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Gypsylady  (Level: 148.2 - Posts: 6097)
Thu, 17th Jun '10 8:08 PM


I really enjoyed your Wordpuzzle, Al! Thanks! Could you please post all of them when the puzzle is over?


1mks  (Level: 219.5 - Posts: 5925)
Thu, 17th Jun '10 8:35 PM

LOVED this because some of your sites are MY favorites also. Thanks for a great puzzle!

Diva305  (Level: 152.6 - Posts: 1655)
Thu, 17th Jun '10 8:47 PM

Thanks Al!

Good stuff

Mickeym  (Level: 88.2 - Posts: 1803)
Thu, 17th Jun '10 8:48 PM

Very good puzzle!

Jvandy  (Level: 222.7 - Posts: 18)
Thu, 17th Jun '10 9:24 PM

It was okay,

Lynnm  (Level: 236.0 - Posts: 2033)
Thu, 17th Jun '10 9:38 PM

I'm enjoying this peek into the interests and hobbies of other Sploofusers. Well done!

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Thu, 17th Jun '10 10:21 PM

Good insight on one of your interests (at least in the five phrases I saw.)

Daveguth  (Level: 266.7 - Posts: 1636)
Fri, 18th Jun '10 12:22 AM

Excellent puzzle. As I mentioned in a PM to Al, I had myself completely confused with a relatively simple phrase. Managed to solve the thing with relatively minimal damage, but, wow, did I take a long time on this one. (Missed the first few minutes of the NBA game because of my dawdling!)

Lavazza  (Level: 45.6 - Posts: 417)
Fri, 18th Jun '10 2:57 AM

Thank you! I really enjoyed this puzzle

Collioure  (Level: 113.7 - Posts: 9952)
Fri, 18th Jun '10 6:30 AM

Oh, a doable puzzle. Thank you, Al.

Maybe you could ghost write puzzles for Barry too.

Garrybl  (Level: 291.5 - Posts: 6770)
Fri, 18th Jun '10 7:09 AM

Its OK Andy. Nobody minds if you don't do well but you; bear it like a man.
Daveguth, must check if my stupidity and yours were on the same phrase... I had to get my wife to read the answer when I'd completed it because I still couldn't 'see' it. Duh!

Collioure  (Level: 113.7 - Posts: 9952)
Fri, 18th Jun '10 7:20 AM

Just a little humor, Barry

Unfortunately I started with Burke and I had no idea who his alter ego was. 13 letters later didn't understand the correct answer. And then I got the nasty double name phrase.

When I know I'm out of the money, I pull letters quickly to get the remaining phrases without losing any more 100 pointers.

Your puzzle was clever and doable. If I'd had Montomery Allen first, I might have liked it better, twisted as it was.

Still don't understand them all though.

Alvandy  (Level: 240.3 - Posts: 7692)
Fri, 18th Jun '10 8:18 AM

Thanks to everyone who solved the word puzzle and my editor, Sploofernatural for support and advice.

Regarding "Collector's Choice" --- I don't know if Barry/Garrybl had the same issue on that puzzle as Daveguth, but Dave acknowledged to me in a private message that he mistyped a word - so no harm, no foul. "Hard to find' did cause Dave to spin his brain however--- but that's my story and I'm sticking to it,.

Because I'm for "transparency"- here are all ten clues/ phrases.

P..S = for those who had "YOU'RE ON IT RIGHT NOW"-- I hope you enjoyed my phrase in salute of Sploofus

ALVANDY's Dot Coms and Orgs

i have bought many hard to find compact discs from this online music store ("Collectors' Choice")
the mission of the united way movement is to advance the common good ("")
this dot com is considered the official urban legends reference site ("Snopes")
i keep subscribing to the best selling astronomy magazine in the world ("")
i hope you are enjoying this word puzzle on sploofus dot com ("You're on it right now")
social networking website now has over four hundred million users worldwide ("Facebook beyond Harvard U")
astronomy lovers can explore the universe in beautiful pictures every day ("APOD")
you can join many discussion groups based on your own personal interests ("I'm a google groupie")
the reputable magazine provides expert unbiased product reviews and ratings ("")
my favorite electronic greeting card website was started ten years ago ("Jacquie Lawson")

Alvandy  (Level: 240.3 - Posts: 7692)
Fri, 18th Jun '10 8:31 AM

One other footnote- my editor also questioned my thinking regarding this clue title- "FACEBOOK BEYOND HARVARD U"

This is taken from the Wikipedia article about Facebook and helps explain. [I hope]

Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg with his college roommates and fellow computer science students Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes.
The website's membership was initially limited by the founders to Harvard students, but was expanded to other colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University. It later expanded further to include (potentially) any university student, then high school students, and, finally, to anyone aged 13 and over.

The phrase 'now has over four hundred millions users worldwide" shows the phenomenal growth in 6 years since its Harvard roots.

Daveguth  (Level: 266.7 - Posts: 1636)
Fri, 18th Jun '10 11:26 AM

Yep, the phrase "hard to find" just wouldn't sink into my brain. Kind of embarrassing.

Garrybl  (Level: 291.5 - Posts: 6770)
Fri, 18th Jun '10 11:50 AM

Daveguth -- this was exactly my problem!

Hard to credit I know....

But I got 'Xought XanX Xard to find'

and was stuck in thinking you fought hard to find something.

Even when I knew it was many I had 'to find' as an infinitive and not as 'hard to find'.

I'm pleased to know I was not the only idiot!


Digs  (Level: 116.6 - Posts: 812)
Fri, 18th Jun '10 1:18 PM

I got the Sploofus Dot Com one first and "yes Al, I did enjoy the puzzle"

Another good one on this theme. Interesting and FUN.

Jerrys  (Level: 198.6 - Posts: 334)
Fri, 18th Jun '10 1:51 PM

I got the Sploofus puzzle first also, and had a good laugh. Then I enjoyed the rest of the puzzles.

I've added apod to my list - thanks for showing me a new one!

Alvandy  (Level: 240.3 - Posts: 7692)
Fri, 18th Jun '10 3:15 PM

I'm glad Barry called himself an idiot. I only said he thinks "out of the box' in another thread.

Google "hard to find' and it will be apparent that the phrase is really not...................... hard to find quite a few references.
And just for good measure, here is a line from Collector's Choice own website describing their products.

---------In addition to our own exclusive releases, many of our hard-to-find artists and albums hail from labels in Britain, Japan, Germany, Holland and Australia and beyond---

Case closed.

Collioure  (Level: 113.7 - Posts: 9952)
Fri, 18th Jun '10 4:05 PM

Hard to find?

No problem, mann.

Burke and Hare?

Never heard of 'em.

Daveguth  (Level: 266.7 - Posts: 1636)
Fri, 18th Jun '10 4:53 PM

Nobody said "hard to find" was an obscure, difficult, peculiar, or otherwise tricky phrase. The only redeeming aspect of this STOOPID mistake is that I learned that someone as brilliant as Barry can sometimes be just as much an "idiot" as me.

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