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Gypsylady  (Level: 149.2 - Posts: 6102)
Wed, 26th Aug '09 8:14 PM


Loved the "Twisted Country Songs" Wordpuzzle! Thanks! Some more would be nice!


Garrybl  (Level: 293.8 - Posts: 6801)
Wed, 26th Aug '09 8:22 PM

absolutely gobsmacked. No idea what this puzzle is about. Would be tempted to say and don't care...but no doubt it is because I do not appreciate the subtlety and emotion of country.
What the hell; I'll say I don't care anyway.

I delayed getting on my flight for this?


Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Wed, 26th Aug '09 9:09 PM

I thought it was pretty darn clever - certainly took some work, but had fun with it.

Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2297)
Wed, 26th Aug '09 9:43 PM

I guess I don't know country music.

No..I know I don't know country music.

Two of them took almost all the letters. Clever.

Ladyvol  (Level: 212.9 - Posts: 5673)
Wed, 26th Aug '09 10:02 PM

This one was fun and like Marilyn I'd like to see more like this one

Digs  (Level: 116.6 - Posts: 812)
Wed, 26th Aug '09 10:16 PM

I loved this puzzle.

Well done Sploofanatic..........another vote for more of these.

Daveguth  (Level: 268.9 - Posts: 1636)
Wed, 26th Aug '09 10:28 PM

Not quite as angry about it as Barry, but was dismayed by the lack of a pattern. Maybe it was just that I'm not that big of a fan of country music, and had to work extra hard (i.e., break my personal record for most time consumed). I did OK, but I'm not exactly sure how I did it.

Lynnm  (Level: 237.8 - Posts: 2049)
Wed, 26th Aug '09 10:37 PM

It was certainly not an easy WP, but that makes it all the more enjoyable. Even though Country music isn't my thing I thought this was much fun!

Alvandy  (Level: 241.6 - Posts: 7717)
Wed, 26th Aug '09 10:44 PM

It was definitely a struggle, but I got through fairly well without losing many letters. .

Virtus  (Level: 170.8 - Posts: 2493)
Wed, 26th Aug '09 10:56 PM

Enjoyed the challenge. Clever arrangement.

Bigbird  (Level: 250.2 - Posts: 3345)
Wed, 26th Aug '09 11:16 PM

I'm afraid I'm with Barry. Bloodshed all over the place. Had no idea of any of the songs; I was amazed I came out with any points at all. I'm not knocking the puzzle, mind you. Just calling myself rather ignorant.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Wed, 26th Aug '09 11:24 PM

I struggled too. I knew some of the twists. But when I started teaching music, I quit listening to music outside of class just out of being musically exhausted (I'm probably the only music teacher on earth who now hates to listen to music for the most part! ha)

But it was a great WP. Thanks for building it!

Fudypatootie  (Level: 207.0 - Posts: 1302)
Wed, 26th Aug '09 11:28 PM

I don't like country music at all, but I can't avoid hearing it in my part of the country. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I recognized the majority of the ones I got. Good job.

Kaufman  (Level: 269.7 - Posts: 3943)
Wed, 26th Aug '09 11:32 PM

As a non-country music listener, I'm pretty wthy on this one as well. Will someone in the know explain when the puzzle is over: Are these actual titles? Amalgamations of titles? Some other clever twists by the author? I'm very curious to know what I missed.

Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Thu, 27th Aug '09 2:47 AM

There are only two kinds of music i hate, country and western. I had absolutely no data base for any of these, but the challenge was interesting. Not my cup of tea, but thanks for the effort.

Madamec8  (Level: 85.9 - Posts: 897)
Thu, 27th Aug '09 2:51 AM

I like country and I recognized the songs ... I still had to struggle, it took several letters before I could zero in on each one. It was very clever, but I am sure frustrating for non-country fans. Sort of like classical music is for non-classical devotees and for other genres. (No Rap WP's please! )

Collioure  (Level: 115.2 - Posts: 9952)
Thu, 27th Aug '09 6:36 AM

Liked it very much

(and can't believe Vickie didn't write it)

Ladyvol  (Level: 212.9 - Posts: 5673)
Thu, 27th Aug '09 8:14 AM

Andy honey you have made my morning....LOL! And Kaufman these are actual titles to country songs...There are a slew of others that have titles that you wouldn't believe! For an example: "May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose" by Little Jimmy Dickens..he had a number one hit with this song!

Lodi  (Level: 107.5 - Posts: 2144)
Thu, 27th Aug '09 8:17 AM

Isn't there one called "I've Got Tears in my Ears from Lying on My Back and Crying Over You?"

Ladyvol  (Level: 212.9 - Posts: 5673)
Thu, 27th Aug '09 8:22 AM

Yes Lodi there is...

Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Thu, 27th Aug '09 8:51 AM

I Sold A Car To A Guy Who Stole My Girl, But It Don't Run So We're Even.

Mama Get A Hammer (There's A Fly On Daddy's Head).

How Can I Miss You If You Won't Go Away.

I Still Miss You Baby, But My Aim's Gettin' Better.

I'm So Miserable Without You; It's Like Having You Here.

My Wife Ran Off With My Best Friend and I Sure Do Miss Him.

Her Teeth Were Stained, But Her Heart Was Pure.

I Ain't Never Gone To Bed With An Ugly Woman, But I Sure Woke Up With a Few.

There are thousands, and they all sound as bad as each other.

Madamec8  (Level: 85.9 - Posts: 897)
Thu, 27th Aug '09 9:09 AM

You done tore out my heart and stomped that sucker flat.

Drop kick me Jesus through the goal post of life.

How Can You Believe Me When I Say I Love You When You Know I've Been A Liar All My Life?

I Still Miss You, Baby, But My Aim's Gettin' Better

Sploofus Editor
Thu, 27th Aug '09 9:37 AM

Thankyou all for your commentary pro and con. I’m pleased that most of you liked it! As with previous “Twisted” puzzles, the words of two titles were interspersed to form a new, hopefully amusing phrase. All of the words of each title appear in their original order. I used a mix of old and new, and took all titles from a fan-voted list of 500 all-time best country songs. I know little about country music myself, but I had previously heard of 18 of the 20 titles used. Obviously it wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but we do try to appeal to a wide range of interests, and the number of country music quizzes on Sploofus suggested there would be appreciation from a sizable segment of the membership for this theme. It was one of the most difficult I’ve done, so don’t expect another soon. I welcome our platinum country music fans to try their hands at a sequel.

Here are the complete phrases and all song titles.

("Help me make it to the roof?") if youll take this job hold the ladder and shove it
If You’ll Hold the Ladder by David Allan Coe
Take This Job and Shove It by Johnny Paycheck
("Old Red Dogs' Necks...") white children and socks watermelon wine and blue ribbon beer
Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine by Tom T. Hall
Red Necks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer by Johnny Russell
("Dance contest romance?") shes in love with the boot scootin boogie boy
She’s in Love with the Boy by Trisha Yearwood
Boot Scootin’ Boogie by Brooks & Dunn
("Epic herdin' in the valley?") my friends heroes have always been cowboys in low places
My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys by Willie Nelson
Friends in Low Places by Garth Brooks
("Suddenly allergic to okra?") he stopped loving her jambalaya today
He Stopped Loving Her Today by George Jones
Jambalaya by Hank Williams
("Stock up on vintage take-out?") hell have two more bottles of wine to go
He’ll Have to Go by Jim Reeves
Two More Bottles of Wine by Emmylou Harris
("Putin on new mukluks?") youve never been this far north to alaska before
You’ve Never Been This Far Before by Conway Twitty
North to Alaska by Johnny Horton
("Regretfully not a happy place") im here in the real sorry world
I’m Sorry by Brenda Lee
Here in the Real World by Alan Jackson
("Trendy kiddie pool gear?") cool silver water wings
Cool Water by Sons of the Pioneers
Silver Wings by Merle Haggard
("Bubba, wuzzat yew?") you never even called me by my country bumpkin name
You Never Even Called Me by My Name by Steve Goodman
Country Bumpkin by Cal Smith

Garrybl  (Level: 293.8 - Posts: 6801)
Thu, 27th Aug '09 10:33 AM

The entwining made it rather more complex than might have been strictly necessary; it's one thing to put a couple of words in the middle of a song, another thing to inter-wreathe them as happened in some cases.

I recognized 'take this job and shove it' but not that many of the other ones.

Thanks for explaining it -- and I've no business complaining about the difficulty of other peoples' WPs; if the songs are 'well-known' it's just my ignorance.

Maybe next time someone can combine Nascar races and country songs and get them out of the way at the same time..... (we haven't had a racing theme recently have we --while we've had the odd cricket puzzle)

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Thu, 27th Aug '09 11:01 AM

Careful what you ask for. I could crank out two NASCAR puzzles a month, easy.

Daveguth  (Level: 268.9 - Posts: 1636)
Thu, 27th Aug '09 11:15 AM

I thought the interspersing of song title words was fine and enjoyed it. I was just thrown off by this one, where some of the words from the original songs were dropped:

("Old Red Dogs' Necks...") white children and socks watermelon wine and blue ribbon beer
Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine by Tom T. Hall
Red Necks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer by Johnny Russell

In the other puzzles, all words from the songs were retained, so that change in pattern temporarily fried my fragile little brain.

Bigbird  (Level: 250.2 - Posts: 3345)
Thu, 27th Aug '09 11:50 AM

Man, Barry, you have no right to say that a puzzle is more difficult than it needs to be. Talk about bloodshed!

Collioure  (Level: 115.2 - Posts: 9952)
Thu, 27th Aug '09 6:21 PM

Well, now that we have had two twisted puzzles back to back, I can honesty say that his one was much more enjoyable because the answers made sense.

And I love hearing Watermelon Wine. Had the pleasure of hearing Tom T. himself sing it in person many years ago at the Springfield (IL) Grand Ole Opry, the highlight of an otherwise very forgettable Boy Scout weekend with son #1. Well, the scoutmaster was memorable because he was the real dippy thing missing only a beanie cap with a propeller on the top.

And, Dave, I had no idea you were such a fan.

Kaufman  (Level: 269.7 - Posts: 3943)
Thu, 27th Aug '09 7:24 PM

Thanks for the explanation, S'f'natic. You done did some nice twining, even if it went right over my head.

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