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Words / Re: PHAETON in the HEPTAGONAL puzzle
« on: October 19, 2022, 04:15:17 AM »
I've heard of it and seen it in print. But common? Maybe ... 150 years ago!

Whatever / Re: Madness in the UK.
« on: October 16, 2022, 02:42:28 AM »
Just saw a quote from The Times:
Thérèse Coffey, the health secretary, has pushed to make antibiotics more freely available and has said that she has previously handed out her own supplies of the medicines to friends and family who were feeling unwell.

Horrible and grossly irresponsible! Despite widespread insistence on curbing the use of antibiotics because it helps create 'superbugs', the new government wants to dispense them freely? Stupid. Stupid! STUPID!!

Word Games / Re: 7 by many club
« on: October 12, 2022, 02:54:04 AM »
The clouds scudded across the sky.

[thumbs up] Yep. When I see the word scud, this weather geek thinks clouds — and they can be spoken of as having scudded.

Words / Re: Tuesday 4 October Standard REJOICING puzzle
« on: October 06, 2022, 12:02:02 PM »
Never heard of it. Definitely not common in my book.

Words / Re: MILCH in 10/1 Standard
« on: October 02, 2022, 02:55:10 PM »
We had milch not very long ago, so I remembered to play it. But it probably isn't common.

Whatever / Re: More or Les (was Bloody Plurals)
« on: September 24, 2022, 04:00:37 AM »
Hopefully by the time you read this TRex you will have enjoyed a good nights sleep :)
I'm still trying to work out the difference between cloudy & overcast ???

Temperature-wise, it was great (down to 40°F/4.4°C); allergy-wise, not so good. I'm torn between wanting a good freeze to eliminate allergens and wanting some warmer weather for my tomato plants!

Although I've forgot much of my training because I haven't used it for thirty years, IIRC we were taught that sky observations were supposed to be based on (estimated) eighths of the sky*: seven-eighths or more was considered 'overcast' regardless of how dense the cloud cover was; one-eighth to seven-eighths was 'partly cloudy' or 'partly sunny' ('partly sunny' only used during daytime); one-eighth or less was 'clear' or 'fair'.

* the sky does not include areas blocked by trees, land elevations (natural obstacles), but does include areas blocked by man-made structures (never really understood the why for that); our observations were made from the top of the airport's control tower in flat Illinois, so there was little in the way of natural obstacles.

I believe weather observations are pretty standardised internationally, but perhaps there are some terminology variations used for public information.

Whatever / Re: More or Les (was Bloody Plurals)
« on: September 23, 2022, 12:54:05 PM »
I guess Mother Nature looked at the calendar, saw it was the first day of autumn and decided to cool things down. This morning's low of 48°F/8.9°C was the coolest here since 19 June and led to a very nice high temp of 63°F/17.2°C this afternoon. Forecast is for even cooler tonight: good sleeping weather!

Words / Re: 7-by-many Monday 4th July
« on: September 23, 2022, 12:47:59 PM »
Coincidently (as far as this thread goes, but perhaps part of the the subliminal influence) when I just went to get a drink I noticed that there is an unused pot of dip left over from McDonald's on the kitchen table. See attached.

Interesting list of ingredients.

Whatever / Re: More or Les (was Bloody Plurals)
« on: September 22, 2022, 07:00:04 AM »
Phew that sounds a bit hot TRex!

It's a clement 66oF/19oC here today.  Actually went out without a jacket on today :)

Indeed it was (and I hate hot weather at any time!). Your weather sounds wonderful, certainly much closer to my ideal.

Whatever / Re: More or Les (was Bloody Plurals)
« on: September 21, 2022, 06:08:07 AM »
In my head I shouldn't switch the heating on in September :laugh:

Makes sense to me!

After several nice days, we turned the air conditioning back on here. Current outdoor temp is 92°F/33.3°C and the humidity pushes the heat index to 99°F/37.2°C  :P

We try (and are usually successful) to not turn on furnace until November. During heating season we keep the thermostat at 62°F/16.6°C during the day and 58°F/14.4°C at night.

Words / Re: word suggestion: smartful
« on: September 21, 2022, 05:54:35 AM »
Thanks, Alan!

Words / Re: Sacristan
« on: September 19, 2022, 10:34:13 AM »
The word jumped out at me immediately. The fact that my mother-in-law served as a sacristan for a number of years might have helped.

Whatever / Re: More or Les (was Bloody Plurals)
« on: September 09, 2022, 05:59:06 PM »
I do not expect King Charles to be as popular as his Mother was but Prince William is a very popular person, so people will wait for his accession.

What is/are the main reason(s) King Charles lacks popularity?

Words / word suggestion: smartful
« on: September 08, 2022, 04:00:20 PM »
This is the Wiktionary entry
The Ngram Viewer shows sporadic usage.
I've attached a screenshot from its OED entry since that dictionary requires a subscription.

Words / Re: Monday 14 February 7-by-many CATHARSIS puzzle
« on: August 17, 2022, 01:17:41 PM »
It is, I was asking for it to be reclassified as common...

Doesn't seem even close to being common, imo.

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