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Words / Re: Redact redux
« on: June 04, 2021, 12:40:34 PM »

Words / Re: fastball
« on: March 16, 2021, 04:47:07 AM »
Baseball has 'Who's on First?', but cricket has this:

Whatever / Re: Advancing my vocabulary
« on: March 14, 2021, 02:14:07 PM »
Gosh, thanks for the clarification!

When I looked for enm, I found Ethical Non-Monogamy.

Apparently this is a thing.

Middle English is far preferable!

Words / Re: word suggestion from the Challenge Puzzle 5 January
« on: January 12, 2021, 04:10:04 AM »
Thanks for your kind words pat, lilys field and Jacki. They are much appreciated!

Words / Re: word suggestion from the Challenge Puzzle 5 January
« on: January 09, 2021, 08:20:52 AM »
Dear Pat,

I remember trying it (probably a long time ago now), and being surprised that it was rare. I am feeling embarrassingly incompetent at this word suggestion thing. Will I ever get it right? Perhaps I should have suggested that it be made common. When I looked on the Word List, I did not see it. I apologize for my post.

Words / word suggestion from the Challenge Puzzle 5 January
« on: January 09, 2021, 04:27:05 AM »
I would like to suggest 'anted,' as in: The poker players all anted up before play started. (I wrote this sentence, it is not a quote from any other source. After the 'beclad' incident, I'm terrified to suggest anything!)


Whatever / Re: Shocking
« on: January 08, 2021, 06:10:37 PM »
There is a precedent:

When Richard Nixon resigned in 1974, his successor Gerald Ford immediately granted him a pardon.

Apparently, Trump has discussed pardoning himself. That just about sums it up for this miserable man. He may just be truly (and deservedly) friendless. The loneliest person on Earth.

If the Congress were to impeach him (again), and convict him this time, I'm not sure how the pardon thing would work. Any Constitutional scholars out there?

Words / Re: checking before suggesting
« on: January 05, 2021, 01:01:14 PM »
Thank you, Alan and Pat for your prompt and helpful replies.


Words / checking before suggesting
« on: January 05, 2021, 05:52:43 AM »
Dear Alan and Forumites,

I think I should know this already, but I don't:

If a player wants to suggest a word, I know that there's the Word List Suggestions page to check. But is there another 'master' list to check to see if the word in question has already been in- or ex-cluded?

For example, whenever I see 'true' as a possibility, I want to use 'trued' and/or 'truing', using true as a verb, meaning to adjust so as to make true. It's not on the Suggestions list, but I'm hesitant to suggest it in case I've failed to check some other list, and I'm just being annoying.


Word Games / Re: Player statistics 2020
« on: January 04, 2021, 04:36:05 AM »
Dear Alan:

Seeing the posted statistics (thanks!) reminds me of the evening I spent in a motel room in 2009 (attending a conference for ESL teachers). Drifting around on the Internet, I stumbled across Chihuahua. It would be hard to express my surprise and delight at finding the PERFECT game!

Thanks and more thanks,


Whatever / Re: A big thank you to Alan
« on: January 01, 2021, 03:50:32 PM »
Well, Alan, the New Year has already come to you while we wait here on the Californian coast, getting ready with our sighs of relief as 2020 fades away.

As everyone has said: Thanks so much for bringing us such a wonderful game. The Challenge Game waiting for me at morning coffee time is a daily pleasure I owe to you!

All Best Wishes!!!

Whatever / Re: Are our American players ok?
« on: December 30, 2020, 04:37:33 AM »

Hard to believe that decent folks could even think about voting for people like Johnson and Trump to run their country.

Isn't it?!? But it's real. Sigh...

Words / Re: Sweary
« on: December 21, 2020, 05:12:18 AM »
re: sweary

Yes, please...

Whatever / Re: Cracker jokes
« on: December 14, 2020, 10:12:08 AM »

I think of those songs together as well. 'Over the River' does mention Thanksgiving*, and as I recall, in school (~100 years ago) that's when we sang it.

*Over the river and through the woods,
To have a first-rate play;
O, hear the bells ring, 'Ting-a-ling-ling!'
Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day!

Whatever / Re: Cracker jokes
« on: December 14, 2020, 04:25:08 AM »
Ah, yes, Jingle Bells.

As a former Kindergarten teacher, I can tell you that Jingle Bells is a FAVORITE song, probably because of its rollicking pace and the chance to sing the chorus LOUDLY.

But, hearing it in the shops every November -January...torture.

Because we almost never hear any but the first verse, few of us know that it's a song about high-spirited courting-age young people getting a chance to ride unchaperoned through the snowy landscape. The second verse is:

A day or two ago
I thought I'd take a ride
And soon, Miss Fanny Bright
Was seated by my side,
The horse was lean and lank
Misfortune seemed his lot
He got into a drifted bank
And then we got upsot.

A tumble in the snow--what an opportunity!

Even more rare is the 'Little Deuce Coupe' of 1854:

Now the ground is white
Go it while you're young,
Take the girls tonight
and sing this sleighing song;
Just get a bobtailed bay
Two forty is his speed
Hitch him to an open sleigh
And crack! you'll take the lead.

However, most appropriate for Chihuahua is:

    Aussie Jingle Bells

    Dashing through the bush, in a rusty Holden ute,
    Kicking up the dust, esky in the boot,
    Kelpie by my side, singing Christmas songs,
    It's Summer time and I am in my singlet, shorts and thongs

    Oh! Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way,
    Christmas in Australia on a scorching summers day, Hey!
    Jingle bells, jingle bells, Christmas time is beaut!,
    Oh what fun it is to ride in a rusty Holden ute.

Happy Holidays (wear your earplugs when you shop!)

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