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Lucimoore  (Level: 190.0 - Posts: 1726)
Tue, 13th May '08 9:20 AM


Fun puzzle Beth and great information. Good for you!

Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Tue, 13th May '08 10:32 AM

I figured since I live in the Sonoran dessert too, I'd better make a good showing on this one. I tried the take-our-time-and-stare-at-the-spaces method and it seems to have worked! I'm currently at #1!! That phenomenon usually only occurs when I am one of the first three people to do the WP

Excellent facts Beth with some specific critters I'd never heard of, and I've lived here for 35 years!

Garrybl  (Level: 289.3 - Posts: 6737)
Tue, 13th May '08 11:23 AM

I was never going to make number one...but the last word of my last puzzle used up those precious guesses...and then I kicked myself when I got it!
Nice puzzle; a bunch of stuff I did not know I did not know.

Alvandy  (Level: 238.5 - Posts: 7671)
Tue, 13th May '08 12:04 PM

Kept all my points but it was a sticky situation at times.

I'm now a lot smarter about the Sonoran Desert.

Nice quiz!

Luvnmexsun  (Level: 147.4 - Posts: 711)
Tue, 13th May '08 1:32 PM

Fun puzzle! It did help to be somewhat familiar with my neighbor, but challenging still.



Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Tue, 13th May '08 1:52 PM

I visited Arizona a few yrs back. We drove from Phoenix to Las Vegas. I was enchanted by the one-armed men (no, not the slots) and glad to be in the car away from the spidies.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Tue, 13th May '08 1:54 PM

oh, and I really enjoyed your puzzle! Sandy

Kimoira  (Level: 210.7 - Posts: 1194)
Tue, 13th May '08 3:05 PM

The phrases I got had a nice flow and the clues were helpful. It's always nice to learn a thing or two during a WP and that I definitely did! Nice work.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Tue, 13th May '08 3:19 PM

A very interesting WP! Thanks!

Gypsylady  (Level: 146.3 - Posts: 6093)
Tue, 13th May '08 3:22 PM

Good Wordpuzzle, Beth! I had no idea what the Sonoran Desert was when I started out, but I kept all of my points, and used less moves than I sometimes do. It was written where it didn't seem really complicated even if you didn't know what you were doing. Thanks!


Kravfighter  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 565)
Tue, 13th May '08 3:46 PM

Thank you everyone. I'm glad you are enjoying it!

Nelly  (Level: 178.0 - Posts: 1167)
Tue, 13th May '08 4:18 PM

Thanks for a great WP Beth. Most informative and enjoyable (apart from the cleaning up cat poo and sick in the middle)!

p.s. to Smaug - don't forget to add that into the reasons why a WP can take some time to complete!

Debbie1957  (Level: 45.7 - Posts: 402)
Tue, 13th May '08 5:11 PM

Liked your puzzle had fun doing it.


Suzannec  (Level: 256.3 - Posts: 616)
Tue, 13th May '08 5:58 PM

Thanks for a wonderful puzzle. I especially love the WP's with nature information.

Tresgatos  (Level: 213.0 - Posts: 4382)
Tue, 13th May '08 7:09 PM

Thank you for a wonderful puzzle! This was one of my favorites because it reminded me of my hometown, San Diego, and the times my family and I went to visit deserts. Your clues were also terrific.

-- Geri

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Tue, 13th May '08 7:17 PM

Fun puzzle, Beth! Learned a lot about an area I'd love to visit one day. Good job!

Salzypat  (Level: 160.1 - Posts: 5412)
Tue, 13th May '08 8:06 PM

Definitely an educational puzzle. I learned a lot .. especially some critters I wouldn't want to meet up with if I was in the area.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Tue, 13th May '08 11:40 PM

Enjoyed it immensely and learned a lot.

Oldcougar  (Level: 226.1 - Posts: 1935)
Wed, 14th May '08 1:41 AM

Loved this one

Aquamar  (Level: 184.5 - Posts: 924)
Wed, 14th May '08 1:44 AM

I learned a lot about the desert. Don't think I'd want to live there. Great quiz!

Kravfighter  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 565)
Wed, 14th May '08 2:38 AM

Well based on your player name, Aquamar, I imagine you might not like the desert. Critters aside - it's really great living here. You can't beat the climate, sun, and great mountain views. I moved here from Michigan about a year ago and am not sorry to have made the move at all - other than being away from family. I do miss the grass and lakes sometimes, but I don't miss cold, snow, rain, clouds, humidity, or mowing the lawn. Yes, it gets to 110+ in the summer, but the mildness of the rest of the year more than makes up for it and I'd now rather have a dry 110 degree day over an 80 degree day in Michigan with 90% humidity.

Thanks again for the nice comments everyone!


Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Wed, 14th May '08 4:26 AM

Good quiz Beth....
I agreed with Saltzy for a while and didn't want to live there
with all the dangerous-sounding wildlife.
Then I read your post about the weather, and changed my mind.
Humidity...or scorpions????
What a dilemna....

Kravfighter  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 565)
Wed, 14th May '08 9:16 AM

I should also have added that in my experience, seeing most of the critters is kind of rare. I have seen only 2 scorpions (only one in my house) and they weren't the really bad one I mentioned. From what I hear, their sting is comparable to a bee-sting - put some ice on it and you're good to go. The tarantula hawk wasps leave you alone as long as you leave them alone. I have never seen a rattlesnake and my neighbor who has lived here for 15 years has only seen one. No weird spider or tarantula sightings. I live close enough to the city that I don't see javelinas or coyote near my house, although I have seen them further out. Most of the yards have cement walls instead of fences so critters stay out.

It's interesting reading about the tarantula hawk wasp, though. This guy, Justin Schmidt, put together a pain rating scale for insect stings which placed the wasp just under a bullet ant as the most painful. This is his description of the sting:
"Blinding, fierce, shockingly electric. A running hair drier has been dropped into your bubble bath." It has also been described as, "...immediate, excruciating pain that simply shuts down one's ability to do anything, except, perhaps, scream. Mental discipline simply does not work in these situations."

To read more of Justin's Schmidt's amusing insect sting descriptions go here:

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