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Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 10:24 AM


Nice job - very interesting - learned how to spell something the RIGHT way

Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 10:30 AM

I guessed the mystery on my third clue - sometimes I never guess the right country, so this was a good one for me

Salzypat  (Level: 154.4 - Posts: 5295)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 10:50 AM

I had an easy first puzzle so I guessed the country right at the start but some of the puzzles were a little difficult. All in all, a very good puzzle.

Ladyvol  (Level: 202.9 - Posts: 5435)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 11:33 AM

A good one but I messed up on the 4th puzzle and used a lot of letters...oh well...that's life! LOL

Donleigh  (Level: 146.0 - Posts: 4980)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 11:35 AM

Great puzzle - it's still a mystery to me.

Marynuala  (Level: 131.4 - Posts: 994)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 12:38 PM

Original and challenging!

Bleepy  (Level: 138.7 - Posts: 620)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 2:34 PM

I love it when I learn something and do "fairly" well. I always look forward to your clever work. Thanks, for another treat!

Wordster  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 892)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 3:53 PM

Ok.... I'm just about to try it. If it's as good as your quizzes then it should be top notch. See if I go under 49 guesses, Lol.

Wordster  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 892)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 4:23 PM

Yikes, 75! Kerblunk! and 2 misses!

Wordster  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 892)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 4:24 PM

But it was as good as I thought it would be.

Tallactor  (Level: 153.1 - Posts: 423)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 6:15 PM

Whew! Incredibly tough, though part of the reason I think that is that my first puzzle, which took me 16 letters to get, included a word I'd never heard before. I finally was able to figure out the country by Googling after I'd solved the third puzzle, but if I hadn't done that, I still wouldn't know what it was. I'll just say it was a WordPuzzle with absolutely no gimmes--all of the puzzles I got were super-hard. But now I know things about this particular country I never knew before!

Debbie1957  (Level: 45.7 - Posts: 402)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 7:28 PM

Enjoyed the puzzle and learned something at the same time what could be better than that.


Tresgatos  (Level: 201.7 - Posts: 4145)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 8:05 PM

I really really enjoyed this WP, thanks a bunch Suzanne! The mystery country happened to be one I've studied a bit about on my own and also learned about via my parents and their friends. I thought the clues were great, and all my phrases were fun, interesting and logical.

-- Geri

Suzannec  (Level: 243.4 - Posts: 616)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 8:26 PM

As always, thanks for all the nice comments. The Mystery Country is the place that my grandparents came from - Lebanon.

Here are all the phrases:

Phrase 1 – (Marhaba and bonjour) The second most common language spoken is French.
Phrase 2 – (Country symbol) The flag is red and white and has a cedar tree in the center.
Phrase 3 – (Famous American kin) Jamie Farr, Sammy Hagar, Ralph Nader, Marlo Thomas and Doug Flutie.
Phrase 4 – (No sand storms!) The only Middle Eastern country without a desert.
Phrase 5 – (Running hot and cold) You can snow ski in the morning and water ski at night.
Phrase 6 – (Highest point) The tallest mountain in this country is Jabal al Makmal.
Phrase 7 – (Early times) The city of Baalbek is home to several intact Roman ruins.
Phrase 8 – (Population) Approximately three and a half million.
Phrase 9 – ( General location) Bordered by the Mediterranean Sea and the country of Syria
Phrase 10 – (Tasty delights!) Baklava, kibbeh, falafel, hummus and tabouli.

Tresgatos  (Level: 201.7 - Posts: 4145)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 8:32 PM

Thanks for posting all of the phrases! Growing up in San Diego, my family frequented a Lebanese restaurant, and my parents got to know the owners, who were indeed from Lebanon. That's how I became interested in the country, the food, and so on. Thanks again for a fun WP!

-- Geri

Bbear  (Level: 159.3 - Posts: 2301)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 9:09 PM

We are such dullards we didn't get the country for four clues; however it wouldn't have mattered anyway. Absolutely excellent puzzle; thought it really kicked our rears but ended up 14th! Just shows how difficult it was. Thanks!

Spacecat  (Level: 157.1 - Posts: 666)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 9:41 PM

Ottawa has a huge Lebanese community. Always easy to find good food.

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 10:28 PM

Baklava and tabouli - yum - tabouli got me as my last puzzle and i had to take too many letters as I learned a different spelling - or I would have been up in the top 12-13 - really really enjoyed this puzzle - thanks for doing it

Toledosugar  (Level: 51.4 - Posts: 281)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 11:20 PM

Enjoyed the puzzle. Made me hungry!

Alvandy  (Level: 225.6 - Posts: 7525)
Sun, 20th Jul '08 7:40 AM

Great puzzle with some tough phrases to solve.
Needed to google some location names- e.g.- Baalbek was almost a "a male pain in the groin"

Oh, there is a small city about 30 miles from York called Lebanon. Home of the famous "Lebanon bologna/ baloney".

Zeedee  (Level: 222.1 - Posts: 1088)
Sun, 20th Jul '08 11:44 AM

I enjoyed the puzzle very much. But I became distracted by the use of the term "Middle East." I am old enough to have learned to identify the countries just east of the Mediterranean as "Near East." So I looked it up to see if the term was still in use at all. (You never seem to hear it on the news anymore--journalists seem to call everything between the Mediterranean and China "Middle East.") This is what Wikipedia has to say on the topic:

"The Near East is a term commonly used by Western archaeologists, geographers, and historians, less commonly by Western journalists and commentators, to refer to the region encompassing Anatolia (the Asian portion of modern Turkey), the Levant (Syria, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, and Palestine), Georgia, Armenia, and Mesopotamia (Iraq). The alternative term Middle East—preferred in some political and economic contexts—is not used by Near Eastern archaeologists and historians."

I love that English has so many terms that make fine distinctions in meaning, and I hate to see a worthwhile term fall out of use. Unfortunately, it's a losing battle, I'm afraid.

Kaufman  (Level: 254.0 - Posts: 3936)
Sun, 20th Jul '08 12:53 PM

Zeedee makes an interesting point. Given that the Far East includes East and Southeast Asia, that would suggest the existence of a "Near East" somewhere west of it, and a "Middle East" inbetween.

Using "Near East" to represent the areas around the Eastern Mediterranean seems to make logical sense, until you realize that that makes places like India, Nepal, Uzbekistan, etc. the Middle East. And nobody calls them that. Bangladesh would meanwhile be the Sort of Farish East.

On the other hand, using "Middle East" for the Eastern Mediterranean area has its own problems. That puts the Near East to the west somewhere, to ensure that the Middle East is indeed in the middle. Given the distance to the Far East, it would probably be out near the Azores. Since there's not a lot of land out there. that's probably why nobody uses "Near East" for that area any more. But given the location of the Middle and Far Easts, it suggests, that people once did, which lends a lot of credibility to the Atlantis stories.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sun, 20th Jul '08 1:00 PM

Once again....sounds as if I missed an interesting puzzle
Can't wait for my life to settle down----I get REALLY
annoyed with myself when I miss the WPs.
You'd think even a senile person could remember to
get to a computer twice a day!!!!

Oldcougar  (Level: 217.3 - Posts: 1935)
Sun, 20th Jul '08 6:51 PM

Sorry getting behind on my WP posts. Good puzzle

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