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Bigbird  (Level: 236.3 - Posts: 3300)
Mon, 28th Dec '09 9:12 AM


I did almost every WP this year - but this review was one of the hardest. One stupid (on my part) spelling error didn't help, but two of those puzzles were killers.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Mon, 28th Dec '09 9:24 AM

You have my admiration for that, Alice.

(I tried to do all the WPs for the month of August and just one month totally burned me out!)

1mks  (Level: 208.5 - Posts: 5866)
Mon, 28th Dec '09 9:27 AM

I liked the puzzle and was confident going into it. Alas, I think at my age (snicker) short term memory loss has already set in. There was one puzzle in particular that ate the entire alphabet.

Garrybl  (Level: 276.3 - Posts: 6611)
Mon, 28th Dec '09 9:59 AM

I missed the killer...thought for a moment I was going to make an appearance in one puzzle!!
And yes...plenty of stiuff I've forgotten in the last 12 months.


Gypsylady  (Level: 141.0 - Posts: 6037)
Mon, 28th Dec '09 11:08 AM

Enjoyed the Wordpuzzle! Thanks!


Daveguth  (Level: 250.4 - Posts: 1636)
Mon, 28th Dec '09 1:33 PM

Liked the idea, and some of them seemed like a fair and fun way the remember the past year, But there was a killer that was just plain unfair--I used 14 letters, and only through dumb luck avoided a penalty. How the heck are we supposed to remember the specific names of any of the 730 WPs that appeared over the year? Another had some phrasing I see about once a year. Just about bailed, but somehow finished.

Alvandy  (Level: 226.0 - Posts: 7527)
Mon, 28th Dec '09 3:09 PM

I had one puzzle that caused me grief [a very long, letter chewing word]. In retrospect, it wasn't really a killer word. My brain wasn't grasping it at the time.
Don't know if that is the word being mentioned here by a few players.
Anyway, I played almost every puzzle in 2009, so it was an interesting trip down memory lane. I'm glad to have been part of the experience.
Brand new paying players and non-paying members are at a disadvantage obviously. So-------------------------- get a membership and play, play play, next year.

Johnbtv  (Level: 262.1 - Posts: 200)
Mon, 28th Dec '09 6:11 PM

This is the first word puzzle in which I have had to use EVERY letter to solve one of the items!

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Mon, 28th Dec '09 6:47 PM

Apparently didn't get the "puzzle of death", but did manage to screw up my easiest one. Thought it was fun and based on the ones I had I'd have to give it a .

Bbear  (Level: 160.0 - Posts: 2301)
Mon, 28th Dec '09 7:53 PM

Really enjoyed it until our last one. We were doing well....then got one that was just mean.

Otherwise...good memories.

Garrybl  (Level: 276.3 - Posts: 6611)
Mon, 28th Dec '09 8:24 PM

OK...tell us what the tough puzzle is please... but leave the word of death out?



Daveguth  (Level: 250.4 - Posts: 1636)
Mon, 28th Dec '09 10:42 PM

Well, maybe there was more than one tough one, but the one that got me was something like "two ms an i and an x and running out the clock." (Can't even remember the puzzle's clue. "Recent puzzle themes"?)

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Sploofernatural (Editor)  
Tue, 29th Dec '09 5:48 AM

The clue was that they were/will be the first and last puzzles run entirely in 2009. The MMIX of course referred to the Roman numeral 2009. Take note this week because the first puzzle fully in 2010 will refer to its Roman representation and you may be quizzed on it in December.

Daveguth  (Level: 250.4 - Posts: 1636)
Tue, 29th Dec '09 11:54 AM

OK, I'll say it. That "first and last puzzle" was ridiculous. We were supposed to identify a puzzle that we haven't even seen yet, to say nothing of that "two ms an i and an x" mess? I understand that some puzzle writers unintentionally create individual puzzles that are overly difficult, and I've learned to just chalk it up to bad luck when I get them. But this obviously deliberate attempt to be annoyingly obscure leaves a pretty awful taste in my mouth.

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Sploofunky (Editor)  
Tue, 29th Dec '09 4:48 PM

Sploofishy and I worked on this puzzle together. We're sorry that some of you found yourselves frustrated and annoyed, but I can assure you that there was absolutely no deliberate attempt to be obscure. We were genuinely trying to think of word puzzle highlights in 2009, and we always strive to make the WPs the right mix of fun and challenge. Again, we're sorry that this puzzle disappointed some of you.

Thank you very much for your feedback. We hope to do a better job next time.

Daveguth  (Level: 250.4 - Posts: 1636)
Tue, 29th Dec '09 7:40 PM

Thanks, Sploofunky. Well, after reading my comment agaom, I can see I was obviously too critical. Sorry about that. I still think that particular puzzle was one of the most frustrating I've encountered, but I sure overstated the business about being a deliberate attempt to be annoying. Again, my apologies. You folks consistently write great puzzles, so we'll just consider this a tiny bump in the road--no worse than the many annoyances I've created when I've written puzzles.

Foogs  (Level: 264.8 - Posts: 848)
Wed, 30th Dec '09 11:21 AM

Doesn't look l like you've done this morning's puzzle, Dave
(and others as well), so be aware that at least one of the
animal proverb puzzles includes what I think is an
unnecessary change which also introduces what I consider
a grammatical inconsistency.

Daveguth  (Level: 250.4 - Posts: 1636)
Wed, 30th Dec '09 5:47 PM

I agree with you, Foogs--seemed like some unnecessary changes. I guess the author was just keeping us on our toes (i.e., made sure no one--even Slicko--finished in five moves). Your advice may have helped me avoid one pink screen, but I still managed to get two of those lovely critters.

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