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Bbear  (Level: 166.9 - Posts: 2297)
Sun, 25th Oct '09 11:44 PM


Really cute and clever. One word we didn't know but figured out.

I'll tel you stories about one of those things after it's over.

Virtus  (Level: 169.4 - Posts: 2489)
Mon, 26th Oct '09 12:39 AM

Enjoyed it too and learned a few things.

Bigbird  (Level: 248.9 - Posts: 3337)
Mon, 26th Oct '09 6:40 AM

One of those totally did me in. Was doing brilliantly - and then I hit a word where I just went thru the alphabet.

1mks  (Level: 219.3 - Posts: 5925)
Mon, 26th Oct '09 6:47 AM

I loved it. More please.

Maurlin  (Level: 220.5 - Posts: 2707)
Mon, 26th Oct '09 7:17 AM

I agree...great WP. More, more, more!

Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Mon, 26th Oct '09 8:49 AM

BigBird, did you get hung up on "zing"? That one sunk me -- *15* moves on that puzzle alone, including a wrong guess because I thought it was "kick." Fun concept, but there were definitely a few stumper words.

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Mon, 26th Oct '09 9:37 AM

Thought it was terrific too. Apparently didn't have the tough puzzle - don't recall any of them with zing but that would have certainly thrown me.

Didb72  (Level: 220.4 - Posts: 243)
Mon, 26th Oct '09 10:47 AM

zing, rind, vine, I had got the lot, three red screens

Garrybl  (Level: 291.5 - Posts: 6769)
Mon, 26th Oct '09 10:59 AM

I actually guessed 'zing' and was shocked at the choice --seemed like a 'stumper' word, but i had the 'IN' since i tend to guess N or T early most times.
'RIND' was in the clue about Zest and thus fair?

Bigbird  (Level: 248.9 - Posts: 3337)
Mon, 26th Oct '09 11:05 AM

No - I didn't have "zing". I got hung up on "choko" for the chayote. I once bought a chayote, but never heard choko.

Kaufman  (Level: 267.6 - Posts: 3941)
Mon, 26th Oct '09 5:53 PM

I've noticed that on some puzzles, the author intentionally avoids tricky words; in others the author seems to intentionally lace it with tricky ones. This did seem to be one of the latter. I don't really have a problem with that, especially if the floridness is consistently applied as it seemed to be; makes for a fair challenge.

Daveguth  (Level: 266.5 - Posts: 1636)
Mon, 26th Oct '09 6:36 PM

Ken, until recently I had thought the same way--some WP writers just liked sticking in "stumpers." I was particularly bugged when the stumpers appeared in only a portion of the puzzles. Scores were often determined by aplayers' luck (or lack of luck) at avoiding those puzzles.

Well, talk about hypocrites, I did exactly that in my recent WP about "The Great Nicknames." I'm sure folks were cussing at me for including "Haudenosaunee" and "funambulist" in a couple of the puzzles.

But, I can say with all honesty, that it was definitely not my intent to "stump" anyone. (Just like Barry with that bridge card-viewing thingamajig he had in one of his puzzles.) Spacey, yes--but definitely not trying to frustrate anyone. (In fact, I was worried that the Haudenosaunee one would be too easy if someone just looked up "The Great Peacemaker" on Wikipedia.)

Until I started writing them (and making mistakes like this), I didn't realize how hard it really it is to create a fair and balanced WP. (I remember once wondering whether writers intentionally wrote puzzles without key letters, e.g., an "e," just for the fun of it. Now that I've written a few, I know that sort of stuff is the last thing on your mind.) I think "stumpers" are more a result of how are worlds differ. What's a stumper to one person is an everyday word to another. I suppose in a different Sploofus world, we'd have a (nice paid) editor who clasified WPs by difficulty (like crossword puzzles do) and label them as such, or run them on different days of the week.

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