[Dixonary] Round 3210 WITCHES' KNICKERS results

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Efrem G Mallach

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Nov 21, 2021, 9:56:51 AM11/21/21
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Folks,

It may not come as a total surprise that Def. 13 combined the real definition with a similar fake. The real meaning is an Irish phrase meaning "plastic bags caught in the branches of trees." I combined it with Tim Lodge's British slang term for "waste paper and other debris blown by the wind and caught on fences or hedges."

I debated long and hard about combining these, I felt that the combined definition, since I was unable to really merge them without losing the essence of one or the other, would smell of a combination that includes the real one. That happened, which didn't surprise me; it got six votes, far outpacing any of the others. (Debbie Embler's ominous clouds were next with four votes, though Alan Mallach's 3+2=5 points made him the runner-up and traditional "winnah.") However, I also felt that leaving them separate would attract the same votes to both, depriving some other players of a vote they might otherwise receive. So, emboldened by the rule that combining is at the dealer's discretion and the axiom "the dealer can do no wrong," I combined them. And that's that.

Full results:

1. six consecutive winning games. From Abell, T. who did not vote. Voted for by:  Score: 1.

2. askew, crooked, or out of sorts. From Shepherdson, N. who voted 7, *14*. Voted for by: Mallach, A.; Druce, A. Score: 4.

3. salsify (Tragopogon porrifolius). From Keating, P. who voted 11, *14*. Voted for by: Naylor, S. Score: 3.

4. [Refining, obs.] the almond furnace. From Widdis, D. who voted 5, *14*. Voted for by: None. Score: 2.

5. [Yorks. slang] a violent storm; a squall. From Mallach, A. who voted 2, *14*. Voted for by: Widdis, D.; Embler, D.; Madnick, J. Score: 5.

6. clocks (Cockney rhyming slang, via tickers). From Bourne, T. who voted 8, 11. Voted for by: None. Score: 0.

7. a deliquescent fungus; coprinopsis, also called ink cap. From Barrs, J. who did not vote. Voted for by: Shepherdson, N.; Embler, D.; Naylor, S. Score: 3.

8. pouch-like cloud structures, sometimes very ominous in appearance. From Embler, D. who voted 5, 7. Voted for by: Bourne, T.; Madnick, J.; Shefler, M.; Lodge, T. Score: 4.

9. Slavic fast dance in which dancer squats and kicks out legs alternately. From Madnick, J. who voted 5, 8. Voted for by: None. Score: 0.

10. fermented heads of the king salmon, eaten as a delicacy in Alaska and northern Canada. From Naylor, S. who voted 3, 7. Voted for by: None. Score: 0.

11. curtains used in theaters to conceal rigging, lighting equipment, etc from the audience; also known as masking curtains. From Druce, A. who voted 2, *14*. Voted for by: Keating, P.; Bourne, T. Score: 4.

12. [Folk] the burr of the burdock plant, which inspired the creation of Velcro®, and was said to fasten the aforementioned knickers. From Shefler, M. who voted 8, *14*. Voted for by: None. Score: 2.

13. Plastic bags caught in the branches of trees; by extension, any waste paper and other debris blown by the wind and caught, e.g., on fences or hedges. Combined definition; votes in next two entries below.

(No number) [Ir.] Plastic bags caught in the branches of trees. From Dictionary which could not vote. Voted for by: Shepherdson, N.; Keating, P.; Widdis, D.; Mallach, A.; Druce, A.; Shefler, M. Score: D6.

(No number) [Brit. slang] Waste paper and other debris blown by the wind and caught on fences or hedges. From Lodge, T. who voted 1, 8. Voted for by: Shepherdson, N.; Keating, P.; Widdis, D.; Mallach, A.; Druce, A.; Shefler, M. Score: 6.

As a table:

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Efrem G Mallach

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Nov 21, 2021, 10:02:07 AM11/21/21
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A minor error, resulting from the way my spreadsheet works and not caught in time to edit the results: *14* in the results listing should be *13* throughout. No scores are affected.

Efrem

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When I told Tim yesterday that he was nearly certain to be the next dealer, he replied that he'll be out this afternoon (UK time) but hoped to post a new word around 6 pm (also UK time). That's a bit over three hours from now. Stay tuned.

And I'll jump the gun a bit to wish all our U.S. players a happy Thanksgiving day, as I doubt I'll deal again before then!

Efrem

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Johnb - co.uk

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Nov 21, 2021, 11:21:41 AM11/21/21
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If Dictionary got 6 and Tim L got the same then he is the next dealer

I didn't vote because I had declared a DQ right at the begining

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When I told Tim yesterday that he was nearly certain to be the next dealer, he replied that he'll be out this afternoon (UK time) but hoped to post a new word around 6 pm (also UK time). That's a bit over three hours from now. Stay tuned.

And I'll jump the gun a bit to wish all our U.S. players a happy Thanksgiving day, as I doubt I'll deal again before then!

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Efrem G Mallach

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Nov 21, 2021, 12:35:18 PM11/21/21
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Sorry, I thought that was clear from the first two paragraphs, the list of results, and the table. If I said otherwise somewhere, my bad.

And I should have noted your DQ in the results, not just "did not vote." Apologies for that. Mike - if that affects John's permanent record, please correct it.

Efrem

Ryan McGill

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Nov 22, 2021, 7:41:31 PM11/22/21
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Some years back, I witnessed the wind pick up a plastic bag in the alley behind my work. The wind carried it on a somewhat circuitous route through the air, slipping it through a crevice a mere couple inches tall into a large Dumpster. It is one of the most magical experiences of my life, and I wish I had caught it on camera, but I was on my bike at the time.

I did, however, call it into the "Momentous Occasions" segment of my favorite podcast at the time, so it was memorialized for posterity nonetheless.

I'm glad to have a name for the occurrence now.

Rx.

Shani Naylor

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Nov 23, 2021, 4:13:02 AM11/23/21
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There's also a memorable scene of this in the movie American Beauty. 



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