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It's Only Words

2006-11-30 - 9:57 a.m.

People who know me - and this includes you all - know that I'm a game player. Board games, card games, word games, RPGs...done 'em all. I'd even do CCGs if I could afford to.

I enjoy occasionally doing the crossword puzzle in the OC Register. Usually there'll be a space that I can't fill without a couple letters. You all know how that goes. Then the light goes on, you say "OHHHH, of course" and fill it in.

But sometimes I come across a word I don't know. Never heard of it. So I say "o-kayyyy, whatever" and move on.

But last night's puzzle was so screwy.

A four letter word for "not kosher" - TREF.
Five letter word, "climbing vine" - LIANA (I'd first thought of KUDZU).
Five letter word, "Gannet goose" - SOLAN.
Five letter word, "Shop talk" - ARGOT.

Here was the kicker:
Five letter word, "Brilliant success" - ECLAT.

ECLAT? When did this become a word? Has ANYONE you know EVER said this? "Oh, my dear fellow - you certainly had an ECLAT, you did! Well done!!"

Brin occasionally helps out when I have a stumper. A hint here and there and I can usually get another six or seven words, at least.

But we both decided that this puzzle wasn't written in English.

I did work out the cryptogram:

As a rule, a man who doesn't know his own mind hasn't missed much. - Author Unknown

C' all know someone that this applies to.

It might even be me.


You know how, sometimes, your can't find your cordless phone? Well...


Brin is on her way down for another visit. And I have a few stops to make before I pick her up at the airport.

Till tomorrow.

Be seeing you.


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