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1mks  (Level: 208.2 - Posts: 5865)
Thu, 1st May '08 12:40 PM


FYI I did NOT want to be accused of plagiarism (I am tired of snide accusations) so my word puzzle is written in MY words with Steven Wright getting credit for the original idea. Have fun and a laugh or two. M

Erin0620  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 737)
Thu, 1st May '08 12:50 PM

may I just be generally snide, sans the accusations?

I'm sure it's awesome and super funny, cause you are. I look forward to it!!

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Thu, 1st May '08 1:08 PM

You must have an unfair advantage somehow, Marsha.

Maurlin  (Level: 211.1 - Posts: 2660)
Thu, 1st May '08 1:38 PM

OMG...I just googled to see who he is. He's won an Oscar and I have never before heard of him. I've got to get out more!

Tresgatos  (Level: 201.7 - Posts: 4145)
Thu, 1st May '08 1:45 PM

Maurlin wrote: "I've got to get out more!"

Yeah, me too. I'd never heard of him, either. It looks like the Oscar he won was for a short film, though -- not exactly headline material. One interesting thing for me personally is that he shares my birthdate, although he's older than I am. Anyway, I'm looking forward to the puzzle.

-- Geri

Erin0620  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 737)
Thu, 1st May '08 2:14 PM

he's funny, you'll like it

1mks  (Level: 208.2 - Posts: 5865)
Thu, 1st May '08 8:44 PM


Koota  (Level: 180.6 - Posts: 2097)
Thu, 1st May '08 9:47 PM

You'll get a laugh out of Steven Wright if you haven't heard of him before. This promises to be an interesting WP.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Fri, 2nd May '08 9:26 PM

That was a fun one, Marsha! Very clever sayings.

Oogie54  (Level: 198.9 - Posts: 1120)
Fri, 2nd May '08 9:30 PM

Fun one Marsha! WTG!

Gypsylady  (Level: 141.0 - Posts: 6036)
Fri, 2nd May '08 9:45 PM

Great Wordpuzzle, Marsha! I enjoyed it! Thanks!


Cjar855  (Level: 133.4 - Posts: 838)
Fri, 2nd May '08 9:46 PM

That was Fun.. Great Puzzle..

Debbie1957  (Level: 45.7 - Posts: 402)
Fri, 2nd May '08 9:50 PM

I don't know who Stephen Wright is but I enjoyed the puzzle.


Alvandy  (Level: 225.6 - Posts: 7525)
Fri, 2nd May '08 10:01 PM

I like Steven Wright's comedy, so it was an enjoyable puzzle.

Nice job and congratulations for putting it together.


Chyenn  (Level: 200.8 - Posts: 1332)
Fri, 2nd May '08 10:04 PM

Marsha, maybe you should audition to become a comic writer; the puzzles i got were better than some of Wright's quotes.

Taco24  (Level: 129.2 - Posts: 589)
Fri, 2nd May '08 10:07 PM

Very pleasant, pain-free experience for me. I will never set the world on fire with my scores, but I still had fun. Very relaxing puzzle too. You "done us proud".


Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Fri, 2nd May '08 10:20 PM

I am in awe of the abilities of our fellow Sploofers. That was as much fun as you can have with a WP. Great job Marsha !

Koota  (Level: 180.6 - Posts: 2097)
Fri, 2nd May '08 11:04 PM

I enjoyed it too! Nice job, Marsha!

Luvnmexsun  (Level: 147.4 - Posts: 711)
Fri, 2nd May '08 11:13 PM

Great puzzle Marsha! It's so much fun...

Hope you do more! Thanks,


Flcyclist  (Level: 122.5 - Posts: 691)
Fri, 2nd May '08 11:19 PM

That was one of the best puzzles I've had the pleasure to work on lately, Marsha! Great job! Thanks!

Diva305  (Level: 145.8 - Posts: 1641)
Fri, 2nd May '08 11:36 PM

Very witty and fun!


305-The Magic City

Pocahontas1951  (Level: 55.4 - Posts: 172)
Sat, 3rd May '08 12:36 AM

Marsha what a great puzzle, and what great fun! I really enjoyed it. Thanks!


Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Sat, 3rd May '08 12:37 AM

Fun puzzle, Marsha! Entertaining and well-written to boot.


Headylamar  (Level: 149.5 - Posts: 740)
Sat, 3rd May '08 12:41 AM

Another superior puzzle from a platinum person! Thanks Marsha!

Christiansinger  (Level: 93.7 - Posts: 61)
Sat, 3rd May '08 2:18 AM

I have never heard of this guy either, so I just looked him up, after taking the puzzle, and saw he had many quotes listed. Most of the puzzle was fine, but with all the material out there, it seems to me that the one about our military could/should have been left out. After all, we are in a war, and those brave men and women are fighting and dying. No matter what we may think of the war, we owe the men and women fighting it the utmost respect, not cheap shots even if it was from a man who won an Oscar.

Salzypat  (Level: 154.4 - Posts: 5295)
Sat, 3rd May '08 3:28 AM

Grrrrrr. I was on the last puzzle, had a typo, highlighted the incorrect answer and meant to hit backspace and instead Ihit space bar. I ended up back at the first blank puzzle. I gave up at that point.

The ones I did get to do were very good, so good job on the puzzle.

Oldcougar  (Level: 217.3 - Posts: 1935)
Sat, 3rd May '08 3:33 AM

Very nice Marsha Two up

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sat, 3rd May '08 4:50 AM

I adore Steven Wright. Thanks, Marsha - great fun!

Kimoira  (Level: 198.2 - Posts: 1189)
Sat, 3rd May '08 5:56 AM

I like it best when the WPs make me laugh

Great job

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sat, 3rd May '08 6:47 AM

Nicely done Marsha. Wouldn't it be fun to actually get to spend some time with Steven Wright? I can't imagine being married to him. You would always be asking "Are you serious or not?"

1mks  (Level: 208.2 - Posts: 5865)
Sat, 3rd May '08 8:25 AM

Thanks guys and gals. I appreciate the postive. M

Toledosugar  (Level: 51.4 - Posts: 281)
Sat, 3rd May '08 11:23 AM

I appreciate your hard work on what should have been a fun word puzzle. The first board I got was "Join the Marines meet nice folks kill them". That was decidedly unfunny and inappropriate. Completely turned me off and I couldn't enjoy the rest of the puzzle. Sorry!

Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Sat, 3rd May '08 11:32 AM

I got that puzzle too - but it didn't bother me at all. It's just a saying on a T-shirt that a comedian made a joke out of. I would never believe it was meant as a jab or insult by our puzzlemaker.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sat, 3rd May '08 11:41 AM

Geez Louise. Can't wait for the comments back from my WP.

Erin0620  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 737)
Sat, 3rd May '08 11:50 AM

"Good taste and humor are a contradiction in terms, like a chaste whore."
-Malcolm Muggeridge

1mks  (Level: 208.2 - Posts: 5865)
Sat, 3rd May '08 2:16 PM

ANOTHER frigging disclaimer is due I see. I have the utmost respect and loyalty for our military and just happen to be a very patriotic person. I get tears in my eyes during the National Anthem and the Pledge. As for the puzzle, it was intended to be funny and I had NO earthly idea that anyone would take offence to it. So I wasn't politically correct and heaven forbid if I stepped on anyone's toes. I am truly sorry if anyone was offended. Please, if you see my name on something from now on, run, do not open it. It might hurt your fragile feelings and injure the feelings of your inner child. You might be better served if you tried to have a sense of humor and NOT take everything so personal. Have a fabulous weekend and don't forget to smile. Less muscles used for that than being crabby and frowning and scowling.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sun, 4th May '08 6:03 AM

Anyone who can't see the difference between
IRONY and HUMOUR, deserves all the sad
cloud-filled days they can get....

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sun, 4th May '08 6:07 AM

And Erin....
Whoever accused Sploofusers of being "Tasteful"????
You haven't read enough of the threads on this here Salty Dog....

Nelly  (Level: 169.5 - Posts: 1167)
Sun, 4th May '08 8:41 AM

Sharyn said "The first board I got was "Join the Marines meet nice folks kill them"." The puzzle actually said "Join the Marines meet LOTS OF folks and kill them"!

Humour tends to reflect everyday life in the world today - it's a way of coping with it! You would obviously hate working in a hospital, emergency services etc!

I enjoyed your puzzle very much Marsha.

Toledosugar  (Level: 51.4 - Posts: 281)
Sun, 4th May '08 12:08 PM

Apparently you're only welcome to post, if you agree with everyone else.
I had three brothers each of whom served 3 tours in Viet Nam. One a clergyman and two medics. I still remember them being spit upon when they returned to their homeland. I have a great sense of humor. It just doesn't apply to our troops, who are in harms way. I am also the last person who would ever be considered "politically correct".
I appologize for having wrong opinions and will cease to post in the chat forum.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sun, 4th May '08 2:04 PM

There's no neesd to apologize for having an opinion, and no need to go off in a huff if that opinion is disagreed with. But try and consider that the joke is a comment on the disconnect between the rosy glow of recruitment promises and the reality of war. At a time when military recruitment drives are at full bore to feed the war machine, churning out what look to be enticements to play video games, is it so wrong to mention, even in a second-hand jest, that Marines might have to kill people? I dunno, I'm just asking.

It's wonderful that your relatives were clergy and medics. They are fortunate to have had the opposite experience.

Smaug  (Level: 140.7 - Posts: 2772)
Sun, 4th May '08 2:21 PM

I didn't get the war one, but I would have commented negatively here as well.

It was smart changing the words a bit, google-proofed it a little.

Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Sun, 4th May '08 2:46 PM

I sent that particular quote to my mate, currently serving in an absolute hell-hole.

He thought it very funny and sent back stuff that, if posted here, would have me thrown out and barred from the Island.
I take it no-one would presume to challenge either his patriotism or his human right to make light of his situation.

Sadly I missed your WP but happen to know that quote (and other Wright quotes) anyway. If serving members of the armed forces find it funny, then I'd pretty much ignore everyone else.
At any rate, having looked at most comments, nearly everyone loved it!
And as I recall, according to Aesop, 'Please all, and you will please none."

Incidentally the stuff my mate sent back - being a member of the British armed forces - was mostly about Marines.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sun, 4th May '08 3:27 PM

Typical - people can jump on someone's WP and express their negative opinion, but if someone jumps back and expresses their negative opinion, they leave in a huff.

I agree with the poster - if they can't tolerate responses, good & bad, to their posts, then they shouldn't participate.

Erin0620  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 737)
Sun, 4th May '08 3:41 PM

I'm an U.S. Air Force brat, and I have been surrounded by air force and other military people my entire life. Not to take anything away from Mr. Wright, but that is an old joke, probably written by someone in the military, probably originating along side real war propaganda. Its a laugh to keep from cryin' joke.
...i thought it was funny

Tresgatos  (Level: 201.7 - Posts: 4145)
Mon, 12th May '08 5:00 PM

I'm resurrecting this thread because I suddenly realized that although I posted and said I was looking forward to Marsha's WP, I neglected to later say how much I enjoyed it!

So, I'm now here to rectify that. I re-read my phrases and laughed all over again. I also thought the clues were excellent. I think my favorite phrase was:

when i think about the past it really brings back a lot of memories

Anyway, thanks for a fun and interesting WP, and also thanks for introducing me to Steven Wright's sense of humor.

-- Geri

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