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Garrybl  (Level: 294.3 - Posts: 6808)
Mon, 5th Oct '09 11:42 AM


Boy there are some fast and low scores here. It's almost as could it be....?
Or wait a second...?

Nice and tough puzzle -- very different from what we've seen before and none the worse for that!

Asor  (Level: 162.7 - Posts: 595)
Mon, 5th Oct '09 11:45 AM

I was thinking the same thing...Apparently some people are extraordinarily intuitive. (Or, giving the benefit of the doubt, it was a site glitch on a day full of site glitches.)

I reeked, but the puzzle was fun! Thanks

Johnbtv  (Level: 276.3 - Posts: 206)
Mon, 5th Oct '09 2:43 PM

Well, got through it! Very interesting facts about the pets!

Was this one of the new theme puzzles about pets? If not, I confused it and paid the price. If it is, then I am not sure it followed the rules of construction...I paid the price!


1mks  (Level: 221.1 - Posts: 5930)
Mon, 5th Oct '09 2:45 PM

I loved the puzzle also but I still don't buy it that some did it in the number of moves that is listed.

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5235)
Mon, 5th Oct '09 2:52 PM

Like this one a lot!

Daveguth  (Level: 269.3 - Posts: 1636)
Mon, 5th Oct '09 2:53 PM

What the heck is with those scores??? Something is really wrong here. No way you can figure out this puzzle that quickly, e.g., it's not the type that can be "Googled." Even Slicko couldn't solve this under 25 moves!

After the mess yesterday, including Anne losing her 5000+ points, the October monthly WP leaderboard is pretty much a joke.

As far as this puzzle, this style is not my cup of tea--you can't use logic or knowledge (Google or no Google) to figure out the adjectives the writer decided to use. It becomes a random letter guess, and a strain to avoid losing your 5000 points.

Don't get me wrong--the stories were interesting. It's just not the kind of puzzle I enjoy "solving."

Caramel1  (Level: 136.3 - Posts: 21615)
Mon, 5th Oct '09 3:00 PM

I enjoyed it but you might want to note Foogs comment on another thread. Those of you who do the puzzles regularly and care abut the points and leaders had better write off October and hope for better in November.

Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Mon, 5th Oct '09 3:01 PM

I screwed up fair enough. The low scores are a joke, it fools nobody.

Alvandy  (Level: 242.0 - Posts: 7725)
Mon, 5th Oct '09 3:10 PM

It's been pointed out that our scoring system is 'brain-dead' right now. If this is football, I'd be asking for a coach's challenge and review.

Nevertheless, this was a different approach to the theme and I did like the stories that were answers to the clues.
A personal touch by the author.

Garrybl  (Level: 294.3 - Posts: 6808)
Mon, 5th Oct '09 3:39 PM

I'm with Al on the format; I think we can get alittle set in our weay on this site so seeing something different albeit on the pet theme is no bad thing.

I'm hoping you'll say the same when the cryptic pets appear.


1mks  (Level: 221.1 - Posts: 5930)
Mon, 5th Oct '09 4:05 PM

I won't.

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Mon, 5th Oct '09 7:06 PM

Different take on the pet theme and quite enjoyable. Agree some rather bizarre scores and times, but I guess considering the last 24 hours nothing should surprise us.

Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Mon, 5th Oct '09 7:13 PM

Sweet stories in puzzles that prove that it can be a heckuva lot harder to solve a puzzle made up of three- and four-letter words than if a couple of nine-letterers are mixed in.

Got tripped by an adjective and burnt too many letters on an unfamiliar cat label -- will want an explanation later!

Collioure  (Level: 115.4 - Posts: 9952)
Mon, 5th Oct '09 7:15 PM

Chick puzzle!!!!!

As for the inexplicably low scores, did some Sploofusers know the author and the cats?

Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2291)
Mon, 5th Oct '09 7:56 PM

Neat WP, but WTH is up with the top scores? There is NO way someone got that in 7 (but folks no doubt could have done it better than we did......24 on the first one!)

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Mon, 5th Oct '09 8:25 PM

Looks like no bonus WP points again so no harm no foul. I suspect many of those crazy scores were glitches but if any of them cheated - then, in the words of Eric Cartman: "Ha ha ha ha ha haaaah"

Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Mon, 5th Oct '09 8:29 PM

What is an "uncle" (or perhaps "brown uncle") cat?

Caramel1  (Level: 136.3 - Posts: 21615)
Mon, 5th Oct '09 8:43 PM

Usually by this time I have received my placement number. That is never impressive but the fact that I have not received it indicates to me that things still broken

Alvandy  (Level: 242.0 - Posts: 7725)
Mon, 5th Oct '09 8:45 PM

We have a cat named Cinder. He's been with us for about12 years. Showed up as a kitten one day at our back door .
We took him in and the rest is history. Truly the prince of cats.
He loves to run out of the house and roam the neighborhood- he is the "uncle" to all the other strays out there. Comes back when he feels like it.
He enjoys walking right behind or beside me while I walk my dog. Imagine him with a leash.
He is funny and the sweetest "pied piper" cat you ever would want.

Linenlady  (Level: 159.1 - Posts: 306)
Mon, 5th Oct '09 8:59 PM

Lamizell, I probably got carried away with myself; Bruno is my Siamese, therefore, brown, and is older than April, Lily and Reynaldo. April is also one of Bruno's younger sister's kittens, the only one I couldn't find a home for, so he really is her uncle. He frequently is referred to as "Uncle Brown". And, Bruno means "brown" in Italian.

Tresgatos  (Level: 217.4 - Posts: 4456)
Mon, 5th Oct '09 9:21 PM

A puzzle called "Cat Memories" is something I'd really enjoy, but I had a long day and didn't get to take it. Could you post all the phrases? Pretty please?

-- Geri

Johnbtv  (Level: 276.3 - Posts: 206)
Mon, 5th Oct '09 11:40 PM

I am still wondering if this puzzle was written as a PETS theme puzzle.

If it was, then the rules of construction were not followed. If it was not, then it appears to be a puzzle constructed with much similarity to those that convey ten informative facts about the authors.

Don't get me wrong...I DID enjoy solving the puzzles, even the one where I only had three letters remaining to choose from!


Sploofus Editor
Sploofunky (Editor)  
Tue, 6th Oct '09 12:45 AM

We apologize for any confusion. Linenlady's word puzzle ran earlier than intended due to the system glitches. We had intended to post a brief note explaining that it was a variation on the current theme. Please see this thread:

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