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Sploofunky (Editor)  
Mon, 21st Sep '09 10:24 PM


Thank you for starting a thread for this word puzzle, Sandracam! Unfortunately, it had to be deleted because we felt it gave away too much about the theme. We invite you to post another comment.

Daveguth's post was deleted in the process. We invite him to repost his comment.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Mon, 21st Sep '09 10:33 PM

Well it was a good puzzle anyway!

Garrybl  (Level: 279.5 - Posts: 6640)
Mon, 21st Sep '09 10:44 PM

Re dave's deleted comment.
I agree entirely with him

Seriously the wording was so obscure in most of the clues that iwonder if there was a hidden hidden theme?
Please let us know in a few hours time if this was really so or whether you were suffering a bad dose of 18th century euphuism.

Bigbird  (Level: 239.4 - Posts: 3300)
Mon, 21st Sep '09 10:54 PM

That's what I said - the puzzle was so hard, Barry, it was full of euphuism!

Daveguth  (Level: 254.0 - Posts: 1636)
Mon, 21st Sep '09 11:35 PM

Here's my original comment, which helps explain Barry's post.

"Nice idea, but I couldn't wrap my brain around some of the wording choices. Made sense when it's over, but quite a struggle along the way."

Digs  (Level: 116.6 - Posts: 812)
Mon, 21st Sep '09 11:56 PM

I love the Mystery Theme puzzles.

I kinda "got it" on the 1st one, then on the 2nd one I was sure and I really enjoyed the puzzle.

Zeedee  (Level: 224.7 - Posts: 1088)
Tue, 22nd Sep '09 12:56 AM

I did not find the connecting thread whatever it may have been. I should have written down the phrases I got so that I could look at them afterward and see if I could figure it out, but didn't think of that at the time--now, I don't remember them. Oh well, ...

Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4187)
Tue, 22nd Sep '09 2:07 AM

Hmm. Maybe I got lucky with my first phrase, but I didn't have any trouble figuring out the theme. I thought this was a beautifully written WP, even elegant. I loved the images conjured by the phrases. Thanks for a lot of fun!

-- Geri

Susyq  (Level: 49.9 - Posts: 112)
Tue, 22nd Sep '09 8:15 AM

Decent puzzle, but I never did figure out the mystery theme. Most of my phrases had something to do with water or liquid, but one didn't seem to fit...

Digs  (Level: 116.6 - Posts: 812)
Tue, 22nd Sep '09 9:02 AM

My guess for the Mystery Theme was.........things that hold water.

My five tank, vase, urn (in ancient times), car radiator and a glass.
Seems to fit.

Alvandy  (Level: 229.3 - Posts: 7560)
Tue, 22nd Sep '09 11:09 AM

I agree with Digs on the mystery topic central theme

My five puzzles were similar [bodies of water; and bird baths were differences]
I enjoyed the puzzle

Marynuala  (Level: 133.6 - Posts: 994)
Tue, 22nd Sep '09 11:33 AM

It was a very interesting WP. I look forward to doing more with a mystery theme like this.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofusaurus (Editor)  
Tue, 22nd Sep '09 4:41 PM

Digs, you were quite right: the mystery theme was "They hold water" was quite a challenge to create the phrases without using the key word: WATER.

Here's the full puzzle:

1. ancient urns carried oils wine and other liquids (In the olden days)
2. a car radiator holds vital fluid to keep the engine cool (Chugging along!)
3. bird baths provide a welcome splash and drink for avian friends (Treat for tweeters)
4. lakes rivers and streams give vital moisture to us and the land (Drinks for all living things)
5. fish tanks grace many homes with a calming and colorful focus (Easy on the eyes(
6. vases full of bright flowers adorn tables and delight our senses (Easy on the eyes)
7. small liquid filled balloons provide impish delight for kids (Splat!!)
8. the human body is eighty percent liquid in mass (Squishy people?)
9. take your filled canteen when going hiking to replenish body fluids (Safety tip)
10. a chilled glassful with ice quenches summer thirst (Good for hot days)

Thanks for playing, and your comments

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