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That's what I figured would be the case... :-)))
The 432 pc 1 to 1 puzzles take me between 1 1/2 to 2 hours, which is about the same amount of time most of the 540 pc puzzles have taken me, except for the umbrella puzzle which was well over 2 hours.
I have noticed that the 540 does take longer than I'd expect, given that it's only a little over 100 pieces larger. But I find the 1=1 puzzles Sue posts to be much harder than the ones where the squares don't equal the pieces, so I really am thinking of trying it, too, just to see if the 1=1 balances out the piece count...
Actually, I have both versions markmarked. I'm more likely to do the 1 to 1 version and let the 540 pc fade into bookmark oblivion... It's amazing how much longer the 540 pc puzzles take, compared to the 432. I'm kind of keeping track and there are some which I will solve in 540 if Sue continues to post them, but others where I will stick to 432 pc or less. But I've always liked the 1-1 versions. When Sue does a smaller 1-1 puzzle, say 240 pc, I will often solve both the 240 pc version and the 432 pc version.
Sheesh! How dare she defile a Sue puzzle! :-)))Aha--so you are doing the 1 piece=1 square version! I did the larger size, where they're not equal, which is actually always easier, to me. (I didn't pick it for that reason, but because I love the squares puzzles as large as I can get them!). I should do the version you're doing as well, just to see if it takes me just as long or longer, even with fewer pieces...
Funny you should say that, because this is where I spotted it:http://www.jigidi.com/puzzle.php?id=85294VHH(first comment - bottom of page)
Maybe because a puzzle is a one-time thing, but that avatar will show up every time she comments, even on a kitten puzzle, a scenic photo puzzle--or a swirl! I don't want to have to see that on puzzles that have nothing to do with religion. Rather in-your-face, as you said!
Yes, the solves are still slowing moving upwards. I agree, you'd definitely receive some flak/flac???? if you made the type of avatar you suggested. I very nearly reported it, but I thought that would be stooping to their level. I don't know why I find the avatar more offensive than a puzzle, but I do.
I wonder what would happen if I made an avatar that said There Is No God, or Reason Over Religion...... How long before someone complained to TPTB? Sheesh! On I nicer note, this puzzle has actually picked up more solves! :-)))
And I thought her other avatar was bad. This one jumps up and hits you in the face :((((http://www.jigidi.com/user_profile.php?name=JOSIESCORNER
Thanks--now I don't feel as guilty! I looked up Casey, and some of the titles sound familiar, so I may actually have read her. I'll have to check the next time I go to the library. Thanks, whatnauts!
Yes, the two comments would have been posted very close to each other.
You're right, I did miss it! Did you post it right after the smiley face? Because I did see that, and I might have assumed, yesterday, that another comment that indicated it was posted, say, "15 minutes ago", after I read a comment I saw 20 minutes ago, was the same comment, and I just didn't know the exact times... Anyway, thanks for calling my attention to it--the name sounds familiar, and I'll check her out. :-)))
In case you missed it, see my comment below :)))))))
I came across that true crime writer I was telling you about. Her name is Kathryn Casey. I haven't read anything yet, but her reviews were good.
I remember that puzzle. My son had his first child at 41, so Younas' age in comparison to the son isn't what surprised me, as much as JJ's age in comparison to Younas--or in relation to any of the men, actually, since she's probably in her early 60's, which isn't exactly the age at which most women have a half dozen men in hot pursuit... Ah, well, it is fun to watch the story unfold! :-)))
I forgot about this puzzlehttp://www.jigidi.com/puzzle.php?id=UC09PPV2where she says he is 54, so I guess he had a son later in life, which is a lot more likely for a man. Apparently he was already claiming his wish to marry at that point. Now that I have reminded myself of the above puzzle, I remember it, because it was around then that I started wondering about her flakiness.As you say, we only have her word for it, and at the least, the whole thing is very entertaining.
I think she has a very active fantasy life, which she lives in most of the time, and not in the real world. Given that oddio posted romantic puzzles dedicated to her, there clearly was some relationship, but I never heard of a proposal until JJ mentioned it now--I think he realized what he was getting into, and backed off, and she handled it publicly in the only way comfortable for her, by claiming he wasn't faithful. Many of her puzzles have been about her trust issues, which is supposedly why she didn't have any other permanent relationships since that first guy died. It seems to me that she is too quick to see a permanent commitment as soon as anyone shows any interest, and that's why she keeps being (or thinking that's she's being) abandoned when things don't move as fast as she expects, or turn out to be more casual than she wanted. As far as this new one goes, yes, she's a prime target for fraud--assuming he really is as eager to marry her (given that they only met on a few occasions over a short time period), and the son as eager to claim her for a mother (strange, for a 14 year old who barely has seen her...)--we only have her own word for that....
Flirting is one thing, falling in love another. I have a hard time believing Oddio asked her to marry him, and then a short while later said he didn't want an exclusive arrangement. And this new guy has a 14 year old son - that would make him younger than JJ - at least probably???? And does he really want to marry her??? The way she acts on here, she's a prime target for fraud.
I agree about JJ--and she seems to love being the center of attention and having all these men vying for her, if they really are, of course. Since her first "beau" died about 40 years ago, she isn't exactly, forgive me, a hot young thing, so I'm surprised that so many men seem to be falling all over themselves to woo her. Then again, several of them have posted puzzles that sure do sound that way......... I approve wholeheartedly of your choice of news sources! I almost never watch TV anymore, but if I did, that's where I'd be going, too. As it is, I read the NYTimes--which will quite often report what Stewart and Colbert have said, anyway! LOL!
Well, where to start....I did see the Carl Sagan puzzle. It's amazing the things that are turned into religion. I didn't see the other one though.Thanks for pointing out the JJ puzzles. I have been checking her puzzles every couple of days, but nothing has been happening. I hadn't seen the latest instalments. I think it's amazing that people she has known for 2 minutes are asking her to marry them. I wonder if she's the kind of person who goes on a date and automatically thinks the guy is in love with her. And the son wants to call her Mom???? I'm incredulous and doubtful. She sounds more like she's 14 with schoolgirl crushes.I saw the NRA commercial, again on the Daily show. I thought it was a joke, at least at first. And yes, lately, I have been getting most of my American political news from the Daily Show and Colbert Report.
I meant that "they were" by the people who commented, not that they were religious to begin with--Sagan didn't believe in god. And she had 2 puzzles with his quotes, which is why I used the plural, but one of them was removed, I see. I wonder if someone like welshatheist said something and annoyed her...
Did you see or hear about the NRA commercial, which claims that Obama's kids get armed protection at school (the secret service, which does that for ALL presidents, for pete's sake), but that he won't let OUR kids have it--and "does he think that his kids are better/their lives worth more than ours"? It created quite a backlash, even among gun owners, thank goodness--it was really crudely done, and so absurd. Geeez.....Did you see the latest soap opera installment?http://www.jigidi.com/puzzle.php?id=IWETY54WApparently we aren't the only ones who are following it...! Or the only ones finding the sentiment a bit cloying:http://www.jigidi.com/puzzle.php?id=RTF1E6B4 (comment by Marchon).I was really annoyed by the Carl Sagan quotes, which were chosen because they can be interpreted in a religious way, which of course they were...
I haven't looked into what is actually being proposed - it's not going to affect me and I have my doubts that anything useful will actually get the necessary votes. It is good comedy though, watching the pundits jump all over proposed changes and making up changes which haven't even been proposed (although I've only seen a few clips on programs such as The Daily Show). I really think these people should be forced to sit in a room for 24 hours watching themselves contradict a previously stated opinion. Sheesh.My favourite film incongruity is MASH - the tv series. At the beginning Hawkeye's mother was living, but sometime later he reveals his mother died when he was a boy.
That is annoying--especially in a book that's not the first in the series. You'd think an editor would be told to check for those slips. I'd find it jarring if Jack Reacher spoke to a barrister, say, for sure! And that reminds me of the W.E.B. Griffin series, where I was annoyed when Bellmon had a son whose name changed, and Hanrahan had a varying number of children, and so on. If I noticed it, why didn't the author?!!! Or, at least, the editor...They have someone on movies whose job is to check for continuity, so if they do a number of retakes, they make sure the wine glass is as full/empty as it was before, and so on. (The most egregious example of lack of continuity is in the film The Jagged Edge, where Glenn Close manages to change outfits several times as she walks back and forth from her seat in the courtroom to the witness stand!). I also don't like far-fetched, deus ex machina endings, or books where the plot requires a number of coincidences to work. That's why I always loved Ellery Queen, even though the writing is far from being literature. Everything was logical--he always posted a note to the reader before the last chapter, saying that we now had every bit of information necessary to come to the only possible conclusion about the crime. Yes, Obama is coming for my guns! LOL! Actually, Bob isn't sure if the new NY regulations might actually affect my one gun, a .22 pump action rifle. I can put about 8 or10 tiny cartridges in it, and each time I pump it, a new one moves into firing position (supposedly!--it's very sensitive, and many times it flipped or jammed them). That might qualify as a weapon with a capacity that exceeds what will now be allowed. But I doubt that they really mean that type of gun...
Hmm, then I must have seen his snarky comments at some point or another. On the other hand, you did hear Obama's about to take all your guns away???? Really, truly this time...not like the other times they claimed he would do it!!!! :)))))))))I finished the last Sydney Bauer book today and it was a little disappointing. The plot was very intricate, as usual, but the surprise ending (she's big on surprise endings) seemed rather far fetched and disappointing. Also, one of the major characters is a doctor so she is forever referring to his 'surgery' rather than his 'office' and I can't remember the word, but a different word for (medical) depression which is obviously an Aussie phrase. I wouldn't mind if the book took place in Melbourne, but it's supposed to be Boston, and I found it rather annoying. It's a shame to end the series (so far) on this note, because on the whole I liked the books.
If I post a comment on a filtered puzzle about guns or Obama or welfare policy or such, quite often there will be either a snarky reply or a long diatribe from him. He believes in the New World Order nonsense, and that the UN and Obama are in cahoots to enslave us all.
I've never seen patsquire other than on the Bugosi puzzles. I spent some time tonight catching up a little on the Bugosi saga. I missed the cartoons Lela posted, but they will have to wait for another day. He sure does get a lot of comments - and they generally aren't short :)
The Agatha Raisin books are a quick read - and not for when you are in a mood to read something serious. She (MC Beatton) also writes a series with a character named Hamish MacBeth. I haven't read any of them, but I believe they are more serious and very popular. Oops, it's Beaton, only 1 t.
I read a few each in Griffin's other series, like the Marine Corps one, and the cop one (Badge of Honor), but I never fell in love with them the way I did the Brotherhood books--and I really was in love with them--I read each one at least 2 or 3 times, and picked them up and read my favorite parts even more often.......(Funny side note--patsquire is a fan of both the Ayn Rand and the Brotherhood of War books, just the way I am--yet we fight whenever we encounter each other! LOL!). I'll have to check out the Beatton books--I've never read any. Thanks!
There's a solution for not finding out the plot of the previous book, and that is to read them when they come out!! I couldn't possibly have a stack of my favourite authors ready to read, but awaiting their next novel. Shudder....Thanks for the head's up on the Elizabeth George prequel. I hate it when they do that. I've made a note on my spreadsheet and will read the prequel first.I'm not interested in Griffin's war series, but I do have the Presidential Agent series, as well as the Badge of Honor series, none read yet. If you like Simon Brett, have you read MC Beatton's Agatha Raisin novels?
I also like to read the very first book first, and then go in order. It didn't matter with Agatha Christie or Ellery Queen--there was no character development, and what happened in one book was never referenced in another, or had an impact on future events. Actually, what made me change wasn't a mystery series but The Brotherhood of War novels by W.E.B. Griffin (Griffith?). I picked up the one about the Green Berets first, because I was interested in the Vietnam War, and really loved it. But that skewed everything after, because when I then went back to the beginning to start the series, the characters were permanently etched in my mind as the age and in the military rank of the Beret book, and characters who first appeared in the first book were already dead by the Berets, so that messed that up, too! If I had started with the first book, I could have watched the characters age normally, but to have them go back to being in their teens and twenties suddenly was unnerving. Since then, if I think that the series had developing characters (Simon Brett, for example, takes maybe one or two books to get his two ladies to be best friends, and that's about all the development there is, except for a romance or two, so it isn't that important with him), I try very hard to read them in order. I might make an exception here, though, because I want to see if I like the books before I try to find them in order. Besides, I'm intrigued by the location, so that will be a good way to get me off Jigidi and into a book! Actually, Elizabeth George messed with me by throwing in a prequel book halfway through the series, and it was so disconcerting to read! Of course, since it was deliberate on her part, she didn't write anything that you needed to know before reading the other books, but still, seeing Lynley and the others so young and unformed was strange! The worst part of reading her books (which was not her fault but mine, for saving up her last one each time until she published the next one, so I would always know there was one more waiting for me), was when I saw the blurbs for the new one and they told me the horribly shocking climax of the one I'd been saving! So I knew all through the book, as I finally read it, what was going to happen... It was still a great book, but.......
Yes, I like true crime, as well, which is why I started in on the Crime Beat book. And speaking of true crime, Gregg Olsen writes some good ones. I've recently come across another true crime author who has good reviews, but I haven't listened to yet. When I come across the name again, I will make a note of it and let you know.I still find myself listening to the Cornwell books and swear after each one that I will not listen to another. But then I seem to relapse!! I don't remember how far I got in the Sue Grafton series, but I eventually stopped those. Those go back to my reading days (as opposed to listening). I haven't heard of Archer Mayor before now. I will check him out. I just did a quick check - although I didn't recognize the Archer name, I do recognize Joe Gunther. So I've definitely come across his books in my web travels.23 cents for a book. A person may as well give it away!! You really can't go wrong at that price :)))))) I did think of you when I was listening to Undertow, but as I've previously mentioned, I thought these books would be difficult to find. I don't know about you, but I like to read a series from beginning to end. Of course, if this is the only book you can find, then it could be read as a stand alone novel.
I never heard of Crime Beat, and, although I like true crime books a lot (like Ann Rule's), that doesn't sound very interesting!I was going to compare Reichs to Cornwell myself! I really enjoyed the first few of her books, and then I started to find that I disliked the newer ones--and this was years ago. If I remember, the personal story lines are what soured me on them, but I wouldn't swear to it, or that that was the only reason... I also petered out on the Sue Grafton after the first half dozen or so.....Bob checked Amazon for Bauer's books, and found many. I told him I didn't want to spend a lot, especially not until I'd checked the library, and since I didn't even know if I'd like them. He loves to look for used book bargains, and he found one called Undertow, for 23 cents! The shipping is $3.99, of course, but that's still a great bargain, and the best part is that it takes place on Cape Ann--that's where Gloucester is! So I can't wait! I was really happy when the Archer Mayor series involved the characters in Gloucester for a few books, too. (Have you read him? Vermont cop stories that I really enjoy).
Yes, I've read everything Michael Connelly has written, with the exception of Crime Beat. Crime Beat, if you're not familiar with it, was from when he was a reporter covering crime. I though it would be interesting, but it was the actual newspaper articles, which constantly repeated facts and events, and after about 30 minutes, I gave it up. There are way too many books to put up with that crap!!! And I thoroughly enjoyed his last book, which I listened to in December.And yes to Kathy Reichs as well. In fact I like her a lot better than Patricia Cornwell, who writes the same kind of stuff. I know the Bones tv series is based on Kathy's books, but I watch the show and there's very little similarity. The forensics main character is nothing like Brennan, other than the name. She works in a different place, has different side kicks and is a know it all. There are more differences than similarities.My lack of reading time is what led me to audio books, which I'm sure I've explained previously. They allow me to do two things at once. In fact, after I finish this comment, I'll be putting the head phones on while I do another puzzle or two!! I'm listening to the sixth and latest Sydney Bauer novel.
It wasn't clear to me from the way you worded it if Michael Connelly was one "of the above"--if so, do you like him? I really did, until maybe the last 2, which disappointed me. But they say his newest is back to form--I hope so, because I bought in in hardcover for Bob when it came out! I'll have to try that site. Until I started on Jigidi, I spent hours and hours every day reading (there are some benefits to being old after all...!), and I would go to the library every other week and take out 7 or more books--as many as I could get of the people I loved. I'd check under mysteries and fiction and large print and in the paperback section--the library sometimes had a copy in one of those and not in the others. But now that I spend so much time on Jigidi, I actually have books piled up to read... I really should try to spend less time here and more time reading, because I've always loved it so much... Have you ever read the Kathy Reichs books that were used as the basis for the TV show Bones? I've read all of those, too, although I don't ever watch the show. I enjoy the forensic aspect so much, as well as the fact that she moves around from the US to Quebec, and it's interesting to see the different way things are done. And she really is an expert who really does work in both countries and consult world-wide, and I like it when I can feel that there is a sound basis to the science involved...
When I come across a new author, I usually check Amazon UK or US, depending on where the author is from, and check out the customer reviews. But recently I heard there were a lot of fake reviews, so unless the book has been customer reviewed many, many times, the reviews may not be worth too much.There's also a website which will tell you which other authors are similar. When I typed in Sydney Bauer, I got Barry Eisler as the closest. Also listed were Lee Child, David Baldacci, Daniel Silva, Vince Flynn and John Grisham. Michael Connelly wasn't listed. I've read all of the above, except Silva, who is on my list of 'To Read .... Eventually'. Anyways, the website is:http://www.literature-map.com/It's fun and interesting to type in a name and see what comes up. Usually there are a lot more names - for instance when I typed John Grisham, there were 20 or 30 names which popped up.
I just google the name, and the first reference was a comparison to Lee Child and Michael Connelly--another writer whose books I've read all of! That's a very good recommendation too! :-)))
Really, if I had to come up with a list of the top twenty actors I would have picked to play the role, he wouldn't have been even 21! I admit it's hard to think of many decent actors who are that tall, but there are many who are at least close to 6 feet, and who also give the impression of great strength, of having a physique that makes some people think twice about taking them on in a fight. Tom is not one of them...... I'll have to check Sydney Bauer. I've read other legal mysteries, and really enjoyed them, so I'm sure I would like those, if I can find them! Thanks!
Funny you should mention Lee Child and Jack Reacher. First, I didn't realize Lee Child was British. And the thought of Tom Cruise as Reacher is really quite ridiculous. I'm wondering how much choice he really had, and if he's decided it's better not to make waves. There was a heated discussion in my online book group (not a reading group - a sharing group) about Cruise-Reacher and there were no votes for Cruise. I'm not in a hurry to see the movie (might have been with someone else), but I'll likely watch it when it comes to tv. The way they do the camera angles, it will be less obvious how much of a shortie he is. Thanks for the information on Elizabeth George - I have her books and may move them up on my reading list. I don't believe I have any of Martha Grimes books tho, although I'm aware of her.The Australian author I am listening to is Sydney Bauer. I really enjoyed the first book and when I finished it, I thought of recommending her to you. But I checked the New York public library and they only have the first book, so she would likely be hard to find. I don't know if you buy your books or use the library, but either way, I suspect she's hard to find, unless you are willing to go the audio route. Plus I can't remember if you like legal mysteries.
Yes, that would be! My favorite "English" writer is Elizabeth George, whose books are so well written that I consider them literature and not just mysteries, even though they are just that. She is an American, but you'd never know it from her writing, because she really nails all the usages. And of course you could say that I wouldn't notice a mistake because I'm not British, but I've read reviews by British reviewers who say the same thing--she's pitch-perfect. Martha Grimes is another one who is both American and a writer of British mysteries, and gets it right, but her books are more easy-reading, and not filed with such intricate details of real locations and roads and geographical features and the underground and cars and police procedure and so on... Then again, Lee Child is British, and writes the Jack Reacher American books, and he's always correct, too. (Except that he felt it was okay for Tom Cruise to play the part of Jack Reacher, who is 6'4" and 240 pounds of pure muscle! I don't ever want to see that movie! LOL!)
I noticed the 'maths' and thought it was a little odd. That's not a term I come across much in my reading. I've heard it used that way lots though, and never connected it. I do love this University of Jigidi we are all attending!!!I'm currently reading a series of legal novels which take place in Boston, but are written by an Australian novelist. She keeps referring to a pen as a biro which is a dead giveaway.
I read lots of them, too, which is why I knew about dummies being pacifiers in another puzzle recently! I wonder if Lela even noticed when I deliberately told him he needed help with his "maths" the other day--it probably just looked normal to him, so he didn't, although you noticed when I used colours! :-)))
Luckily, I am familiar with the phrase, since I read a lot of British who-dun-its.I could cuff you upside the head, but that would be just plain mean.
Oh, damn, I said "cuffed"! Duh! LOLOLOL! Yup, smack me upside the head for that one! :-)))
Oh, someone else did this puzzle as well. And indeed, you should be chuffed :)
Thanks, mwuff! As the Brits would say, I'm really cuffed by this! LOL!
I've been watching this puzzle for several days, waiting for it to get to 800. I saw earlier tonight it was at 799. What a wonderful milestone!!!! Congrats to you, my dear friend :))))
I just finished it, in 1:06:00--and I'm the 800th solver! YAY!!!!!!!
Oh my goodness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!! :-)))
Woohoo, Yippee - check out this new number!!!!!! ********720*********
Could be they saw a couple of puzzles where other people brought up how sad it was that so few people comment, and always the same ones do, and decided, hey, that's right... Heheheh... I'll take it, whatever the reason! :-)))
It could be they are feeling guilty for always solving your puzzles and not taking the time to leave a comment. Could be they are shy and have decided to test the waters. Could be they see how appreciative you and others are when people leave comments. Could be they didn't want to converse before for whatever reason, and have now decided to further enter the community. Could be.... Could be.... Could be.... heheheheAs for the large sizes, yes they are doing really well.
I know that I was surprised that people took to the really large sizes so quickly and in record numbers! And I've been getting comments, actually on all sizes, from so many people I've never heard from before, which is so nice! I wonder if Jigidi did some new promoting on Facebook or something, and that explains the higher solves--more new Jigidiers. But it wouldn't explain the new comments, because I check the profiles of the ones who are new to commenting on my puzzles, and they've almost all been on Jigigi for many months, if not years.......
That's wonderful. And this puzzle is still being solved - over 50 solves just today. It's awesome that an almost 500 pc puzzle should get so many solves!!!!
http://www.jigidi.com/puzzle.php?id=ZNXU7ML3It made it to over 600, too! Yippee! :-)))
Oh my goodness gracious, whatnauts!!!!!!! I saw another one of mine that was at something like 590, in the medium size, and I was actually tempted to do it a few time myself, because I don't remember ever hitting 600, and I thought that that would be really cool. But this is now over 650! WOW!!!! (And without my doing nudging it along!!!). I certainly think it's a record! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Thanks so much, Jillyjig! You are one of the very few people who always post a thank you and nice comments, and I can't tell you how much that means to me! Look at this puzzle--659 people solved it, and only 5 people took the time to say "Thanks" or "Nice one"...... So I really, really do appreciate your taking the time to do it! I hope that you have a good time while you're away, and I'll look forward to seeing you back here when you return!
Another fantastic creation! Many thanks! Always fun and challenging to do your puzzles! I'm away for a couple of weeks so will lookforward to returning and looking up your creations, thanks again for all the lovely puzzles you post.
Wow - over 600 solves!!!! Congrats. Is this a record for you??
Thank so much, mothersuperior67 and emilyd! I envy you the sun--and the chance to go out with so little clothing that you can even risk getting sun burned! I'm glad you both liked this!
Really enjoyed the colors in this!
Well, in my little part of the world, we had lots of sun today. And while I enjoyed seeing it (and in fact got a little sun burned)I enjoyed taking the time to do this bright puzzle. I only did the big one too...
Thanks, whatnauts and furbee! I can't see any sun, either, and there is more snow predicted for Saturday. But the popularity of this and a few other of my recent puzzles has definitely brightened my day! I think it must be because many more people are having extra time to do puzzles during the holidays, but it still makes me happy!
This was fun
This is wonderful. I can't see any sun today, but at least we aren't expecting any snow.