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Mickeym  (Level: 88.2 - Posts: 1803)
Sat, 10th Apr '10 8:24 PM


Barry, when this is over could you please put us out of our misery? Thanks.

Asor  (Level: 162.7 - Posts: 595)
Sat, 10th Apr '10 8:49 PM

Figured it out after second puzzle but still not easy. Enjoyed it, though!

Jerrys  (Level: 200.1 - Posts: 334)
Sat, 10th Apr '10 9:50 PM

I didn't get it until I finished the wp - the last puzzle gave me enough to google on.

I will admit, however, that this is far from any area of expertise I might have.

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Sat, 10th Apr '10 10:01 PM

Excellent choice and excellent puzzle - Barry

1mks  (Level: 221.0 - Posts: 5929)
Sat, 10th Apr '10 10:20 PM

I had no problems with this. Good job. Thanks.

Virtus  (Level: 170.8 - Posts: 2493)
Sat, 10th Apr '10 11:00 PM

Good one, Barry!

Mickeym  (Level: 88.2 - Posts: 1803)
Sat, 10th Apr '10 11:44 PM

Duh. I think one of the clues may have gotten me off the track permanently. I googled after taking it. What I didn't do was write down all the clues, in the interest of time. So I only remember a couple. Which is why I was a computer programmer, not a doctor.
That said, hope you tell us afterwards!

Kaufman  (Level: 269.8 - Posts: 3943)
Sat, 10th Apr '10 11:46 PM

I don't know. Not that I had any trouble with my first four puzzles (#5 was another story), but even after the 5 of them, I have no idea of this person's name, though I can say a few things about the individual. The puzzles I had really didn't give good keywords to google; something like "list of famous [profession] from [country]" will come up way too broad. I did some searching, but came up blank afterwards. Do tell us tomorrow who it was.

Keithr81052  (Level: 151.4 - Posts: 147)
Sun, 11th Apr '10 12:02 AM

I'm done. I've been kicked off my last word puzzle, So no more of anything on this site for me.

Mickeym  (Level: 88.2 - Posts: 1803)
Sun, 11th Apr '10 12:03 AM

Ok I just got it. Guess I didn't google well enough the first time. And missed some obvious references!

Alvandy  (Level: 241.6 - Posts: 7718)
Sun, 11th Apr '10 2:28 AM

Excellent puzzle. Figured out person by fourth clue. Forgot about his accomplishments since my college days.
You learn so much on Sploofus
Kudos to Garrybl/ Barry.

Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Sun, 11th Apr '10 2:44 AM

Count me among those who didn't identify the person until the final puzzle. Much minutia beforehand -- interesting (and not unexpected) in retrospect, but not much help in the Big Picture.

Collioure  (Level: 115.2 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 11th Apr '10 6:01 AM

Enjoyed it, but still don't know who it was and don't have time to search.

Off to play bridge in regional competition (3rd of 3 sessions - we are 8th of 40 and need to finish at least 23rd to continue - so if no one has a flat tire . . .)

Have a nice Sunday. CUL8R

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Sun, 11th Apr '10 10:12 AM

It was the name pronounced either single or double syllable that stuck in my mind from the first phrase, that helped me figure it out on the second phrase.

Garrybl  (Level: 293.8 - Posts: 6801)
Sun, 11th Apr '10 10:30 AM

With the mystery puzzles, I think you're not supposed/guaranteed to be able to work them out from the first clue, but you would be very unlucky not to have enough information from 1/2/3 to have a good guess at who/what is involved.
of course you could get dealt an unlucky set, but I try to find someone so talented/unusual that you couldn't solve 2/3 clues woitrout having a good idea (or use google to have a good idea) as to who the subject is. I only use famous and multi-talented individuals whose achievements have piqued my curiosity.
They will always have succceeded in more than one area of life -- as is the case here. But I apologize if Samuel Pepys was not well enough known.
Here are the clues:
Mystery person WP

Friend of HRH
The king dictated the account of his escape to him

He was a member of parliament for seventeen years

Honoured positions
*ā€™uā€™ is a clue*
He was secretary of the admiralty and president of the royal society

Short life expectancy
His oldest four siblings died in infancy

Health issues
He suffered from kidney stones all his life

It took over a hundred years to decipher his writings

He composed music and sang, and arranged lessons for his servants

A man of vision
He stopped writing because he feared for his eyesight

Trouble with the law
He was accused of treason and locked in the tower of London

Not just a writer
His library forms an important collection in Cambridge university

Say that again
No one knows if his name was pronounced as one or two syllables

What a decade
His account covers fire plague war and a coronation

Mickeym  (Level: 88.2 - Posts: 1803)
Sun, 11th Apr '10 12:07 PM

I finally googled it, but frankly fire war coronation should have given it to me. I was obsessed with the music, which I didn't know and which was my first clue, and with the 100 years, which I didn't realize. So I was deep into composers and ancients!
Very good puzzle actually, just music hit me as a red herring.

Collioure  (Level: 115.2 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 11th Apr '10 1:54 PM

Samuel Peppies, was it?

To me he will be a mystery person eternally.

Calamari  (Level: 12.4 - Posts: 249)
Sun, 11th Apr '10 1:56 PM

Fascinating! Nice job, Barry.

Jerrys  (Level: 200.1 - Posts: 334)
Sun, 11th Apr '10 3:37 PM

Barry, I've heard of Pepys, but honestly know very little about him. But that's what I like about this site - learning more about people/places/things then I knew before.

I think it was a great WP, even though I did poorly.

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