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Philkon  (Level: 274.3 - Posts: 474)
Fri, 4th Aug '06 1:52 PM



It seems we are supposed to name the character the actor is playing, instead of their real name.

Twoxfourman  (Level: 82.4 - Posts: 153)
Fri, 4th Aug '06 1:56 PM

Only when the actor is in character.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2812)
Fri, 4th Aug '06 3:00 PM

Then we have to know every character every actor has ever played, and be able to recognize them all from stills. Marina Sirtis's picture had nothing in it to show that she was in character. Near as I can tell so far, there's nothing in the pic of "Will Teasel" to show he's not Brian Dennehy. If there's a badge still hidden I'll concede that it's in character--one of the many Dennehy has played that wear badges.

It's very frustrating for someone who guessed Brian Dennehy two hours ago and thought they were wrong, only to find out it's him as a character in a movie they've never seen.

I don't like the "in character" part. It's cost me two wins so far to learn that I have to guess who it is (even when I'm told I'm wrong), then figure out who they're playing.


Ladyvol  (Level: 213.0 - Posts: 5675)
Fri, 4th Aug '06 10:00 PM

I didn't know he was in character either...that's why I wrote in Brian Dennehy....I wish there was someway we could find out which one they want..The actual person or the character....

Gypsylady  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 6107)
Fri, 4th Aug '06 10:43 PM

I had also typed in Brian Dennehy and then found it was "Will Teasel"..Until I clicked on and went to Wikipedia and saw that it was a movie with him in it, I thought it was a completely different person by that name. Maybe character is just too complicated, especially with just one tile at a time.


Joanneeberlin  (Level: 190.8 - Posts: 687)
Fri, 4th Aug '06 10:45 PM

I agree Vickie, I had guessed Brian Dennehy too!! I thought maybe he had a younger brother in the business as well!! LOL!!! Be great to know whether to guess the character or the "real" person....

Redbaron  (Level: 206.8 - Posts: 297)
Fri, 4th Aug '06 11:25 PM

The instructions say to use character name if the person "appears to be in character." But I agree, that's a bit vague...It'd be nice to either always guess the real person's name or to have a notice saying "character" or "real person".

On the Marina Sirtis shot, the makeup, hairstyle, etc., were all Troi...take it from a long-time TNG fan. I've seen Marina Sirtis in other roles, and that was definitely Troi.


Missashlee  (Level: 125.6 - Posts: 543)
Sat, 5th Aug '06 12:28 AM

I think whether the person is “in character” or not is part of the guessing game. I could recognize Brian Dennehy the actor after a while, but I never knew who Will Teasel was because I have never seen the movie Rambo. But someone clearly had and got it right! And, there may have been many, many more who would have gotten it right given the opportunity.

There have also been posts questioning the form of the name of the “person” (in quotes in deference to Hal!), wanting acceptance of any form as correct.

My vote is to stick with guessing “the” answer instead of “a” answer. Appears to allow more people to get a guess in before it is solved, and since we all have unlimited guesses, makes us have to work a little harder for the prize!

Oh, and since we don’t get penalized for a wrong guess (bbbzzzztt! Ouch!), luck is a legitimate reason to deserve it, in my book.

- Jeanne

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Sat, 5th Aug '06 12:41 AM

As a novice at this....unless the character is Darth seems that the way to go is the actor.

Criminey...I was the first one to guess Magellan and if you posted a picture of him when he was playing Henry VIII...wouln't have got it...

Just a thought....

Tulips52  (Level: 222.4 - Posts: 13)
Sat, 5th Aug '06 1:00 AM

Will is right about the instructions. I can hear the echoes of my elementary school teachers saying, "Read the instructions first, Margaret Rose."
I won the contest with Marina Sirtis aka Deanna Troi. I also guessed 'Marina Sirtis' first and got the "No Way!" message. I really thought I was right, so I typed in her most memorable role and I won.
I believe the very first Who the Heck Am I? was Napoleon Dynamite, the character, not Jon Heder, the actor. That didn't seem to be a problem at the time. I also agree with Jeanne: I think the more guesses, the more fun it is for all.
In the future, if you really think you know it's an actor, but Sploofus says you are wrong, start guessing the characters he/she has played. It's really pretty simple.
Happy Sploofusing!

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2812)
Sat, 5th Aug '06 1:09 AM

Well duh, when you put it that way I feel pretty stupid for not enjoying feeling pretty stupid. I stand by my PERSONAL feeling that I don't like the 'guess if it's a person or a character' aspect. If I won one I'm quite sure I'd feel differently.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2812)
Sat, 5th Aug '06 9:00 AM

And I did read the instructions, but thanks for the advice.

Still don't like it. Ain't gonna; can't make me!

Baggiob  (Level: 143.2 - Posts: 888)
Sat, 5th Aug '06 9:10 AM

I reckon it should just be the actor and not the character.
Having said that if it is an actor unless it is someone really really famous I ain't going to get it cause I don't really watch films much, So the character is well going to be beyond me.
Totally understand how annoying it can be if you know the actor but they are looking for the character.

Banomet  (Level: 181.2 - Posts: 266)
Sat, 5th Aug '06 10:55 AM

I thought it was fine the way it was. Actors would most likely be guessed a lot quicker than historical figures or authors, so making it either actor or character adds a bit more challenge. Whether it was actor or character, it was a lot of fun and I looked forward to it every day. I hope it returns!


Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2812)
Sun, 6th Aug '06 2:02 AM

Guess it would be too hard to program it so that you could be right either way. That would give us two shots at the actors anyway. Also, it would be good if the new pic would post sooner once the old one is guessed. Gets boring after 17 or 18 hours of not being puzzled.

Still and all, it's a fun puzzle and far better in every way than that picture of the guy scratching his head.

My sincere congratulations to all the winners of both homepage puzzles. My sour grapes were never meant to take anything away from your accomplishments.


Berylm  (Level: 163.9 - Posts: 478)
Sun, 6th Aug '06 6:48 AM

I agree it should be just the actor - if you've never seen the film the character was in you've got no chance, and even if you have you might not remember the character's name.

Just to add to the confusion - sometimes the name used is not the one the person is known as - recently we had British politician Ted Heath, who is never, ever referred to as Sir Edward Heath here in the UK, so I got it wrong when I said Ted Heath. With no way of telling that I wasn't actually wrong, I just had the wrong version of his name, I just shrugged and went off to do something else ...

There must be some way of allowing for things like that? Maybe a "no, that's not how I'm known" when a guess of the correct person but wrong name is made?

Bravegator  (Level: 152.0 - Posts: 428)
Sun, 6th Aug '06 8:54 AM

I am REALLY glad to read this post...i also put down Brian Dennahey and figured this will teasel guy looks JUST like him.

Missashlee  (Level: 125.6 - Posts: 543)
Sun, 6th Aug '06 10:22 AM

I think the prize of 100,000 points for the ONE individual to guess the correct answer first is justification the difficulty: Actor or role? Form of the name? Guess!

To get that many points (not counting bonuses), you would have to:

- Play nearly 200 Word Rounds, getting at least one definition right.
- Play 20 Word Puzzles without losing points for a wrong letter.
- Take 1,000 quizzes scoring 100% on all of them.

Maybe the message “NO WAY! I am certainly not _____ !” is what throws people off. My tendency would be to believe it really wasn't Brian Dennehy, for example, and maybe forget to try and guess a movie role.

What about: “SORRY! The answer I am looking for is not _______ ! Guess again!” ?

Berylm  (Level: 163.9 - Posts: 478)
Sun, 6th Aug '06 10:32 AM

That's a very good suggestion, Missashlee!

I've said before I found the 'No Way' message far too strong, and would much prefer the wording you suggested.

Let's hope Justin is monitoring this thread!

Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 853)
Sun, 6th Aug '06 10:36 AM

The trouble with Brian Dennehy being an "incorrect" answer is that Brian Dennehy looks like, well, Brian Dennehy in every movie he does. Except for the alien role in Cocoon, perhaps, but even in that film, most of the movie featured Brian Dennehy looking just like he looks in every movie.

A photo of John Travolta wearing the black suit and ponytail would be more likely guessed "Vincent Vega" or a photo of Harrison Ford wearing the Amish suit and hat as "John Book", but I am sure most people would still think of the actor's name first.

Missashlee  (Level: 125.6 - Posts: 543)
Sun, 6th Aug '06 11:37 AM

Violetblue, I totally agree that ‘Brian Dennehy’ is an easier answer than ‘Will Teasle’.

Philkon  (Level: 274.3 - Posts: 474)
Mon, 7th Aug '06 2:16 PM

Missashlee, both of your points are very good.

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