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Words / Apt political anagram
« on: January 16, 2019, 12:30:31 PM »
The January 15 puzzled struck a note with me.  Considering the Putin-approved president of the US is continuing his master's bidding by shutting down the day to day functions and finances of the US government, I thought it was apt that you can't arbitrate with an irate brat.

Words / Osier, orate
« on: May 23, 2018, 02:10:02 PM »
Does anyone else think it's odd that osier is classified as common while orate is classified as rare?

Words / British and Australian people - taser?
« on: December 03, 2014, 11:56:20 PM »
I am nonplussed every time I play 'taser' and have it come up rare.  To an American, this word is pretty common.  I know these devices aren't used with as much brutal avidity in the rest of the English-speaking world, but surely the word is known?  I feel like it must be equivalent to the word 'arse' in America - absolutely no one says it, but nearly everyone knows it.  So, how about it - do you know 'taser'?

Word Games / Custom games - a question for Alan
« on: May 25, 2014, 05:22:16 AM »

Forgive me if this has been raised and settled, but a couple of years back I believe some people (maybe me!) asked about whether it would be possible to make a custom Chi game with letters picked by the maker.  For example, if you wanted to see the word scramble for BLOVIATED or any other word, you'd create a new puzzle and type in those letters, along with all the other options (plurals, chinwag, hit rate, etc).  The site could reject a custom puzzle if the maker chose letters that didn't make a word found on the common nine-letter word list.  Is this a thing that's possible?  Or do you have zero interest in developing such a feature?  It's your site - but I think it would be fun, if it were doable. 


Word Games / Apt anagrams
« on: May 09, 2014, 09:08:58 AM »
The challenge puzzle for May 8 was EGOMANIAC.  I noticed while solving that this is an anagram for I CO-MANAGE.

This Forum / Hello?
« on: May 02, 2013, 11:48:35 AM »
Why's it all gone quiet, then?!  Everyone run out of opinions?

Word Games / Idea for new Chihuahua feature
« on: February 09, 2013, 12:47:29 PM »
I thought of an idea I'd like to see in Chihuahua.  I know this is Alan's pet, and I know nothing about coding so I don't know how much work it would be, but I thought I'd throw this out there anyway, with the usual (a) reservations that Alan's final word on any Chihuahuania should be the final word, period; and (b) gratitude for all the wonderful things Alan does on this amazing site.  That said...

Would anyone else be interested in the following (optional) feature?  What if you could see on the word list what words you have guessed in that game and were NOT allowed - perhaps in italic, red font, and/or strikethrough?  Or perhaps even in a separate, smaller list below?  I know I would love to have a visual reminder of what I've tried; it would help me in the long term, as I'm a visual learner, and also in the short term in case I make an early-senility blip and try the same doomed word again a few hours later.  Anyone else thought about this, or would like to see it?

Whatever / What's your occupation?
« on: January 28, 2013, 05:00:24 AM »
Hello Chi-ers (Chiites? Chimaniacs?  Chi-mpanzees?)

I often wonder what the people on these forums do for a living, and whether there is any slant toward careers that require verbal or writing mastery.  (If anything, I think there may be a prepondernace of computer engineers.)  So I'm asking: what does everyone do?

I'll start: I teach at a private elementary school (all subjects; in the US, generally before the 4th grade, kids stay in one room and take all main subjects from one teacher).

Words / Spadework
« on: December 22, 2012, 06:27:07 AM »
As "spade" is rarely used in America outside the realm of playing cards, I would venture that "spadework" is very rarely used in the USA, if at all.  Note the buzzword of the previous stimulus package: "shovel-ready" projects.  No one would say "spade-ready."

Words / Overtread
« on: July 02, 2012, 05:44:03 AM »
The June 29 game, for which the answer was Overrated, did not allow Overtread, which is is here:

and in the 4th to last para in this article


Words / Tellies (Challenge April 12)
« on: April 13, 2012, 07:49:13 AM »
I think I speak for all Americans, a group which I belong to legally if not culturally, when I say that Americans do not use the word "telly" at all and thus would hardly regard "tellies" as a common word.

Words / **spoiler** Challenge Saturday 21 May 2011 **spoiler**
« on: May 21, 2011, 08:08:16 AM »
I'm slightly surprised that screed is considered rare.  Why, I could write a whole... uh... diatribe on the subject.

Words / Standard puzzle for Sunday 19 December 2010
« on: December 20, 2010, 08:31:28 AM »
I suggest that "inbox" is a common enough term that it could be accepted.  Get with the 21st century, Chihuahua!

Words / Thursday 23/9 Puzzle word
« on: September 24, 2010, 08:33:24 AM »
I'm utterly constounded and shellocked that "astrew" is apparently not a word.  I've been using it all my life to mean "in a state of disorder"!  I'm so shamebarrassed!

Apparently I'm not the only one...

Words / Suggested word
« on: August 18, 2010, 11:03:01 AM »
SPENDIER, as in "more expensive."  Slang, I know, but perhaps uncommon?

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