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Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2297)
Thu, 28th Jan '10 9:43 PM


Really like this one. Thanks! One was pretty funny and should have been a "got it" but instead was a "gotcha". Thanks.

Calamari  (Level: 12.4 - Posts: 249)
Thu, 28th Jan '10 10:10 PM

Editors please check the puzzle. I got a phrase that made absolutely no sense to me at all. Thanks. Support ticket sent.

Sploofus Editor
Thu, 28th Jan '10 11:39 PM

Calamari - I do know the phrase you must mean, but if you mentally put in the punctuation, it should make sense. I'll explain it when the puzzle is over.

Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Fri, 29th Jan '10 5:17 AM

It's practically too late to bother sending in a support ticket, but there's an infuriating spelling error in an unusual word that took me two wrong guesses and five extra letters to find because, silly me, I trusted the official Olympics site.

Sploofus Editor
Fri, 29th Jan '10 7:00 AM

It's not an error. I got the spelling from the Official Olympic Program which came in the mail.

Collioure  (Level: 115.2 - Posts: 9952)
Fri, 29th Jan '10 7:32 AM

As usual I'm with Lamizell, one of the sharpest WP tacks.

That's not an alternate spelling. That's an obscure spelling or, as is more likely, an incorrect spelling.

9 hits on Google vs 21,000 for the correct spelling - and none of those 9 is an Olympic Games site. In fact in my other browser at this very moment I have an Olympic website where this word is spelled correctly. (Editor, I suggest you check again – I believe that either you are not reading that program correctly or you are looking at a misprint)

Another lousy word puzzle experience, the second in a week (last one was the non-word folktune for a monotone chant that was not even a tune in the true sense of the word). After blowing 15 letters on a first phrase with a spelling error, I just rushed thru the rest of this one, a good score no longer being possible.

I hereby submit my application to become an editor, at least for word puzzles. When I submit a Word Puzzle I do my damnedest to avoid all errors, spelling especially.

“Houston, we have a problem.”

Garrybl  (Level: 293.8 - Posts: 6801)
Fri, 29th Jan '10 9:39 AM

I never normally agree with collioure but I posted this precise complaint early, quoting the google references and was also rebuffed.
When Google comments on the sploofus spelling 'Dont you mean....xxxx?' Really editors you don't need to look any further.
Can't you just change to the normal spelling even if you think you are right?

The only person who has only made one mistake in their life is me; I thought I was wrong when I wasn't...


Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Fri, 29th Jan '10 11:12 AM

That was a troublesome phrase to begin with -- I can't imagine the frustration if you weren't Googling. We talk a lot about the luck of the draw: In this one I got one with no moves ("bilingual") and one with 16, including the two wrong guesses.

Daveguth  (Level: 268.9 - Posts: 1636)
Fri, 29th Jan '10 11:23 AM

OK, so what was the controversial word?

Sploofus Editor
Fri, 29th Jan '10 12:26 PM

OK - Uncle - I humbly apologize.

Quoting directly from the official program sent out by the US Olympic Committee, which came to supporters this week, we have:

The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games emblem is a contemporary interpretation of the inukshuk, called "ilanaag" - the Inuktitut word for friend.

I did not occur to me that I should go looking to see if the Olympic Committee had misspelled this word.

There will be other Olympic Word Puzzles - but I hereby swear there will be no weird words in them.

Collioure  (Level: 115.2 - Posts: 9952)
Fri, 29th Jan '10 1:50 PM

That does explain it. One of the few hits for ilanaag (mispelling) is an USOC site.

However, IMO words such as ilanaaq and Inuktitut should be researched carefully and all phrases spell-checked as well.

Barry, thanks for your support. Will you be my ilanaaq?

FYI my application to become an editor, at least for word puzzles, is still on the table.

Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Fri, 29th Jan '10 3:49 PM

The full phrase, iirc, was "The games use the Ilanaag/q, the Inuktitut word for friend."

It refers to a stone statue on Whistler Mountain, an abstract of which is used as the logo for the Vancouver games. Both can be seen here:

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