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garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 280.2 - Posts: 6643)
Fri, 11th Jul '08 10:25 AM

CONGRATS TO BIGDAVY ON THE WP

Very demanding and entirely fair.
I thought I'd get through a lot faster but it required some frenzied research as a non-geographer to find even remotely plausible answers.
I must check out those cryptic puzzles now!

donleigh
Donleigh  (Level: 147.7 - Posts: 5084)
Fri, 11th Jul '08 10:59 AM

Great puzzle. I am now going to replan my vacation itinerary

pafork
Pafork  (Level: 132.0 - Posts: 537)
Fri, 11th Jul '08 2:20 PM

Really fun puzzle Davy.

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Fri, 11th Jul '08 5:15 PM

What they said....
AND I love your Trivia Squares
Veeerry Interesting.......

alvandy
Alvandy  (Level: 229.7 - Posts: 7570)
Fri, 11th Jul '08 5:46 PM

I agree - some real good puzzles-
for me it took ====== some research; logic; prior knowledge; and intuition.

This type of puzzle is very fun to do- having a decent knowledge of geography and history is helpful.

Well done Big Davy!

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 205.1 - Posts: 4197)
Fri, 11th Jul '08 6:20 PM

Rowlanda,
I think there are a lot of people named Dave here. I think it's possible you might be confusing Bigdavy with Bigdave from Wales, who's the one who has written those Cryptic Xword Trivia Squares.

Anyway, I'm off to take Bigdavy's WP. Can't wait!

-- Geri

bigdavy
Bigdavy  (Level: 131.3 - Posts: 529)
Fri, 11th Jul '08 6:31 PM

I'm glad you liked the wp! Geri is right, I did not write any TS yet. -dave

kaelin
Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Fri, 11th Jul '08 6:41 PM

I didn't do real well on this - few I understood - few I didn't - been a long time since I've done this badly on a puzzle - congrats to those single digit people

can tell there was lots of thought into it - will be interested to see them all at the end


tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 205.1 - Posts: 4197)
Fri, 11th Jul '08 7:05 PM

Loved it, loved it, loved it! Great concept, excellent clues, elegantly served. Truly capital WP! And fun, too!

-- Geri

bbear
Bbear  (Level: 161.7 - Posts: 2301)
Fri, 11th Jul '08 7:32 PM

Really enjoyed it. Warning...there is on huge gotcha....you know what happens when you assume!

kaelin
Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Fri, 11th Jul '08 8:23 PM

interested in seeing the others - alot - I had more than one gotcha and one WTH - please post - maybe the bulb will go off on those 3 that made no sense to me :P)

THanks

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 205.1 - Posts: 4197)
Fri, 11th Jul '08 10:32 PM

Dave is out of town at the moment, and his access to the Internet is probably intermittent at best, but I know he'll be happy to post all of his phrases as soon as he can and explain anything.

In the meantime, here were my phrases, and I think my clues are correct (or close enough). I forgot to write down my clues as I was going along, like I usually do.

nowhere near the boot - rome new york and rome georgia
midwest 'pact' city? - warsaw indiana
northeast treaty city? - lisbon maine
united we stand - berlin new hampshire and berlin new jersey
'royal' county seats? - london kentucky and london ohio

Does this help at all, Lorri?

-- Geri

osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Fri, 11th Jul '08 10:54 PM


So sorry that I missed taking your WP, Davy. I was out of town and couldn't get to a computer in time. Dangit! Know it was a good one!

Susan

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 220.4 - Posts: 1935)
Fri, 11th Jul '08 11:03 PM

Bbear, are you talking about Albany? I almost did that for "nowhere near the Hudson" Still thick as a brick on the clue to Berlin, I guess it has something to do with the wall coming down. Anybody have a explanation? Very interesting concept, though I didn't get most of the clues Probably just me & maybe Kaelin Still a up puzzle

maurlin
Maurlin  (Level: 213.4 - Posts: 2671)
Fri, 11th Jul '08 11:27 PM

Finally a geography WP I really enjoyed. Fun one!

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 3936)
Fri, 11th Jul '08 11:34 PM

We have a Bigdavy and a Bigdave here. The former wrote the recent WP, the latter wrote the Trivia Squares. And don't even ask about Bigdavid.

bbear
Bbear  (Level: 161.7 - Posts: 2301)
Fri, 11th Jul '08 11:39 PM

The gotcha we had was "not near the Hudson" and "Albany" fit and so did the number of letters in a state that actually has an Albany - Texas. The fact that (cleverly) it was Moscow was the toughy and we lost a bunch on it.

Excellent puzzle

kaelin
Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sat, 12th Jul '08 5:07 AM

Got this - no problem
midwest 'pact' city? - warsaw indiana

still don't get it here
united we stand - berlin new hampshire and berlin new jersey

don't remember the others - thanks

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sat, 12th Jul '08 5:52 AM

Geri....
Thanks for the "heads up"
Big Dave and Big Davy....Hmmmmmmm
Doesn't anyone keep an eye on stuff like this????

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 3936)
Sat, 12th Jul '08 5:55 PM


bigdavy
Bigdavy  (Level: 131.3 - Posts: 529)
Wed, 16th Jul '08 1:50 PM

Hi everybody, sorry for the delay in responding, I was on vacation at beautiful Lake Cora in Paw Paw, Michigan (which itself is a great city name!).... Here are all the phrases, with the clues in parentheses:

BIGDAVY's Misplaced Capitals

moscow idaho ("Nowhere near the Hudson")
rome new york and rome georgia ("Nowhere near the boot")
athens georgia ("Never hosted Olympics")
damascus maryland ("East meets Mideast?")
cairo illinois and cairo georgia ("Are their roses purple?")
warsaw indiana ("Midwestern 'pact' city?")
london kentucky and london ohio ("'Royal' county seats?")
lisbon maine ("Northeast 'treaty' city?")
paris texas ("1984 film shot elsewhere")
berlin new hampshire and berlin new jersey ("United they stand?")

All of the city names were foreign capitals. I got the idea for this WP after hearing news reports in May about a tornado in Damascus, Arkansas. "Damascus Arkansas" was going to be one of the phrases, until I discovered there was a Damascus, Maryland, with a much larger population than the one in Arkansas. In fact many of these city names exist in several different U.S. states, so I picked the ones that were the largest.

If you are a movie buff like I am, it would have helped with some of the clues: "Paris, Texas" is a movie starring Harry Dean Stanton; "Moscow on the Hudson" is a movie starring Robin Williams; "The Purple Rose of Cairo" is a Woody Allen movie starring Mia Farrow and Jeff Daniels.

"United they stand?" is a reference to how Berlin used to be a divided city (East Berlin and West Berlin) before the wall came down. "The boot" refers to the shape of Italy. I also put in references to the Treaty of Lisbon and the Warsaw Pact.

I'm glad so many of you liked my WP, and sorry if some of the clues tripped you up!

- Dave (aka BigDavy)

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 3936)
Wed, 16th Jul '08 3:00 PM

I live maybe 15 miles from Damascus, MD. Not too long ago a sleepy country town, but with the Washington suburbs creeping ever outward, it's becoming a bedroom community 35 miles north of the District, and a nexus of congestion. I don't know what else there is to say about it; it's pretty nondescript


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