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Jaylie23  (Level: 28.8 - Posts: 2)
Wed, 21st Mar '07 9:19 PM


If you are going to do a cat quote puzzle maybe you should get the quote right instead of rewriting it so it doesn't make any sense.

Greyghost  (Level: 68.4 - Posts: 640)
Wed, 21st Mar '07 10:00 PM

I second the motion.

Cypressriver  (Level: 59.9 - Posts: 160)
Wed, 21st Mar '07 11:46 PM

I didn't get a quote that didn't make any sense. However I did get one that differed from its usual word order--still made sense though. So many quotes exist in several versions, and I can't fault an editor for choosing one version over the other, as long as they're both commonly cited.

Tallactor  (Level: 153.1 - Posts: 423)
Thu, 22nd Mar '07 12:56 AM

What I find worse is attributing a quote to the wrong person, as was done on the third puzzle I got. Please double check your sources before you attribute a quote!

Kimoira  (Level: 212.9 - Posts: 1195)
Thu, 22nd Mar '07 6:07 AM

Jaylie paraphrasing quotes that way though,at times, may serve as kind of a flush-out for the perennial 10-movers. At least I think it may. I didn't have a problem with how this puzzle was written- I found it enjoyable.

Bigbird  (Level: 248.9 - Posts: 3337)
Thu, 22nd Mar '07 7:05 AM

My only problem with puzzles like this is that they are available out there on the internet. I like the puzzles that are not possible to look up because they came from the constructor's head. But, of course, I would imagine that those are much more difficult to write.


Tuzilla  (Level: 144.5 - Posts: 3839)
Thu, 22nd Mar '07 7:47 AM

I will say this about that. I was having trouble with the name in my final quote so I googled to find the answer, something I seldom do. I found a zillions hits for the quote, but it changed its wording twice, the name of the animal in it changed and also the name of the speaker to anonymous in one instance. All of this was on page one of the google results. My opinion on the whole thing is the writer of this puzzle is the last person I can blame when they are confronted with this much potential to be right or wrong from so many front page sources. At the end of the puzzle day, I still don't know what the speaker really said. But I know I searched until I matched everything to the letters I had already uncovered, and thus avoid penalty points.

Jaylie23  (Level: 28.8 - Posts: 2)
Thu, 22nd Mar '07 8:40 AM

All I am saying is, that when they paraphrase the quotes, they should at least be grammatically correct so that it makes sense.

Aslan  (Level: 27.6 - Posts: 356)
Thu, 22nd Mar '07 8:45 AM

Go to and you will see that it is very common for a quote to be attributted to more than one author with slight variations in wording.

Not saying this is what happened, but the Editor does deserve the benefit of the doubt.

Maurlin  (Level: 220.5 - Posts: 2707)
Thu, 22nd Mar '07 8:48 AM

In spite of the slight changes in some of the quotes, and some very obscure individuals doing the quoting, one person got the WP after choosing only 5 letters in the entire 5 WPs (score of 10). Miraculous!

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Thu, 22nd Mar '07 9:27 AM

She's amazing, no question. Not to be mean, but just once I'd like to see her 17th.

Kaufman  (Level: 267.7 - Posts: 3941)
Thu, 22nd Mar '07 11:06 AM

I took it like a man, whimpering all the way, to my 84/3800 or whatever, never googling the names of people I'd never heard of, even those with honorary Welsh names. Bitter? Only my hairdresser knows for sure.

Garrybl  (Level: 291.5 - Posts: 6769)
Thu, 22nd Mar '07 12:09 PM

two things:

could our sploofus cat quoter mix up word orders of author and quote a little.... putting the author at the end means that those wanting to google Edgar Allan Poe when they see a 5-5-3 pattern at the end (no clubs, Ken) have a better chance if the author comes last than if the composer says "According to Edgar Allan Poe...."

Second thing: loved the puns today. Did moderatley, loved the challenge!


Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Thu, 22nd Mar '07 12:40 PM

I don't see any reason to make the puzzles harder for the non-googlers; it was enough in my opinion to remove the author's name from the clue line. Recognizing Poe is part of solving the puzzle, isn't it? There are any number of 5-5-3 word combinations. Still got to pick a letter or two to determine that those three words are a name, and then you still have to figure out the quote.

I hated the puns, as per usual. Nothing personal Sploofasaurus, my pun aversion dates back to childhood. I know lots of folks love puns, I'm just not one of 'em; but it's just one puzzle in the grand scheme of things and still way better than none.


Sploofus Editor
Fri, 23rd Mar '07 9:39 PM

Hi folks, just a quick note about the 'paraphrased' quote - having looked into this a little further I can now say that in fact, we're both right! Rudyard Kipling seems to have said more or less the same thing in more than one place in his story, and the part I used is the latter part of this quote (which, by the way, even without the punctuation, is not grammatically incorrect):

"... the wildest of all the wild animals was the Cat. He walked by himself, and all places were alike to him ..."
--Rudyard Kipling (Just So Stories)

Whereas he also appears to have said "He was the Cat who walked by himself ..." elsewhere.

Sorry for any confusion!

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