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garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 279.5 - Posts: 6640)
Wed, 2nd Jun '10 10:10 AM

MAYJUNE ACROSTICS

I'm a fan.
Tough task -- even to do one of these clues.....
Got caught on a tense issue though; maybe we'll hear from daveguth on the subject

daveguth
Daveguth  (Level: 254.0 - Posts: 1636)
Wed, 2nd Jun '10 12:35 PM

Good one. Some hard work, but enjoyed it a lot.

Barry, I gave up several days ago. As far as I'm concerned, the only verb tense rule is that there is no rule. (Where did I hear that before?)

1mks
1mks  (Level: 210.8 - Posts: 5883)
Wed, 2nd Jun '10 12:48 PM

I liked this a bunch also.

alvandy
Alvandy  (Level: 229.3 - Posts: 7560)
Wed, 2nd Jun '10 2:11 PM

verb tense rule? there is one?

Actually my next puzzle [Saturday June 5] brought a suggestion from my editor [in one phrase] to accommodate such a move to consistency.


dasfunk
Dasfunk  (Level: 181.6 - Posts: 2307)
Wed, 2nd Jun '10 2:54 PM

Were I not an idiot, my score might have matched my enjoyment of the puzzle.

Thanks!

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.4 - Posts: 3301)
Wed, 2nd Jun '10 7:46 PM

got lucky - had a really easy first one, so I sort of fell into the pattern. Fun puzzle!

lamizell
Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Wed, 2nd Jun '10 8:18 PM

%$%#!!!! Stupid proper name meant I missed the deadline by about ten seconds.

slicko
Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Wed, 2nd Jun '10 8:37 PM

OK, how on earth could someone come up with 10 phrases that fit those letters?? - really really cool.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofizz (Editor)  
Thu, 3rd Jun '10 9:55 AM

Glad to know folks are enjoying the Acrostic WPs. I really enjoy creating them and would love to do more.

MAY/JUNE was especially tough with Y, J and U all together. Sorry a verb tense messed you up. Sometimes the punctuation in my head helps the phrases make more sense one way or the other, and some of them have a newspaper headline feel to them that seems to warrant a certain verb tense, but of course, you can't see inside my head!

Looking back on it now, I do see that I used some -ed endings, and some -s endings (acquired vs acquires being the one I'm guessing tripped you up). I'll try to be more aware of that issue in the future.

If anyone's interested, my basic process is this:
First I brainstorm a list of words for each of the less popular letters - trying to find verbs, nouns and adjectives for each one
Then I create some 2-4 word phrases that fit into the pattern (for instance, I had "many albino youngsters")
Then I rack my brains to make those shorter phrases into full-length ones that make some sort of sense (many albino youngsters jump under nuclear engines)
Once I have a complete phrase that I am happy with, the hints pretty much write themselves ('pink-eyed punks' or 'fearless pale teens')
I do try not to use the same word in more than one phrase (this month I did use 'just' in two phrases) so when I review my phrases and find that I have too many repeats, I choose the versions that I think have funnier hints or simpler words with the more popular letters (I mean really, how many of you would have come up with 'albino' without serious frustration?)

Since 'July' is a bit short (and there's that darn J-U together again) I might just have to wait until AUGUST, unless I come up with some theme other than the months. September should be fun though!

Hmmm, perhaps 'JULYFOURTH'...and every phrase should be patriotic...yeah! Now THAT WP would be a challenge to write!

Sploofus Editor
Sploofizz (Editor)  
Thu, 3rd Jun '10 9:58 AM

Shoot , I just thought of one!

Jolly uncle likes you for oversees underwater recruit training headquarters

Anyone else want to give it a try...?

dasfunk
Dasfunk  (Level: 181.6 - Posts: 2307)
Thu, 3rd Jun '10 11:33 AM

Jaded umpiring legend yells foul, only Uecker runs to home

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 279.5 - Posts: 6640)
Thu, 3rd Jun '10 11:49 AM

Jerry's Uncle Leo, you're frankly overly uncouth -- really too horrible!

asor
Asor  (Level: 155.7 - Posts: 589)
Thu, 3rd Jun '10 12:30 PM

Jeepers uncouth lads yelling foul oaths upsetting right thinking humans!

I see now that I've repeated "uncouth" and "foul" from earlier entries, but "ugly" and "fearsome" simply didn't work as well.

asor
Asor  (Level: 155.7 - Posts: 589)
Thu, 3rd Jun '10 12:40 PM

Or:

Jane's unpromising lover yelped fled once Uncle Rodney tickled him

daveguth
Daveguth  (Level: 254.0 - Posts: 1636)
Thu, 3rd Jun '10 1:11 PM

Jim unfortunately lost your filfthy old underwear rambling toward home.

asor
Asor  (Level: 155.7 - Posts: 589)
Thu, 3rd Jun '10 2:28 PM

ICK!

James unraveled last year finding odious urchins ransacking the house

or

James upchucked last year from overcooked udon ralphing two hours

Either way, 2009 sucked for poor James.

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 256.8 - Posts: 3936)
Thu, 3rd Jun '10 6:03 PM

Just understand, large yellow frogs only undermine reality this holiday.

maurlin
Maurlin  (Level: 213.3 - Posts: 2671)
Thu, 3rd Jun '10 7:43 PM

Semi-patriotic:

JFK USUALLY LIKED YAM FRITTERS OVEN ROASTED THREE HOURS


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