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Tresgatos  (Level: 217.4 - Posts: 4450)
Mon, 21st Dec '09 1:32 AM


I really enjoyed this one. I liked the names of your horses and enjoyed the trivia associated with them. Thanks for a lot of fun!

-- Geri

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Mon, 21st Dec '09 1:35 AM

Bad Jim....

Before I took your quiz, I thought of
everything I knew about Horses!!!!

Daveguth  (Level: 269.2 - Posts: 1636)
Mon, 21st Dec '09 2:10 AM

Just a fine puzzle except one horrible killer (for me at least) where I used 18 letters (a new record for me, I believe) and also had a pink screen. Yep, 21 moves on one puzzle. Ouch. It kind of made sense when I was done, but it sure was painful getting there. Kind of irritating to know that half of the puzzle takers weren't subjected to this one, but I'm sure I was one of the lucky ones to avoid a killer on some previous WP.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Mon, 21st Dec '09 8:26 AM

I enjoyed it very much. Was glad to find out that I didn't need to be an equine expert on this one.

Gypsylady  (Level: 149.2 - Posts: 6104)
Mon, 21st Dec '09 8:35 AM

Enjoyed your Wordpuzzle! Thanks!


Allena  (Level: 268.6 - Posts: 1416)
Mon, 21st Dec '09 8:52 AM

I am sorry that the puzzles were not equally hard. I agree that one puzzle can spoil the barrel. Below are all of them. Let me know which was particularly difficult, for future reference.

The rules for this type of puzzle REQUIRE that you do not discuss your pet in the puzzle. That discussion in reserved for a different message. I am happy to describe these horses (one cat) and will in a separate post.

Below are all of them.

Allen’s pet horses

Crimson – school color for the little brick outhouse on the way into mit
Royal – mail volume dropping ten per cent a year being replaced by e mail
Rusty – type of hinges loosened by the essential water displacement forty
Secret – the service designed to catch a counterfeiter but now guards dignitaries
Blue Boy - thomas gainsboroughs most famous work now hanging in california
Silver – palomino steed and companion to tontos paint horse named scout
Tony – theater awards for excellence named for antoinette perry director and actress
Teddy – the name for cuddly toys because roosevelt refused to shoot the captured bear
Smudge – a pot used to drive away the winter frost from citrus fruit trees
Somemore – combine melted marshmallows and chocolate bars on a graham cracker

Alvandy  (Level: 242.0 - Posts: 7720)
Mon, 21st Dec '09 8:59 AM

Enjoyed the puzzle too. Mine were equally difficult although the "MIT" reference in the Crimson clue slowed me down the most.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Mon, 21st Dec '09 9:24 AM

Here's the odd thing. MIT didn't throw me, it was "brick." Don't know what kind of adjective I was looking for to go along with "outhouse."

Digs  (Level: 116.6 - Posts: 812)
Mon, 21st Dec '09 10:26 AM

"MIT" was the word that got me. Used nearly all the alphabet trying to solve that one and when I had the whole sentence I was no wiser!!
Apart from that, great puzzle.

Collioure  (Level: 115.2 - Posts: 9952)
Mon, 21st Dec '09 3:40 PM

Massachusetts institute of Technology, just down the street a couple of miles from the Harvard College (the Crimson), Diane.

Didn't get that one, but the WD40 phrase was also a killer.

Mickeym  (Level: 88.2 - Posts: 1803)
Mon, 21st Dec '09 5:28 PM

Didn't get MIT, would have known that one immediately as DH went there! What got me was Royal Mail, which I'd never heard of til this puzzle! So I got hung up and did one of those 15's on the Royal.

Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Mon, 21st Dec '09 6:40 PM

I no longer begrudge the letters I spent getting "MIT" because I'm thankful I didn't get "rusty." Holy moly, that one didn't make a lick of sense to me until Collioure mentioned WD40.

Daveguth  (Level: 269.2 - Posts: 1636)
Mon, 21st Dec '09 7:24 PM

Yep, I can't complain. While I was totally clueless on the apparent "in" joke about Harvard being MIT's outhouse (being a west coaster I guess), I was very lucky to not get the one about WD-40. I'd still be working on that one! Heaven help the poor soul who is as dense as me and got both of those killers!

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Tue, 22nd Dec '09 7:44 AM

I had the "Rusty" clue....
Got hung up on the "hinge" as had
nothing to do with horses
And then the "killer" was the word "FORTY"
What does that have to do with "displacement"
Is it a play on words????
Jim....just call me "out to lunch" on this WP.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Tue, 22nd Dec '09 7:49 AM

So .... we're agreed....
Crimson and Rusty have to go....

I'm usually "in sinc" with you Jim
but totally sincless on this WP

Allena  (Level: 268.6 - Posts: 1416)
Tue, 22nd Dec '09 11:27 AM

One needs two thingss in a tool box:
1) Duct (or duck) tape for things that move but shouldn't and
2) WD-40 for things that should move but don't.

The trivia is what does WD-40 stand for. Those of you lucky enough to get the "rusty" question now know.

WD-40 removes sap, tar, adhesives, labels and tape from surfaces without damaging existing paint. It's an effective cleaner for tools, equipment, and vehicles. Use it to remove splattered bugs from the front of cars. WD-40 will even help remove gum from carpet. Just spray, wait, and wipe with a clean cloth.

WD-40 is the ultimate multi-purpose problem solver. WD-40 cleans/degreases, penetrates to loosen up stuck parts, prevents corrosion and is a light lubricant.

By the way, the first use for duck tape was for sealing ammunition boxes in WW-II. The duck comes from the ability to shed water like ducks or maybe because it was made with cotton duck fabric. It is possible that a similar product was made earlier but the name duck tape came from those GI's with the ammo. The use for ducts is of course, history. So is the use to close Rosanne's mouth.

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