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Garrybl  (Level: 291.9 - Posts: 6773)
Fri, 25th Sep '09 10:17 AM


Fun, fun, fun.

My record as regards time. I always doubted those people who claimed telephone calls in the middle of their game but I think I would have gone long even without the message.

Alvandy  (Level: 240.4 - Posts: 7692)
Fri, 25th Sep '09 10:54 AM

Some toughies in there [at least for me]. Nothing to get my dander up however.

Daveguth  (Level: 266.8 - Posts: 1636)
Fri, 25th Sep '09 12:16 PM

Also my record for time. One of them was a doozie (at least for me). Spent more than half of my time on it. Didn't want to guess any wrong letters because of close battle with Ann (Virtus) for first (or second depending on how you count Mangoes), so I just stared at that dang puzzle for about twenty minutes! Great use of my time.

Not that any crimes were committed here--it was an otherwise enjoyable puzzle. It's just that Ken thinks a little differently than the rest of us (or at least me).

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Fri, 25th Sep '09 5:30 PM

Thought it was a great puzzle

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Fri, 25th Sep '09 7:03 PM

There was one particular twist that I really liked.

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Fri, 25th Sep '09 7:44 PM

- fun puzzle; clever choices

Bbear  (Level: 167.3 - Posts: 2297)
Fri, 25th Sep '09 7:56 PM

These just get better and better. Clever one!

Virtus  (Level: 169.8 - Posts: 2489)
Fri, 25th Sep '09 8:02 PM

I just stared at it too, but found it to be both challenging and fun. Good puzzle!


Digs  (Level: 116.6 - Posts: 812)
Fri, 25th Sep '09 9:22 PM

Another good one in this series.
Had a little trouble with "Molly" but great puzzle, I enjoyed it.

Daveguth  (Level: 266.8 - Posts: 1636)
Fri, 25th Sep '09 9:45 PM

"Lacey" was the one that gave me fits. The answer started out with a bit of a curveball--"As every trivia fan should know" or something like that. Unable to make the connection from Lacey to Aglet, I sat there trying to figure out what every trivia fan should know. For the life of me, I couldn't figure out what Harry Steinfeldt had to do with Lacey!

Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4415)
Fri, 25th Sep '09 9:48 PM

I really enjoyed this WP and am looking forward to hearing the stories behind the names! These were my favorite phrases:

Molly - homophone of the location of timbuktu

I guess I liked this one due to the word play.

Biscuit - a slang term for a hockey puck

I think I liked this one because it taught me something about hockey , and it made me hungry. Homemade biscuits sound good.

Overall, I thought the puzzle was a good, fun challenge -- thanks!

-- Geri

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Fri, 25th Sep '09 10:20 PM

Dave, I agree. Lacey was a toughie.

Kaufman  (Level: 268.0 - Posts: 3941)
Fri, 25th Sep '09 11:05 PM

First of all, let me say I'm not responsible for any of these names. The last pet, or living creature for that matter, I was allowed to name was back at age 4, and when you realize that that was a parakeet named Little Flying Peep Peep Peep, you'll understand why. Luckily, I've had over 10 pets since then, so you didn't have to endure a puzzle on marshmallow jousting.

Speaking of Luckily, my first cat (1971-75) was named Lucky, so named because he was all black, save for one white spot on his neck. We got him from the litter my grandparents' yard cat had. He was a beautiful longhair who succumbed to kidney failure while I was away at summer camp. My parents didn't tell me. I still don't know what I think of that.

His puzzle: "In the ringworld stories Teela Brown is a woman bred for luck". In this future-set world, permission to have more than one child was restricted and only given out by lottery. Since Teela had six straight generations of descent from lottery babies, many believed she really had been bred for luck.

In 1973, my sister got a kitten for her 10th birthday. She was named April after her birth month. April had a special fondness for ham, and would often ask for it by name. She'd also go nuts for shrimp. She lived till about 1984.

Her puzzle: Many showers this year as only seven US states had below average rain". Of course we know the saying "April showers bring May flowers", but is it really a showery month? I was looking for world rainfall data for April 2009, or a location-by-location listing, but I couldn't find anything that wouldn't take months to compile. I did find a monthly climatological summary by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that I used as my source.

Within days after Lucky died, April went into heat, and my mother decided to let her outside to produce a litter of replacements. In October she delivered five kittens, two of whom we would ultimately keep. They were Mongo (named for the politically incorrect reason that his markings made him look in the opinion of some of my family members a bit, shall we say, "mongoloid") and Morris (who was orange and named after that cat that was all over the tv airwaves). Both cats survived their mother by a few years.

Mongo's puzzle: "He knocked down a horse with one punch in Blazing Saddles". Former NFL star Alex Karras played the heavy (in more than one way) turned good in Mel Brooks' western comedy.

Morris's puzzle: "first name of singer Albert who had a huge hit with Feelings". 1975 was a traumatic year. Not only did I lose my cat while away, my parents divorced, and I had to listen to Feelings over and over and over again!

In 1992 I moved in with my future wife, and in the process adopted her two pets, Daisy (cat) and Molly (dog). Daisy was very affectionate and incredibly long-lived, lasting over 20 years. Molly was a black Lab who accepted me into the family shortly after I moved in by sneaking under the fence, raiding a neighbor's trash, bringing in two turkey carcasses, and contentedly gnawing on one while offering the other one to me. Believe me, if you haven't had a slobber-covered thing offered to you in the dark at 4 AM, you haven't lived.

Daisy's puzzle: "Famous political advertisement helped Lyndon Johnson win reelection". Maybe the first cynical attack ad, this 1964 commercial implicitly linked Barry Goldwater with nuclear war. So much for the cute daisy-picking little girl. Speaking of which, I wonder what happened to the kid?

Molly's puzzle: "Homophone of the location of Timbuktu". While its heyday may have been a millennium ago, Mali exists again as an independent nation, smack dab in the middle of West Africa.

We had some friends and bridge partners who retired, sold their house, moved into an RV, and lived on the road for the next 7 or 8 years. They had a dog who got more and more stressed by the nomadic lifestyle. The last straw was when they were visiting and she bit me. So of course we wound up a few weeks later with Cleo. She's with me on my profile picture. She was a bit ornery. We called her the White Tornado. Which leads to:

Her puzzle: Nineteen sixty four hurricane responsible for over two hundred deaths". This storm did the most damage in Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, Florida, and up the East Coast of the United States to Virginia. Very heavy rains and some tornadoes were among the effects.

After we lost Daisy, JJ was thinking about getting TWO cats to succeed her, and while we weren't ready to look, within a few weeks we heard from a neighbor who had a friend who was moving across the country and had decided not to take her young cats with her. So we got Biscuit and Sugar (featured in a quiz of mine and on several other of my quiz photos). Both of their names were inspired, I believe, by their coloration. They are both characters in their own ways, and are now 11 years old.

Biscuit's puzzle: "A slang term for a hockey puck". I know it's different across the pond, but here a biscuit is squat and cylindrical in shape. Plus, "Put the biscuit in the bucket" has a ring to it.

Sugar's puzzle: "Class of white crystalline substances made of hydrogen oxygen and carbon ". I couldn't work any mollusks into this puzzle, so I had to find another way to placate the WR gods. If some sugars are less white, I really don't want to hear about it.

After we took Cleo off the Steeles' hands, they promised to find and train for us our next dog. And so they did. We got Lacey in December. She's a mixed-breed pup, maybe with some Gordon Setter, now 15 months old. And since she was trained to a large degree by their two golden retrievers, she's got the sweetest attitude toward everything. Best of all, with her around, we don't need a paper shredder.

Her puzzle: As trivia fans you probably know the meaning of the related word aglet". I didn't really want to go into the Doonesbury character, the Corner Gas character (after whom she is named), or anything doing with lingerie, so we wound up with this puzzle. Many of you have no doubt through a crossword puzzle, a trivia quiz, or for all I know a Vocabulary TQOTD that an aglet is what you call that little plastic thing at the end of shoelaces. For those of you who didn't, I'm sorry about this; I know how fun "Oh no, another learning experience!" moments can be.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Fri, 25th Sep '09 11:14 PM

Heartwarming stories. I tripped over my laceys looking for cagney though.

Kaufman  (Level: 268.0 - Posts: 3941)
Fri, 25th Sep '09 11:24 PM

Oops. Forgot to close the last italic.

Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4415)
Fri, 25th Sep '09 11:33 PM

Thanks for sharing those stories, Ken! Sorry that 1975 was such a bad year for you. It sounds like you have some neat critters in your family. Love the story about Molly bringing you a turkey carcass. Kind of gross but sweet.

-- Geri

Kaufman  (Level: 268.0 - Posts: 3941)
Fri, 25th Sep '09 11:47 PM

Oh, and sorry, Sandy. Guess I'm a dirty rat for missing that angle.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 9:39 AM

The homophone phrase was a nice twist to the puzzle. I like the stories of your pets, and the learning moment worked for me. I thought the thing at the end of a shoelace was a small hard plastic cylindrical round thingee.

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