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Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sat, 25th Aug '07 10:15 AM


really challenging and confusing

Garrybl  (Level: 294.6 - Posts: 6812)
Sat, 25th Aug '07 10:27 AM

most enjoyable. I wont say any more except that at various points in the puzzle I was reminded of (was it Henry Gibson?)
'very interesting -- but stupid'. The puzzle was interesting and I was stupid.

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5426)
Sat, 25th Aug '07 10:31 AM

All I can hope for is that many people take the quiz quickly and push my placing down below 100. This quiz just totally escaped me and my score shows it.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Sat, 25th Aug '07 11:37 AM

I finally bailed.

Koota  (Level: 189.4 - Posts: 2125)
Sat, 25th Aug '07 12:07 PM

I lost 12 moves to typing errors. Arrrgh!

Erleichda  (Level: 43.3 - Posts: 1)
Sat, 25th Aug '07 1:11 PM

I typed the first answer correctly 7 times and was told that I was wrong every time....finally had to quit.

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sat, 25th Aug '07 1:55 PM

I'll reserve comment until after - I did some lookups afterwards and found some of the words in one place but not one I expected it in - I'll be interested to hear from the writer -- I too wasted moves on something I thought a word was - 1st puzzle - but muddle through.

Again - I don't think anyone can complain about people being able to easily google answers on these past few puzzles - ask and ye shall receive

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Sat, 25th Aug '07 2:05 PM

I am such a goober. Something basic about this puzzle didn't hit me until I finished the fourth puzzle. I had a "Duh" moment, but by then I had zipped through the alphabet like a maniac. By the end of the fifth puzzle, I loved it.

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sat, 25th Aug '07 2:16 PM

I got 1 with the clue and not having to guess letters - I figured out the trick/gimmick after first one - the rest were a struggle - will post after over - taking son to see Transformers for late bday present - how goes it Pepperdoc

Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Sat, 25th Aug '07 2:30 PM

quit on the first one-beyond me-Linda

Bravegator  (Level: 152.0 - Posts: 428)
Sat, 25th Aug '07 2:30 PM

I took it and still don't get it. Weird.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Sat, 25th Aug '07 2:53 PM

Hi, Kaelin, doing better after finishing that Word Puzzle!! Have fun at the movie, I heard it was great! (back to writing a quiz...)

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2812)
Sat, 25th Aug '07 3:04 PM

Figured out the gimmick when I solved the second one - simple after that.

Winddancer41  (Level: 63.3 - Posts: 1113)
Sat, 25th Aug '07 4:09 PM

still wasn't my lowest score but enjoyed it and finally caught on to it. duh i think. lol

Jorboo  (Level: 39.1 - Posts: 141)
Sat, 25th Aug '07 4:11 PM

I agree Bravgator, I took it and still don't get it. My score reflects this. Genny

Penguin  (Level: 64.2 - Posts: 42)
Sat, 25th Aug '07 5:40 PM

aug 25 2007

Same here. I thought I got it on the 3rd one, then I lost it completely. I'm looking forward to the explanation of what we just did. Glad to see I'm not the only one. I was starting to feel really stupid.


Pafork  (Level: 132.0 - Posts: 536)
Sat, 25th Aug '07 7:05 PM

I could see what was going on, but I was so glad to *finally* figure out the puzzle that I still typed in the correct answer incorrectly twice.

Larrybus  (Level: 320.6 - Posts: 385)
Sat, 25th Aug '07 8:27 PM

The first one I got was "encepholograp hy", which should have been "encephalograp hy".

The misspelling cost me a bunch of moves, as well as making me wonder if the rest of them were misspelled, too.

Berylm  (Level: 164.1 - Posts: 478)
Sat, 25th Aug '07 8:31 PM

I must admit I found it very hard to remember to type in the space - once I figured out the word I kept typing it correctly, without the space! Obviously an occasion when being a fast typist was more of a handicap than a help!

For those who asked, the answer was a very long word in each case but because of the 13-letter maximum imposed by the Sploofus system it was split into two words with a space. This was indicated by the way that the title was shown, in the same way.

Maurlin  (Level: 221.7 - Posts: 2720)
Sat, 25th Aug '07 8:57 PM

Thanks so much for the 13-letter-max explaination! I could not figure out why the words were split.

Garrybl  (Level: 294.6 - Posts: 6812)
Sat, 25th Aug '07 9:22 PM

thanks for the explanation.
Of course arguably we did not need to know why the split came where it did, but it IS great to find the pattern.
Did ANYONE not mistype at least one word?

Sploofus Editor
Sat, 25th Aug '07 9:44 PM

Berylm has explained it exquisitely. The genesis of the idea was in the setting of the Scottish Cuisine WP. Some of you may recall "rumbledethumps", which was a clue to one of those puzzles. It started out as part of the puzzle itself; but upon submission it caused the entire ten painstakingly typed puzzles to be rejected and deleted, because it's longer that the 13 letters allowed by the puzzle format! Grr! Half an hour down the drain! In my frustration (and not, I'm embarrassed to admit, for the first time), I determined to find a way to use words longer than 13 letters in a WordPuzzle. You've seen the results. I'd hoped that the structure of the title, giving the total number of letters, and what were intended to be moderately clever crossword-type clues would combine to be more helpful. Being careful of the gap was meant to keep you on your toes and keep your head in the game, not to mix metaphors too wildly.

Because of the nature of the puzzle, I thought I'd taken extra care about spelling; I did google "encepholography" (and all the words) for spelling, and was returned many instances of the way I've spelled it expecting it to follow the pattern of "cardiography" and "myelography", and I received no suggested correction. Unhappily, it seems I went with a less common or less correct usage.

Apologies to all who were befuddled or annoyed; I knew it would be challenging; even so, I thought more would enjoy it. Your feedback is appreciated and considered, be it yea or nay. Back to the drawing board.


Siouxsie  (Level: 104.6 - Posts: 145)
Sat, 25th Aug '07 10:45 PM

I got the concept of the split words, but could not figure out the meaning of the numbers. I feel dumb now! I thought of Scrabble values, or atomic numbers, and all kinds of obscure things, but missed the simple number of letters. In my defense, I didn't know about the 13-letter rule. But overall a great puzzle, and I'm in favor of most any puzzle that is not easy to Google.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2812)
Sat, 25th Aug '07 11:09 PM

Peacification had a question mark. It was a damn pun.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Sat, 25th Aug '07 11:44 PM

Well Sploofanatic....I enjoyed it.
Thank you.
Love any Puzzle that challenges me to think, and puts all of us
on a level playing field.
There was nothing "tricky" about the answers once we understood
how the clues and the spacing worked.
The BEST clue was in break in the Title.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Sat, 25th Aug '07 11:54 PM

After I bailed, I saw everyone's scores and realized I wasn't as far behind as I had thought. I got the puzzle by the 2nd one but completely destroyed my 3rd one and by then figured I was so buried in moves that it would be humiliating to have my score show up.

Glad to know I wasn't the only one.

Rael61  (Level: 139.5 - Posts: 68)
Mon, 27th Aug '07 10:56 AM

Gee, I think I'm glad I missed this one. I'm sure I'd have been on the clueless side.

But what I really wanted to say is in response to one of the first posts. "Very interesting, but stupid" was indeed from Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, but it wasn't Henry Gibson. It was Arte Johnson as the German soldier.

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