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Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Tue, 3rd Jun '08 12:58 PM


Wow Bill....that was certainly a challenge
but excellent and humorous (ironic) clues
so even I could do it. WTG....

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Tue, 3rd Jun '08 1:15 PM

Thank you Rowlanda. I tried to make the clues thought provoking, but helpful. If the rest of the Island likes this, I could probably do at least two or three more somewhere down the road. I really love Chicago, but I wish I could've stopped time back in the sixties. That has to be one of the most intersting decades this country has ever experienced. Power to the People !!!. lol

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Tue, 3rd Jun '08 1:16 PM

I take that lol back.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Tue, 3rd Jun '08 1:24 PM

I think its hard when you have only one word answers and you're not familiar with the subject. Then it just becomes a crapshoot on filling in letters. I prefer the puzzles that are a bit more wordy so the other words can give you a bit of a clue about what you're trying to answer.

However, I did survive this puzzle and will live to WP another day.

1mks  (Level: 219.5 - Posts: 5925)
Tue, 3rd Jun '08 1:31 PM

It was more than a challenge for me. I have never been to Chicago so I was at a total loss. I can only imagine how folks that don't even live in the states felt. I didn't bail though just because I never have.

Maurlin  (Level: 220.5 - Posts: 2707)
Tue, 3rd Jun '08 2:19 PM

I survived with an all-time low score of 2,400. I was grumbling to myself about one of the clues when I finished. Then about an hour or so later I finally got it and I can now agree it was very clever.

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Tue, 3rd Jun '08 2:25 PM

Quite a challenge - but really enjoyed it. Nice to have something a little different, and the clues were very clever.

Garrybl  (Level: 291.8 - Posts: 6772)
Tue, 3rd Jun '08 2:29 PM

I finished the puzzle in one piece (sort of) but I can understand the grumbles though I don't entirely share them.
I like cryptic clues; but as was pointed out with short words you dont get much leeway.
And if you did not know Chicago (I dont but I do have some 'general' knowledge that proved useful) the clues are quite baffling.
Even after solving one or two of the clues I dont know what they referred to.

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Tue, 3rd Jun '08 2:55 PM

Thanks for the compliment Slicko. The truth is that eight of the ten clues were almost sure giveaways. The other two were British references that made those almost sure giveaways, too. Not to start controversy, but I prefer shorter phrases rather than the paragraphs we sometimes do. The big problem is (Naturally) the point loss. If anyone wants more info on these places, contact me after the puzzle expires.

Debbie1957  (Level: 45.7 - Posts: 402)
Tue, 3rd Jun '08 2:59 PM

I enjoy all the puzzles even the ones I don't get right away. I always learn something

here whether its with the puzzle or quizzes.


Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Tue, 3rd Jun '08 3:23 PM

Not so much grumbling, just stating which kind of WP I prefer. Dead giveaways to people who are familiar are way different than those unfamiliar.

I could do the same thing with my home town and see what people think.

Clue: swimming hole. Answer: Dworshak Reservoir

Clue: gold rush Answer: Orofino

Clue: Addicts Answer: Bailey Field

Dead giveaways to me but everyone else on sploofus would be completely lost.

Something to think about. I also find this in the Trivia Squares quizzes. The author gives clues that seem quite obvious to them. I have 3 quizzes sitting as unfinished because the clues are hopelessly lost on me.

Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Tue, 3rd Jun '08 3:48 PM

I took a bath in points, but it's no one's fault but mine on most.

Short answers are tougher, but there wasn't a one I had a beef with. Nicely done!

Kimoira  (Level: 213.0 - Posts: 1195)
Tue, 3rd Jun '08 4:39 PM

Big point muncher but a little creative googling helped. I was surprised that I'd heard of a few of the places mentioned and I've never visited Chicago.

I enjoyed it- thanks Bill!

Aquamar  (Level: 185.9 - Posts: 925)
Tue, 3rd Jun '08 4:45 PM

This West Coast girl was completely lost in this puzzle Bill. I ended with a few points though. I agree with Lodi, those answers are not common knowledge for everyone.

Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4414)
Tue, 3rd Jun '08 5:19 PM

Hi Bill,
Thanks for a great WP, I really enjoyed it! I knew three of mine right off the bat, but then struggled with my last two, but that had nothing to do with the design of your puzzle. I thought your clues were good and pointed me in the right direction. A nice challenge!

-- Geri

Cujgie  (Level: 182.1 - Posts: 754)
Tue, 3rd Jun '08 6:11 PM

I've lived near Chicago for 800 years and still had a problem with two of the clues. Thankfully, three of them were no-brainers for me (to balance out the problem ones).

Tallactor  (Level: 153.1 - Posts: 423)
Tue, 3rd Jun '08 6:57 PM

I agree with those who say that these are giveaways only if you are very familiar with Chicago, which I am definitely not, and like Barry, I had at least one for which the clue meant nothing, even after I had solved it. A very difficult puzzle indeed!

Bluesky  (Level: 70.6 - Posts: 150)
Tue, 3rd Jun '08 7:46 PM


Loved the puzzle and love Chicago. Don't know what the other clues were, so I won't mention my favorite places in case they were part of the puzzle, but there are many many wonderful things in Chicago. Challenging, but enjoyable. Thank you.


Zeedee  (Level: 234.3 - Posts: 1088)
Tue, 3rd Jun '08 8:21 PM

The clues did not seem "giveaways" to me at all. I lost way more points than usual. (Grumble...grumble). But I did finish -- and I appreciate the effort.

Oldcougar  (Level: 228.1 - Posts: 1935)
Tue, 3rd Jun '08 8:54 PM

My first two I knew right off, not bad for a chick from the West Coast of Canada Men forcing me to watch sports finally pays off Knew what you were looking for on next two, so just wikied to check names. Thought the English spa town was Buckingham Fountain otherwise would have nailed a 5. Good job on puzzle & clues Bill/Liam

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Tue, 3rd Jun '08 8:56 PM

My puzzle is officially through for today. To my surprise, every answer I had in this set of puzzles was on Google. When my turn comes again for another puzzle, I am going to have the same Chicago tour guide with "ALL British" landmarks and locations. Making word puzzles is a lot more fun than regular quizzes or Ker-Blunks. I really hope everyone had a good time and I didn't cost anybody too many points.

Alvandy  (Level: 240.4 - Posts: 7692)
Tue, 3rd Jun '08 9:21 PM

Bill; I did pretty well; minimal loss of points. I knew three without a letter needed, but the other two "villes" cost me.

I've visited Chicago once- would like to do it again.

Fun doing this set.

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Tue, 3rd Jun '08 9:42 PM

Al, You missed PeppermintPattiville !!!

Alvandy  (Level: 240.4 - Posts: 7692)
Tue, 3rd Jun '08 10:46 PM


I demand a replay then!
That would mean two straight puzzles that I've missed "peppermint patty" clues.

[I will respond somehow.}

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Wed, 4th Jun '08 7:19 AM

I thought this was the easiest wp I've ever done. Of course I'm a sports nut and live in the state next door.. thanks Bill

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