday, the fun puzzles (the ones that click for us) and the painful ones (the ones that just don't make sense) probably even out for each of us over the month. Well, at least for most of us--folks like Gary, Virtus, and Smoke sure seem to run into a lot more "fun WPs" than the rest of us!

clevercloggs
Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Tue, 5th May '09 12:54 PM

I was at the usual disadvantage, not being American. Having said that, i think after the first very hard part the rest of it was pretty fair. Trouble was i'd already made sure i was going to get a lousy score on the first part.

madamec8
Madamec8  (Level: 82.6 - Posts: 893)
Tue, 5th May '09 3:57 PM

(smacking forehead) After reading others' responses, I 'get' it. One of the questions was fairly easy, I didn't see the commonality with or among the others, knowing little about the state. It was informative, I think I was hung up on my score.

You're right, Dave, they do even out over time. Steve, I don't think of it as unfair, I'm sorry for my hasty reaction.

Colleen

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 105.0 - Posts: 9952)
Tue, 5th May '09 6:52 PM

Because I pressed the backup button in error on my 5trh phrase (ugh!) and had to restart, I saw 7 phrases. I only found one on them slightly awkward.

Everything I learned will be totally useless where I live now, but I enjoyed the puzzle and learning something about a charming spot I had visited at least three times.

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.6 - Posts: 3302)
Tue, 5th May '09 6:57 PM

Steve - Don't listen to them! I loved it - and beat both Slicko and Barry, so it was a wonderful puzzle. Spent a lot of time there as a kid, but I don't know if that helped at all.

alvandy
Alvandy  (Level: 229.7 - Posts: 7573)
Tue, 5th May '09 7:00 PM

I liked this puzzle. I determined the theme by the end of solving the first puzzle, because of the author's background.
I knew some of the trivia from past experience so my score was fairly strong.
Overall, for an educational puzzle.



bbear
Bbear  (Level: 161.7 - Posts: 2301)
Tue, 5th May '09 7:11 PM

I'm not sure what Barry got stuck with, but we thought this was pretty straight-on. I think there is one word in one of them that may have "gotten" a bunch of folks but that's because it was cleverly written.
Good job!

virtus
Virtus  (Level: 162.2 - Posts: 2461)
Tue, 5th May '09 7:37 PM

Think I got that one Bbear! Steve, this was a fun and educational puzzle. You could write tourist ads. Anne

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Tue, 5th May '09 7:40 PM

I got the "alternate" spelling too, but fun puzzle!!

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.1 - Posts: 3936)
Tue, 5th May '09 7:51 PM

I got the killer puzzle too. But my whine will not sit alone.

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 134.2 - Posts: 3779)
Tue, 5th May '09 8:04 PM

Thanks, again, too all.

What was the "killer" puzzle?

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Tue, 5th May '09 8:22 PM

I always spelled it "Mackinaw", not Mackinac"

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 280.2 - Posts: 6644)
Tue, 5th May '09 8:24 PM

Sandra that was not the killer phrase (I got that one and got it wrong too!)

The colby/cheddar locations were.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Tue, 5th May '09 8:26 PM

Ahh, didn't get that one.

headylamar
Headylamar  (Level: 150.7 - Posts: 740)
Tue, 5th May '09 8:45 PM

It's Mackinaw City, Mackinac Island and Mackinac Bridge. I don't know why..

headylamar
Headylamar  (Level: 150.7 - Posts: 740)
Tue, 5th May '09 8:46 PM

Oops! All pronounced Mac in naw.

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 134.2 - Posts: 3779)
Tue, 5th May '09 8:53 PM

The cheeses are named for their home cities. Pinconning is an age-able type of Colby, which makes it something special and unique from regular Colby. Frankenmuth is a fine variety of cheddar from the city of Frankenmuth, which is also home to Bronner's, the largest Christmas store in the world, and Zehender's, world famous for the huge portions/dollar in their trademark chicken dinners.

Mackinac = bridge, island, fort on the island, fudge, straits, falls

Mackinaw = the city, winter coat, county, trout, river, sailboat

There are a few more obscure examples of each.

You should not interchange the spellings.

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 220.4 - Posts: 1935)
Wed, 6th May '09 2:22 AM

I thought this puzzle was interesting, I managed to learn a few things. Good job, Steve

nanpaulhus
Nanpaulhus  (Level: 139.2 - Posts: 340)
Wed, 6th May '09 2:35 AM

i liked it the end

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 105.0 - Posts: 9952)
Wed, 6th May '09 3:56 AM

No problem with Pinconning, Frankenmuth or Mackinac Island (been there three times). All correctly spelled, confirmed by Google.

I thought you had really hard phrases.

However, my cherries were dark before they became tart.

clevercloggs
Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Wed, 6th May '09 9:18 AM

Yup, it was the cheese that got me too !

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 105.0 - Posts: 9952)
Wed, 6th May '09 1:22 PM

CORRECTION

No problem with Pinconning, Frankenmuth or Mackinac Island (been there three times). All correctly spelled, confirmed by Google.

I thought you had NO really hard phrases.

However, my cherries were dark before they became tart.


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