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mkenuk

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« on: March 14, 2021, 03:41:42 PM »
re the softball 7-by many game.

To miss a rosette by one word is disappointing, but when that word is a term from baseball, it just becomes annoying.

Please can fastball join bunt and bullpen and other such terms from this American pastime on the uncommon list?

For the record fastball got 93 hits from 324 (just under 30%) and was the least played common word.

Never mind; as always in such cases, I shall award myself an honorary rosette and, for consolation, an extra beer while watching TV this evening.

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Re: fastball
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2021, 12:27:28 AM »
Mike, I didn't get FASTBALL either but I agree with an extra beer  ;D

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Re: fastball
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2021, 08:43:45 PM »
If it's any consolation the following day's puzzle included "googly" as a common word, which as far as I know is a cricketing term!

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Re: fastball
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2021, 09:54:48 PM »
It is a cricketing term. 
It looks something like this. One of the greatest Aussie spin bowlers Shane Warne

Hope you're all still awake after the mention of cricket >:D

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Re: fastball
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2021, 10:13:16 PM »
Hope you're all still awake after the mention of cricket >:D

And why not?. Probably the second most popular team sport in the world; almost a billion followers on the Indian sub-continent alone!

I must admit I am a little surprised that no-one has ever challenged the common status of googly, however.
I'm not querying it, of course. To me, it's a perfectly common word!

Shane Warne? Destroyer of more English hopes than almost any other Aussie in my lifetime.... but he remains one of the greatest cricketers of all time.  - And that is from a true Englishman!
 

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Re: fastball
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2021, 10:14:20 PM »
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Re: fastball
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2021, 01:23:24 AM »
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And why not?. Probably the second most popular team sport in the world; almost a billion followers on the Indian sub-continent alone!

Shane Warne? Destroyer of more English hopes than almost any other Aussie in my lifetime.... but he remains one of the greatest cricketers of all time.  - And that is from a true Englishman!

We don't mention India at the moment after England's poor showing in the recent tests >:D

I was lucky enough to see Shane Warne play at Trent Bridge in the 2005 Ashes.  When he wasn't bowling he was fielding on the boundary & exchanging occasional chat & banter with random spectators :) 
A brilliant sportsman and, as you rightly say Mike, the destroyer of so many English hopes and dreams!

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Re: fastball
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2021, 04:47:07 AM »
Baseball has 'Who's on First?', but cricket has this:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYrue4oXCbo


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Re: fastball
« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2021, 06:32:17 PM »
And in yesterday's game we had "shortstop" (which I failed to find), which makes it 3 terms from bat-and-ball games, all in the space of a week! In seriousness since neither cricket nor baseball are played universally, even in the English-speaking world, maybe the "common" status of such terms could be reviewed...

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Re: fastball
« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2021, 02:43:01 PM »
If it's any consolation the following day's puzzle included "googly" as a common word, which as far as I know is a cricketing term!

I don't know the cricket meaning of "googly" but I have seen the word often in posts on crafting in the phrase "googly eyes."