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Garrybl  (Level: 291.8 - Posts: 6772)
Sat, 27th Mar '10 10:05 PM

1944 WP

I had some serious reservations about the spellings of at least two proper names in this puzzle. (as well as two red screens)

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Sploofishy (Editor)  
Sat, 27th Mar '10 10:29 PM

My apologies for any mistakes. Fault entirely mine. When we got back in, we only had about ten minutes between the end of the one puzzle and the start of this one, so I made the call to let this one run as is. We then went on to discuss which puzzles should follow and when...

Forgot completely about a note I put in for the Truly Trivial Event. The story is kind of interesting about why that particular thing happened, so I'll post a note after the puzzle ends in the morning.

Garrybl  (Level: 291.8 - Posts: 6772)
Sat, 27th Mar '10 11:03 PM

No problem; I entirely understand -- and maybe all the spellings were valid but they weren't what I was expecting.

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Sploofishy (Editor)  
Sat, 27th Mar '10 11:14 PM

I had for a while been avoiding transliterated names, because I usually end up settling on the less common one (unintentionally, I swear). But I thought there was an interesting commentary/connection between the births and deaths of that year. I can also mention exactly what that is was after the puzzle as well for those who didn't get both of those phrases.

Garrybl  (Level: 291.8 - Posts: 6772)
Sun, 28th Mar '10 8:48 AM

I thought Mondrian had two 'a's, (I see now he changed it)and Kandinsky was a Russian thus surely his first name was Vassily not Wassily. I know the Wiki (or Viki) entry spells it with a W but there is no W in Russian is there?
Munch got me too but here Edvard looks right not Edward.

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Sploofishy (Editor)  
Sun, 28th Mar '10 9:56 AM

Thinking back to my college Art History courses, I thought I remembered it with a V. But even in the Wiki article it appears both ways - often right next to each other - W in the title, V right below. However, on Google, if you put in Vassily Kandinsky, it asks if you meant Wassily Kandinsky, but not vise versa. The one site that I found in my none extensive search that makes an attempt is the art auction house Artlino, and even then it's not very convincing -

"Wassily Kandinsky's name can be found in a number of different writings like Vasily Kandinsky or Vassily Kandinsky. Artelino decided to use Wassily Kandinsky which seems to be the most frequently used form."

Not sure on the W sound. If someone is doing a Russian accent, don't they say "wodka"? Or are they doing the Polish pronunciation?

Anyway, good reminder to myself to stay away from transliterated names as much as possible.

Nelly  (Level: 179.8 - Posts: 1167)
Sun, 28th Mar '10 10:00 AM

Loved the puzzle, as always! Thanks, Sploofishy!

Kaufman  (Level: 267.9 - Posts: 3941)
Sun, 28th Mar '10 11:04 AM

I'm not sure "We are looking for the nucular wessels" is definitive proof of a proper Russian accent.

Gypsylady  (Level: 148.3 - Posts: 6097)
Sun, 28th Mar '10 11:09 AM

Enjoyed the Wordpuzzle! I always enjoy the ones with a year title.


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