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Daveguth  (Level: 269.7 - Posts: 1636)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 12:10 PM


Good one! Please sort out who belongs to who when we're finished!

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4583)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 12:18 PM

All the ones that were your favorites were mine.

Lodi  (Level: 108.0 - Posts: 2143)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 1:07 PM

My husband had the nerve to ask me if he could use the computer "real quick" while I was in the middle of the WP.

He left without getting to use it.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4583)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 1:18 PM

Under his own power, right?

Lodi  (Level: 108.0 - Posts: 2143)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 1:24 PM

I actually bust out laughing on that one. Yes, on his own power because that would have taken my hands away from the keyboard.

He did cost me about 15 seconds when he was reading over my shoulder and said "it looks like *SOMETHING*" and then a word that was all filled in except for the 1st letter. The word he said was "something" was filled in entirely. I actually had to stop, turn around and say "Something? The word is entirely filled in. How can you say *something*?"

That's when he said nevermind and left.

Caramel1  (Level: 136.5 - Posts: 21602)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 1:45 PM

Good one

Collioure  (Level: 115.6 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 2:06 PM

Well, Lodi, I do all these WPs without Odile's help.

Of course, it is possible that you would do better without your husband's thoughtful assistance.

BTW excellent puzzle, you two. (During the puzzle I was trying to figure out who Jankal might be. FYI I did better on the puzzle than I did guessing the author(s).)

You know, I Google very well, but one OBSCURE reference was virtually Google proof until I guessed the proper name with half the letters.


Lodi  (Level: 108.0 - Posts: 2143)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 2:13 PM

No, I certainly don't need his "help." He just wanted me to get off the computer and so felt compelled to include his input.

I assumed the puzzle was Jank and Al. Personally, I think you guys could have come up with a better mishmash of your names. Like if you left the J and K off of Jank and then added Al.

Just a thought. Feel free to consult with me next time if you need some advice on that.

Garrybl  (Level: 294.6 - Posts: 6812)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 5:18 PM

Fun and informative. Thanks.

Digs  (Level: 116.6 - Posts: 812)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 5:40 PM

Enjoyed it lots. Thanks Al & Jan.

Virtus  (Level: 171.1 - Posts: 2498)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 7:36 PM

Had to work extra hard on this one. Can't wait to hear about the pets. Thanks Al and Janice


Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2292)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 7:40 PM

Excellent one. Did, however, love Lodi's suggestion for what your name should have been.

One of the best in this series.

Alvandy  (Level: 242.1 - Posts: 7740)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 8:15 PM

Janice and I thank all 190 or so players who played our Family Pets puzzle entry in the series.
We will reply later with a bio of "who's who's " pets were used .
Here are all ten clues/phrases.
Thank you to Sploofernatural for editing advice and support.
This has been our second collaboration together. I feel Janice /Jank0614's name should be listed first so our team user name reflects that.
If Jank changes her name to Yank- then I would consider our team name to be: alyankovic


JANKAL's Family Pets

the penn state university park campus is located in the nittany valley ("Nittany")
mrs beasley was the name of buffys doll on the tv series family affair ("Buffy")
josette collins on dark shadows was played by kathryn leigh scott ("Josette")
jean luc picard commanded three starships in his starfleet career ("Luc")
a pyroclastic material or an alternative rock band from florida ("Cinder")
ben affleck and whoopi goldberg attended this california university ("Berkley [homophone]")
tastes good like a cigarette should ("Winston")
these twins adventures were depicted in seventy two childrens novels ("Bobbsey")
jam session at a recording studio became a big hit record for ray stevens ("Misty")
popular hang gliding mountain destination near albuquerque ("Sandia")

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4583)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 9:07 PM

Yeah, he just thinks my name should go first cause he believes in saving the best for last.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4583)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 9:07 PM

......Or maybe he's just respecting his elder.

Alvandy  (Level: 242.1 - Posts: 7740)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 9:08 PM

Here are the bios of Janice and my pets that we chose to highlight today.
Some pets are still with us; some have passed on. They are all special in our lives and we enjoyed sharing our memories with you.

Janice/Jank0614's pets:
Sandia was 2 1/2 years old when he disappeared August 28. He is featured in my photos sleeping under the Christmas tree last year, and was a beige and white shorthair. He was the most loyal cat I ever owned. He plopped into my lap to nap as I used the computer or lay behind it enjoying its warmth (probably causing it to overheat!). I miss him terribly, and so does his sister who insists on going out to look for him every morning and night, crying his name in imitation of my voice inflection.

Berkley is pictured on my profile page. She was a gorgeous golden retriever and the first dog I ever owned. No one could ask for a more perfect dog.

Winston was probably the most imperfect! But he was small, so his imperfections didn't show so much. He disappeared August 24, the first day of school this year. He was a yorkie with whom I fell in love and he with me the first time we saw each other. Because of his imperfections (pooping on the previous owner's bed) he was shipped to me, with $100 worth of grooming stuff and clothes - on the condition that the previous owner never had to lay eyes on him again. He ruined carpets and pillows and toys - and meant the world to me. He was at my feet wherever Sandia would allow him to be.

Bobbsey was a gorgeous, fluffy black and white long haired kitten I lost to a car when I was entranced watching "The Great Escape" as a teenager and put off bringing him in. A miserable lesson to learn.

Misty was a gray and black tabby I owned in my 20s. Such a sweet cat, but not so close to me because all my heart was wrapped up in my sweet baby son.

Al /alvandy's pets:
Josette is our lone bichon frise dog still with us. We adopted her in 1994 from our local SPCA shelter. She is now 16 and blind, but doing well despite her recent physical problems. My wife loved Dark Shadows and obviously, Josette Collins.

Luc was our bichon frise who was also adopted from the SPCA in 1997. He was Josette’s companion and protector until his untimely death from mouth cancer two years ago. An ankle biter if necessary, and we miss his spunky personality. We picked his name because of Jean Luc Picard.

Nittany is the only kittie we ever bought. He is getting old and showing serious health concerns [thyroid and kidneys] and we are taking him to the vet fairly often now. We bought him at a pet store for our youngest daughter while visiting State College , PA in 1995 [home of the Penn State Nittany Lions].

Buffy is a lovable “licker” kittie, and you should be able to guess her fur color. We adopted Buffy from an Animal Rescue display at a pet store.

Cinder is a wonderful orange tabby shorthair kittle. He showed up quite a few years ago on our back porch when he was young kitten. We opened the door and he walked into our lives. He had a black smudge on his nose so my wife called him Cinder. He is a “prince of cats” and has the sweetest personality you could ever want. When I walk Josette, he usually tags along and walks along with us. Loves to go outside, patrol the neighborhood, and come home when he’s ready. He acts more like a dog than a cat, and should have his own Facebook account.

thanks from Janice and I

Johnbtv  (Level: 276.5 - Posts: 206)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 10:14 PM

Great puzzle overall, but I spent an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out the two UC Berkeley attendees. I could find no evidence that either Ben Affleck or Whoopi Goldberg were students there!


Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 10:21 PM

Great co-job you guys!

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4583)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 11:02 PM

Sorry John. I didn't save my link. I wasn't worried about saving it since it was one of the first articles that came up when I googled the university.

I knew their attendance was brief. They both lived in Berkeley. But I can't prove right now their attendance at the University until I can find where I got it. Until I can, I guess about your only recourse would be a support ticket?,_California

Johnbtv  (Level: 276.5 - Posts: 206)
Sun, 18th Oct '09 11:37 PM

It's not a problem! I was just mentioning that it took me a long time to figure out those two.


Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Mon, 19th Oct '09 8:22 AM

I was struggling along with you, John. I know both lived there, but Affleck was just a kid when he left. I'm thinking your article was wrong -- don't forget the "three sources" mantra. And with Berkeley alumni like Gregory Peck, why go with Affleck anyway?

No harm, no foul ... just a whole lotta letters, and even more time.

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