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Mickeym  (Level: 88.2 - Posts: 1803)
Tue, 23rd Feb '10 7:11 PM


Still a mystery! Please put us out of our misery after it is over, Barry!

Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2291)
Tue, 23rd Feb '10 7:39 PM

Ah, Barry.

What was the word? It might have helped because the clues sure made no sense.

Fess up....inquiring minds want to know!

Daveguth  (Level: 268.9 - Posts: 1636)
Tue, 23rd Feb '10 7:59 PM

I guess I was lucky--I figured it out on my fourth puzzle. Made sense at that point, and I was kicking myself for not figuring it out earlier. I think I could have avoided my two pink screens. But now I guess I don't feel so bad.

Maurlin  (Level: 221.5 - Posts: 2718)
Tue, 23rd Feb '10 8:03 PM

I enjoyed the WP...a real challenge as usual...but I also would like to know the mystery word. I thought I had it figured out, until I got to my last WP and my word didn't work.

Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Tue, 23rd Feb '10 8:15 PM

I think how well you did might depend on how early -- or if! -- you got "courage" ("bravery inspired by alcohol"), which was my fifth puzzle and the only one that made the adjective "dutch" fall into place. If anyone got the puzzle "name for the people of the Netherlands," I'm going to be really annoyed.

A tough one I'm enjoying only in retrospect.

Alvandy  (Level: 242.0 - Posts: 7720)
Tue, 23rd Feb '10 8:57 PM

It helped me that my last name is "Dutch" and----
"Treat" was a big breakthrough for me.

Digs  (Level: 116.6 - Posts: 812)
Tue, 23rd Feb '10 9:12 PM

Great puzzle.

I have to say that after finishing all 5 puzzles and still not having a clue as to what the mystery word was made it quite a challenge and I was surprised I did so well, but I enjoyed it. Thanks Barry.

Virtus  (Level: 170.8 - Posts: 2493)
Tue, 23rd Feb '10 10:07 PM

What Digs (Diane) said!!

Calamari  (Level: 12.4 - Posts: 249)
Tue, 23rd Feb '10 10:17 PM

I got the "Dutch" part pretty early but got killed on the "alternate spelling". Lots of extra letters there trying to figure out what I was misspelling. Grrrrrrr.

Maurlin  (Level: 221.5 - Posts: 2718)
Tue, 23rd Feb '10 10:55 PM

I came up with Dutch early on, but I couldn't figure out what it had to do with a horse harness, my last WP.

Garrybl  (Level: 294.1 - Posts: 6802)
Tue, 23rd Feb '10 11:14 PM

OK -- the full story.

All ten phrases are two words, the first being Dutch (as I think most people worked out).
All are in that indispensable reference book Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable.
Dutch Collar is for example in encylopedia Britannica and a number of other references.

Dutch treat and dutch courage looked a bit easy, Dutch nightingales...maybe not so much!

Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Tue, 23rd Feb '10 11:23 PM

I'm envious of anyone who got both "treat" and "courage."

With "nightingales," the odd past tense ("This was an old-fashioned term for frogs") also threw me off since I was still trying to conserve letters then and wasn't tossing out Rs and Ns all willy-nilly like I was by the end.

Collioure  (Level: 115.2 - Posts: 9952)
Wed, 24th Feb '10 12:51 AM

Another truly brilliant offering from Barry!

(Found the phrase for Dutch comfort awkward. Must require punctuation I have yet to imagine.)

Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Wed, 24th Feb '10 1:36 AM

Very clever. Did anyone get Dutch cap ?

Garrybl  (Level: 294.1 - Posts: 6802)
Wed, 24th Feb '10 1:42 AM

We are still a family show.
I'm still smarting from my 'censored' WP -- which would have provided a breath of not so fresh air.....


Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Wed, 24th Feb '10 1:46 AM

I knew you'd think the worse of me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Maurlin  (Level: 221.5 - Posts: 2718)
Wed, 24th Feb '10 8:58 AM

Thanks for the Dutch Coller reference. I just checked it out. An alternative to the neck collar, the Dutch collar is designed to fit over a horse's chest. KEWL!

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2402)
Wed, 24th Feb '10 5:22 PM

Was there a "Dutch Harbor", Unalaska Island, Alaska?


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