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Wiseoldowl  (Level: 32.0 - Posts: 479)
Tue, 6th Apr '10 9:43 AM


No offense meant to the author, but ..... what the heck is that puzzle all about? For me, it was missing more than twice. I usually get the drift of a puzzle after the first one in the series, but all of today's seemed totally out there.

Aetrout  (Level: 211.3 - Posts: 76)
Tue, 6th Apr '10 9:48 AM

I started getting the concept after a few puzzles but it was very difficult. Too tricky to be fun.

1mks  (Level: 208.2 - Posts: 5865)
Tue, 6th Apr '10 10:06 AM

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Tue, 6th Apr '10 10:09 AM

I didn't get it either, and by the looks of the leader board neither did a bunch of people.

Mymaria  (Level: 127.6 - Posts: 676)
Tue, 6th Apr '10 10:38 AM

must've been too early in the morning for my brain cause I didn't catch on til the 4th puzzle, and by that time I was way beyond help................

Winddancer41  (Level: 63.3 - Posts: 1113)
Tue, 6th Apr '10 10:42 AM

Sorry to say i was right there with everyone else, either it was way to good for my brain or I just didn,t get it. But still want to thank the writer for their work. charlotte

Maurlin  (Level: 211.1 - Posts: 2660)
Tue, 6th Apr '10 11:17 AM

I also grumbled to myself until i finished my 4th WP...THEN I GOT IT, albeit after many incorrect letters were tried. As usual with any WP Garrybl is involved in, there's a gimmick or code to figure out before all becomes clear. I'm now ready to do the other 5 and score lots better than the 3500 I got on this one. BRING IT ON!

Bigbird  (Level: 236.2 - Posts: 3300)
Tue, 6th Apr '10 12:39 PM

It was great! I had a lot of fun, and it helped remembering that there had been a similar puzzle up there once before.

AND I love it that it was written by Garrybl and Virtus - so there are two less folks to battle on the leaderboards.

Daveguth  (Level: 250.2 - Posts: 1636)
Tue, 6th Apr '10 1:02 PM

Echo everything Alice said--it was fun, and it sure helped to remember the previous puzzle. One advantage for Barry and Anne, however--at least they'll keep their 5000 points intact!

Mickeym  (Level: 87.5 - Posts: 1803)
Tue, 6th Apr '10 1:08 PM

I really loved it, got it right away that's why! So it was trivia I messed up on, just as it should be. Thanks.

Lucimoore  (Level: 181.1 - Posts: 1679)
Tue, 6th Apr '10 2:55 PM

Loved it!

Alvandy  (Level: 225.6 - Posts: 7525)
Tue, 6th Apr '10 3:03 PM

Mixed feelings...... didn't lose too many points, but it caused too much eyestrain for me.

Hold off constructing another one until my vision stabilizes please.

Digs  (Level: 116.6 - Posts: 812)
Tue, 6th Apr '10 3:06 PM

WOW, very clever Anne and Barry...........and I absolutely LOVED it!!

More please

Jerrys  (Level: 188.4 - Posts: 334)
Tue, 6th Apr '10 5:03 PM

I got lucky and the first puzzle gave me the theme. Or so I though, anyway. A lot of good it did me...

But it was a great WP. I missed the first one like this - but thoroughly enjoyed this one.

Bbear  (Level: 159.3 - Posts: 2301)
Tue, 6th Apr '10 6:57 PM

We gave up. Way, way to hard and un-understandable for us to be fun. On the other hand, we got back last night late from Montreal and both had to work today so exhaustion is a factor.....

Barry let us know what the heck this was later on, ok?

Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Tue, 6th Apr '10 7:22 PM

My brain hurts, but in a good way. Thank goodness for the masterfully succinct yet helpful clues!

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Tue, 6th Apr '10 7:37 PM

Agree with Lamizell (except for one clue that still has me befuddled). Did have to do some playing around with pad and pen on this one, but it's nice to have something a little different. Nice job both of you.

Collioure  (Level: 102.4 - Posts: 9952)
Tue, 6th Apr '10 7:42 PM

^*&[ ^[&* ^*[& &*^[ !!!!!

In other words . . .

Sorry to have missed the first one - due to a service provider problem here, but I liked this one just fine.

Excellent phrases, you two whizzes. Thank you.

Wiseoldowl  (Level: 32.0 - Posts: 479)
Tue, 6th Apr '10 7:53 PM

Gee, guys, I just figured out what the real problem was: I am NOT a morning person, especially not when it comes to using my head at full and thorough speed.

Many of the folks who posted appeared to really enjoy the puzzle, so it was obviously better for them than for me, and I want to apologize to the authors for not being more kind in my assessment. Please accept my aplogies.

Would love to see the next in the series be featured in the evening. Thanks.

Virtus  (Level: 159.4 - Posts: 2448)
Tue, 6th Apr '10 9:06 PM

I want to thank everyone for taking our puzzle and for the feedback. I was worried this morning that I might not have any Sploofus friends after 8 P.M.

Here are all 10 phrases. The letters in capitals would not have been typed in the answers-.
Hopefully this will help to clear up any confusion.

VIRRYBL's Missing Twice: ^&*[

ARTEsian wells bring groundwATER to the surface ("Aquifer ^*[& and ^[&*")
ERATosthenes and descARTEs were both numbers men ("Mathematicians &*^[ and ^*[&")
the broadway theATRE district is located in the hEART of new york ("Wickquasgeck ^[*& and &^*[")
the TREAsury at pETRA is its most beautiful ruin ("Jordan [*&^ and &[*^")
ATREus had doubts about the pATERnity of his sons ("Greek tragedy ^[*& and ^[&*")
all cREATures gREAT and small is from a hymn and a book about a vet ("CF Alexander *&^[ and *&^[")
each us state has issued a quARTEr to celebRATE its history ("$12.50 ^*[& and *^[&")
TREAsure island was cREATed by robert louis stevenson ("Black spot [*&^ and *&^[")
ARETha franklin won a grammy for bridge over troubled wATER ("Paul and Art ^*&[ and ^[&*")
dixie cARTEr played gloria hodge on despeRATE housewives ("Hygrophila ^*[& and &*^[")

Garrybl  (Level: 275.9 - Posts: 6608)
Tue, 6th Apr '10 9:11 PM

As we speak Anne is working on part three of the trilogy when each clue will be missing the same letters three times.


However I'm pleased that many people remembered they had seen the theme before in the thread someone else bumped up (we thought about doing that but some people did not like being helped last time).

We hope we eliminated too many obscure words --but it wasn't easy to get a phrase that flowed well and met the requirements of the puzzle. All Creatures Great and Small was particularly satisfying in that sense!

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