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garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 279.5 - Posts: 6639)
Thu, 10th Sep '09 10:06 PM

JOHNBTV CINEMATIC REVERSALS

no red screens; whoopee!

mind you dabomb did it in 338 seconds which seems precious close to witchcraft to me.

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.3 - Posts: 5314)
Thu, 10th Sep '09 10:32 PM

"JOHNBTV's Cinematic Reversals" is a clever puzzle. I saved my points but took plenty of moves. I figured out the concept in the second puzzle, can't even remember what the first puzzle was and why I didn't tumble on it but I didn't.

At any rate, a well done puzzle

daveguth
Daveguth  (Level: 254.0 - Posts: 1636)
Thu, 10th Sep '09 10:36 PM

I'm not going to say anything because I'd like folks to have the same experience that I had.

I will say that I'm completely impressed by Garrybl, Slicko, Suzyq, and Dabomb, who all finished this thing with nice scores in, what I think, were amazing times. C'mon, Anne, take the puzzle so I don't feel like the super slug.

digs
Digs  (Level: 116.6 - Posts: 812)
Thu, 10th Sep '09 10:51 PM

I'm a super slug with you Dave and I'm sure Anne will join us!!

I love this kind of puzzle, really enjoyed it.
Clever theme, well done Johnbtv.

susyq
Susyq  (Level: 49.9 - Posts: 112)
Thu, 10th Sep '09 10:57 PM

Great puzzle. It took me a while to get my brain un-twisted afterward.

alvandy
Alvandy  (Level: 229.1 - Posts: 7560)
Thu, 10th Sep '09 11:13 PM

Got through it unscathed in points, but very tough. I did not find the clues to help much.

maurlin
Maurlin  (Level: 213.3 - Posts: 2671)
Thu, 10th Sep '09 11:20 PM

I'm impressed by anyone who finished the WP at all!

virtus
Virtus  (Level: 161.6 - Posts: 2457)
Thu, 10th Sep '09 11:34 PM

I was going to say I may have broken my own snail record on this one, but I see my friends were already predicting my sluggish time. Clever and fun!

daveguth
Daveguth  (Level: 254.0 - Posts: 1636)
Thu, 10th Sep '09 11:43 PM

Anne, with a score like yours, you could have taken 20000 seconds and I would still be thoroughly impressed!

I agree with you, Maurlin--kudos to anyone who was even able to just finish this one.

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.6 - Posts: 2144)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 12:32 AM

I think I had 5 red screens - all typos on my part. I hate that.

nelly
Nelly  (Level: 172.0 - Posts: 1167)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 2:52 AM

Hmmm! Think I'd better leave this one until after the 'maintenance half hour' by the sound of it! I'll come back in 40 minutes and maybe win the super slug race!

clevercloggs
Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 5:30 AM

I wouldn't care if i never saw another WP like this one again. Hated it.

lamizell
Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 6:22 AM

This could have been sorta fun if it had been much more lighthearted in tone. However, the selections and general word choices were classic examples of Things Chosen Just to Make a Tough WP. Not that there's anything wrong with that, per se, but I do call foul at one particularly difficult puzzle that centered a film that received only very limited release in the U.S. -- it wasn't exactly a hit for the rest of the planet either.

nelly
Nelly  (Level: 172.0 - Posts: 1167)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 6:56 AM

Agree with Lamizell that was a tough one! You see Anne, I did beat you - just not quite in the way I might have dreamed! lol. (1 tea break + 1 potty break
+ 2 paracetamol later)!

slicko
Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 7:40 AM

Karen said "potty"

slicko
Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 7:46 AM

Since it was a movie puzzle had to give it a go - quite a challenge - enjoyed the concept.

nelly
Nelly  (Level: 172.0 - Posts: 1167)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 8:13 AM

lol Gary! Hope you're not working too hard - Buddy needs you!

johnbtv
Johnbtv  (Level: 264.4 - Posts: 200)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 10:03 AM

Thanks, everybody, for your comments.

All ten puzzle solutions can be found below.

One puzzle taker noted that "the selections and general word choices were classic examples of Things Chosen Just to Make a Tough WP." Not sure what is meant by "general word choices," but believe me, that was not my intent other than to WRITE a tough WP!. The selections were made using a random word generator to obtain a KEY title word and then performing a title search on IMDb.com for a title containing that random word. Each of the films selected had received at least 100 rating votes and the ratings were average or better. Some, MUCH better!

I am happy that most enjoyed the puzzle.

Thanks, again...I am right now trying to come up with my NEXT idea.

John


Solutions to JOHNBTV's Cinematic Reversals:

Phrase 1: the j huston film erdam arreis eht fo erusaert eht starred humphrey bogart
Clue 1: 1948

Phrase 2: the white zombie song more human than human was inspired by rennur edalb
Clue 2: 1982

Phrase 3: the comedy sednolb referp nemeltneg was based on the anita loos novel
Clue 3: 1953

Phrase 4: musical comedy eillim nredom ylhguoroht won one oscar and one golden globe
Clue 4: 1967

Phrase 5: the film dekovorp was based on the true story of kiranjit ahluwalia
Clue 5: 2007

Phrase 6: the tagline of the film sennac ni lavitsef was the scene behind the scenes
Clue 6: 2001

Phrase 7: chain gang escapee john r ingram is the main character in liamkcalb
Clue 7: 1939

Phrase 8: coming of age film azzip citsym earned two thumbs up from siskel and ebert
Clue 8: 1988

Phrase 9: blake edwards tnemtaert yerac eht was based on the novel a case of need
Clue 9: 1972

Phrase 10: the quasi film noir ecneulfni dab starred james spader and rob lowe
Clue 10: 1990

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 10:19 AM

Good that I didn't get #5, my score would have been worse. Couldn't enjoy it, though didn't think it was a bad puzzle. Spelling backwards is just too hard on my brain.

foogs
Foogs  (Level: 267.4 - Posts: 848)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 10:21 AM

#5 was my first puzzle. Of my 45 total moves, 21 came on that one.

asor
Asor  (Level: 155.7 - Posts: 589)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 11:27 AM

I have to admit, it's the first puzzle I've ever truly hated. Just didn't enjoy a second of it, and it was the first time I considered logging off in the middle.

I'm glad others enjoyed it. Just wasn't my cup o' tea (especially after a long day at work!)

But I appreciate the effort that went into writing it!

daveguth
Daveguth  (Level: 254.0 - Posts: 1636)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 12:25 PM

John, 100 votes is a very low response on IMDB. I consider myself a movie expert and never heard of Festival at Cannes. I like a good challenge, and have no serious complaints, but wouldn't this have been more fun for folks (given the tricky gimmick of reversing the titles) if the movies were all pretty well known? I do appreciate your effort, so please consider this a friendly suggestion.

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 279.5 - Posts: 6639)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 12:55 PM

looking at that list of titles I realize the reason I did well was that I avoided some of the killer titles. must remember that the next time I feel like complaining.....



clevercloggs
Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 1:24 PM

I got phrase 8 first up, i used all 26 letters of the alphabet. After that i just wanted out.

lamizell
Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 2:34 PM

I'll take back the "general word choice" since "quasi" seems to be the only real toughie. But find me two people who have heard of *Provoked,* much less seen it. And the woman on whom it's based? Good god.

If I were writing this puzzle -- and I'm a lowly gold member so what do I know -- I'd take my ten movies from a single theme, such as "Oscar Winners" or "1939," just to level the playing field a quasi amount.

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.3 - Posts: 5314)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 3:06 PM

Daveguth, even I have heard of the Cannes Film Festival. Maybe it isn't as big a deal as it was 30-40 years ago??

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 3:30 PM

Pat, I think I saw you at Cannes zipping around the Mediterranean on a yacht between film showings.

daveguth
Daveguth  (Level: 254.0 - Posts: 1636)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 4:59 PM

Yep, I've heard of the Cannes film festival. But, nope, I've never heard of the movie called "Festival at Cannes." The answer was clearly related to the name of a movie, so knowing the name of the film festival was actually (for me) kind of a distraction.

But, hey, you're right--it should have been a strong hint. Not the first time that I took the slowest and most illogical path to solving a puzzle!

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 256.8 - Posts: 3936)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 10:52 PM

Surprised you didn't include "tfard" or "erutuf eht ot".

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.3 - Posts: 5314)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 11:00 PM

Pepperdoc, was that you sunbathing in the nude on the beach? Sorry I didn't offer you a ride but I thought ... well, you know,, it sort of looked like you were having a good time where you were.


pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 11:08 PM

LOL! Zing!


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