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tallactor
Tallactor  (Level: 153.1 - Posts: 423)
Fri, 28th Mar '08 11:04 AM

OSCAR WILDE WP

I've already sent in a support ticket for it, but be warned that at least two of the puzzles have grammatical mistakes (incorrect subject/verb agreement). One hopes that will be fixed quickly, but anyone who takes it before that happens should beware.

bravegator
Bravegator  (Level: 152.0 - Posts: 428)
Fri, 28th Mar '08 1:41 PM

As of 1:40 it has NOT been corrected!

Sploofus Editor
Sploofernatural (Editor)  
Fri, 28th Mar '08 1:49 PM

As of 1:50 they're fixed. For some reason Tallactor's support ticket did not come through.

tallactor
Tallactor  (Level: 153.1 - Posts: 423)
Fri, 28th Mar '08 3:37 PM

I guess that's a definite bug in the system because I sent in the support ticket several hours ago. Anyway, I'm glad it's now fixed.

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Fri, 28th Mar '08 6:19 PM

I would have thought that quotes from Oscar Wilde (or anyone) would be verbatim, not altered to suit someone else's idea of what was good grammar or current vernacular?


~Bev

kaelin
Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Fri, 28th Mar '08 7:15 PM

the previous two puzzles I'm pretty sure were exact - but I could be wrong - struggled with some verbiage on this because I'm stubborn when I remember something exactly.

As always, I'm reminded of how amusing Oscar Wilde is
I bet he's one of Lodi's realatives

Sploofus Editor
(Editor)  
Fri, 28th Mar '08 8:14 PM

They're not quotes, though - as the clues said, they're "what he said - IN OTHER WORDS!" - ie rewritten using different words to say the same thing.

Apologies for the errors!

pafork
Pafork  (Level: 132.0 - Posts: 537)
Fri, 28th Mar '08 8:15 PM

I was thinking perhaps the quotes were altered to make the less googleable. If so - I appreciate that. As a non-googler, I feel like I'm out of the race before it starts when there are WPs where all the puzzles can be found on one page.



smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Fri, 28th Mar '08 8:23 PM

I was out of that one from the jump. Went against my nature to try and paraphrase the master. Don't want to see the Mona Lisa with a moustache and tattoos, either.

Of course, if I'd done better, I'd've loved it.

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 220.4 - Posts: 1935)
Fri, 28th Mar '08 9:45 PM

Same here Smoke, I found it hard to get my head around even when I knew the proper quote. Just didn't seem right

lamizell
Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Sat, 29th Mar '08 1:19 AM

I dislike the paraphrasing concept, too, especially since I rarely want to nitpick Wilde's use of "in" instead of "by." And I think most of us would indignantly define "trivia" as "*obscure* information," not "unimportant information."

suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Sat, 29th Mar '08 9:16 AM

I think of trivia as the stuff you absolutely do NOT NEED to know for any real life purpose (other than playing trivia games), but it is stuck in your brain anyway...and that definitely qualifies as 'unimportant'.

But I don't see how a paraphrase of a quote makes the quote unimportant. I was fine with the paraphrasing; it just made us work harder and google less.


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