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Another little task

Post by gurthbruins on Sun Nov 27, 2011 3:26 pm

1. A simple anagram

Make an 8-letter word out of AEGIILSS. (OK, it's not an anagram, whatever...). (Googleable word)
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Re: Another little task

Post by oftenwrong on Sun Nov 27, 2011 7:16 pm

If you're Spanish, it's Iglesias meaning churches, and also the surname of a singer.

Now see if you can guess why the Welsh Playwrite and Poet, Dylan Thomas, chose the name of
LLAREGGUB
for the fictional name of the village where he lived.
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Re: Another little task

Post by gurthbruins on Sun Nov 27, 2011 7:43 pm

I'll try, oftenwrong, and well done with iglesias, but I want another word too, there is still more hidden in those letters.
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Re: Another little task

Post by gurthbruins on Fri Feb 17, 2012 6:51 am

I've left this one too long, with the inevitable result - I can't do it myself any more! Help, someone: all I remember is that it's some Greek character from the business of Troy and aftermath - a female, daughter or sister (or wife?) of some notable I think. It's in Google, for sure.
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Re: Another little task

Post by Ivan on Fri Feb 17, 2012 9:18 am

see if you can guess why the Welsh Playwrite and Poet, Dylan Thomas, chose the name of
LLAREGGUB
for the fictional name of the village where he lived..
Presumably because it was a backward place and there wasn't much to do there?
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Re: Another little task

Post by oftenwrong on Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:14 pm

‘everybody has won, and all must have prizes.’

‘But who is to give the prizes?’ quite a chorus of voices asked.

‘Why, she , of course,’ said the Dodo, pointing to Alice with one finger; and the whole party at once crowded round her, calling out in a confused way, ‘Prizes! Prizes!’

Alice had no idea what to do, and in despair she put her hand in her pocket, and pulled out a box of comfits, (luckily the salt water had not got into it), and handed them round as prizes. There was exactly one a-piece all round.

‘But she must have a prize herself, you know,’ said the Mouse.

‘Of course,’ the Dodo replied very gravely. ‘What else have you got in your pocket?’ he went on, turning to Alice.

‘Only a thimble,’ said Alice sadly.

‘Hand it over here,’ said the Dodo.

Then they all crowded round her once more, while the Dodo solemnly presented the thimble, saying ‘We beg your acceptance of this elegant thimble’; and, when it had finished this short speech, they all cheered.



http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/c/carroll/lewis/alice/chapter3.html
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Re: Another little task

Post by oftenwrong on Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:27 pm

[quote="gurthbruins"]1. A simple anagram

Make an 8-letter word out of AEGIILSS. (OK, it's not an anagram, whatever...). (Googleable word)[/quote]

In Greek mythology, Achilles (Ancient Greek: Ἀχιλλεύς, Akhilleus, pronounced [akʰillěu̯s]) was a Greek hero of the Trojan War.

But he probably couldn't even spell his own name.
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Re: Another little task

Post by Phil Hornby on Fri Feb 17, 2012 8:46 pm

I knew stuff once.... Shocked
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Re: Another little task

Post by oftenwrong on Fri Feb 17, 2012 10:39 pm

Where does it come from, this stuff? We can't get the front door open for stuff.
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Re: Another little task

Post by gurthbruins on Sat Feb 18, 2012 5:12 am

GEILISSA

- nurse of Orestes, only son of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra.

I came across it in the novel The Return from Troy by Lindsay Clarke, a great read - much broader, more objective, mature and subtle, than his rather overdramatic and idiosyncratic Chymical Wedding. Enjoy!
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Re: Another little task

Post by oftenwrong on Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:09 am

Ah, right.

If you'd just mentioned the Oresteia to begin with, EVERYONE would have got it straight away.
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Re: Another little task

Post by Phil Hornby on Sat Feb 18, 2012 12:07 pm

Er... yes, of course....everyone..... Embarassed





( Who?)
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2. A Puzzle

Post by gurthbruins on Fri Feb 24, 2012 5:03 am

Consider these four words:

Barbara, Enid, Michael, Thomas

What do these words have in common? Many things, many of which are blatantly obvious, even banal.
The puzzle is to find the common property in my mind. (the one I am thinking of).

Please adopt the following tactics: (if you choose to play with)

Submit a list or lists of words (say a maximum of 20 words per player per day), then I will state which words are "correct", i.e. which belong to the class in my mind.

This way, when the penny drops and you think of the answer, you can prove that by submitting a list of say 3 correct words, when it will be obvious to me that you have solved the problem. But the other players will still not know the answer, and can go on playing, so they can also have the satisfaction of doing it.

pig

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Re: Another little task

Post by astra on Fri Feb 24, 2012 5:28 am

Barbara Windsor, Enid Blyton and Michael Barrymore, noe, Thomas the Tank Engine didn't live there as well - did he??


Goes to wake up grandson!


(Well maybe not!! I'll then have him ALL DAY What a Face )
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Re: Another little task

Post by gurthbruins on Fri Feb 24, 2012 5:42 am

Lists please astra. No correct words among the 33 of your post, other than the 4 I already gave. rabbit
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Re: Another little task

Post by gurthbruins on Fri Feb 24, 2012 5:45 am

Delete this post.
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Re: Another little task

Post by astra on Fri Feb 24, 2012 5:52 am

Thanks for the link OW

I found this - sorry Ivan and Gurthbruins - it is in the wrong place but I cannot resist it with the present press furore!

http://www.luminarium.org/renascence-editions/defoe2.html

This is Daniel Defoe (of Robinson Crusoe fame) in 1704 AD!!

". Licentiousness of all sorts ought to be Restrain'd, whether of the Tongue, the Pen, the Press, or any thing else, and it were well if all sorts of Licentiousness were as easy to Govern as this; but to Regulate this Evil by an Evil ten times more pernicious, is doing us no service at all. "


Some things never change! Being talked about even then!
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Re: Another little task

Post by astra on Fri Feb 24, 2012 5:58 am

It's mwuch too late/early for serious thought! Happinz every 3 weeks
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Re: Another little task

Post by gurthbruins on Fri Feb 24, 2012 6:03 am

Be my guest, but words after the quota of 20 can not be considered.
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Re: Another little task

Post by oftenwrong on Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:30 pm

Haliburton
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Re: Another little task

Post by gurthbruins on Mon Feb 27, 2012 4:32 am

Haliburton=invalid

Nice word, though.
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Re: Another little task

Post by oftenwrong on Mon Feb 27, 2012 10:01 am

A proper noun, Haliburton, with several convincing links corresponding to the clues provided.

Maybe the thought processes of the Originator contain a wayward element.
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re: 2. A Puzzle

Post by gurthbruins on Mon Feb 27, 2012 10:56 am

gurthbruins wrote:Consider these four words:

Barbara, Enid, Michael, Thomas

What do these words have in common? Many things, many of which are blatantly obvious, even banal.
The puzzle is to find the common property in my mind. (the one I am thinking of).

Please adopt the following tactics: (if you choose to play with)

Submit a list or lists of words (say a maximum of 20 words per player per day), then I will state which words are "correct", i.e. which belong to the class in my mind.

This way, when the penny drops and you think of the answer, you can prove that by submitting a list of say 3 correct words, when it will be obvious to me that you have solved the problem. But the other players will still not know the answer, and can go on playing, so they can also have the satisfaction of doing it.

pig

Three days already, so all have had the chance to do it the really hard way.
It was recently cracked elsewhere (without divulging the secret) but admittedly 'they' had just a little bit more help: this clue:
A great knowledge of English is not needed, essentially anyone who has done one year of primary school successfully is qualified to succeed.

It's only fair to share this clue with you, too.
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