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Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Wed, 6th Feb '08 8:32 PM


I would like to personally BEG all the lovely inhabitants
of this wonderful Sploofus Island....NOT to take the current
Word Puzzle.
I have a good reason for making this Plea....At the moment I
am #3....and have never been #3 at anything on Sploofus before.
The list looks so right and so pretty with me in third place.
I am hoping no-one will even wish to disturb the symmetry!!!!

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4583)
Wed, 6th Feb '08 8:42 PM

Well, I'm off to play. I'm not even a threat to number 103.

Foogs  (Level: 282.5 - Posts: 846)
Wed, 6th Feb '08 8:42 PM

Sorry, Miss Rowlanda, I read this too late. Now I get to be no. 3 for all of 10 minutes or so.
I would say that in the five puzzles I had the editors were a bit too cute and a bit too
obvious in their attempts to screw me up. And it worked.

Garrybl  (Level: 294.6 - Posts: 6812)
Wed, 6th Feb '08 9:02 PM

another fine puzzle. I'm not sure whether it was pure coincidence or if I saw the words sub-consciously but I'm in the middle of composing a Tom Swift puzzle. At least none of the five answers I saw coincided with my questions!!

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Wed, 6th Feb '08 9:08 PM

As I have said before, I always try to take the WP's as close to start time as possible so I can see my name among the leaders albeit fleetingly.(Don said befallenly)

Tallactor  (Level: 153.1 - Posts: 423)
Wed, 6th Feb '08 11:11 PM

I had one puzzle with a wildly misleading clue, and another with an insidious trap which caused me about 5 or 6 moves. If the constructor's aim was to trick the solver, then he or she certainly succeeded. I'd almost rather have no clue than one that sends me in a totally wrong direction.

Bigbird  (Level: 250.7 - Posts: 3356)
Wed, 6th Feb '08 11:21 PM

At the moment, you will find me at Number One, said Bigbird fleetingly.

Garrybl  (Level: 294.6 - Posts: 6812)
Wed, 6th Feb '08 11:33 PM

I took this puzzle before I had a chance to wake up, said Barry, mourningly.

Kaufman  (Level: 270.4 - Posts: 3942)
Wed, 6th Feb '08 11:38 PM

"I thought I blew it, but it turned out otherwise", Ken said disgustingly.

Christiansinger  (Level: 93.7 - Posts: 61)
Wed, 6th Feb '08 11:55 PM

Since the puzzle title was Tom Swifties, I thought all the puzzles wold be about things Tom said, but alas, that was not the case for 3 of mine.

Oldcougar  (Level: 230.2 - Posts: 1937)
Thu, 7th Feb '08 12:06 AM

If you change the premise, after umpteen Tom Swifties without warning people, it will tend to annoy some of us, she said angrily

Geophile  (Level: 168.6 - Posts: 1553)
Thu, 7th Feb '08 12:55 AM

You don't have to worry about me, Rowlanda. I'm so bad at WP's it's pathetic!

Lucimoore  (Level: 194.3 - Posts: 1738)
Thu, 7th Feb '08 12:58 AM

"Zero Toms for me" she hissed "noughtily'

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2812)
Thu, 7th Feb '08 6:01 AM

After reading this thread, I wasn't looking for Toms. Good thing, too.

Thanks again, y'all!

Kaufman  (Level: 270.4 - Posts: 3942)
Thu, 7th Feb '08 9:16 AM

When I first learned Tom Swifties, the ones I saw were always "he said" or "she said". so when on my first puzzle I guessed T and saw that it was not "Tom" saying it, that was hardly a problem for me, even given the Tomacity of prior TSWPs. It was pretty clear that it was "she" talking. Thus my horror a couple puzzles later when S_E became Sue and cost me 3+ moves and a few places in the standings. Sigh.

Oldcougar  (Level: 230.2 - Posts: 1937)
Thu, 7th Feb '08 10:36 AM

I got Sue on the first puzzle in. After 5 letters I confidently submitted with she, to my surprise I was wrong. I checked & rechecked my spelling & thought there was a spelling error in the puzzle. After 18 letters I finally got Sue Very sneaky

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Thu, 7th Feb '08 10:56 AM

well, thank you all, said Rowlanda, "descendingly"

Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Thu, 7th Feb '08 5:25 PM

I had a version of Old Cougar's problem. I knew Tom and Sue were the normal names used in Swifties so I entered "Sue" TWICE on my first puzzle before realizing it was wrong. So I tried "she" in puzzle three -- two was a blessedly uncomplicated "he" -- and cursed complexly at the result, heartily planning a ritual sacrifice of the author. I agree: No fair changing the established rules without a hint.

Christiansinger  (Level: 93.7 - Posts: 61)
Thu, 7th Feb '08 6:03 PM

In a puzzle about Tom I had a 'she' and 2 'Mary's. Who knew! It seems to me there should have been some warning that these were not the traditional Tom/he said puzzles.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Thu, 7th Feb '08 6:09 PM

Yeah, I got a Mary one right off the bat and went, "huh." Ended up with like 20 moves on the first one and said NO FUN and went and did something else.

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