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Garrybl  (Level: 275.9 - Posts: 6608)
Mon, 25th May '09 8:47 PM


Whatever grumbles you had about WC Fields, Ken, consider yourself properly revenged!
Talk about ignorance properly exposed....


Kaufman  (Level: 254.0 - Posts: 3936)
Mon, 25th May '09 8:54 PM

An educational experience for us both, I hope! I had known little of Mr. Fields, and it showed.

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Mon, 25th May '09 9:51 PM

Took me longer than almost any WP I've ever done and worth every minute of it. Absolutely great WP.

Daveguth  (Level: 250.2 - Posts: 1636)
Mon, 25th May '09 10:18 PM

Tough, but fun and interesting--the best kind!

Crazy4games  (Level: 122.3 - Posts: 1020)
Mon, 25th May '09 10:21 PM

That WAS tough, but excellent just the same. Well done!

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Mon, 25th May '09 10:36 PM

Fun puzzle, Ken! Informational, challenging and entertaining. Good job!

Tresgatos  (Level: 201.7 - Posts: 4145)
Mon, 25th May '09 10:41 PM

Totally agree, Gary! This was a fascinating, challenging, worth-every-minute WP adventure. Thanks for a lot of fun!

-- Geri

Alvandy  (Level: 225.6 - Posts: 7525)
Mon, 25th May '09 11:31 PM

This was an outstanding composition by the author.. One of the most challenging puzzles to solve. And when the final answer became apparent for each puzzle, I was in awe at the amount of research that must have been involved.
Kudos to Ken!

Lynnm  (Level: 223.2 - Posts: 1925)
Mon, 25th May '09 11:41 PM

Fun and challenging WP. Thanks Ken!

Virtus  (Level: 159.4 - Posts: 2448)
Tue, 26th May '09 12:28 AM

Music is not my thing, but I enjoyed the challenge and learned a lot.

Madamec8  (Level: 79.5 - Posts: 890)
Tue, 26th May '09 12:31 AM

I could not connect ... took an incomplete. Maybe I need to take a long nap

Collioure  (Level: 102.4 - Posts: 9952)
Tue, 26th May '09 4:50 AM

No beef here. Not my subject. Did it quickly and without any effort for a good score.

Good phrases and nifty idea, Ken.

Thank you

Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Tue, 26th May '09 5:13 AM

No problem here, i enjoyed. If it hadn't been for making one monumental pig's ear of a question i'd have had a reasonable score too.

Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Tue, 26th May '09 7:44 AM

Pshew! Two songs I'd never heard of and an anagram I couldn't make fit because of confusing sentence structure. My brain hurts, although not necessarily in a bad way. I just thought this one expected you to know too much about the songs that were used, some of which were definitely obscure.

I hope Tuesday isn't as time consuming/cortex bending as Monday.

Papajensai  (Level: 189.7 - Posts: 1025)
Tue, 26th May '09 7:51 AM

I just got in before it expired. Now in danger of expiration myself. Wonderfully constructed and dense, in a good way. Thanks, Ken!

Kaufman  (Level: 254.0 - Posts: 3936)
Tue, 26th May '09 6:17 PM

I'm glad many of you enjoyed it. I'll give you the lowdown, since a lot of these have backstories that just can't fit into 75 characters. Basically,the puzzle identified ten prominent sorts of wordplay in songs of the past century ...

The Village People told us to visit the Young Men's Christian Association
Abbreviation (1978)
For better or worse, this one probably needs the least explanation of any.

Howard Johnson's tribute to mom remains a Mother's Day standard
Acrostic (1915)
If you have or have had a young child, you've probably heard or read the "M is for the ...", eventually spelling out "MOTHER". Who knew the ice cream guy and the Mets' third baseman composed it!

The name of the Doors' lead singer scrambles to 'Mr. Mojo Risin' in L.A. Woman
Anagram (1971)
In that song, Jim Morrison sings those words several times over.

"Shaving cream" is sung rather than a better fitting but less friendly word.
Euphemism (1946)
Just to give you an idea, the song begins, "I have a sad story to tell you, It may hurt your feelings a bit, Last night when I walked into my bathroom, I stepped in a big pile of shaving cream ..."

The Joker by Steve Miller introduced a new word into our consciousness
Neologism (1973)
I thought it would be cruel and unusual to make those unfamiliar with the song puzzle out the word "pompatus", so I didn't.

Weird Al Yankovic's "Bob" is a string of reversible phrases sung a la Dylan
Palindrome (2003)
Not only does the title identify the song a Dylan tribute, it itself is a palindrome!

Kip Addotta stuffed dozens of sea creature puns into "wet dream"
Paranomasia (1984)
I apologize for subjecting you to the name of the performer, but some of you should check out the lyrics to see all the fish and cetaceans and crustaceans, and yes, mollusks!

Barenaked Ladies created a minimally intuitive alphabet song
Silent Letters (2008)
That would be their "Crazy ABCs", in which instead of going down the "A is for apple" path, they choose as exemplars aisle, bedellum, czar, etc.

Shirley Ellis mapped out how to alter and play with almost any first name
Transformation (1964)
I find her "Name Game" highly annoying myself. You know, that's the thing that goes like "Shirley Shirley bo birley, fee fi fo firly ..."

Bobby Vinton sang a love song in both Polish and English
Translation (1974)
I know his name sounds about as Polish as Pat Benatar's, but he does wear that heritage proudly, as exhibited in "My Melody of Love".

Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Tue, 26th May '09 6:52 PM

Because it was my first puzzle and I didn't know if the theme was about the songs themselves or what you were doing to them, "The name of the Doors' lead singer scrambles to 'Mr. Mojo Risin' in 'L.A. Woman'" gave me fits. I don't know the lyrics so didn't realize the anagram was part of them, but I knew after just a few letters that I needed to make an anagram out of Jim Morrison. Or James Morrison, or James Douglas Morrison. The way it was worded drove me nuts and resulted in guessing a lot of unnecessary letters. It should have read: "In 'L. A. Woman,' the name of the Doors' lead singer scrambles to 'Mr. Mojo Risin.'"

Nitpicky, I know. But I don't get nitpicky on puzzles I don't enjoy.

Oldcougar  (Level: 217.3 - Posts: 1935)
Tue, 26th May '09 8:38 PM

Great puzzle, Ken

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