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Bigbird  (Level: 249.1 - Posts: 3337)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 5:24 PM


I just finished this puzzle, which has been up for 9 hours. I couldn't believe that I couldn't find a thread about it. I absolutely thought it was one of the best puzzles ever! Thank you Sploofishy for being so clever. The clues, which didn't look helpful at the outset, were wonderfully constructed, and actually were very helpful. It was just a really fun time.

Johnbtv  (Level: 274.5 - Posts: 202)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 5:31 PM

Everything that Bigbird said except for the thread's nonexistence!


Alvandy  (Level: 240.4 - Posts: 7692)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 6:07 PM

Very well written puzzle. Gets a thumbs up from me

Asor  (Level: 162.1 - Posts: 594)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 6:12 PM

Did horribly but really enjoyed it. Thanks!

Lynnm  (Level: 236.1 - Posts: 2035)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 6:24 PM

Really excellent puzzle, well constructed.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 6:28 PM

Took a few wrong turns myself, but loved the puzzle!

Daveguth  (Level: 266.8 - Posts: 1636)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 6:40 PM

I really enjoyed this puzzle. And I'm not saying that because Rowlanda told me I can't whine any more--I really did enjoy it!

Garrybl  (Level: 291.8 - Posts: 6772)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 6:50 PM

Yes very enjoyable puzzle; I normally try to write and thank the authors but this escaped me.

Bbear  (Level: 167.3 - Posts: 2297)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 7:07 PM

Got a toughie for the fifth one. Great fun though!

Marynuala  (Level: 140.2 - Posts: 996)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 7:28 PM

Fantastic WP!

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 7:52 PM

Didn't get to it until late but that was a lot of fun

Virtus  (Level: 169.8 - Posts: 2489)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 8:17 PM

Went down to the wire on time but I really enjoyed this one as well. Very well done.

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Sploofishy (Editor)  
Sat, 12th Sep '09 12:46 AM

Thanks all!

Here's kind of a philosophical question that occurred to me while working on the puzzle - I don't think I've heard it discussed anywhere before, but perhaps somewhere in the past. Anyway, do you think that the phrase "The road to hell is paved with good intentions" means that well-meaning actions often have unexpected negative consequences, or is it more about sins of omission, people who mean to do good things but do not follow through on their intentions?

I opted for the latter in the clue because it was harder to work the other meaning, although I always had thought of it as meaning the former until today I think... (How's that for a confusing sentence?)

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Sat, 12th Sep '09 1:17 AM

SPLOOFISHY....thanks for the excellent, creative puzzle....

About that phrase "Road to Hell....Good Intentions"
For me....the meaning depends on the situation I'm in.

USUALLY, I have done something where I meant well
but it had negative consequences....

And that happens, because I just jump in and do
something immediately - without thinking of the

Also - I rarely do or say nothing....

Bigbird  (Level: 249.1 - Posts: 3337)
Sat, 12th Sep '09 5:07 AM

Sploofishy - I've always assumed it to mean not following through. As in, well, I meant to volunteer at that community event, but...

Garrybl  (Level: 291.8 - Posts: 6772)
Sat, 12th Sep '09 6:56 AM

I always thought it meant doing the wrong things for the right reasons.
Not about a sin of omission.
(A quick check of google confirms this)

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Sploofishy (Editor)  
Sat, 12th Sep '09 2:03 PM

I guess I'm seeing both meanings as valid, the omission way being akin to Proverbs 3:27-28 - Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in
your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow”—when you now have it with you.

Actually combined it also makes good advice - think before doing and then follow through.

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Sploofishy (Editor)  
Sat, 12th Sep '09 3:48 PM

After thinking about the combined form for a little bit, I had to laugh when I realized that it was in a way similar to a Driver's Ed mnemonic IPDE - Indentify, Predict, Decide, Execute

Identify a potential problem
Predict what outcomes various actions might produce
Decide which option to take
Execute the decision

Wow, who knew you could actually learn something from Driver's Ed?

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