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1mks  (Level: 208.6 - Posts: 5868)
Mon, 31st May '10 9:01 AM


Lots of fun (except for the word that I failed to spell correctly). AND I also learned something. Thanks.

Suzannec  (Level: 243.7 - Posts: 616)
Mon, 31st May '10 11:33 AM

Very clever theme. I really liked this one.

Dasfunk  (Level: 178.2 - Posts: 2307)
Mon, 31st May '10 12:45 PM

One of the factoids is a little confoozled, but the puzzle was fun. Thanks!

Gypsylady  (Level: 141.1 - Posts: 6037)
Mon, 31st May '10 1:11 PM

Enjoyable Wordpuzzle! Thanks!


Donleigh  (Level: 146.2 - Posts: 4989)
Mon, 31st May '10 1:53 PM

Alvandy  (Level: 226.0 - Posts: 7527)
Mon, 31st May '10 3:55 PM

This puzzle shaped up to be pretty educational. Nice variety of clues to solve.

Collioure  (Level: 102.8 - Posts: 9952)
Mon, 31st May '10 5:38 PM

Enjoyed this cleverly-themed puzzle.

Will discuss a word choice with Leslie tomorrow. His pet peeve and in this case mine too, I think.

Bbear  (Level: 160.0 - Posts: 2301)
Mon, 31st May '10 7:28 PM

Got one in one letter and was very impressed with ourselves until we saw someone that got the entire WP in six letters! Congrats.

Good one. Gives us a great idea for our live pub trivia night!

Daveguth  (Level: 250.5 - Posts: 1636)
Mon, 31st May '10 7:44 PM

Who solved it in 6 moves? With 20 minutes to go, it appears Homeimp has the lead with 11 moves. Of course, Virtus and Lamizell are still to go.

Anyway, fun puzzle. It helped that I was more familiar with the territory than Sploofusaurus's earlier Herbal Remedy WP.

Collioure  (Level: 102.8 - Posts: 9952)
Mon, 31st May '10 8:25 PM

Well, Leslie, they tell me you are female. If so, sorry, my first wife's name was Leslee.

In any case which is correct here?

An angle may be 30, 60 or 90 degrees.

An angle can be 30, 60 or 90 degrees.

Daveguth  (Level: 250.5 - Posts: 1636)
Mon, 31st May '10 9:37 PM

"May" is usually about permission, while "can" is about ability. Since nobody is granting the angle permission to be a certain number of degrees, I think "can" is the better choice.

In fact, the debate is more often about the tendency for "can" to be used when granting permission. Note this entry from a recent grammar book:

Do you remember when you asked your mother, “Can I go out and play?” and she said, “Sure, you can, but if you want permission, you’ll have to ask, ‘May I go out to play?’” That’s because your mother was taught "may" means you are allowed to do something, while "can" only means you are theoretically able to do that same thing. Well, that’s not really true. In common usage, "can" now also implies permission. (“You can go out and play if you finish your Master’s Thesis first.”) The good news for moms is that etiquette still considers "may" the more polite version.

Garrybl  (Level: 276.7 - Posts: 6611)
Mon, 31st May '10 9:50 PM

Yes this can/may got me. I guessed it without using the N because it seemed too obvious...wrong!


Kaufman  (Level: 254.3 - Posts: 3936)
Mon, 31st May '10 10:47 PM

This is a tough one. I lean toward:
-- "An acute angle is an angle of between 1 and 89 degrees."
That gives the exact definition, and that's what we're dealing with here.

Second choice goes to:
-- "An acute angle may be between 1 and 89 degrees."
The connotation here is you are trying to create an acute angle, and those are the sizes you are permitted to draw and have it be acute.

My least favorite is:
-- "An acute angle can be between 1 and 89 degrees."
That implies that it can also be an angle of some other measure, which is a falsehood. On the other hand, change that 89 to a 45 and then I like the wording a lot more.

(Note for the anal among you, I wrote those numbers for simplicity. Feel free to replace all instances of "1 to 89" with "0 to 90 exclusive".)

Dasfunk  (Level: 178.2 - Posts: 2307)
Mon, 31st May '10 11:42 PM

It's late, and I'm tired, but I seem to remember that one of the puzzles said that Red Square separated the Kremlin from the Presidential residence, when, in fact, the Kremlin IS the presidential palace. I believe Red Square separates the Kremlin from the old market district of Moscow.

I also struggled with a puzzle that I think used the phrase "the square on the hypotenuse", but maybe I'm remembering that all wrong. I just remember expecting the phrase to be square "of" the hypotenuse, and finding it was something different.

Great theme.

Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Tue, 1st Jun '10 12:03 AM

Andy, I'd have gone "can" there, too. I had a different can/may puzzle that I now can't remember. But I just went for the safety N since I'd already blown a good score with my first puzzle, which was one of those annoying ones when no matter what letter you choose, it's used only once or twice.

Great puzzle, though, with excellent clues.

Collioure  (Level: 102.8 - Posts: 9952)
Tue, 1st Jun '10 4:22 AM

Thank you.

"may" expresses permission or possibility; "can" expresses ability.

I think this one, actually about the types of triangles, was "can" and it should have been "may."

(Just barely got my 1000 points anyway.)

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