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The Daily Quest / Re: Last word syndrome
« on: April 08, 2021, 09:46:42 AM »
This might be the worst case of Last Word Syndrome: on the Challenge puzzle for Wednesday 7 April 2021 bilateral my last word, supplied by my better half when we were comparing, was tile, even though I already had tiler. Argh!

Words / Re: Betell/betold
« on: April 08, 2021, 09:37:14 AM »
The OED lists betell as 'obsolete'.

Word Games / Re: Who picks these words?
« on: April 06, 2021, 12:18:48 AM »
Even so, this puzzle is probably one of the most exasperating I've played to date.

Yet there are now a boatload of rosettes!

Word Games / One extreme to the other
« on: April 03, 2021, 10:57:04 AM »
The Standard game of Friday 2 April 2021 was very easy, as witnessed by the large number of rosettes. Then the Challenge game of Saturday 3 April 2021 was very difficult, taking over an hour before the first rosette appeared.

Whatever / Re: Cultural illiteracy at the BBC
« on: March 30, 2021, 11:23:26 AM »
Well, that is disappointing. Too bad what was once a good source for relatively unbiased information has declined.

Whatever / Cultural illiteracy at the BBC
« on: March 29, 2021, 10:21:02 AM »
Police said an explosion erupted as two attackers tried to enter the church on Palm Sunday, the first day of Easter.

Appalling. I expected better from the BBC.

Words / Re: SPOILER: 26th March 10-letter puzzle
« on: March 29, 2021, 02:46:39 AM »
I prefer the seed word in the title; much more useful. But after the puzzle has closed!  ;D

Whatever / Re: More or Les (was Bloody Plurals)
« on: March 17, 2021, 11:34:39 AM »
Although I'm not really a sci-fi fan, the original is a classic of the genre.

The remake? They should have waited another 57 years before releasing it. I'd describe it as 'awful' except it's not as good as that.

Agreed. I know the cost of producing a film has become so high and investors are so anxious to make a profit there is a preference for using a story with a proven track record but some films should not be remade. Can anyone imagine a remake of Casablanca (I hope that never happens!)?

Words / Re: 12 March challenge FIELDWORK
« on: March 15, 2021, 12:21:47 AM »
The term wilco is used in radio transmissions to mean 'will comply'. I learnt it as part of air traffic control. But as it is a shortened form of will comply it is spelt with a 'c', not a 'k'.

Words / Re: CATARRH
« on: March 12, 2021, 12:49:19 AM »
I suspect catarrh is relatively common, but difficult to see because of the unusual arrangement of letters and difficult to spell correctly.

Words / Re: Word suggestion ?
« on: March 09, 2021, 02:55:13 AM »
Alexander Graham Bell was a Scot, but lived much of his life in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Just outside of a small town named Sydney NS, there's a fascinating museum including his original telephones.

I recall visiting that museum in the early 1970s!

Words / Re: Meerkat
« on: March 06, 2021, 01:07:34 AM »
IMNSHO, if there is a question as to whether a word should be common or rare, it should be rare. Interestingly, the OED places meerkat in Frequency Band 3 the frequency level of most words which get questioned regarding common/rare. Also, my browser's spell check has underlined meerkat, which suggests it isn't all that common. I don't have a strong opinion either way on this word.

Whatever / Re: Location of Active Forumites
« on: February 27, 2021, 09:56:06 AM »
Not a biggie, but the state I live in is spelt Illinois and the expression 'there is no noise in Illinois' is for those pronouncing the final letter (it is silent).

Words / Re: photoshop - a possible Chi word?
« on: February 22, 2021, 02:45:22 AM »
A friend removed it for me using different software.

I'm curious, which software was used?

Words / Re: Challenge 17th Feb Miniature puzzle
« on: February 18, 2021, 10:39:40 AM »
Interesting that MINUTIAE is common yet its singular form MINUTIA is rare...

Is this worth a re-classification?

Both ought to be rare, IMO.

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