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Whatever / Re: More or Les (was Bloody Plurals)
« Last post by Hobbit on Yesterday at 11:24:54 PM »

I accept the challenge.  This sounds like an Elvis song but is a culinary preference.

Hi Jack

Having a less hectic day today.  I've been up to Barbs for a walk, cuppa & catch up :)  Am now trying to match your rather sneaky rebus.  Having given it a lot of thought - (the time it takes for the kettle to boil >:D) my rebus is actually an Elvis song with only a slight nod to things culinary :laugh:

5 6 3 4

Please lose the last letter of the singer's name in picture three.
If I don't win with that I'll eat my hat :laugh:

A Sunlit Weapon sounds intriguing & a real page turner :)

I went to the doctors this morning & said I feel like I've got some cutlery stuck in my throat...
The doctor had a look & said "It's nothing serious - you just need to have utensils taken out!"

These tickled me - I hope they stick.


Ice Cream?

Words / Re: Thursday 23 June 7-by-many FORESAW/FORESWEAR/FORSWEAR puzzle
« Last post by ridethetalk on Yesterday at 04:09:04 PM »
Fair call... BTW. I have read the Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb as well as others in that series...  ;D ;D ;D
Thanks Alan...
Words / Thursday 30 June 7-by-many SHIFTIER/THRIFTIEST puzzle
« Last post by ridethetalk on Yesterday at 04:05:58 PM »
A couple more for your consideration, Alan. It's probably notable that I missed getting (common) fetishist but did get the (rare) fetishise, hence the possibility that adding the "r" on the end made sense to me...

FETISHISER – one who fetishises e.g. “To assume that anyone who’s dated more than one Asian woman is a fetishiser, lumps all Asian women into a singular entity and personality type.” From

SHIFTER – worth a reclassification to common IMHO e.g. would you hand me that large shifter please so that I can tighten the sump plug? You also have numerous references in fantasy novels to shape shifters…
Motorhome is in a few dictionaries, but it's in a lot more as two words, so I'll accept it, but only as a rare word.
Words / Re: Thursday 23 June 7-by-many FORESAW/FORESWEAR/FORSWEAR puzzle
« Last post by Alan W on Yesterday at 03:56:51 PM »
Yes, farseeing is in a few dictionaries, but then it's already accepted in Chihuahua. The dictionaries identify farseeing as an adjective, not a verb, so this doesn't necessarily imply the existence of a verb farsee.

Farsee and farseer are in Wiktionary. Farseer is in as a run-on entry from farseeing.

The usage of these words seems to be almost entirely related to fantasy and science fiction, especially the Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb. Perhaps the earliest example is in an 1887 translation of the Odyssey by William Morris, referring to "Zeus the Farseer".

I did dig up one non-fantastic use of farseer, in a 1957 book called America Needs an Ideology:

The future belongs to the farseers. Henry Ford and Thomas Edison were both farseers - and both friends of Frank Buchman.

I'll add farseer as a rare word, but I'm not convinced farsee has really made it into the language. Wiktionary gives the origin of farseer as far + seer.
Whatever / Re: More or Les (was Bloody Plurals)
« Last post by Ozzyjack on Yesterday at 03:39:12 PM »

My rebus is dead simple & as easy peasy as you could hope for :) It'll definitely be in with a chance of winning the easiest puzzle award!

Hi Pen,

#4  #4  #6

I accept the challenge.  This sounds like an Elvis song but is a culinary preference.

Word Games / Re: 7 by many club
« Last post by ridethetalk on Yesterday at 02:59:17 PM »
Well, another tough puzzle today, with all of sixty three common words needed for that elusive rosette, it will probably come as no surprise that, of the dozen rosettes overall, none were awarded to our members… The closest we came was with a rosettenear proudly garnered by rogue_mother with sixty two commons extracted from the seven troublesome letters…

Next came myself, doxydaisy, vizal, yelnats and ozzyjune on sixty one words found which makes all of us two short ☹ - it caused a great deal of embarrassment for all concerned when it was uncovered what was taken during the THEFT from the FETISHIST…

Following that small (see what I did there?)😉 grouping, we find dragonman on fifty eight followed by Jancsika and blackrockrose on fifty seven…

Finding the answer to life, the universe and everything was enough for auntiemo while Scouser1952 settled for the two common seed words and Roddles left after getting just one of them!!! No sign of 2dognight, Maudland or ozzyjack today but, with so many common words needed, who can blame them!!!

A score of eighty one words or more enables you to get your mavenhood intact and doxydaisy, rogue_mother, dragonman, myself and ozzyjune did just that – well done!!! 😎😎😎
Whatever / Re: More or Les (was Bloody Plurals)
« Last post by Ozzyjack on Yesterday at 02:07:37 PM »
Hi Pen,

The book I liked best in my recent reading was A Sunlit Weapon by Jacqueline Winspear.  It is the 17th in her Maisie Dobbs series.

Late September 1942. Jo Hardy, a 22-year-old ferry pilot, is delivering a Spitfire to Biggin Hill Aerodrome when she realizes someone is shooting at her aircraft. When she returns to the location on foot, she finds an African American serviceman in a barn, tied up and gagged. Jo hurries away, but can't shake the image of the serviceman from her mind.

Several days later, when Jo recounts the story to several other women, she receives the news that Erica, another ferry pilot flying the same route she had has been killed in a crash near Kent. Erica's death is attributed to 'pilot error,' but Jo is convinced there is a link between her own experience and Erica's - and that of Jo's dead fiancé, who was killed over a year earlier under inexplicable circumstances in the same area.

Tragedy strikes two days later when another ferry pilot crashes in the same area where Jo’s plane was attacked. At the suggestion of one of her colleagues, Jo seeks the help of psychologist and investigator Maisie Dobbs. 

Meanwhile, Maisie’s husband, a high-ranking political attaché based at the American embassy, is in the thick of ensuring security is tight for the first lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt, during her visit to Britain. There’s already evidence that German agents have been circling: the wife of a president represents a high-value target. Mrs Roosevelt is clearly in danger, and there may well be a direct connection to the death of the woman ferry pilot and the recent activities of the two American servicemen.

 To guarantee the safety of the First Lady—and of the soldier being held in police custody—Maisie must uncover that connection.

Words / Re: Saturday 18 June 10-letter ADJUSTMENT puzzle
« Last post by ridethetalk on Yesterday at 11:19:02 AM »
Isn't it marvellous to get these snippets from Alan - it's almost worth making word suggestions just for that alone...  >:D >:D >:D

Just kidding, Alan, I would never suggest anyone make spurious word suggestions...  :angel: :angel: :angel:
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