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berylm
Berylm  (Level: 156.4 - Posts: 478)
Fri, 22nd Jun '07 9:07 AM

'HAVE A COUPLE PUFFS' WP

I really enjoyed this puzzle (although one or two of the facts didn't bear much thinking about!).

However I have to admit, even after having done the whole puzzle, I still don't get the connection between the title and the theme?!

Sploofus Editor
(Editor)  
Fri, 22nd Jun '07 9:49 AM

I'm sorry to delete your post, Kimoira, but it was too close to a hint. Those who solve the connection as well as the puzzles, please wait until the puzzle closes to discuss it.

Thanks and enjoy!

Sploofus Editor
(Editor)  
Fri, 22nd Jun '07 12:06 PM

I've been informed that the title and theme refer to a "colonialism." Sorry, Brits.

kimoira
Kimoira  (Level: 202.0 - Posts: 1190)
Fri, 22nd Jun '07 1:21 PM

Oops! My bad

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 3936)
Fri, 22nd Jun '07 1:42 PM

The title maybe, but I'm sure some of our friends across the pond have been exposed to the theme materials.

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Fri, 22nd Jun '07 1:56 PM

I'd just like to add my heartfelt appreciation for a puzzle with NO PUNS!

Hope that's not a clue.

suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Fri, 22nd Jun '07 2:38 PM

I am not a Brit - born and raised in the 'colonies' - and I have NO IDEA how this title fits these phrases. I was totally expecting puzzles about things you puff.

Sploofanatic - you are going to have some serious 'splaining to do when this one is over!

I liked the puzzle well enough; I just really disliked the feeling of being so grossly misled by the title!

diva305
Diva305  (Level: 146.7 - Posts: 1651)
Fri, 22nd Jun '07 3:09 PM

I think they're puffing something

aslan
Aslan  (Level: 27.6 - Posts: 356)
Fri, 22nd Jun '07 8:06 PM

Now that the puzzle is over, can we know the connection?

missashlee
Missashlee  (Level: 125.6 - Posts: 543)
Fri, 22nd Jun '07 8:07 PM

Some people are still playying ... 8:15 EST?

missashlee
Missashlee  (Level: 125.6 - Posts: 543)
Fri, 22nd Jun '07 8:15 PM

Okay. I got the connection after the first puzzle. Just go to www.puffs.com. But I was curious about the international connection. The site documents the spread in the U.S. after Proctor & Gamble bought Charmin. And, it notes the year of introduction to Canada.

I actually called the 800 number, and after several minutes, was connected with a live voice. Deanna, bless her heart, is a great credit to the company, being cheerful and helpful. I asked her if Puffs is sold in the U.K. After a couple more holds, she told me she could not find that information, and that I should check Proctor & Gamble’s web site.

That was fun! Good diversion, Sploofanatic!


violetblue
Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 850)
Fri, 22nd Jun '07 8:55 PM

I was worried the puzzle would be about smoking and it's not my area of interest. Very enjoyable (I had to read the post above mine to actually "get" the title-- oops!).

Fun puzzle, Sploofomatic!

Sploofus Editor
(Editor)  
Fri, 22nd Jun '07 8:58 PM

I tried a little too hard for the cute title and forgot that brand names are not universal. Just pretend it said "Mystery Theme".

I hope everyone enjoyed the puzzle, in spite of me...blowing it.

missashlee
Missashlee  (Level: 125.6 - Posts: 543)
Fri, 22nd Jun '07 9:20 PM

LOL! Sploofanatic, you did not blow it (no pun intended).

I hope most people got the "sneeze" theme fast, as 'E' is one of the first letters guessed most often.

I only looked up the 'Puffs' site after I did the whole puzzle. It was interesting to me, and a great diversion from my personal life's more trivial matters

And clever of you! I enjoyed it.

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 220.4 - Posts: 1935)
Fri, 22nd Jun '07 9:21 PM

Great puzzle, no need to apologize

aslan
Aslan  (Level: 27.6 - Posts: 356)
Fri, 22nd Jun '07 9:54 PM

You did not blow it. It was an excellent puzzle.

Sploofus Editor
(Editor)  
Fri, 22nd Jun '07 10:07 PM

Bless you.

lamizell
Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Sat, 23rd Jun '07 4:30 AM

The title could have been one of my mother's favorite puns: "Tissue? Tissue?! I hardly even know you!"

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 3936)
Sat, 23rd Jun '07 1:52 PM

As it was, I thought the title was nothing to sneeze at.

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sat, 23rd Jun '07 1:59 PM

STOP THE PUN!

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 3936)
Sat, 23rd Jun '07 2:17 PM

Sounds like my cue to make a clean ... er, egress.

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 280.2 - Posts: 6643)
Sat, 23rd Jun '07 2:43 PM

Again, speaking as a non-citizen if resident, of the US:
I was puzzled by the non-grammatical nature of the title of the puzzle. Why not a couple OF puffs?
I was looking for something far more complex, and even though I've seen the adverts a million times it never occurred to me that all these puzzles about sneezing were actually a thinly diguised advertisment.


kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 3936)
Sat, 23rd Jun '07 3:40 PM

I think we Americans often contract "a couple of things" to "a couple things," or is it that we often expand "a couple things" to "a couple of things"? Frankly, I have no idea which is "correct" usage, or if they are both equally idiomatically valid.

Personally, my grammatical critique of the puzzle title would focus on the question of what the proper plural of "Puffs" is. Is it "Puffs," as written, "Puffses," or something entirely different. To be honest, I have no idea; I normally use a different brand.

kaelin
Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sun, 24th Jun '07 10:25 AM

- Hand me a Kleenex - I finally "get it"

berylm
Berylm  (Level: 156.4 - Posts: 478)
Sun, 24th Jun '07 9:13 PM

Well, Ken, then the question becomes, is not the name 'Puffs' as (presumably) written on the packet, already pluralised, in which case it's the single form we're looking for - and then Puff no doubt fits the bill admirably. At least, I would find 'I used a Puffs to blow my nose' as a spoken phrase extremely awkward - do Americans really use the name that way?

And yes, the correct usage would be "a couple OF puffs" - you Americans tend to contract it, but it should have the 'of'!

Sploofus Editor
(Editor)  
Mon, 25th Jun '07 6:55 AM

I confess. It's true, I'm an American, and I'm astonished that my quippy little title has generated a linguistic controversy. I do use Puffs brand tissue with aloe and lotion, and if someone in my vicinity were sneezing, I would indeed say "here, take a couple Puffs". No "of"; not "Puffses". I'm embarrassed to say that it never occurred to me that the rest of the English-speaking world might not know of this wonderful product.

The title of the puzzle was meant to sound slangily conversational, not rigidly grammatical. My intention was not to give too much away, and "tissue" didn't have the double entendre that seemed such a clever idea at the time. I'm sorry if some were perplexed or led astray; it was an admittedly feeble play on words - a pun. Sorry, Smoke.

Lesson learned.



suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Mon, 25th Jun '07 11:05 AM

I don't think the American problem is in the grammar, it's in the pronunciation! We don't say "couple of" because we are lazy dialecticians. We say "coupl'a". Then when we go to write that down, we forget that the "a" is really "of" and we leave it out.

BTW - I am a loyal customer of Puffs Plus, and hate needing a tissue at someone else's home if they use some other product! But I still say, "Have a Kleenex". It never ever occurred to me that "Have a Couple Puffs" meant anything other than cigarettes, cigars and pipes.

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Mon, 25th Jun '07 11:15 AM

ANYTHING other?


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