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Whatever / Interesting Spider in My Home [PHOTO]
« on: May 27, 2021, 09:38:35 AM »
This little beastie turned up in my home on 2021/05/20.

Don't worry, it's only small, it just looks huge in the photo because my camera has a super macro zoom facility that can make a small coin look like a manhole cover. :)

What struck me about this was the fact that while I was photographing it, it appeared to have an iridescent metallic green abdomen - not the sort of colour scheme usually associated with British spiders!

Specimen has since been identified as Philodromus aureolus.

To give an indication of actual size, the leg span is only marginally wider than the diameter of a UK 5p coin (which is a pretty small coin).

In the past, I've had the related Philodromus dispar turn up in my home, whose adult males look as if they're wearing a tuxedo colour scheme wise.

Words / A little question ...
« on: August 29, 2020, 11:18:04 AM »
Several of the puzzles here have had an interesting phenomenon associated therewith.

Namely, if you find, say, a five letter word from the puzzle letters, the remaining letters are found to form at least one four letter word, and combining the two resulting words into one results in a nonsense nine letter word that you wish was a real word. :)

One recent example from two days ago, was insertion, which gave iron and stein, which when combined, might be a suitable word for a Bavarian lager tankard made of metal. :D

Wonder if anyone else here has been taking note of instances thereof?

The Daily Quest / Standard vs Challenge ...
« on: February 02, 2020, 01:50:12 PM »
Just recently, the Standard games have been more challenging than the Challenge games, at least from my standpoint.

Over the past week, I've fired up the game, and the Standard game has left me struggling to find the nine-letter word for up to two hours, as well as providing annoying 'so near yet so far' moments with missing letters that would have doubled or even tripled my word tally. By contrast, I've been able to find the nine-letter solution for the Challenge game in under five minutes, and rattle off a decent word list in 30 minutes. Today the nine-letter was the first word that sprang to mind when seeing the Challenge puzzle, and everything else fell into place from that point on.

Am I unique here, or has anyone else experienced this phenomenon?

Today (2nd February) I've had to struggle to find the Standard 9-letter, and only just scraped past the "better" mark, while the Challenge game has been much less frustrating!

Is this some sort of statistical anomaly I've simply been unfortunate to encounter, or are we going to see a permanent role reversal in place? :)

Words / 8th December 2019 Game: Some Stats
« on: December 12, 2019, 04:16:38 PM »

Found this interesting situation when playing the game on 8th December, from the 10-letter Profanity puzzle:

Topiary: listed as common: 63 players found it.

Tarn: listed as rare: 163 players found it.

Rota: listed as rare: 173 players found it.

Troy: listed as rare: 131 players found it.

Prion: listed as rare: 70 players found it.

Tarpon: listed as rare: 54 players found it.

Anyone else found purportedly 'common' words that are less frequently found by the players than various 'rare' words?

Words / Lieder
« on: September 21, 2018, 08:36:06 AM »
In one of the recent past puzzles, I tried Lieder. Which was promptly flagged as "unknown".

Finding that it wasn't even the rare word list puzzled me.

For those unfamiliar with the term, Lieder are the result of using a poem as the lyrics for a song with a classical music score. As the name suggests, they're most often thought of as German musical compositions, and indeed, the majority of extant Lieder are the products of German composers (Schumann was a particularly prolific composer of Lieder, with Schubert also being particularly associated with this genre Death and the Maiden being a possibly canonical example, followed by Richard Strauss, Brahms and Beethoven).

I admit that the term probably wouldn't have occurred to many people, but might have been in the minds of players with some background in classical music. I'm therefore surprised to find it not present even in the rare word list.

This Forum / Suggestion: text that can be hidden
« on: September 18, 2018, 12:35:44 PM »

On some other forums I'm a member of, there exists a feature allowing someone to hide text when the post is viewed, with a little clickable link or button allowing that text to be revealed, or hidden again, toggle switch style.

It strikes me that this would be a useful feature for "spoiler" type posts.

Words / A phenomenon arising from the game ...
« on: September 18, 2018, 12:32:59 PM »

I wonder if anyone else here, has found themselves in the position of playing either the Standard or Challenge game, finding themselves with, say, a five-letter word they've just entered, only to notice that the remaining four letters also form a word, and that the two resulting words put together elicit a smile, or even laughter?

I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one here to have had moments of off the wall humour arising from such occurrences ... :)

The Daily Quest / Wow ... my first rosette ...
« on: July 26, 2018, 02:33:45 PM »
Didn't expect that to happen. Though I'm left wondering how many of the "common" words in that list really are thus in terms of usage outside this game ... :)

The Daily Quest / Today's Puzzles (2018/07/10)
« on: July 10, 2018, 10:40:49 AM »
Anyone else here thinking that the Standard & Challenge puzzles were the wrong way round? 😀

This one's another weird one. Made it to "better", but ALL my words begin with the compulsory letter. Can't find any words for this puzzle that don't.

Will probably find some obvious ones in tomorrow's solution, along with the usual raft that make me think "is that really a word in the English language?" :D

The Daily Quest / The 30th April Puzzles ... What The ... ???
« on: April 30, 2018, 10:39:41 AM »
Just tried today's puzzles (30th April 2018). Possibly the worst ones I've encountered thus far. The 10 letter in particular seems to have been crafted by a fulminatingly florid sadist.

Usually, I reach "better" after about 20 minutes. These three leave me struggling to come up with recognisable words I'd use reasonably often, and that's despite the fact that I routinely use, elsewhere, a raft of terms from various disciplines that invariably end up flagged as "rare" or "not known" here ...

From what bowels of the Ninth Circle did the puzzle generator drag these up from?

The Daily Quest / Today's Puzzles (January 10th 2018)
« on: January 10, 2018, 09:19:57 PM »
Am I the only one here thinking that the Standard and Challenge Puzzles today should be vice versa?  ;D

Words / Custom Puzzle: "This Puzzle Has No 10-Letter Word"
« on: July 10, 2017, 02:06:24 PM »
I tried to create a custom 10-letter puzzle to share with everyone, but for some reason, I was presented with the error message "This puzzle has no 10-letter word".

Which means that spiderling, as in a newly hatched spider, is missing from the database. An omission I consider in need of remedying, even without my passion for invertebrate zoology. :)

Whatever / More Programming Fun ...
« on: March 03, 2017, 12:47:53 PM »
I'm about to install MySQL to go with my PHP installation. Promises to be fun. Then I have the fun of wading through the reference manual.

The Daily Quest / 16th February oddity ...
« on: February 16, 2017, 03:32:21 PM »
Today, I found more than twice as many words in the Challenge Chihuahua puzzle than the other two combined. I can't ever remember the Challenge being this much easier than the other two in the past, ever.

Without giving anything away, my thoughts on the Standard and 10 Letter for today, can be summed up as "what sort of warped mind thought these two choices would make good puzzles?" Unless of course you're the sort of person who has memorised the entire Scrabble Words tome, but coming to those two puzzles after 4 hours' JavaScript debugging made me wish I'd stayed with the JavaScript!

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