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Collioure  (Level: 115.6 - Posts: 9952)
Sat, 3rd Oct '09 5:01 PM


Thank you, John!

You write such unique puzzles.

1mks  (Level: 221.4 - Posts: 5931)
Sat, 3rd Oct '09 5:09 PM

Not exactly the word I would have chosen for this puzzle.

Digs  (Level: 116.6 - Posts: 812)
Sat, 3rd Oct '09 5:28 PM

Excellent puzzle John.

Very clever concept. Hard, but I really enjoy this kind of puzzle.

Lowiq  (Level: 219.0 - Posts: 1956)
Sat, 3rd Oct '09 6:29 PM

Thanks for the great clues. What on earth did they mean?
Very challenging puzzle.

Monkeynips13  (Level: 21.5 - Posts: 647)
Sat, 3rd Oct '09 6:47 PM

I think I sparained my brain on this one. A great challenging puzzle, and I learned some new vocab words to boot (even if I had to type in nearly every letter of the alphabet to figure them out.)

Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Sat, 3rd Oct '09 7:39 PM

The clues were EZ enough for me to figure out, but there were certainly EZer examples than a couple of my puzzles. Judging from the 20-letter (current) difference between first and tenth on the leaderboard, it was a luck-of-the-draw WP. On the other hand, I don't think I've seen a WP before that uses 18 of 26 letters.

Collioure  (Level: 115.6 - Posts: 9952)
Sat, 3rd Oct '09 7:43 PM

I don't agree. I didn't have easy phrases - many big words, in fact. As usual good letter selection, good tools, and good intuition always pay off. If I had been more aggressive in pressing the Solve button, I could have had a 26 instead of a 31

Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2292)
Sat, 3rd Oct '09 7:46 PM

Not EZ at all, but loved the challenge. Now I'm going to take a nap.....

Alvandy  (Level: 242.1 - Posts: 7733)
Sat, 3rd Oct '09 7:56 PM

It was a challenge indeed, picked up the concept soon enough, but the clues offered no real guidance.
Didn't detect any pattern to the phrases so each puzzle was a test.
Happy to score in top 20.

Kaufman  (Level: 270.3 - Posts: 3942)
Sat, 3rd Oct '09 8:00 PM

Lamizell, I remember a few years ago shortly after I joined Sploofus that there was a WP entitled something like "How many points did you score?" In fact it was impossible not to score 5000, because every puzzle was a pangram.

Caramel1  (Level: 136.5 - Posts: 21602)
Sat, 3rd Oct '09 8:02 PM

Lousy score but good puzzle

Digs  (Level: 116.6 - Posts: 812)
Sat, 3rd Oct '09 8:19 PM

Lamizell........I don't think it was luck-of-the-draw. My 5 puzzles were all hard and long with long words. For me, connecting the clue with the title, my usual pick of letters, TIME and patience paid off.

Really enjoyed the challenge.

Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Sat, 3rd Oct '09 8:21 PM

Really tough puzzle, very fair and enjoyable though.

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5426)
Sat, 3rd Oct '09 8:23 PM

Monkeynips: "I think I sprained my brain on this one."

I'll second that comment! But it was fun learning new words any way.

Evidently I thought the concept was to see how many letters I could use in solving each puzzle.

Garrybl  (Level: 294.3 - Posts: 6810)
Sat, 3rd Oct '09 8:58 PM

loved the puzzle; alas I had to leave the house five minutes after puzzle start time so did not do it justice!


Virtus  (Level: 171.1 - Posts: 2497)
Sat, 3rd Oct '09 9:19 PM

Quite a challenge. Glad I caught on after the first one!!

Lynnm  (Level: 238.4 - Posts: 2060)
Sat, 3rd Oct '09 9:42 PM

I didn't catch on at first, but thought the puzzle was brilliant. Just not the puzzle taker! Great idea.

Daveguth  (Level: 269.6 - Posts: 1636)
Sat, 3rd Oct '09 9:53 PM

I liked it--a bit challenging, but enjoyable.

Agree with Digs about Lamizell's comment. I don't think it was just luck of the draw that helped the top 5 finishers on this WP. Those same 5 people were the top 5 leaders for October going into this puzzle. And if you swap Slicko (who didn't play much last month) for Susyq (who's not playing much this month), they're the same 5 folks who were at the top of September's WP leaders.

Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Sun, 4th Oct '09 3:44 AM

I truly meant no offense to our obvious experts; I was more or less referring to my own five puzzles, three of which were easy enough if you understood the clues, one middling, and one which was a killer. In general, when there's such a big a gap among the top ten, that can be the case.

What do I know? I came in 11th.

(I do remember the pangram puzzle, Kaufman. I was going to mention it, in fact, but couldn't remember the name! Obviously not my day.)

Kaufman  (Level: 270.3 - Posts: 3942)
Sun, 4th Oct '09 9:38 AM

I really enjoyed that pangram puzzle. Once I caught the theme, I found myself guessing things like X Y and Z and trying to fill in the words around them instead of the suddenly less productive method of just grabbing common letters.

Anyway, back on topic, I found E-Z well done. I had a misconception that a la a previous puzzle, the first word would begin with E and the last would end with Z, but the true pattern became evident easily enough.

Johnbtv  (Level: 276.4 - Posts: 206)
Mon, 5th Oct '09 5:57 PM

I thank everybody for your comments.

All ten puzzle solutions can be found below.


Phrase 1: dictionaries alphabetize words to make them easy to find
Clue 1: TI

Phrase 2: a very fertile high production black soil is called chernozem
Clue 2: RNO

Phrase 3: a jewish person with eastern european roots is of ashkenazi descent
Clue 3: NA

Phrase 4: carl von clausewitz was a prussian general and military strategist
Clue 4: WIT

Phrase 5: the third largest city of the free state of saxony is chemnitz
Clue 5: MNIT

Phrase 6: am radio wave frequencies are generally identified by kilohertz
Clue 6: RT

Phrase 7: albert schweitzer was a german french philosopher and physician
Clue 7: IT

Phrase 8: the legalization of addictive drugs is a current issue in some countries
Clue 8: GALI

Phrase 9: conversation may be considered as the verbalization of ideas or opinions
Clue 9: RBALI

Phrase 10: elizavetpol was a former name of ganja azerbaijan
Clue 10: LI

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