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    Charlie commented  · 

    Janice,
    Try Wham Jam. Last U heard Mugsy Bar is the leader and he is a heck of a guy. If he isn't the leader, he is a member and he would not be a part of any team less than the best.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Laura Christina Warren,
    I makes my heart joyful to know that there are people like you in the world!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Harm,
    You as well. Thanks!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Doofus,
    I had to pick up some pretty large limbs but all is OK at my house. The drought is broken for sure. Thanks!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I found a team called Play2win. It is made up of people who do enjoy the game, but have not yet progressed to the level of some of the other teams. The competition was fierce and the team obviously enjoyed the challenge. This time they won after fighting off two separate challenges from two other teams. Their leader is not at all heavy handed and posted comments showing pride. The winning score was in the 82,000
    range, so it'll be a while before they're ready for PNG, Jugs, or Mugsy's bunch, but look out, guys!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    It seems the dictionary has contracted,not a lot, but noticeably...and without an update?

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Katz,
    👏😻

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Doofus,
    We all left one group because of conflict. I don't have the right to cause conflict in another. I'm pretty sure you did it the right way so please don't ask me to do what you didn't.
    Benita, continue to improve. My departure is not all that dramatic. I would have to reduce my participation in a couple of weeks anyhow.
    Somebody please continue to bring El up short when he posts his off color remarks. He knows he is out of line even though he likes to sulk.
    I have great memories and you are great people from all over.
    I'll post and read posts here, so I'm not actually gone.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    In my team Sunday evening, there was a comment by an older white man which was seconded by another older white man lamenting riots, looting, and Antifa.
    There was, once again, no mention of yet another black (brown) man who was casually killed. We all witnessed the execution in what was in reality, a snuff film.
    I will never again associate myself with such bigots I do understand Wordscapes is a game, but my absolute outrage will not allow me to remain silent.
    You might say this is an inappropriate forum for my comments. If so, that also holds true for the comments of Sunday evening.
    Peace to those I leave.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Silverstar,
    Of course we're still asking! Please join us!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Mugsy,
    Miss your straight talk. Come over and talk to us at personanongrata

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    Charlie commented  · 

    We have an active group with some faster than others. I think it will help your group as well as ours to have significant competition. We would be honored to compete and are hopeful that your group will also enjoy the competition (trash talk aside).

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    Charlie commented  · 

    We only have 47. That should be about right

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    Charlie commented  · 

    So those pretty words mean you decline? Why? Did your 51st candidate not join?

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Silverstar,
    We shall be honored to accept your challenge. What time shall we start?

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Trying to sync a new device

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Thank you!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick,
    Please pay attention to Opal's plea.
    Nobody really cares about the lag time. Your not letting it go is stressing you out and is beginning to stress some of the rest of us out as well.
    I'm pretty sure we all love you. I'm also pretty sure I don't love your posts about lag time.
    I left the team, but that doesn't mean I left the chat group.
    Please just enjoy the game. Continue to encourage your team mates, express concern when it is warranted.
    Then LET IT GO.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick,
    At the end I was frustrating you and you were frustrating me. Neither of us meant to do that at all. I realized my posts had ceased to be helpful and were, in fact, possibly fomenting discontent. Rather than persist, I felt the least damage would be if I removed myself so I did.
    I'll miss everyone, you in particular and I will remember all of you with great affection.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick,
    In our conversations last night, many of us expressed our discomfort with the prayers, your justification of the prayers, and your further justification of your justifications. If it was once in a while, it would be acceptable. It has become overwhelming and almost ubiquitous. Your post just now indicates you either ignored our pleas last night, or are unable or unwilling to bend. Nobody who left will return based on what you just wrote.
    By your actions, you have said that because your intentions are good, you are going to continue.
    This is not caused by a technical glitch from People Fun. This is you.
    Your intent is not nefarious, but it appears you are determined to hijack OUR team to satisfy YOUR personal religious beliefs, and to disregard any opinion that disagrees. I hold you. in high esteem, but I am afraid you will never actually hear me.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    We had a very good (lengthy) exchange last night. It is obvious that no one intended insult. It is equally obvious that several of us were uncomfortable to various degrees. We all have committed to continue, as folks who enjoy Wordscapes and each other, at least virtually.
    Nothing lasts forever, but maybe a little longer? Dragon, Harm, Mango, Mia (I did that alphabetically), please consider taking another look. If we lean too far from the secular toward the Uber-religious you can leave again. As someone in power said, "What do you have to lose?".

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Harm,
    New team spot with focus on game. Please consider it. Thanks!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I don't think my chat is working. I can give and get hints but if I post, it just seems to sit there we and no one answers.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Abby,
    If you feel blame, then you aren't paying attention. You are not yet an adult. Every single adult on Earth should celebrate your enthusiasm, your innocence. Our point is that anyone who exploits that innocence is an evil person. Please don't blame yourself for being your age. We once were too, and we want all your memories to be happy memories.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    My posts may have seemed a little over the top.
    I was abused for almost two years starting when I was 15 by a mother who was at least twice my age and her friend.
    My wife, my children, and now my grandchildren sometimes think I act like a schizoid.
    I have had professional help and I'm much better. I will always be excessively suspicious and protective.
    It never really goes away. I'm sorry.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick,
    I still have no response from PF.

    Although the rating of this game includes teens, that fact is legally irrelevent. We have knowingly accepted a minor in our group and have a level of responsibility, however slight, for her safety. Unfortunately what could make us legally culpable or vulnerable to suit, is the level of concern you, I, and others have expressed. There will probably never be allegations of misconduct. If there ever are, our own postings are evidence that we knew or should have known of the potential.
    You and everyone else here have made me welcome, and I am grateful for my time here.
    My wife and I are partners. Our fortune, such as it is, is inextricably blended. I knew I would have to go in June, this is just a couple of months early.
    I'll leave the team just before the tournament on Friday unless you boot me earlier.
    Sorry about my rambling. I'm not an attorney.
    I'm going to miss you guys!
    Maybe I'll see you in a tournament.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick,
    I make no recommendation. I did ask and I feel I would be remiss if I didn't pass on his answer.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I still have no response from People Fun.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I have queried PF about the closed team, but only the generic. answer so far.
    Also I intercepted a neighbor (at a distance) while he was walking his dog. He is a family court judge and he was emphatic that if we accept an underaged person in our group we have implied liability. That we are concerned for her safety, further potentially implicates us. That specifically points to the knowledge of danger. Even worse, we (because we know, all could be liable) invited her further into the group (Facebook), good intentions notwithstanding, that could be interpreted as an attempt to corrupt a minor. Can you say with any reasonable certainty that there are no bad actors in your group? He answered, of course not.
    He told me his court is very busy. Families are spending much time cooped up and people are making bad decisions under stress.
    He did not say any problem is inevitable, only possible.
    Now you know what I know.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Long post to follow...

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick,
    This past weekend you labored tirelessly so that many of us could have an enjoyable weekend.
    We saw new friends, record scores, and victory.
    You saw issues - complaints and problems.

    At the end of the tournament we received compliments, 1000 points, and a sense of enjoyment, satisfaction.
    At the end of the tournament you received a bewildering attack with no known justification, no apparent reason.

    You're already concerned about diminished mental capacity. This kind of stress can only exacerbate your risk. You are a giving person. Please don't give more than you have.

    You have a strong support group. Let them help. They will if you allow it. Then maybe you can have some fun too.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I am not planning to leave until I have to. I won't do anything sudden ever.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Steph,
    Please do not take my answer as criticism in any way. I am simply trying to give information. The group that came in second to us last night is very active and has some super people. Wordsmithwick will give you information if you like. Keep asking. You sound like someone who will be welcome on any serious team.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Steph,
    Hang in there. Wordsmithwick lives on the west coast and got very little rest over the weekend. I know she won't ignore you although it isn't at all up to me to make promises.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    As much as I enjoy the competition and the camaraderie, I won't be able to continue when my wife comes back home. I will certainly encourage you guys on User Voice, but the weekend tournaments will be out of the question.
    I don't really know how long isolation will continue, and maybe I can have a marathon weekend to reach 15,000 in the interim. But I won't pretend otherwise; my wife is my life.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick,
    And I probably left out the best thing:
    You along with Harm and some others are making it possible for young people to be with us and participate. That, in my mind, us just huge!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick,
    "No good deed goes unpunished".
    Obviously something specific is bothering Doofus, but without the benefit of an explanation, you probably won't know.
    I do know it will cause you stress and that's a shame. I didn't know her well, but I was quite surprised.
    Generally when I become discontented, I regret my outbursts later, but overall this is a very tolerant group and I get away with my little tantrums. So please just accept the support, because you certainly shouldered the responsibility.
    How about the good things:

    Ruffian has now joined the elite and she paid with great effort!

    Manco, not only scored our highest score, but he did it with class.

    SilverStar was supportive of you throughout the weekend. I found her suggestions sensible and very helpful. She is an impressive lady!

    Harm has a wonderful, supportive attitude. Her students are lucky!

    Rocky is a grand addition to our group, and she is joining us while fighting pain.

    We have met new friends, Lionel among them. That's almost like finding a shiny new bike under the Christmas tree!

    YOU ARE NOT A HUMAN SPONGE ... and you cannot absorb all the angst we spew.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I have a longerbpost.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I don't believe there is any more likelihood our team competitions will be paired by skill than our individual competitions. I just don't think that is part of their algorythm.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    All true and I agree with all. For me, I've decided to play Mano a Mano (just a figure of speech) or Mano a Mujer. So if anybody wants any points, I still have almost 90,000 to give. I won't be buying clues any more. I was excessive.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Harm, Fair enough. I like the idea of a cooperative group as well and so far it is only one weekend.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    And I think we may have at least one more in that age group, or near enough.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    SilverStar,
    I think your suggestions are thoughtful, and I agree with most. For a youngster, I think it is important to try, but just starting out it might be difficult to consistently meet a specific number goal and I think it is important that they enjoy the experience. Although I trust this group, I'm not absolutely sure we can protect that age group absolutely. Abby was starting her own team when WSW intervened. I'm sure you see the potential danger.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    OK, I certainly hope so.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Plus if you look at our team. Overall no one else can compete. Even the less speedy of us often win our individual tournaments (See crowns).Should we at least consider maybe seeding 3 or 4 teams for better competition? Just a thought, not promoting sedition...

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    Charlie commented  · 

    WSW,
    I was going to tell Abby that a good score is nice, but it is also important to enjoy the game. Applying that thought to me,d
    I created a monster. Third place in my tournament is actually faster than I am. Second is about the same speed. I set a goal and mindlessly pursued it, spent many coins as I was exceeding my natural speed and blew the tournament for them and me. I am more than 3000 points ahead of second place and it has been just tedium. Hopefully one of them will get motivated during the night and make it close. Our team obviously is far ahead of others in our group. Honestly the first handful of our guys are winning easily by themselves.
    It isn't technically cheating, but it certainly isn't sporting. Lesson learned!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I have no idea about those two. They may actually be clueless, but if they don't communicate, we can't help.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    SilverStar,
    I agree completely. Attitude and effort are both important for our
    "farm" team.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Not to exclude the youngsters, I hope.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Suzi,
    You stay safe as well. We will pray for you and yours.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I just left her a message on the "Juggernaut" chat. As soon as she sees it, I'm sure she'll be right over

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Jeff, if you want to be in the team this week, I think you have to enter before the T starts. I'll go find WSW.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I thought Eric might be a little off color with his remarks about hand lotion yesterday. If he persists and if you don't think I am being too prudish, I might react if he continues.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Harm,
    I like the idea of exceeding my personal best as a goal. Although 11,003 will not place me highly in this group, I know it is attainable and I hope to do even better.
    As far as chatting, I have to keep my head down or I tend to lose concentration. At a maximum, I look at competitor's scores only every 8 games, and sometimes only 16.
    In our syncs, I've only ever seen encouragement and I expect no different here. Yeaa team!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    SilverStar,
    I really agree with your post about developing players. I admire Abby's courage as a very young lady willing to put herself "out there" in a group as gifted as this.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Abby,
    Hearing from Shell, I think you have more than a few honorary Moms and Dads here!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Jeff,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You were a great caregiver for your Mom and that makes you s hero in my book!
    Doofus,
    Thank you for letting us know. Please pass on our sincere condolences and our just as sincere admiration to Jeff.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Jeff,
    If you are around, Wordsmithwick started a team and it's called Juggernaut. Everybody is here except you and Rift.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Abby,
    Wordsmithwick would never kick you off.
    We all think you are a fine young lady!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I know she plays another PF game but it would be good to hear from MZD.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    We're still missing Cheryl, Sapphire, Jeff, Rift, and others. Inevitably, at least some will drop out if our team is not what they expected. Hopefully we can eventually accommodate old friends.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Laura Christina,
    Living in the greatest city in the world apparently carries the greatest risks.
    I wish your family a speedy recovery and rejoice that they are getting better.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Ruffian,
    I noticed all the 10,000 point scores. You will be my inspiration.this weekend!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Mugsy,
    I am so sorry to hear about your friend. Please use all caution when you are out.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Abby,
    I wouldn't be at all surprised to see one or more past 20,000. At least a dozen are capable of that and more.
    Not me though, at least not yet.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Thanks, Opal. I'm really glad!
    Hi, Paddling Nana.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick,
    Are you talking to Paddling Nana. After all, she started this chat site.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick,
    What a difference a day makes!
    Shell,
    Don't forget your new friends from earlier.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    My first sync was with Cheryl and it was a pleasure. I hope you'll join us in Juggernaut!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    And the world rights itself!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    No problem, got right in to Juggernaut.
    I can chat, so Ok'm guessing we're fully operational.
    Shell,
    I'll try to be cool about, but I can be just a tiny bit jealous.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I joined an open team. I see it kicked me out of Juggernaut. I'll keep checking to see if you have any luck. Out of 39 people, my brilliance points make me 1. Mostly new guys, I guess.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    The only thing I see in my name and brilliance points. No info.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Motorola G5 plus
    Android 8.1.0

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Mugsy,
    Just in case you don't know, the new team is Juggernaut.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I asked PF for CLEAR directions as to activating our team and all members for scores and chat.
    We'll get back to you as soon as possible. (Hope is a wonderful thing)

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick,
    Unfortunately the same as Silverstar. I can only see, cannot participate.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick,
    I requested for Juggernaut. I'm still shown on the other one with no way to leave.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Emerald City,
    We haven't heard from you in a while. I understand your state is doing much better and hope you are doing well in Seattle. Come join our team. As I recall you are also lightening fast!
    Mugsy Bar,
    I'm looking forward to next weekend. I'd heard you're mighty fast. Although I'm not, I'll try to get as close to 15,000 as possible.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Judy,
    So far nobody here has posted a solution. Maybe if you try the "Contact Us" portal, People Fun can help.
    If you find out, you can post for all.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I see my name along with brilliance points, show 0 requests.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    WSW,
    I've tapped all over the place and I can't get in and it's cold out here! We have 4 days to figure it out though.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Judy,
    My first post to you was to gently nudge you to the cheating site. You are welcome here, but please don't post your pcomplaints about cheating here. You've been here two weeks and you feel you were cheated both weeks. Please post that on the cheating site. Post about the game here.
    Thank you.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick,
    Too bad I couldn't contribute. I have 10,556 so far and Rico is pushing so I can do more.
    If you have a team, I'm staying.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Charlie,
    Welcome, Charlie. If you decide to stay and I hope you do, we'll work out what to call us.
    Judy,
    Let me add my suggestions to Wordsmithwick's. This group was begun last July but Paddling Nana specifically because we had progressed. We realized that although we were sometimes not successful, it was our slowness that beat us.. PN is lightening fast. A person who just returned for the team, Laura Christina, is capable of 1,000 words per hour and proved it with a UTube. Of course you are welcome. Just remember this group likes to talk about the game and not cheating.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    My T is almost like a sync. There are 5 over 5,000 and the first 17 have more than 1,000. Too bad the team thing didn't work this week, next week for sure!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Jisoo,
    you are disrespectful. I think you are too young to be here unsupervised You are no longer welcome here and I doubt if anyone will answer you again.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Harm,
    I've had my head down hoping we'll all appear along with our scores. Looks like it won't be this week. Too bad. I'm looking for an all time high. There are about 6 or 7 real competitors in my tournament which means a busy weekend for a half dozen of us anyway.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I just saw a message about an hour to launch your team. Anybody else? Wordsmithwick?

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Don't cry Wordsmithwick. This is going to be a hoot!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I'm not used to this kind of competition. Usually two or three duke it out for a while and then sort of bag it. NOBODY but me is slowing down. I'm still in second, but I won't be surprised to wake up tomorrow in 30th. I sure can't complain about no competition. I think this will be a heck of a good deal when we get it going.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I guess we'll just take our lumps this time. I'm sorry my score isn't registering.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick,
    I'm in the stew, going like a house afire. I'm in second for now, but it isn't a couple
    of people right behind. It's a posse!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I see Abby has posted for help, but I can't seem to do anything. Weren't we supposed to chat as well?

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I asked again, have 400 plus
    I don't see any points but brilliance.I'll keep playing and check in once in a while.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Should we start now?

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    Charlie commented  · 

    If, just as an example, one of during a sync cloaks, will that name change also take place in the team, giving us away?

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Suzi,
    This is our first day do we're learning too. So sorry.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Jisoo,
    Many of our members are elders. Please ask your friend not to make disrespectful remarks. Please remember also this particular group is mostly here for Wordscapes. Thank you.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Manco,
    Cabin fever?

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick,
    The second request was from a phone I am returning and I already deleted Wordscapes from that phone. Sorry.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Abby,
    Don't forget, you are also part of our group, so be sure to apply.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    WSW,
    I applied twice. Please use the one with the higher brilliance score. I was trying out a new phone which I an returning.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Shell,
    If my choice of words is less than appropriate, please chalk it up to my ignorance. Feel free to correct me.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Judy,
    I do read all posts, but don't feel the compulsion to respond to all.
    Shell,
    Bloody right!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Apparently my previous post is not consistently correct. Now it no longer shows for me, but I'm sure it will.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Silverstar,
    My crown does not appear on my owl's head, but now when I click on the owl, it shows on the four seasons screen. I guess PF will work it out at some point.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick,
    I did apply as Charlie with an owl.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Harm,
    For sure.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick,
    I just read your post, most elequent!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Abby,
    Please be careful, maybe not a red light, but a yellow for sure!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wow, something new. I'll let you smart ones (Ruffian) explain.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    relates well and they like her back.
    The only intolerance I have witnessed here is in reaction to intolerance itself. We don't appreciate (just like you) those who cheat and we have a hard time understanding the motivation.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Judy,
    What is causing your pain? You may find that in this virtual environment, we are somewhat more comfortable sharing information, certainly not all. I is entirely your decision.
    Abby and Jisoo are our teenagers, at least the ones we know.
    As a group, we seem to have many grandparents here, and we tend to be protective of the younger folks. Harm, in particular, r

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Mugsy Bar,
    How are you doing? We all are concerned and we know you will be careful.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I usually start a tournament as Charlie, but like most here, I change my name frequently. As you know, in most tournaments there only a few competitors, so sometimes we use our names to entice competition, certainly not to taunt. We seem to be acquisitive about our crowns as well.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Judy,
    I'm using an old phone so I don't always post successfully. I am living in the Florida panhandle. The lady who started this site, Paddling Nana, is from Canada. Wordsmithwick was one of the originals and is in the Los Angeles area. Manco is from Chicago. You know Shell is from Australia. There are at any given time, perhaps 3-4 dozen regulars, but as I said, we come and go.
    If I have actually improved from 450 wpm, Harm and I are about equal at 650 or so. I won't name others because I would leave someone out. As we approach Friday, we become a little more active... you'll see.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Judy,
    Stick around, you'll fit right in. We have players from all over the English-speaking world (Shell is from Australia). We have all ages, including a couple of welcome teens. From time to time we get trolls but they eventually move along. Recently, we have learned to start together (sync) and I think the last T of the month will be for that. We come and go, and we have no expectations other than to support one another. We try NOT to discuss politics and we respect that this isn't a dating site. And by the way, we all play Wordscapes, some better than others, many better than I, although last weekend I made a quantum leap in the last hour or so of the T.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Judy,
    I'm at level 9800. With more than fifty million downloads, there could easily be several hundred thousand tournaments by the end of any given weekend.
    There are some, I believe, who can finish puzzles only limited by their manual dexterity.. There are some, in this particular group who can exceed 1000 words per hour. One lady proved it with a Utube.
    There are a certain percentage who cheat. Some are accomplished cheaters. So far that hasn't ruined the game itself for some of us.
    This particular group consists of people who enjoy the competition. We help one another and try to become better. You are welcome to participate here and, if you do, you will be surprised at what you learn.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Judy,
    With untold millions of downloads, we are unlikely to know who Cindy is. Indeed, it is unlikely Cindy will see your post. There is a forum more attuned to cheating concerns.
    I think it's title mentions Wordscapes Cheating.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Harm,
    You have a natural way that I admire. My wife is that comfortable with youngsters as well. Although I like youngsters, I feel I must walk a fine line because of the behavior of jerks.
    Abby, Although I don't know how to initiate the procedure, I must enter my name often, sometimes daily. You might try contacting People Fun through the "Contact Us" portal, just above "Feedback". They have helped others in the past.
    And don't worry. you're always Abby to us!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Harm,
    You, along with WSW, seem to have the "Mom" gene. More appropriate for you to interact, I think. Thanks!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Jisoo,
    Good morning. Typically there are not many on this site until later in the week. You are welcome here, of course!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Because of recent events, spring coming, attitude adjustment; I found a bit of speed and now that I can't find you guys, I might actually be ready for you guys. Ain't that the way it always goes?
    In the last hour and a bit last night, I was playing against a speed demon and I didn't lose a lot of ground.
    By the way, the "ninja" move sounds like a technical way to take advantage, in other words, to steal pleasure from better players.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I spoke too soon. Didi is moving but she is still more than 900 points back. Maybe maybe.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    And no movement in my tournament for several hours Is it possible that with 100 people, 2390 will take it in a 13-hour T? Not good.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick,
    I believe "who" is correct, I think a predicate nominative, but that is from a distant memory and could be wrong, just like my spelling.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I'm South and she's north. All healthy. Today we had a parade of boats in and out of the bayou just greeting all at their homes, but maintaining separation. Very kind.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I sure hope so, Manco.
    How is your family doing?

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Sorry, I meant 1K, shouldn't try to be cool!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I started this morning, not much action. left to take leaves, still up 1G. Left my name as StaySafeAll.

    Great advice for all youngsters, not just girls. Please, PLEASE ask your parents to see what we write. Enjoy the site, but stay alert. Don't meet anyone anywhere!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    No syncing for a while. Gotta get that crown going!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Shell,
    Thank you for your concern. my family is healthy so far. I fervently hope you and yours are healthy as well. That goes for everyone here, even the trolls. This is an open forum and with so many, (particularly children), bored at home, this was inevitable. I think I'll just let the trolls entertain each other for a while. I'll come back, and I'll read your posts in the interim God keep you all.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Mugsy Bar,
    There is plenty of competition here. I think Doofus had the great idea of once-a-month syncs so we can all build our crowns. Maybe a massive sync then. I can guarantee competition in that group, not me though.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    He got the same lesson in humility that every time I sync with you guys. Now I am Mr Gold Crown!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I entered the tournament Sunday morning and was surrounded by crowns. "Mr. Gold Crown" started like a house afire and charged ahead. When I reached top speed (probably 450 and not 500) I was able to catch him. Toward the end, third place caught him unaware and he wound up third. He r

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Manco,
    You are a very tolerant guy. Kudos!
    I have a real gripe. My squeeze mayonnaise works fine until it is a half to two-thirds down. Then the air gaps cause it to squirt all over the counter. That must be fixed!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    The last time I played was the last time I synced, so all I have is a skinny little silver crown competing against a lot of impressive hardware. Oh well...

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Happy Mother's Day SilverStar.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    SilverStar,
    I'm glad you're back. I hope you'll stay.
    I flew to Minneapolis round trip today, wore a mask and gloves. I only saw a few others doing that, only one flight attendant. All my flights were light on passengers.
    Went through the Atlanta airport going and coming and it was a "ghost" town.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Mugsy Bar,
    Just be careful. I know, you're pragmatic.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Shell,
    Opinionated? Perish the thought!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    All,
    The first attraction here is a word game. Because of that, our education level might be a smidgeon higher than the general population, but our dominance score might be off the charts. We have found a way to not only get along but to genuinely become fond of one another. Stress levels are high and will undoubtedly be further exacerbated by further progress of Covid19. We'll weather this just as we've dealt with trolls and other annoyances not that they compare with a pandemic. Please overlook my many shortcomings and those few that others here might have. Spring is here, at least the calendar says so.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Shell,
    Are we no longer talking?

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Dragon,
    There is now credible evidence that young people are more susceptible to Covid19 than previously thought. Please be careful!
    Manco, are you listening?
    Abby, hopefully you can stay home, at least for now.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick,
    You have my prayers, and those of others I'm sure. We wish you only the best of fortune. Please post from time to time. I (we) miss you!
    Marezydoats,
    You only speak good and I'm betting only do good. Most of what we post here is personal opinion. I'll take yours any day!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick,
    You haven't posted recently. Is all well with you and your family? Is your Mom Ok?

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Katz,
    If it is available, could acupuncture or another alternate modality possibly help?

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Went to the VA facility in Pensacola, FL. Not planning on blood drive there "at this time".
    Had a cuppa with a Doctor friend. She said," Without testing, how do we know we can use your
    blood? "
    I have no answer, but I also have no symptoms. I'm told I can donate at our local medical center tomorrow, so I shall.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Shell,
    We normally have "bloodmobiles" old buses that park in front of large stores. I doubt that is happening, but I'll find out where and do it. You're right. That is one of the important things that isn't on people's minds right now. I don't particularly mind needles, but I won't watch it fill up the container.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Mugsy Bar,
    Perfect, thank you!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Abby,
    By being home schooled, I am guessing you may be in your teens, although you seem very mature. You do understand we are, at least some of us, pretty old. I meant it when I said you are welcome here.
    If I am correct, will you please let your parents know you are here and maybe even let them read our messages from time to time? I certainly mean no offence and if I'm wrong, please just attribute my bad guess to my advanced age.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Over the last few days, we are learning more about the threat to our families and ourselves individually. Our family and, I am sure, many of your families have had to adjust, plans and even our way of living for at least a while.
    I sincerely hope that you and all of your families are doing well and staying well.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Abby,
    Sorry, I couldn't sync this weekend so I'm not in your tourney this time.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    WSW,
    Cheryl and me noticed? Hmmm...

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick,
    Our Granddaughter is much better. She was a little droopy this morning. By this afternoon she was bouncing off the walls.
    Thank you for asking.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Shell,
    Granddaughter has no elevated temperature today, but I don't care for her cough. She's very active and wants to go back to school but I vote for not tomorrow. I'll carry the day because I'll be with her all day!
    SallyHo,
    I never had the piggy bank. Maybe others here did.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Marezydoats,
    My only excuse is that I was flying to MN. Happy Birthday!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Abby,
    I am by no means the fastest players here, but I enjoy Wordscapes very much. The people here are the best!
    Welcome

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Abby,
    There are surely Christian's here. There may be Hindus, Buddhists, Muslems, and other religions as well. We are nonexclusive. Do you enjoy Wordscapes?

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Doofus,
    I live in a semi rural area so I have an all night Walmart. I go in really early and avoid the crowds. I'll be in MN tomorrow (that's where my Granddaughter is).
    It'll be harder to avoid crowds there. Look at it this way. It can't always be Roses.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I'll be with my Granddaughter tomorrow and she has a "cold". Today she had 101 temp, but this is exactly the kind of thing I won't even attempt to avoid. How do you tell a 5-year-old child you can't be near them. At least I have no known issues other than age. And also I bought "potty" tissue last fall.
    I wouldn't want have to try to fce down some irate woman.
    Punch up, huh? We people are just plain stupid sometimes.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Sorry, Shell

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick,
    Thanks to Jeff. TailEndCharlie
    With his permission of course.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Cheryl, Ruffian, Harm, Doofus, Shell, Jeff_TailEndCharlie,
    I might have started the day just a little grumpy.
    Thanks for letting me play.
    Jeff, thanks for my new name.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Harm,
    You do have 6000, you know.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Umadbro,
    Although you have convinced yourself that you're more of an investigator than a cheater, I find your comments self serving. I also find you just as disgusting as the apparent teenager who made unfortunate anatomical references elsewhere.
    You don't deserve the respect of a response, so I will no longer respond and will encourage others to ignore you as well. Kudus to People Fun for weeding your account. Please just disappear.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Thank you, Shell... as will I.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Doofus,
    Thank you for your post. I don't blame you at all. I just don't see any way of getting there that won't cause my wife concern. You make good sense, and I'm not planning to exit, just slow down a bit.
    You might not have been here when I spent an epic weekend reaching 10, 000. Of course I was slower then but that brought on a candid conversation.
    My wife is all-in and out of respect, I can offer nothing less.
    This site has been unique in it's inclusiveness and friendliness and I like everyone here, except maybe the recent outrageous cheater.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick, Shell,
    I'm planning a trip to MN to bring my wife here so that we can plan her permanent early summer return to FL.
    I understand the concern about trolls. Their immature rantings are annoying so Ido understand the need to move to a more secure site .
    Although I appreciate your willingness to include me, I won't be able to join you.
    This group is made up of highly intelligent folks, many of whom are ladies. Private conversations with ladies would cause my wife concern.
    Competing with many of you in a "sync" is just wishful thinking on my part. The time I would have to commit would be awkward for my relationship at best.
    Everything evolves, but I cannot.
    When I return in a couple of weeks, I hope to find some of you still here from time to time.
    It's been a real pleasure.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I think the puzzles are better too, but they are slowing me down. That's my excuse for this week.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Cheryl, Ruffian, Harm,
    You guys are about to make me go blind. Now Shell is waking and Jeff will probably move as well. Great fun
    Thanks!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Docronnie,
    I don't think we were lucky this week. I don't see you
    Also, I don't think Ivanka from last week was cheating. I think she was quite fast and also determined. There could be several people who use the same name however.
    Good luck in your tournament!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I was number 98 to start. I'll slow down soon.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick,
    Thanks for the earthquake info.
    Your Brother seems wise. We'll need a bit of wisdom, I think.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    As Dragon said last weekend, you can't get infected playing in a Wordscapes tournament.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    All,
    There is a lack of information and much information about COVID-19 and how to cope.
    I strongly suggest you consider getting your information from NIH and CDC And other like sources.
    My only "bad" risk factor is age. I'm not all that social with my wife in MN, but I will shop early for supplies to avoid crowds.
    I am flying to MN to accompany my wife here. Although I only have a surgical mask, I will still use it and not remove it for the snack onboard. I will take 70% alcohol hand wipes to clean my seat area and I will wear nitrile gloves and look stupid. If you fly, close your vent on board and try not to use the bathroom because it will be filthy.
    Once the test kits become readily available, you will see an exponential increase in the number of people infected. Don't let it panic you. They've been infected all along. Avoid them, though because they can infect you
    Just use common sense. Lots of hand washing, elbow bumps instead of hand shakes, frequent cleaning of surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom, maybe no concerts for a while.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Holy smokes! Apparently there were five earthquakes yesterday M. 4.8 and above starting in Madagascar and ending with the one in Sonora. (I don't really know what the M. stands for)

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Uh Oh, I guess I'll have one of those little skinny silver crowns this weekend.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Saturday, that is.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    For 7:05 A.M.Pacific, 10:05 A.M. Eastern, 11:05 P.M Australia and Philipines (W zone?)
    So far Wordsmithwick, Shell, Doofus, Mugsy Bar, Cheryl, Docronnie, Charlie.
    Come one, come all!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    o"K"

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    Charlie commented  · 

    WSW,
    Then I'll be #21.
    Katz,
    I like your signature.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Katz,
    1. tomorrow morning?
    2. Capital "K"

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Katz,
    I was upgraded and I think, Ruffian as well. Wonder what we'll see during the tournament.
    Mugsy Bar,
    Looking forward to tomorrow!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Doofus,
    I didn't mean to slight you. I'm looking forward to your sync too!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Doofus,
    That's great! It's getting interesting now. I synced with Cheryl once and what a great sport... also lightening fast... another one!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I'm planning Saturday morning with Shell and docronnie. I don't know who else.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Mugsy Bar,
    Ruffian suggested 9:05 CST this evening. There will also be a sync at 9:05 CST Saturday morning. I haven't heard of any others. Apparently some folks are suffering from a sync "hangover" from last weekend. I've read a little about your reputation and would be happy to trail along and watch you in action... not that I won't try.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    brat,
    The crowns are an added attraction from People Fun to entice us to compete in Wordscapes tournaments. If you tap on your crown during a tournament you can see the progression: silver, gold emeralds, etc. Hope that helps.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Doofus,
    I think just to avoid confusion, I'll stick with 8:05 Sat. Shell is hopefully goi g to be there.
    I see what you mean but I don't think troll. I think a little confused.
    docronnie, I hope you're able to get into the sync at 11:05 Saturday night. I don't want to brag but I hold the record as the slowest in the group. I will gladly relinquish my
    laurels.
    Wordsmithwick, Are you able or should we look for you in April?

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    Charlie commented  · 

    And you know, Doofus asked a very good question, unless the first word enters you into the tournament normally.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    WSW,
    It sounds like Shell is giving docronnie that tournament start time. I think she covered the sync time in previous posts.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    The only time we discussed was 7:05 Pacific, 9:05 central.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    It might be the inevitable letdown after our sync last weekend. I am really happy to be part of such an impressive group.
    I never expected it to last forever though.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick,
    That is wonderful news! I'm sure your Mom is anxious to get home although I'm sure she appreciates your love.
    Yes, I have been upgraded to an opulent crown, but more and more it seems a little meaningless. I'm less motivated to chase a crown than before.
    Maybe I am just jaded. Like many here, I have sufficient points (70,000+) and quite a few assorted free hints.
    After this weekend, I won't play for a couple of weeks. Maybe I'll be more highly motivated after.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Of course I meant helplessness, sorry!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Marezedoats,
    We have missed you! From your posts, it is obvious that you are a decent person. I sympathize with your feeling of helpfulness. I will and I am sure others here will pray for you and your family.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    See, he can't even spell ain't right

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    Charlie commented  · 

    And by the way, can you imagine the intellect that allows a group of people whose first language is not English to compete in WS? My understanding is that speakers of Spanish may have an easier time with Tagalog but I don't see how that helps here.
    The older I get, the more ignorant I realize I am. Sad ain'it it?

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Zh'dara,
    From reading our most recent posts, you can tell we are also baffled by the "crown" business. Hopefully it is growing pains and will level out.
    Now that you have joined us, why not stick around? Your husband too.
    All,
    I absolutely agree with Doofus. I will try to jump in at 9:05 because somebody should be there if docronnie makes it. I'm pretty sure he will leave me in the dust, but, Oh well...

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick,
    How is your Mom. Try to keep her from becoming discouraged. Sometimes older folks blame themselves for their injuries, and it isn't their fault, yours either. I hope she is improving satisfactorily.
    Is your daughter in the Nashville area OK. I hope she and her family weren't impacted by the horrible weather there.
    And you, is your heart maintaining a steady rhythm? I forgot to mention it but when I was traveling through Atlanta, the gate agent for my flight asked me if I would give up my seat to a doctor who had an emergency in Panama City, FL. As it turns out, there was space, but I may know a Cardiologist, kind of a long shot, though.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I actually was "persistent" but never a contender. On Sunday, I was at my best or close to it, about half as fast as some of you. Some of your comments are hilarious! I did enjoy YOUR success but I won't tell you MY strategy for this coming week. We shall see...
    Good deal, Tony. Hope to see you sync this weekend.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Maybe I should say misguided soul.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I'm pretty sure we have 6 or 8 in our group who are really fast. By that I mean 1,000+ per. I honestly believe any of you in that "cadre" could keep up with Ivanka. She just played more. Unless she is one of us cloaked, we might not see her again. I really hope Ivanka isn't Umadbro or some other like-minded jerk.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    docronnie,
    I don't use the best technology but I'm pretty sure I'm accurate within a second. I entered as number 65 last Saturday. I'm pretty sure 3+ seconds would have missed the sync. Emerald City really cut it close at number 98. You will need to interpolate somehow.
    My alarm clock is consistently 15 seconds fast. When it indicates 9:05, I count 1000, 2000, and so on. At 15000, I release the last letter. So far so good.
    Yours is tougher. If you have to count 57 seconds, there is much room for error.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Mugsy Bar,
    Just a phone for me as well. That makes Wordscapes an extraordinary value for me.

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    Shell,
    I see it. Didn't pay much attention.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Shell,
    I have no reason to apologize for my first post. My apology is for the tone of my subsequent post. I have no background to attribute motive and I overreached when did that.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Amy,
    I know you felt strongly and I don't think I was the only reason you left, but I am sorry if I played a part.
    Our focus as proposed by Paddling Nana was to be Wordscapes, so
    I will limit my opinions (for the most part) to the other forum.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Emerald City,
    Your city seems to be the hardest hit so far with Covid19. I know we all wish you the best. I'm also pretty sure it's coming our way. We're trying to get our Grandchildren in the habit of frequent hand washing and are sending them to school with alcohol hand wipes.
    Your criticism of my post to TonyG was spot on. I regret that post.
    TonyG, I do apologize for the tone. We all have opinions but I could have kept that one to myself.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    docronnie,
    I am really interested in how successful you are in a tournament that is entirely American English when that wasn't your first language. I only say that because traditionally, not too many people in the US have had a second language. That may finally be changing. I hope so.
    My wife came from Argentina when she was 11. She is 73 and much smarter than I but she still does math in Spanish.
    I hope you will persist and "sync" with us. I won't be your strongest competitor, but that won't matter because there will be plenty of competition. Please come.
    By the way, I'm not sure you have the correct tournament start time.
    Shell can help.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick,
    It could be Umadbro except, he would probably out himself so he could explain how he's only doing research and therefore is a good guy, not a jerk.

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    Oops

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Katz,
    I'm just whining. As you know, it's a guy thing.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I would too, Katz. Did Harm say it come with an update? He's had it for a while.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Of course I have a Moto G7 which I paid a whole $170 for and all of you have spiffy I thises or Kendal (sp?) thats. Maybe it'll work for you

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Doofus,
    I did not originally understand to set up before the official start. I missed out 3 or 4 times. After setting up early, have made it 3 times. I'm looking for the logic and I can't find it. I just don't know

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    Charlie commented  · 

    docronnie,
    I understand that your group communicates on Facebook as Wordscapes Players International. We have no legal ownership claim to what we call "syncing" that would prohibit your group to do the same, but we hope you and your friends will feel comfortable joining us as well.
    One point: Do remember to finish your puzzle other than the last word before the official start of the tournament.
    We hope to see you Saturday evening at 11:05 P. M.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    sprung

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    Charlie commented  · 

    sorung

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Katz,
    I spring for the no ads a few months ago and it definitely increased my speed. Yeah, I know, before that, it must have been like watching grass grow.
    Another advantage is not to have to suffer repetitions of the same ad.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Sometimes in our posts we demonstrate acerbic wit. I note there are some pretty sharp minds here and I use that as an opportunity to sometimes "let her rip". I truly don't intend insults, but let me know if I am out of bounds WSW has and I deserved it.
    Following that thought, I probably won't join you on Facebook or with emails. I married "up", as we say in the South, and my wife would not appreciate ANY comments between me and members of the other gender, ANY members of the other gender. We both still get looks and she ignores hers. She doesn't ignore mine. So be it or as we say in church, Amen.
    I'm not leaving though.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick, How is your Mom?
    Sometimes attitude is more important that the actual injury for us old folks.
    This coming weekend I would love to sync. I'll try not to push quite so hard, but we seem to be adroit at the procedure now.
    SilverStar, I hope you aren't leaving. I have followed your posts and admire your common sense. Note Laura Christina, Inkspiration, Marezedoats, and others come infrequently but are always welcome.
    docronnie, I hope you can join us. I don't know if English is your first language or Spanish or Tagalog. I'm guessing you might be a physician and from your hours maybe work emergencies. At any rate, you're an interesting guy and I hope you stick around.
    Manco and Dragon, you guys are like a tag team. I'm persistent, but I was getting cross-eyed trying to keep up.
    Shell, speaking of cross-eyed, I hope you have better luck with your technical problems. Missed you!
    EC, You are lightening fast!
    Ruffian, have to watch the quiet ones; you're fast too.
    Harm, I'm jealous. PF doesn't even support emojees (sp?) for me.
    Paddling Nana, see what you started?

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Given she beat you like a drum?
    Like you guys did me, but I didn't fall in love. See how mature I am?

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    Charlie commented  · 

    And yep, it's wierd. Are you sure it isn't Stockholm syndrome?

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Manco,
    Don't recommend you talk in your sleep given your romantic proclivity.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    docronnie,
    One detail... you must have the puzzle complete minus one word before the beginning of the tournament, which, I think would be 6AM Saturday morning your time. Just complete that word and lift your finger at the start time which would 11PM Saturday your time. Shell can confirm the times since you are in the same time zone. Good luck!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Katz,
    I think we have 15. I don't see Ruffian on your list. She was so quiet making 10.000.
    By the way, you capitalized every name but yours. You deserve a capital too!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Packersqueen,
    There is no response possible. No competition or too much competition? It seems like neither suits.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Shell,
    The sync is much better than the crown. You are right. I can't yet compete with most here but watching it all unfold is awesome!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    A number of you here could compete with Ivanka. It isn't Cheryl but she could do it. Laura Christina could do it, but she hasn't been around for a while. I'd like it to be one of us but it may remain a mystery. Great score, though.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Pretty sure 30K+ is possible if one of you fast players goes all out.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Manco,
    You have a WICKED sense of humor! WSW?
    Please, when somebody knows who Ivanka, Ugdplaya, Sleepy Joe, or whoever is, please pass it on.
    I'm happy to be in this group.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick,
    I don't know if is Lolo, but I can imagine her doing that. Whoever it is seems fast enough to compete with all 13 of us (not me), but she committed a lot of time.
    Manco might know but I think he is with his children for now.
    It is a beautiful early spring day here and I'm going outside. The sync was perfect and has given me a realistic insight into my skills and what should be my goals. I didn't clock my speed but I know I was faster this morning with no pressure. I look forward to the next sync, hopefully with more of us!
    Thanks to all of you!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Good morning all!
    Wordsmithwick, I hope your Mom had a comfortable evening.
    Shell, the sync is the accomplishment, I'm just marveling at the scores.
    You five (four) at the top. Unless Ivanka unmasks, get her! (him)
    I'm still playing, but my new name is my new attitude.
    I don't know if we can get this many again, but the great thing about a sync is that I can see you play, not just read about it. You guys are giving me a new challenge, and I have a goal!
    TonyG, Grandchildren Trump Wordscapes every time. Enjoy!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Shell,
    All yours... good luck!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Opal,
    I was persistent. Coming back after checking on Wife. Manco second? Dragon first?

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    Charlie commented  · 

    WSW
    Just saw about your Mom. So sorry! I hope she isn't in too much pain. Tell her lots of people are asking about her!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    WSW,
    I'm working hard. Opal just caught me. I'll take a rest. I'm really enjoying the game and am anxious to hear how many made it. I hope everyone is enjoying it as much as I am!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I'm trudging along at my usual pace and will play my game to the end. I am very happy to be part of the sync. Somebody stopped right behind me and not for me, I hope. I don't need a thing, just enjoying the game. How many are we?

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I'm here, now cowstail. Don't see any crowns but mine

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I have an important assignment this morning.
    With the impending Covid 19 pandemic, which I think is very real.
    1. Everyone knows all manufacturing takes place in China.
    2. There is going to be a worldwide shortage of toilet paper.
    3. Dearly Beloved has assigned me the task of buying at least a year's supply, And not for us alone: to include children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, in-laws, acquaintances, etc. If your wedding is in the next year or so, guess what your wedding present will be.
    4. When my Wife isn't around, I'm the typical big talking husband, and when she is, the typical wimp. So look out toilet paper. Here I come!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I admit I'm pretty excited about the sync. I don't think stealth will work this time but we'll see. Hopefully it will be a busy couple of days with much repartee.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Shell,
    You are right!... I hope.
    Since you are 14 hours ahead of CST, I often wonder if it is lonely for you playing during the day. I can't imagine you are ever alone. Your outgoing personality probably attracts people like lights attract moths. Who could resist purple hair and a limo? But cross-eyed? Anyway docronnie is awake with you.
    Docronnie, are you a doctor? Not that it matters, but one paints a word picture. (See my description of Shell above). You can see how careful I am not to get personal.
    It should be a busy morning, or night, for successful syncers and a real test for those of us with a mental governor... me

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    Charlie commented  · 

    docronnie,
    we certainly hope you can join the sync. Welcome!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Thanks!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Or are you going to offend the other 10%?

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Manco,
    Did you commit to the sync?

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    Charlie commented  · 

    And my 74-year-old sister-in-law defended my honor. Sigh, I mean hooray!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    It was, unfortunately, one or two generations too late. Oh well...

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Manco,
    If by trystations, you mean places where geezers like me (sorry WSW) go to eat free, I don't think they have those at Walmart.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Maybe I misrepresented my crown. Maybe it's a little skinny silver one.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I think one of the problems ... our crowns might "out" us.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Katz,
    Great word! Hope we can use it.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Thanks, Wordsmithwick!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Manco, Katz,
    Maybe an emotional support dog for your fomo?

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    Charlie commented  · 

    docronnie,
    Please join our sync on Saturday although I think it might be Sunday for you. If you're interested, one of us will be happy to tell you how.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    WSW,
    You committed, don't forget.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Lolo, where are you?

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I know I'll leave someone out but we haven't heard from Manko, Sapphire, TonyG, SilverStar, Jeff, Emerald City, Marezedoats, Laura Chridtina, and I'm sure many others.
    If you are able, please come. It will be intense and it will be all about the game and mutual support.
    Having said that, I hope I don't blow the sync myself.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Katz,
    Remember the old Nike commercial, "Just do it".
    It will definitely be interesting to see how many of us make it, and how many different syncs we produce.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I only need 3rd, Shell. I'll be doing power lifts with my personal copy of the Tortoise and the Hare to prepare so there should be no problem. Right?

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Because I was "gone" for a couple of weeks, I did miss some excitement for which I'm grateful. Syncing should provide a good kind of excitement. There are still a number who haven't posted. I hope you ALL join in Saturday! I honestly don't care where I finish, but I do intend to compete! But first we all have to sync.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Harm,
    Pretty sure I have the word right. At this point, it's more a matter of timing. Can you imagine? There may be as many as a dozen!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Opal,
    It's getting better and better! I will consider it a special privilege to compete against really fast players. I just hope we can all get there.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    PN,
    You were gone, then I was gone and too much happened. But here we all are. Will you be able to sync Saturday morning?

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Dragon,
    No reservations. This is open enrollment. I am not the teacher, so bring your lesson plan. We'll have a few instructors in attendance.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Cheryl,
    I couldnotask for a better sync partner.

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    Doofus,
    The more the merrier. Actually I was challenged to make even my first sync and would be happy to meet as many as possible!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Cheryl,
    Thanks! Now I'm glad I only need third.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    You know, we're all hanging out hats (crowns) on having one more week. What if we all wind up with puny little silver things?

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Ruffian is already in. I synced with Cheryl (my first sync) and it was a pleasure. She's only about twice as fast as I am.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I already set up my puzzle with the last word being "also" unless it's "taco" in which case I'll miss another sync.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick,
    You in?

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick,
    You in?

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Shell,
    No worries, I only need third this week. If you wake up and find yourself 10,000 points behind, someone is pretending to be me.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    As an underachiever, I vote for Saturday 7:05 PST.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Shell?

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Sounds good to me. When we find the third, we can pick a time. I'm flexible. Thanks!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    What will I tell, oh never mind!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I would like to sync this weekend, but I have a little problem. I need 3 crown points for my third ruby and I WANT IT. See what a monster PF have created? In this group, I know at least half a dozen of you can outpace me and my luck will be to sync with all 6 of you.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Today I am number 76 in Florida and number 248 in the world.
    There are many players in the world who can beat me.
    There are many players in Florida who can beat me.
    I still enjoy the game too much!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Shell,
    I think , (hope) you may be right. I think (hope) December whatever to March 1 might include March 1. Otherwise will our crowns appear Friday and Saturday and disappear on Sunday?
    On another subject, the guy Umadbro who outed himself as a cheater seems to enjoy his notoriety just a bit too much. If he comes back, I intend to just ignore him. (at least when I realize it is he).

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick,
    I was getting worried there! It actually is good to be back and I'm truly happy to find you here.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    The week WSW and Dragon and I synched, I think he played for an hour or thereabouts and left with 1040 points as I recall.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Well, if he was somehow fudging, he isn't very good at it. It's like the bank robber who drops his driver's license in the vault.
    I hope he wasn't because that was pretty impressive... waited too late, though.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    While I was just now posting, he moved anither150 points. This guy is clearly faster than I am, but did not show that speed.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I just had an interesting thing happen... didn't play much about five hours. Second place was exactly 1105 points behind and we stayed that way for pretty much all aftérnoon. With 1 1/2 hours to go he started so I did also. We quit about 15 minutes ago. I moved exactly 540 points and he is now 716 points behind. That was pretty fast and at 900+ per hour he could have easily beaten me. A quandry...

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Shell,
    You can have my ruby. I've been playing with the "slow" groups on Saturday and Sunday so I don't see the competition you Friday heroes see. Next week I'm going to try Friday and ruin my self esteem.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Back in FL late last night. Jumped into a T mid morning, but can't play much since I have to do all the "just got home" stuff. I do see I'm still in first but not much to brag about. Will get the second ruby but that's it for this crown. I have much catching up to do and I hope you're all here.
    Jason, let me add my welcome. I'm known as the slowest here so maybe we'll be a good sync until you build up your speed.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Shell testing, testing, testing,
    You might not have believed your Mother's warning about crossing your eyes.
    Believe her now?

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Music to my ears! I'm outta here and back to Florida sometime this weekend.... and back to full voice.

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    WSW,
    Sorry, I wasn't aware at the time. Oh well, I'll still play and come by from time to time.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    WSW,
    Am I coming back to an empty house?

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Dragon,
    Sometimes when speed is a little joke, persistence is king (or queen). I have noticed that the Master levels are much speedier because of all the repeats. I'll have a weekend fully available in a couple of weeks and I'll see how high I can travel without regard for the competition, a moment of truth I suppose.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Dragon,
    I keep hopping in but sometimes you just gotta comment. That was momentous, Dragon, and I'm not unhappy for me. You just gave me a goal (eventual). That's exactly why we're here.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    WSW,
    Remember no a couple of weeks ago when your headache wouldn't let go and Dragon was driving, I guess from one side of the US to the other. I was so proud of my 4000 points and Dragon congratulated me on my first. Just had my bubble burst. Lagging Dragon indeed! WHAT A SCORE!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Amy,
    It didn't work for you here and I am sorry. Please don't mistake that for an apology.
    I did expect a reaction, of course. I don't wear my religion on my sleeve, but it is an important part of my life, and, I believe to WSW as well.
    The three musketeers' motto was "All for one and one for all". WSW epitomizes "One for all". I admire her for that! I will continue to support her fully and the best way I am able. Most internet sites such as this seem to have a short shelf life. The ones that last seem to be the ones based largely on complaints. I hope we will prove the exception.
    Shell, I love your dry wit and particularly your "wicked" sense of humor. Come often or not so often, but don't you dare disappear!
    I like you all (yes, Tony) and have learned from you all.
    I may be committed here in Minnesota for a couple of more weeks, but I sneak peeks. I hope to be competing soon.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick,
    I've been thinking. I really don't know as much as I wish I did but because of planning treatments
    near the heart, I have some understanding of the anatomy of the heart and generally how it works.
    My father was, and my sister is a Methodist minister and I will never question the power of faith.
    Please keep your communications open with your medical support group. If your condition lasted for 30 years, it may well return. If it does just deal with it. You'll know what to do. And along with your family and tactile friends, we'll be here to support you.
    Now I'll "see" you in about a week.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Divine, yeah actually I know that one.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    WSW,
    Joy! Hallelujah!
    You are coordinating with your cardiologist, I hope, but very good news. Devine presence, no doubt!
    By the way, I somehow missed out on the spelling gene. Please defend me from Mr. GPS.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Just a cameo visit:
    Wordsmithwick, I find your posts calm and always helpful. Your prayers will always be welcome.
    I certainly think we should avoid pushing one religious group over another.
    Shell,
    Aaah shucks. I think we're about 30 years too late and I really don't want to dye my hair.
    Tony G,
    Peace, really just peace.
    I'll see you guys in a week or so. It is a balmy 28 degrees in Mahtomedi with no snow to shovel, Hooray!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Sorry, I should have posted that on the other site. Getting ready to board an airplane now, but maybe we can discuss it on the other site later. Sorry guys!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Tony,
    Yesterday, I became increasingly concerned as I watched what appears to be your manipulation of events. You apparently had your feelings hurt so badly and became so stressed that you were "done". You were treated unfairly because I objected to your emotional strong output about our country being on the precipice and apparently saw no difference with that posting and comments about game scores or personal support of one another. We have been here since July and have, in many cases, come to like one another, without controversy for the most part.
    You did, somewhat later let some very kind folks talk you, after much convincing (and checking your stress level) into coming back.
    I am only a member here, not a leader. I hope you have noticed that we are absolutely inclusive.
    I also hope you stay as one of a group who enjoy a word game. As an aside, I also intend to stay for that very same reason. Peace!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Looks like I'm heading to MN early tomorrow morning. I'll try to drop in once in a while. Have a great tournament everybody!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    TonyG,
    I hope you're able to make a decision to rejoin us. You fit like a glove. Come back please.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    My wife and I understood that our two-year semi separation would be necessary but difficult and it has been. This group has been a safe haven and I am grateful beyond your possible understanding!
    Kidding aside, I am absolutely dedicated to my wife, Stella and in large part, any success and happiness I have, I attribute directly to her. Our intent is to be together when she returns, but the little ones' needs must be considered as well.
    This group has offered me a comfort not often found anywhere, much less on the internet. I appreciate all of you and promise to be a good citizen, one of many here.
    Thank you Paddling Nana!
    Thank you all!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Has anyone heard from Dragon, by the way?

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Or, yes, Mother!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Behaving here..

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Purple hair sounds great, but you ain't exactly in the neighborhood!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Err, Umm

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    Shell,
    I would love to sync sometime, but in a straight out Sprint, the tortoise might not fare too well.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    However, you still are missing the point. You are passionate. Absolutely! As mundane as it may seem to you and however it outraged you, this forum was meant to be about Wordscapes primarily. I understand your passion. I might even agree with it. Maybe we could agree to meet elsewhere to discuss your concerns. THIS IS NOT THE PLACE!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    TonyG,
    Welcome back!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Amy,
    I tried to be as circumspect as possible in my comments to TonyG. There are folks who like the way things are going. The statement "A fireball hanging on the edge of a precipice" could be anathema to those people and they might feel the need to passionately disagree. That could push us into disagreements that would defeat the purpose of Game Chat. I did not suggest in any way that TonyG absent himself from this group. He is, as he said, a 70-year-old and that is entirely his decision. I feel he is gentleman and I would miss him.
    I made no claim and make no claim to any authority whatever other than as an active and enthusiastic participant. I also do not apologize. I stand behind my comments.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Shell,
    You're playing all night and finishing Monday morning? Wow!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Make sure you have the word finished so you can lift your finger exactly at the agreed time, 9:05.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Doofus,
    I have an electric clock that is about 20 seconds faster than my phone. I just count and it worked two weekends in a row.
    The puzzle has to be all ready before the tournament starts. It took me too long to understand that.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    See you there... I hope.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    That's Saturday morning, sorry I didn't say.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I've been successful twice now at 9:05 CST if that's not too late.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Speaking of that, any sync times yet?

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Manco did you actually sync yet?

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Last year, I spent about half my winter there, ran me ragged. I was there for the polar vortex and saw 29 below. This year I'm busy here and have been up a couple of times. My wife is spending the school year there with three Grandchildren. Our daughter and her husband are working long hours, and being yuppies, so the kids need Nana.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    The beaches are known for their white sugar sand.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Manco,
    Although the weather is not tropical, freezing temperatures are not frequent. It usually rises to 60's during the day with 40's at night. Summers are hot with high humidity year round.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    WSW and MZD,
    Only a tiny little section of the FL Panhandle is in the central zone. Florida is almost totally in the eastern zone.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick,
    Nashville appears to be almost due north from me. That'll be quite a move for you!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    When I was 14, a group of us made a canoe trip up the Rideau Canal system and it was the trip of a lifetime! Yes, Canada! How could leave Canada out?!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    No problem, just busy!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    TonyG,
    Your opinion is just as important as mine, or any other. You may well be a better person than I am. I didn't start this forum and I am certainly not a moderator here, just a participant. So be it. I wish you well.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    TonyG,
    A gentle caution... you may be edging a little too close to politics for comfort. Remember, we're all about Wordscapes here. Thanks!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Sapphire,
    I have no excuse! Please accept my apology to you and to Canada!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Opal,
    Slow? That's not what I'm hearing!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I have found for relaxation without much challenge, "Word Search" by People Fun passes the time and so far, not one commercial message. Fair warning, it doesn't stretch your intellect much but for some reason I do enjoy it.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick,
    You can't see us or touch us, but WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS. Please accept our support and we send our love. I have always counted you as an ally and I'm pretty sure most everybody agrees, except maybe Jacqkats and Momma56.
    Seriously, I'm delighted today is better than yesterday. Nashville is a thriving and dynamic city. I hope your offer is successful.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Umadbro,
    As you become more familiar here, you will notice we have folks from all over the US, the UK, and Australia.
    We have a way fir head-to-head competition. We try to enter the tournament at exactly the same time and we call it syncing. Last weekend two of us made it and this weekend three if us were together. Others were successful at different times.
    We don't talk politics or religion, and although we banter, many of us are in strong relationships outside of this group.
    I hope you find us compatible!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    TonyG,
    Thanks, but that's all ancient history now. My goal now is to have all my Grandchildren remember me as someone who caused happiness.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Umadbro,
    I agree with your philosophy. There are many folks who are faster than I am, some here really can 1000 per hour. I am always the tortoise, but sometimes that guy wins!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Umadbro,
    Welcome, you found us!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    WSW,
    I am so sorry! You obviously had a horrible weekend! I knew about your headache, but not about your son. We haven't seen signs of PTSD, but get many comments about our parenting skills , (or lack). I'm tired of apologizing, so I don't. Because of my own father's pack of self esteem, he was physically abusive. Because of that, I made my wife do any spanking, which I now know was wrong. All three of our kids have their own kids and can make their own mistakes. Children don't come with directions.
    Hopefully you can mitigate your headaches. I know your Son's issues are not so easy.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I thought I could hold her off because of when she started, but who knows. I did congratulate her.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    WSW,
    Just to let you know, I could see jetty queen was catching up maybe as much as 200 pet hour. I was going to play to the wire,

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Sorry, sloppy post... tired, happy, busy game, good game..

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick,
    Thanks for the encouragement. I thought I would have to go the distance, but I think jetty queen feels it it the point of diminishing return, but isn't what we live for. See? The faster one doesn't win all the time.
    Sorry you didn't feel well. I know both you and Dragon can both smoke me, but you need to get no well so I can trash talk.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick,
    So what's with jetty queen? When I was leaving, she was going like a house on fire! Must be the house burned down. I thought I was fighting for third. If she leaves it too late, I might be able to hold her off.
    How are you feeling, I hope better!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Shell,
    Thank you! G'night, Mate
    WSW,
    Do I now have a name? Watch out for JQ
    CU later

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    Charlie commented  · 

    WSW,
    JettyQueen just woke up. Am committed for about 5 hours now. I'll plug some more this PM. Sorry I can't stay and try to demoralize her. C'est la vie...

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick,
    Always your encouragement!. Have to leave soon for several hours but will plug as fast as I can later this afternoon. I hope your headache has cleared up!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Doofus,
    The only crown I can see is my own and that was true last week as well. I have read that PF are still sorting the crowns out and some folks have reported seeing a couple which later disappeared.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick,
    JettyQueen seems to be hanging out 500 points ahead of second place. Don't you think she would have talked by now if she was one of us. She doesn't seem as fast as you or Dragon, but I haven't been able to close the gap. I'm up by 2 or 3 in the A.M. here, so maybe I can surprise her before I need to leave in the morning. It would be pretty cool if we could wind up 123. I'll be back early afternoon to plug some more.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    There have only been two personalities That repelled me personally: one was the fake author (Steve King), and the other whose name I conveniently forgot was looking to hit on somebody, anybody, I think. He came to this site from the other but didn't stay. The only real complaint I have now is that it seems like everybody, and I mean EVERYbody here is faster than I am. Oh well, I'll keep trying.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    WSW,
    Gonna take a rest. Brother-in-law came and got me. His wife, my wife's sister not feeling well and wanted me to look in. Get this, I'm not a doctor, he is (prosthodontist, but still). Any way, they're family and they look out for me as well.(She saved me a LOT of trouble last week). So I might not be a whole lot of help tomorrow.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    WSW, Dragon,
    Brother-in-law is here. Heading out for a while.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    WSW,
    Sounds like you're coming back so I'll trudge some more. Pity ... you better not!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    WSW and Dragon,
    I think I should let JettyQueen chill for a little. It'll take either of you about 10 minutes to catch her then I can chase you guys some more.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Shell,
    In my mind, I have classified some of your messages as lexibiomorphic (made up word, I think). Sometimes I feel I'm hearing your message rather than reading it. I can't explain it much better other than to say that some of your output is pretty expressive.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Lolo was the voice of calm reason. She would "talk" with you and Laura Christina, never me, not once but that was OK. Her cameo visit seemed a little odd though. I hope all is OK.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    We've learned a lot. I sure have and this site makes for good times too.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Seems like we may have a few in the morning. Don't forget to throttle down to 200 (all except me).

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    Charlie commented  · 

    WSW,
    I'm not heavy but I don't think there is a 78-year-old man anywhere that wouldn't look better in a "hang ten" that a you-know-what. Watch that medication. It can make you say strange things.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Manco, I hope it is she.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Manco,
    ChaChaCha is a good possibility. I have considered it myself, but my try to sync is tomorrow 7:05pst.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    WSW,
    Pink? No problem. Speedo? No, just no... much too modest.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Cheryl,
    Any who have their first sync with you will be lucky.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    eighth one down as of now

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    Charlie commented  · 

    If anyone wants to see how insightful our MZD is, check out the "cheating" site for her post from yesterday. Right Manco?

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick,
    Disappoint you? Perish the thought!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    WSW,
    Rats! You know me too well! Sigh... back to the drawing board...

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Shell,
    That is very kind. Firefighters are brave indeed. We fear for your country. Dust now blowing Eastward from New South Wales?
    How long must this last? Heard of a little rainfall but several days now?

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Wordsmithwick,
    I already have my name ready for Saturday. You'll know exactly who I am (if we sync).

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Opal,
    Drug prices are a real problem for some folks. Type 1 diabetes is a prime example. It isn't at all what you did. It's just what you have.
    Some folks have to split pills that they really shouldn't. It is hard to accept that in this century. Let me just stop now before I find myself on the soapbox!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Opal and All,
    Thinking, thinking... lacking a medical "in", a facility that treats worrisome diseases would be the best local source of information you could possibly find. Billing clerks are not high on the hierarchy in hospitals. But nobody knows more about insurance; who pays the best, who covers the most. Talk nice and they'll tell you everything you need to know.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    If you or a loved one has a life threatening medical event, you want the best care possible. Buy the best coverage you can possibly afford.
    You'll notice I have a lot of strong opinions. Nonetheless, that's all they are. Do what's right for you.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    than was charged. Those who cared learned ways to legally circumvent that ridiculous rule.
    If you know an office administrator or know someone who does, a good one can tell the best supplements. For routine procedures, HMOs work fine. Catostrophic events require more complete (expensive) insurance, ie PPO. Get advice from people who know, not advertisements.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Opal,
    As far as Medicare goes, TonyG said he did quite a bit of research. I was in a large medical center for years. Toward the turn of the century, morning rounds became more about insurance and what was possible than purely the best and most efficacious treatment plan. It is considered medicare fraud to deliver a higher ttment

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    Charlie commented  · 

    TonyG,
    I believe you are right. As a group we are a little long in the tooth with a few exceptions. I would encourage young folks to join just so we don't have a warped perception and turn this into an old folks home.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    The news is encouraging from Cardiff University, but trials are critical. Just because T Cells are activated won't necessarily result in eradication of all cancer cells, but it is an important discovery and gives cause for hope.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    WSW,
    Almost everyone is touched by cancer, either through their own experience or through someone they love. I worked for years in a cancer center, first as a radiation therapist and then as a medical dosimetrist. My last year's we're almost exclusively with recovery cases, folks who had failed treatment, usually another modality and usually from another center. The Radiation Oncologist with whom I had a close working relationship and I had a strong disagreement concerning an informed consent for one of those patients. I refused to plan the treatment until he modified the disclosure to that patient so afterwards he zeroed me out. Yesterday at just after 5 A.M. here, he called me about a potential patient and was very excited about the news from Cardiff University. The patient might not be a candidate for treatment, they frequently are not. It was good to hear from a friend and sure I will plan any treatment that could help. The real news is the possibility of a cure for many cancers. That would be a miracle!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Silver Star,
    Good Morning (or maybe good afternoon for you),
    The Packers are an American professional football team.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    That post was disjointed even for me. The recovery treatment is statistically not usually viable and may have just been an excuse for my friend to reopen a discourse.
    The discovery from Cardiff University is much more important and potentially earth shaking! What if it is possible to cure at least some types of cancer?

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I just got a flash call from a radiation therapist who zeroed me out (informed consent issue) but apparently forgave me. I did recovery plans exclusively (this person is referred from another center) and would also be pro bono. I don't know for sure and not a lot of information but we'll see. It was good useful once more time.
    Even better, he is telling me about an inadvertent discovery by Cardiff University whereas Tcells are activated only to affect many types of cancer cells only. Of course that will take many years for trials to prove efficacy.
    Stay tuned.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    WSW,
    Deep down inside, I hope JackSpratz has changed her name and joined us. Her accusation was so off-the-wall, it was almost confusing. My first reaction was, "Huh?"
    On the other hand, the other person just seems arrogant.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    My word this week is "clog", (I hope).
    TonyG...one of the things that I like about you is you aren't all testeroney, more Hallmark. Yes, I too eat quiche.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    WSW,
    Yes, I just realized I misspelled it. Oops again.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Amy,
    I honestly never once got an answer to my name-change messages until I synced and I tried to communicate many times. I actually only learned how to do the name changes from you guys so I wonder if it just confuses people to see our shenanigans.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Whoever you partner with, will (as Shell says) suss you out unless you make an effort to cloak.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    TonyG,
    I can only give you the same advice I give myself. You quickly congratulate yourself (if you manage to sync), then you play your heart out!. The goal is for syncers to finish on top of the heap as much as possible. I don't mind telling you that brought on a little stress on my first sync.
    I have no idea of your speed. Mine is mediocre at best so I make up for it with persistence. my first sync "partner" was Cheryl who had a busy weekend in addition to playing in two tournaments. We wound up in first and second (she first, me second). It was a good feeling and a friendly experience. I wish the same for you of course.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    I was actually talking about the sometimes overgenerous tummies overhanging the aforementioned
    less than sartorial and somewhat less than adequate bathing togs.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    WSW,
    Being from South Florida at one time, I have seen, during the winter, some of your countrymen in Speedos. It's not always a good look but I admire their courage.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    TonyG,
    Thanks but my speed is just too inconsistent. I have been able to reach 500 WPM more or less, but only under the best circumstances. When I'm tense (i.e. being chased), or if I think about it too much, my speed gets wobbly. I wish I could use your method. But that 500 is twice what it once was so all I need to do is double once more and I too will be a speedo.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    A couple of things I have learned: if I am trying to get points quickly, either to build up a lead or to hold someone off, I try to keep my head down for 8 or even 16 screens without frequently checking scores. That way I feel I can better judge relative speed. I confess that is how I "measured" Cheryl's speed relative to mine and realized I was slower. Incidentally, that's why I only competed with the third place person on Sunday. I was 139 points behind Cheryl for several hours, but in fairness I knew Cheryl was faster and also in fairness, when points really no longer matter, the faster person SHOULD hold 1st.
    Also from suggestions from WSW and others, I found that taking time to make extra words with the letter "s" just as an example, actually pays dividends. My personal high so far is 16 points. I also discovered that playing alongside someone friendly and "talking" with them heightens the enjoyment substantially. I wish more folks could appreciate what we have here.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Shell
    Must be a generational thing. Sweet dreams...

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    Charlie commented  · 

    As far as tournaments go, I'm aware I'm still a journeyman. That is really why I lean more toward a Saturday start. Winning scores are generally in the 3000 range. I'm pretty sure Cheryl (even though she was in two tournaments) was the only reason we went over 4000. Anybody up for 7:05 A. M. PST Saturday?

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Opal,
    Bite your tongue!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    WSW,
    Thanks!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Tony,
    I don't think the length of the word is relevent. I'm told it's when you lift your finger after completion. Don't forget, mine was the infamous "sunroom".

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    Charlie commented  · 

    TonyG,
    I was thinking about your comments. Many of us here came to this site, which PN started in July, from the "cheating" site and I think we were just tired of the almost constant complaints.
    There is no entry requirement here. Not one single person who wants be part of this group is unwelcome and I continue to marvel at that. Add to that, everybody is willing to share encouragement and information. I am not always intuitive about internet procedures, but with enough coaching (Thanks WSW), by golly, I synced. Although Cheryl had a busy weekend, she was encouraging and communicated throughout. I was a little nervous (she is faster by far), but I HAD A BLAST. That's enough blather.
    I do like you guys!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Manco and Dragon are no slouches either

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    Charlie commented  · 

    WSW and I see some things in the same way. She's just nicer than I am.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Opal
    Congratulations on your fantastic score! That definitely puts you in the elite group and within reach of 20,000. I'm a little jealous but also happy for you.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    WSW,
    Thank you for giving the sync instructions one last time for the dummy. He had fun.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Amy,
    The problem is that when we send those name-change messages, we are usually in first or second place. My intention is not to be (or seem) arrogant but I don't have any way to measure the reception as I never got an answer until this weekend when Cheryl and I synced (my first). What a difference!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Cheryl,
    I was anticipating the sync for several weeks and I was not disappointed. I had been leaving messages by changing my name but was afraid it could be interpreted as taunting and never got an answer.
    Today was more like a cooperative effort although we still played individual tournaments. I can only say I recommend it highly. Thank you!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Congratulations, Manco!

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Manco,
    One day maybe I can do 13000, just not yet.
    Still a little confused about Lolo's last appearance. You felt it might be significant that it was on the old site and not here. Hope all is well with her.

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    Charlie commented  · 

    Shell,
    I think WSW's last name must be Word ... or maybe Wick ... but then I'm not the brightest bulb. and
    Manco,
    If I claim 13000+ points you are welcome to challenge, but that won't be a problem because we're syncing now and have proof.
    Cheryl and I synced but she's the only one working ( in her other tournament) because it appears our only opponent has called it a day.

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