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Whatever / Re: A question for you Americans
« on: April 08, 2012, 05:47:23 PM »
We have a female Prime Minister in Australia at the moment.  Her partner (they're not married) is widely known as the 'First Bloke', though that's not an official title.  Very Australian! 

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Words / wives
« on: April 06, 2012, 06:32:20 PM »
I unsuccessfully played wives in yesterday's 10 letter puzzle.  In a previous post of mine about irregular plurals (life/lives) Alan had noted:

"But it does seem wrong to rule out wives because of the rare verb wive."

However, it wasn't on the recent update list.  So, Alan, can you please add it?

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Word Games / Re: JUST CURIOUS
« on: March 29, 2012, 03:48:25 PM »
You can already do that, Gaye Christine - just click on the button that says 'Rare' at the top of the scoreboard. 

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Word Games / Re: JUST CURIOUS
« on: March 29, 2012, 10:59:26 AM »
My methods are similar to those already mentioned, although by the end I'm down to random guessing.  I try not to let my hit rate drop below 70% on the 9 and 10 letter puzzles, and try to keep it at 100% on the Challenge puzzle.  I always check the solutions afterwards, including the rare words.  Some of them stick in my mind (like 'eringo' which I'd never heard before, but which I now see regularly.  I've yet to use it in a sentence in real life, however)  I also have imaginary rivals - players at a similar level to me who I try to beat.  I think it would be tactically remiss of me to mention who they are, but they include some regular contributors to the forum!

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Words / Re: Plurals (again!)
« on: March 23, 2012, 10:00:39 PM »
Thanks for the explanation, Alan.  I understand the rationale for disallowing cabbies on the basis that cabby is the less frequently used form of the word and that allowing it would probably cause more frustration than not allowing it.  The difficulty for players, of course, is knowing when this rule applies.  Like TRex, I've always spelt it as cabby and thought that was the predominant form.  However, it's all part of the fun! 

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Words / Plurals (again!)
« on: March 20, 2012, 10:40:29 AM »
I must say, I'm a little confused by the application of the rules for irregular plurals.  In yesterday's Challenge puzzle I unsuccessfully played the word 'cabbies' (thus ruining my 100% hit rate!)  Although 'cabbie' is one accepted spelling of the word, so is 'cabby', so shouldn't 'cabbies' count as an acceptable plural of 'cabby'?

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Words / Word suggestion: uber
« on: March 01, 2012, 11:51:12 PM »
I've tried playing this word a few times (obviously I keep forgetting that it doesn't count).  It's used reasonably commonly in popular media and among young people as an adverb or adjective meaning extreme or excessive (e.g. 'playing word games is uber cool')  It's also listed in a number of online dictionaries, though it probably hasn't made it into the Oxford just yet.  Even so, I think it's worth including as a rare word. 

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Words / Re: demob & dobbed
« on: February 20, 2012, 03:41:24 PM »
I think 'dobbed' is an Australianism.  The verb 'to dob' or 'to dob in' means to nominate someone for a task or role (usually something unpleasant).  For example, "I got dobbed in to clean the oven."  I can also recall the term 'dobbed on' being used in the playground to describe being informed upon (e.g. "I'm dobbing on you for stealing my lunch!")  I'm not sure if it's current playground parlance, however.  Probably not.

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Words / Re: common word spelling Tues 10 word
« on: February 11, 2012, 12:53:07 PM »
I've only ever come across the word in Aldous Huxley's book The Doors of Perception, where it's spelt 'mescalin'.  I've never seen it spelt with an 'e' at the end (although I defer to  Tom44's expert knowledge in the area and accept his view that the more common spelling is 'mescaline').  Perhaps to those of us without expert knowledge, 'mescalin' is more common.  It is to me, at least.

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Words / Re: Plurals
« on: January 31, 2012, 09:52:29 PM »
Indeed!  And the same principle seems to already apply in reverse for a word like 'does' which comes up regularly.  It's acceptable as a verb form but not as a plural.  This would seem to indicate that if a word is acceptable in one form, it counts, despite the fact that it may also be unacceptable in another form. 

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Words / Plurals
« on: January 30, 2012, 11:28:46 AM »
In yesterday's standard puzzle I unsuccessfully played the word 'lives'.  As a verb form, it's clearly not allowed.  However, it's also the plural of 'life' and it falls within the rules for plurals.  Shouldn't it be allowed on that basis?

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Words / Word suggestion: 10 letter puzzle Jan 5
« on: January 06, 2012, 07:44:19 PM »
I unsuccessfully played the word 'eustress' in this puzzle.  Eustress is a term used in psychology to describe positive stress.  I think it was coined in the 1970s.  While obviously not a common word, it may warrant inclusion as a rare word.

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Say Hello / Re: Welcome, Morbius
« on: December 31, 2011, 12:01:16 AM »
Thank you, Pat.  Who is T?

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Word Games / Re: congratulations
« on: December 30, 2011, 10:11:31 AM »
Yes, thank you for the fascinating stats, Alan.  Would it be possible to publish statistics like these for each game?  I'd also be interested in other statistical data such as the percentage of players who got all the common words, the percentage of players who reached each level etc. 

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