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#1 2010-05-24 07:55:40

gurthbruins
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Word Game #44

Word Game #44

In this game, there is a hidden rule which defines valid and invalid words.

Post a list of ten words before Noon GMT Wednesday 26 May. After that, no more than one list per player per day.

There is no scoring of points. Every list will be checked by me and I will state, by referring to the post #, how many valid words it contains, but not which.

The winner will be the first player to post a list of 10 valid words, which will also end the game. No word may be used more than once.


It's the activity of the intelligence above all that gives charm to existence.

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#2 2010-05-24 08:30:59

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Re: Word Game #44


Why did the vector cross the road?
It wanted to be normal.

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#3 2010-05-24 11:48:23

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"The good news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do. The bad news is that they do what you tell them to do." - Ted Nelson

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#4 2010-05-24 12:22:36

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Re: Word Game #44


Q: Who wrote the novels Mrs Dalloway and To the Lighthouse?

A: Click here for answer.

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#5 2010-05-24 19:52:12

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Re: Word Game #44

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post:   #2  #3  #4   
valid:   1     0     0

Up to two lists per player will be accepted up to noon GMT Wednesday 26th.

As this game is a bit more difficult than #57, you are given that words in this game are valid or invalid regardless of external circumstances, such as date, name, post # etc. There is no twist as in that game, no twist at all. Proper names are also acceptable.


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#6 2010-05-25 02:49:31

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"The good news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do. The bad news is that they do what you tell them to do." - Ted Nelson

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#7 2010-05-26 00:11:24

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Re: Word Game #44

UPDATED RESULTS

post:   #2  #3  #4  #6 
valid:   1     0     0    0


It's the activity of the intelligence above all that gives charm to existence.

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#8 2010-05-26 02:04:49

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"The good news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do. The bad news is that they do what you tell them to do." - Ted Nelson

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#9 2010-05-26 04:42:19

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Why did the vector cross the road?
It wanted to be normal.

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#10 2010-05-27 00:03:35

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Re: Word Game #44

UPDATED RESULTS

post:   #2  #3  #4  #6  #8  #9
valid:   1     0     0    0    0    0


It's the activity of the intelligence above all that gives charm to existence.

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#11 2010-05-29 21:34:26

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Re: Word Game #44


If two or more thoughts intersect with each other, then there has to be a point.

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#12 2010-05-29 22:24:29

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Re: Word Game #44

UPDATED RESULTS

post:   #2  #3  #4  #6  #8  #9  #11
valid:   1     0     0    0    0    0     0


It's the activity of the intelligence above all that gives charm to existence.

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#13 2010-05-31 00:09:04

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If two or more thoughts intersect with each other, then there has to be a point.

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#14 2010-05-31 00:27:55

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Re: Word Game #44

UPDATED RESULTS

post:   #2  #3  #4  #6  #8  #9  #11  #13
valid:   1     0     0    0    0    0     0      0

Last edited by gurthbruins (2010-05-31 00:29:07)


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#15 2010-05-31 05:37:15

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"The good news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do. The bad news is that they do what you tell them to do." - Ted Nelson

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#16 2010-05-31 12:57:02

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Re: Word Game #44


I'll be here at least once every month. XP

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#17 2010-06-01 00:10:32

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Re: Word Game #44

UPDATED RESULTS

post:   #2  #3  #4  #6  #8  #9  #11  #13  #15  #16
valid:   1     0     0    0    0    0     0      0      0      0

quittyqat, it's great to have you join in... these games of mine have a few quirks, as the "old hands" have discovered... the rules are mostly hidden, and get found out as you go along!

One rule is: words that have been valid on first appearance, will no longer be treated as valid in further lists... so your sensible aim of trying to find out which word in the first list is valid, will require other tactics.

Another tip which old players will probably remember: I don't favour complex rules involving "and" or "or" (e.g. "a valid word must contain p or z), so my main rule is always essentially a very simple one. In this particular puzzle, a Grade 1 pass in English (junior school) would be ample qualification to solve this puzzle.


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#18 2010-06-02 09:17:03

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I'll be here at least once every month. XP

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#19 2010-06-03 00:02:17

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Re: Word Game #44

UPDATED RESULTS

post:   #2  #3  #4  #6  #8  #9  #11  #13  #15  #16  #18
valid:   1     0     0    0    0    0     0      0      0      0      0


It's the activity of the intelligence above all that gives charm to existence.

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#20 2010-06-07 04:27:08

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Re: Word Game #44

Interest seems to be flagging, discouraged perhaps by the string of zeros.

That is quite a remarkable achievement; looking through a shorter list of scrabble words, I found almost 3% of the words were valid. (But please keep off unusual words!).

You know one of the words in list 1 is valid. Stare at them long and hard, and one of them is sure to blush and you'll be able to say: "Your slip is showing!".  It's too easy, leave your imagination at rest, what you want to see is in plain sight. If no more valid words are discovered soon, I'll submit a list with a couple in it.


It's the activity of the intelligence above all that gives charm to existence.

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#21 2010-06-08 20:47:55

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It's the activity of the intelligence above all that gives charm to existence.

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#22 2010-06-11 10:22:49

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Re: Word Game #44


igloo myrtilles fourmis

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#23 2010-06-11 20:10:17

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It's the activity of the intelligence above all that gives charm to existence.

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#24 2010-06-12 00:13:41

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Re: Word Game #44

A warm welcome to our new participant: John E. Franklin.

UPDATED RESULTS

post:   #2 #3 #4 #6 #8 #9 #11 #13 #15 #16 #18 #21 #22 #23
valid:   1    0    0   0   0   0    0     0      0     0     0     2     0     2


It's the activity of the intelligence above all that gives charm to existence.

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#25 2010-06-14 04:43:48

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Re: Word Game #44

Last edited by John E. Franklin (2010-06-14 04:47:08)


igloo myrtilles fourmis

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