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This seems to have been taken near Cleveland, Ohio.
It is not seawater, but lake water.
It is near the Coast Guard Station.

I wish I knew how this puzzle was shared around the world so much that the puzzle site became so widely used.
I wish I really did have permission to share this image....

Jan. 19, 2011 - posted
Jan.19, 2012 - 836,474 - Pat Squire predicted it would never reach 1,000,000.
Jan.19, 2013 - 1,144,429
Jan,19, 2014 - 1,341,823
Jan. 9 (not 19), 2015 - 1,456,250
Jan. 19, 2016 - 1,540,519
Jan. 19, 2017 - 1,604,785
Jan. 19, 2018 - 1,650,928

January 19, 2018
35 pieces
697 comments
1,650,928 solves
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What a long, strange trip it's been......... 7 years!

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pasta

0619 & 20.
Great info, thanks sweetums.☺☺

@Sweetums
You are too cool and thank you. You are the calculator!!!

Sweetums

FYI: Using January 19, the puzzle anniversary, as our starting date, we have 49,680 solves so far in 2018.
On October 6, 2018, the 2017 total of 46,143 was surpassed. (1,697,067 total solves)
The 2016 total of 64,266 should be surpassed in late November. (14,586 solves needed to reach 1,715,195)
The 2015 total of 84,269 may be reached by late January, 2019. (34,589 solves needed to reach 1,735,197)
The 2,000,000 mark still appears over 2 years away.

tanhse37

617 & 618

tanhse37

614 &615

pasta

0613☺
Good job Ellen.☺

irisriver

1700605

tanhse37

580

marcelteun

Welcome, frauhugs

marcelteun

Good work, PutterDutt

PutterDutt

Wooo hooo! :o)

Kw3sta

1700500

Kw3sta

Congrats!

PutterDutt

HEY! I finally shaved 6 seconds off my prior best time! (Third time today I've done the puzzle.)

1700492 and 2668

irisriver

1700491

tanhse37

484, 485

tanhse37

483

pasta

0482☺

pasta

0475☺

sue1

473 & 474

pasta

0468 & 70☺

pasta

0467☺

racoonstar

466

tanhse37

465

Fishes

462.

tanhse37

There are 97 days til Jan. 19th. Have to get at least 1,000 a day + 30 to attain our goal of 1.8 m.

pasta

0447☺

tanhse37

446

irisriver

1700440

pasta

0437☺

racoonstar

1700430

irisriver

1700425

racoonstar

1700421

patsquire

There were reruns here in the U.S., which is how I got to know his whacky humor years ago. What a guy.

I loved Benny Hill Pat
After his death there were never anymore reruns. I wonder if his will had something to do with it.
@patsquire

tanhse37

321

tanhse37

320

irisriver

1700319

BarbaraL

Me 41 three times and I still can't beat my score.

Jumble

Who else is now playing?

pasta

I'm good, off to run some errands. I'll be back later. Keep up the good work.☺
Hello frauhugs, it's nice to see you here.☺
0243

Jumble

Welcome frauhugs are you going to help us get to the 2 million?

frauhugs

OMG!!!! i just discovered this.
i have it bookmarked. how cool!

Jumble

I am good thank you, and how are you?

pasta

Hi irene, How are you today?

Jumble

Hi pasta, I wondered who I was playing with. ☺

pasta

0219☺

Kw3sta

@ Fowly
Jan 19th will be the 8th anniversary of the puzzle's posting.

Fowly

Rather naughty was Mr Benny, but a good man, and he did make us laugh.

patsquire

Pianos? "Girls are like pianos. When they're not upright, they're grand." - Benny Hill

Fowly

2626❤️

CJ45

1700140.....2625

Kw3sta

1700071

irisriver

If we keep going like we have today we will!

tanhse37

I wonder, can we make 1.8 m by Jan 19th?

irisriver

1700060

pasta

0059. Night all.☺

jyl

1700055 and 2620 comments

pasta

0044☺

Fishes

42

pasta

0031☺

irisriver

1700028 We are making some good progress today!☺

pasta

0024☺

@Jumble
Sweet Dreams Irene. :)) Bev. 10-13-18...4:08pm

pasta

0022☺

irisriver

1700020

racoonstar

1700015 and 1700018

pasta

0012☺

randlindsly

Don't forget the first quick and easy palindrome right around the corner....17000071

CJ45

Good night Irene as your Dad would say I was there at the one million mark as was Pat. LOL!!!

Jumble

Goodnight everyone.

My first time was Jan. 19,2018...3:31
second time was Oct. 08,2018 ..2:05
third time was Oct.13,2018..2:05 and it said 1700 002 at 3:21 P.M. :))

BarbaraL

Or 9.21pm in England.

pasta

I saw 1700000, and did 03.☺☺

It says 1 700 002....October 13,2018....3:21pm

youngone

It showed 1700000 for me.

pasta

Well here we are.☺☺

pasta

come on ladies

puzzeljac

I would love to know the secret, but.... Irene, I stop now. I go to bed and hope to read tomorrow morning that you did it. ☺ Hugs ♥♥♥♥

Jumble

I will STOP NOW, go for it ANK!!!!

pasta

9991☺ Do iit, Ank.☺☺

gemstone

Oh, secrets! Go for it, Ank!!! ;)))

Jumble

You so do Ank, and if you go for it, I will tell you a secret about this puzzle that I have told no-one yet!

puzzeljac

No Irene, I do not. ♥

BarbaraL

I will stop too.

Jumble

Thank you Ank, that is so nice of you, but from my heart you have been here so much longer than most of us here. I will stop when we get to 97 so go Ank go for it. ♥

puzzeljac

I rather see that you do that Irene. I think you solved it so much more often than I did. Now I go on. ☺☺☺

Jumble

Why Ank????

gemstone

938

puzzeljac

I will help but I stop if 1.7M comes close. ☺

tanhse37

924 & 926

pasta

9925☺

tanhse37

910 & 916

pasta

9903 & 07☺

randlindsly

This is going to be interesting.....because when it gets close, there are going to be lots of people playing the puzzle simultaneously, so I doubt we'll ever know who actually triggers the 1.7M flag.

tanhse37

Lets make it happen today!!!

pasta

9872☺

Fishes

Incredible time!
Wow!
26 seconds!
Amazing!

CJ45

@ElenkaLen

pasta

9862☺

marcelteun

Thanks!!

pasta

9811☺ Great job, Marcelteun!!!☺

linda1802

Oh wow, Marcelteun, you're amazing! Fantastic time, well done!

marcelteun

OMG. Never ever in my wildest dreams would I have imagined this time.. I think I'll never be able to beat that one.

irisriver

1699731

Themat

1699727

CJ45

1699712......2568

marcelteun

1699666.. @ 9:22 Sweden

irisriver

1699576

tanhse37

572

pasta

9571☺

irisriver

1699570

pasta

9533☻

marcelteun

How? I don't know.. Fast, I guess.. ;)
I just published a puzzle (25 pieces) with a picture where I solved it in 28 seconds (from last weekend). Hopefully more people will help..

CJ45

marcelteun, how do you do the puzzle so quick, I am truly impressed, But very well done.
My best time through the years ....1: 42. LOL!!!

marcelteun

Managed 28 seconds again (7 th time now in total). I'm still hoping to improve my best time with one second.. Close to 1.7 M now!! :)

Kw3sta

1699333

tanhse37

320

Kw3sta

1699200

irisriver

1699160

irisriver

1699152

Themat

1698923....2555

CJ45

1698854.....2552

PutterDutt

So glad you're back, YO.

Now it's 1698847 and 2551

youngone

1698800

irisriver

Sweet dreams pasta!♥

pasta

8790 good night☻

irisriver

1698786

jyl

I'm gone for a while . . .

youngone

8766 - 100 in 51 min.

pasta

8765.☻

jyl

Well done!! I've been stuck at 1:08 for a while and 1:20 before that. ;o(

youngone

Just got 59 seconds.

jyl

Who knows, BarbaraL; you may have been the first! ;o))

youngone

Probably. :)

BarbaraL

I am the third.

jyl

I think we are probably two of three, YO.

youngone

8710 - 10 in 4 minutes. We are getting faster or there are more people solving. :)

youngone

1698700

youngone

8686 - 20 in 11 minutes.

jyl

Thanks, Rand! As with Puzzeljac, you just taught me something more. :o))

youngone

8666

pasta

8640☻

puzzeljac

Thanks Rand, I learned something new. ☺

randlindsly

Oh god....for those of you scrolling around for a date/time.....don't. The simple thing to do is type CTRL F ("control f" that jumps you into a "find" capability).....then just type something like: Dec 2016 and it will jump all the way down to december of that year.

cj45a

8570

pasta

8556☻

Kw3sta

I don't generally know how many times I do it during a given day, but this is my 3rd today so far.
#1698539 comment 2527 10/1012018 9:19 a.m. PDT

youngone

@Fowly , 6 June 2012 is when we reached 1 million. Easier to scroll if you know the date you are looking for. :)

pasta

8527☻ Thanks marcelteun.

CJ45

1698424..........2524

Fowly

Many thanks patsquire, I have scrolled and scrolled many many times, and I was still in 2018 ,then I gave up. I will keep my eye on proceedings. Fay. :)

marcelteun

Well done, pasta!

wjl1015

1698355 10/9/18

patsquire

☺ ☺ ☺ And if you could scroll down a couple thousand comments, Fay, you'd see that it was all in jest!!! I had four or five "reasons" why we'd never get to 1,000,000 ranging from Albert Einstein's theory of Relativity to a once-famous political gadfly named Jesse Jackson. Boy, that was a long time ago!

Fowly

patsquire you're the one that started it all,with your prediction it would never reach 1,000,000. Who would've thought it would go this far. Keep the ball rolling guys and gals. Fay

patsquire

No need to bookmark it, Joe, it just keeps popping to the surface!

wjl1015

I have it bookmarked and work it when it comes up. :))

pasta

Thanks Fay, I do it ever time it pops up in comments.☺☺

Fowly

Thank you Racoonstar, pasta and wjl for replying, I admire your dedication and percerverance. Fay.

wjl1015

I have no clue how many times I've done this puzzle, 100+ is my guess....

pasta

Nope, I sure didn't. 8348, 49, 50.☻☻

racoonstar

I have kept a record of my attempts. It reads like this:

1, 2, 3, many...

Fowly

Have any of you 'Frozen Seawater' fenatics kept score of how many times you personally have solved the puzzle? :))

pasta

One more second off my score, down to 1:15. 8345.☻☻

irisriver

1698339

pasta

8329. No bodies here tonight.☺

pasta

8327☻
Cool, Pat.

patsquire

Barbara I think if you check your totals after each time your solve this, you'll find two things. One, your "Puzzles solved" total remains the same. Two, your "Pieces joined" total increases. You do get credit for assembling the pieces.

CJ45

1698164

Kw3sta

Numerous solves today, ending with #1698150.
Onward and upward.

BarbaraL

All 7's but our scores would be massive if they counted when we do the same puzzle again, I must have done this puzzle thousands of times but it only counted one.

patsquire

Thanks, Joe ☺!

wjl1015

Lucky 7s!! :))

patsquire

For yet another minor milestone, which I only yesterday noticed was coming up (barely in time to make it happen) click on my name and gaze in wonder ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺!

Brie1648

1698062 - off to bed...goodnight all :o)

irisriver

1698045

pasta

8043☺

1698042 ---------------------------------------------------Oct.08,2018

What ever happened to Snooker...Biscotto and a few others I haven't seen in a long while? 10-8-18

My first time 3:31 this time 2:05.... today10-8-18
my first was Jan. 19,2018

RitaTen

You all have incredible endurance!

racoonstar

1698031 and 1698033 and still haven't broke my best time of 58 seconds. :(

Brie1648

Hi everyone! SO pleased to see the 8000 tick over. I'll be here for a bit so will try to add a few more before signing off for the night :o)

CJ45

Help is just a puzzle away.

pasta

7997 & 8001☺

pasta

7922,24, &25.☺

marcelteun

Thanks for the links, Ralph! A new challenge, and quite a challenge it is. The one with 54 pieces has quite a sharp time. 54 is a bit too many for the iPad mini I have, but I started solving that one. And at least I'm second at the moment..

PutterDutt

1697818 and 2486

I too have been unsuccessful in getting a good result.
Try these out in the meantime.
https://www.jigidi.com/jigsaw-puzzle/XLMGYLFN/9-pieces
https://www.jigidi.com/jigsaw-puzzle/6JTEQG14/symmetree
They both have some great numbers.

PutterDutt

Cheer up, Joe. I haven't been able to get below 2:02.

Congrats to Pat!

wjl1015

#1697742 and my time keeps getting slower!! LOL :))

marcelteun

Great work,Pat and Kw3sta!

Kw3sta

New Personal best! 1:07
Solve #1697356, Comment 2482

patsquire

Actually I'm feeling great - - I had my very last tooth pulled yesterday afternoon, and I'm on some strong painkillers right now. That probably helped me solve a little quicker, smoother, not so jerky. So yes, thanks, I'm feeling better in several ways!!!

pasta

Good job, Pat. I hope your feeling better. 7307☺

patsquire

☺ ☺ ☺ Holy mackerel!!! I just took 1 precious second off my best time PURELY BY ACCIDENT! I was seeing the pieces well and going smooth but NOT actually hurrying. What a nice surprise! ☺ ☺ ☺

pasta

7224 & 7226☺

pasta

Good job, I would like to see it.☺

marcelteun

I'll call it a day. Completed the puzzle many times. Got to 28 seconds again (third time now) but didn't get a message about being the fastest, which scared me for a moment.. ;) Took a picture of it (of the puzzle with 28 secs, not of my scary face ;). Might make a puzzle of that picture. Good night everyone!

pasta

Thanks, 6998&7202☺

marcelteun

Well done, pasta!

pasta

6928-30, got my time down to 1:16☺

Kw3sta

5 solves, ending with 1696925.
comment 2471.

pasta

6566☺

irisriver

1696565 ends with 65 65 pattern

pasta

6408 & 6410

jyl

1696377 and 2466; I'm down again for a while.

Jumble

Logging off now 1696350

CJ45

Well I hope your medicine will bring you through Pat my best wishes to you.

patsquire

I hope so Clive!

CJ45

Agreed Jeri.

CJ45

Ha,Ha, so you are a drug addict again Pat LOL!!!

jeribar8

I think it's time they extended the leaderboard again.
~❤️~

Jumble

Keep up with the painkillers, don't wait until you get pain before you take them Pat.

patsquire

Thanks Irene. They put me under for the surgery so I felt nothing then, and now I've got some strong stuff that should make me feel fine for a few days. So far, so good! ☺ ☺ ☺

PutterDutt

1696285 and 2458

Jumble

Ouch!!! That sounds painful Pat. You take it steady young man.

patsquire

I've been away from this for a couple of weeks, but I'm adding a few now. I just had oral surgery an hour ago so I took some pain killers and expect to crash shortly. See y'all later.

Jumble

I have been working this tonight since 1696200, so thank you all for contributing, ever little bit helps. ☺♥☺

pasta

6262☺

irisriver

1696258

pasta

6246☺

Fowly

First time for me, lovely post, but won't try again. I didn't get to the bottom of the comments and I trolled for 20 mins. Good luck everyone. Fay.

pasta

6171☺

CJ45

1696169......2449

Themat

1696166..........2448

cj45a

1696164.....2447

pasta

5049☺

puzzeljac

1695045
I did my best again.

pasta

5001☺

Brie1648

5000 to go

pasta

4833☺

Joan_2

I don't know @marcelteun
5202 more to go!

marcelteun

Looks like we can pass the 1.7 M the coming weekend!!

pasta

4106☺

kshastings

can't resist being a part of "history"!!!

CJ45

1694032

irisriver

1694004 We will get there Brie!☺

racoonstar

1694001 :D

Brie1648

Just 306000 to go!

Brie1648

01:35 -1694000 good night!

pasta

3099, 3100. We won't discuss scores.☺

jals

Nope, I just checked. It was a tie for my fastest time. huh....

jals

1693050 and probably my slowest time yet.
I need more caffeine.

Jumble

1693000

klocowolf

1691229 and still can't better my time. 2438

irisriver

Wow that would be rough to have a whole back out of commission over one little sneeze. Sweet dreams to you too dear tanhse! Getting ready to sign off now.

tanhse37

Glad you are feeling better. Get a good nights sleep. Sweet dreams

patsquire

Yes it is. My neighbor was a chemical engineer at a refinery. He had to crawl behind some tanks and twist around to work on pipes back there and he sneezed. It pulled every muscle in his back (he said). Put him in bed for two weeks!

irisriver

1691218 added 3 more solves. Good to see you neighbor tanhse37. I am feeling much better than when you saw me this evening. The neck muscles went back in place. Major relief. Crazy what one hard sneeze can do.

tanhse37

1691210

racoonstar

(and just for PD...)

1691202 ;)

PutterDutt

Racoon......quit tailgating Irene!! :o)

racoonstar

1691201 ;)

Jumble

1691200

pasta

1691000☺

irisriver

1690982

pasta

0955☺

CJ45

1690941

irisriver

So neat how we have created a community within a community. For such a frozen subject we sure have some heartwarming moments. We record the adventure in all the high and low points and the fun patterns that the numbers weave. Onwards!!!!☺1690626

puzzeljac

Thanks friends. ♥

marcelteun

Way to go!!!!

Jumble

Well done Ank!!!!

racoonstar

1690525 - still haven't broken my previous 58 time. :(

puzzeljac

Yes, I improved my time with 3 seconds, I made it in 1:08 now. ☺

Solved 16 times today.
1690515
September 22, 2018

marcelteun

@irisriver at least you had improvement... I got 32, 33, 34, 36, 37..

irisriver

1690221 Three solves 1:39 1:38 1:37 Slow times but I thought the order the times fell in was funny.

randlindsly

Not to worry @portage ! There is a near zero chance your position on the leaderboard is in any danger from me! :-)

marcelteun

Time to pull out, good night! Nice to pass the milestone. Now 10,000 more

patsquire

☺ ☺ ☺

Lotsa luck! :0

patsquire

Oh ho ho, he's not the only one who has you in his sights! ☺

@randlindsly , you just leave portage alone now. LOL

klocowolf

1690039 nothing new

patsquire

Wow, what a data scoop, what a surprise! Unfortunately it has a pretty classic curve to the solves. At the current rate, if we keep it up, we're still about 2½ years away from 2,000,000. One the one hand the curve should logically continue to flatten out, making 2,000,000 farther away. But on the other hand we keep attracting new solvers to this old puzzle, so there may be hope of continuing or even increasing the rate of climb!

SEE!!! ALL THE EXCITING ACTION!!! STAY TUNED!!! DON'T CHANGE THAT DIAL!!!

Jumble

Thanks Sweetums, I see we still have just over 7,000 more solves to go to match 2017/18. I'm sure we can do it and more.

Sweetums

FYI:
https://www.jigidi.com/jigsaw-puzzle/0JJ08IFT/Frozen-Seawater-Update

racoonstar

@Max_Tooney - I did play an oboe for a few months in middle school, which is as close as I'll ever come to playing a soprano saxophone!

Max_Tooney

@racoonstar, at least you didn't take the easy (soprano) way out like Kenny Gee. Then you could be on everyone's elevator music.

racoonstar

@Max_Tooney - that would be Alto-Saxon heritage. I've never owned or played a Tenor saxophone. ;)

And for those who are keeping score: I own two altos, one C-melody, and one baritone saxophone.

Max_Tooney

@racoonstar - Aha! But you don't deny your Anglo-Tenor Saxon heritage!

Sissel

I follow this - thank you for the fun :-))))))

JumbleStar

Another Palindrome 1689861 Comment 2400

irisriver

1689812 got my second best time of 1:24

racoonstar

@Max_Tooney - I didn't say a thing about violins! I have never owned or played a violin!

racoonstar

It's me and my magic...uh...mouse. Yeah, that's it, magic mouse! ;)


And I still working on breaking my 58 second record. :(

marcelteun

Off to bed too, good night.

Jumble

I know it wasn't you Barbara, as we exchanged comments before we got there.

I know it happened to me earlier on the 1689600, and yesterday too Pat. It's a world puzzle and we all contribute to the solves. I am logging off now. Goodnight all.

patsquire

No worries Irene. It happens all the time. Last night I solved at XXXXX99 so I could get the 00 and when I completed the puzzle and looked it was at XXXXX03! I got jumped by three people! Mystery solvers, I'm sure! ☺ ☺ ☺

BarbaraL

Wasn't me I left it for you.

Jumble

After all my hard work someone else jumped in and did the 1689700. Thanks.

Jumble

You are getting there then Barbara good luck, I'm just trying to get to 1689700, that makes it over 100 I have solved tonight.

BarbaraL

Me again, still trying to beat my score, I have got 47 today.

Jumble

Who has joined me now at 1689692?

puzzeljac

I did my best again but couldn't improve my time. ☺

Jumble

Login 8.01pm 1689628

Max_Tooney

racoonstar, you can't mention sax and violins and not expect to be banned from this site. :-)

jyl

. . . and drums ;o)

racoonstar

Trombones are nice, as are clarinets, but you really need saxophones...lots and lots of saxophones. ;)

PutterDutt

......and a clarinet! WTG, Pat!

wjl1015

Makes me want to sing "76 Trombones"!! Well done Pat! :))

patsquire

Another minor milestone in my "Pieces joined" total.............I just happened to notice that it was coming and jumped to it in a single 391-piece puzzle!

jyl

1688866 2379 comments

irisriver

1688850

randlindsly

I'm there with you Irene.....got lucky and hit 54 once, but always seem to max out in the high 50s. The lure of a bottom row 47 still intrigues me.....just hope someone doesn't knock off portage before I can slip in! :-)

Jumble

Thank you marcelteun I think I will always be stuck on 55 secs.

marcelteun

Thank you, good night, Linda!

marcelteun

I use an old iPad mini (touch screen, finger i.e. no pen). I have the app installed (and payed some money to get the adds removed) but I cannot find the app in the store anymore. I guess Apple constantly changes their interface and it's probably too much work to maintain. With the app I'm definitely faster than the browser.

linda1802

Marcelteun, you're amazing. 28 seconds! Wow, congratulations! I do hope that your rival Juanca2810 will take up your challenge. That would be fun!
Sleep tight! ♥

Jumble

Amazing marcelteun, I have done this puzzle thousands of times and only got 55 secs. I have got to ask, what do you use an Ipad, laptop, mouse, please, I will buy one tomorrow?

puzzeljac

Wow marcelteun. 28 seconds!!! Congratulations. ♥

marcelteun

Spent quite some time, many solves and one second improvement. Got the feeling it was possible after I made it in 29 twice. Time to take a shower. Keep up the good work!

PutterDutt

1688585 and 2371.

irisriver

1688569 Added 5 solves tonight. Sleepy after a village soup and ice cream social in park along our river.

PutterDutt

Sounds like a solid plan, racoon.

racoonstar

1688431
Well, I don't know how many times I've solved this puzzle, but my best time is still only 58.
I'm going to get some breakfast, do some chores, and then maybe I'll come back and do a few more solves. :D

PutterDutt

I knew there were a couple more, tacoon! Thanks. :o)

racoonstar

@PutterDutt - horse shoes, hand grenades, and atomic bombs... ;)

PutterDutt

And here I thought "close" only counts in horse shoes! Congrats, Pat!

patsquire

1-foot steel circles, painted flat white. No scoring rings. As with a real head shot, any hit was decisive.

marcelteun

Haha. Cool. Who were the volunteers in the field ;)

patsquire

Those were the days. A typical event: 5 head shots, at different heights and distances, starting with the pistol in the holster. You hear the beep which starts the timer. You draw, disengage the safety, start firing and hit all five in...............less than 3 seconds. Faster than Clint Eastwood in a spaghetti western!

patsquire

Oh yes! It sure is. Thank you. ☺

marcelteun

Ha ha, you're right, Pat. But it's still fun to become the world champion! (Well done btw)

patsquire

That's another thing not to worry about. Just like the legendary "fastest gun in the west" there is ALWAYS somebody faster. So what? Even when I was the World Champion combat pistol speed shooter - fast AND accurate - I knew there were guys faster than me. That's one of the things that makes the world such an interesting place! ☺ ☺ ☺

marcelteun

Thank you all. But I know there is one person who might be able to beat me. I have great respect for her and she forced me to get faster and faster. On a puzzle with 36 pieces she beat me with two seconds last week. It's is therefore with some fear ;) that I invite @Juanca2810 here (I finally found the courage).

linda1802

Marcelteun - congratulations on your 29 seconds. Astonishing!

patsquire

Sheeesh! Relax. We are who we are. In the words of a fictional football immortal, Obert "Dreamer" Tatum of the dogass Jets, "Whatever could have happened, did happen."

When THAT DAY comes, I think it will be a full-time job for each of us to deal with the consequences of our own decisions.

wjl1015

I do that anyway, maybe I should try harder??? :))

Yes, it does provide incentive to consider your priorities very carefully, doesn't it? >|< Beb.

wjl1015

Now THAT'S a scary thought!

I recently read that Hell is when, on your last day on Earth, the person you HAVE become meets the person you COULD HAVE become. It has been haunting me ever since. Beb.

irisriver

I am slower tonight. 1:37 was best I could do. A good night to everyone.1688195

jyl

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Fishes

Awesome, marcelteum!
I’m still in never, neverland!

wjl1015

WTG marcelteun! 29 seconds??? My best is still 1:14 ....... I'm embarrassed to say...

Kw3sta

Congrats marcelteun!

PutterDutt

Cheer up! My best time, despite having done this puzzle a zillion times, is 2:02. Urk!

racoonstar

:::sigh::: my best time is still 58, twice marcelteun's time. ::::facepalm::::

morris186

How the ......... can it be done in 29 SECONDS????? Marcelteun, you are my HERO!!!!
WELL DONE!!!!!!

SunnyBarb25

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marcelteun

OMG *blush* didn't expect this.. What a day..

irisriver

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BarbaraL

I see you are in the south of England, I am too, in Surrey.

BarbaraL

57 seconds is the best I have done today.

Jumble

Well done BarbaraL on your 43 secs, I am nowhere near that, but I am pleased you helped out on those last few solves.

BarbaraL

It's me, I cant get 43 seconds again.

Jumble

Looks like someone has come to join me to reach 8000

puzzeljac

Wow marcelteun, you did it again. Congrats. ♥

jyl

TTFN: I need some lunch (and to let the cat know I'm still alive).

patsquire

I love the Bears! The Packers are my team, but as long as the Bears are playing somebody else I'm rooting for them. I go back to the Dick Butkus days.

jyl

Pat, if you can stand the Bears, take a look on Monday night. BTW, the Seahawks are in a "reconstruction year": lots of new players and many of the "old standbys" are gone. Coaching staff is quite different, too.

patsquire

Ugh! I hate the Seahawks! And the Patriots, and the Saints. I must say, though, that despite my loathing of the Patriots I was thrilled when they beat the Seahawks on that last-minute interception at the goal line in the Superbowl a few years ago!!!!!!! One of the stupidest coaching calls of all time!

jyl

Irene, NFL (and CFL for that matter) are much like Aussie football, but a little more civilized. They're close enough that there are some former Aussie footballers now playing in the NFL.
Pat, if you want to see some real kicking watch the Monday night game: the Seahawks have a punter who is hard to believe.

patsquire

HAHAHAHA! I don't think ANYBODY understands cricket, except the people who play it. I think all the fans must be former players!

jyl

Congrats, marcelteum!! Half an hour ago it was mentioned. Good for you :o)))

Jumble

There is another game I dislike, cricket, what is it, with men and their balls? I really don't understand it!

patsquire

Of course you'll make 29. Sometimes the pieces just line up and practically throw themselves together.

marcelteun

:D I was wondering when anyone would notice, or whether you are only looking at some other number. It was bound to happen now that I'm helping you.. Got 32 seconds four times today.. Actually I think 30 should be possible too, but that might take a few weeks.. As long as I keep practicing. Don't think I'll make 29 though.

patsquire

Well, it takes a good deal of knowledge of the game to really appreciate it (like cricket!) but at the newcomer level it's still a rolicking bang-up good time. No, or very few, temper tantrums. Lots of padding and helmets. And with a season that's only 16 games long every game is important so they go all-out.

Jumble

No I have never seen one Pat, if the players are like our footballers, I would rather stick pins in my eyes.

patsquire

Do you ever watch American football Irene? The NFL's been playing games in England for some years now. There are fan clubs and everything. Years ago some prince of a European royal family was visiting here and his hosts took him to see his first NFL pro football game. Afterward the press asked him what he thought of it. He said, "If it's a war, it's not enough. If it's a game it's too much."

Brie1648

Off for dinner - see you all later through to the next thousand LOL! have fun :o))

Brie1648

I haven't a clue who put the blanks in the gun...
Oh, by the way - we raised over £300 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance at the Coffee Morning :o))

Brie1648

It's £150.50 for a TV Licence. No advertising on the BBC but the cable and satellite services are a fortune for a load of rubbish. Even if you never ever watch the BBC you have to pay for a licence - and they have TV detector vans that drive around hoping to catch those who don't have a licence!

jyl

Good for us!!!

Brie1648

WOW! Through the 900!

jyl

It's all quite different here, Irene. Government has nothing to do with it; everything's commercial, but not enough competition to keep prices down for service. There are evidently some ways to work around for certain channels and/or programs, (Google and NFL) but I'm not adept at finding them. Oh, well, I have Jigidi and that's almost enough.

patsquire

You know, I just made the same decision about the cost of TV, not to mention the amount of time I've wasted watching junk all my life. So last week I cut my service completely. Now I'm just watching the occasional movie on VHS or DVD. I can always go eat in a sports bar if there's a game I want to see. Life without TV takes some getting used to, but it's a good thing.

Brie1648

OMG!!! How on Earth can you get 31???? That is BRILLIANT! I feel like a tortoise!

Brie1648

Sorry Jyl. I actually don't watch a lot of TV but this is a great new thriller serial on the BBC. There is so much rubbish on TV but we still have to pay the TV Licence even if you don't watch it or if you watch it on the computer. The Government gets us all ways round. I suppose if I went to prison (large women's prison!) for not paying my licence I could watch TV for free!

linda1802

Marcelteun, I've just spotted it! 31 seconds. Wow! Congratulations! That's amazingly fast ...

jyl

Seems we're overlapping here--sorry! Haven't seen either of them. Guess that's because I don't have TV; cable costs more than it's worth for me. Maybe, some day, when I can't do without NFL.

Brie1648

I had a hamster last year. He was found in my brother-in-law's garden on Boxing Night. he had a broken leg and that's how we found out that Karen was scared of hamsters. Apparently, they can bite through a stick of classroom chalk in one go - what it could do to a finger...
They managed to save his leg. They couldn't do anything like a cast so we did pain management until it reset. He was called Kevin after my B-in-L who only has one leg!
He was put to sleep last April but he had had a brilliant 18 months, living in a veritable hamster palace. The cats 'loved' him - they found him fascinating. Here he is:

https://www.jigidi.com/created.php?id=VU7EPVBB

And cat bites - I ended up in casualty after Mo bit me - by golly they hurt!!!

Is the Home Secretary really dead?? I can't believe they killed her off in the fourth episode! Roll on tomorrow night.

Jumble

OH YES!!!! I LOVE IT!!!

jyl

Hamsters are very quick. I wouldn't trust one, either. In the 20 years I was there, I was bitten only twice: once by a Chihuahua and once by a cat. You learn how to handle them and what not to do. Must be out of practice now: my 18 year old cat got me the other day--just enough to let me know not to do something again--we are still getting to know each other (less than a year together).

Brie1648

No, I haven't - but I am sure it is good. Have you been watching 'Bodyguard'?

Jumble

I admire anyone who studies and practices all those years for the love of animals to become a vet.
Have you seen the TV series The Super Vet Noel Fitzpatrick?

Brie1648

That is incredible. I'm too squeamish to have done anything where the insides ate outside! I just give thanks that skin isn't see-though.
We have been blessed with wonderful vets. When we moved north we dreaded not finding a vet as brilliant as the one we had had who took such wonderful care of our cats but we did. The vets at the Filey practice are superb (apart from Karen who is scared of hamsters in case they bite her!) and they are not out to extort money.

jyl

Just to be complete, pat, the third variety of veterinary practice is "exotic" which covers all other animals except humans.
Bren, I had no idea I could work with animals, either, but I was (and probably still am) a learning junkie; the learning grabbed me and I supplied the bookkeeping, reception, etc. for the hospital. With the help of Dr Herriot, (or Mr Herriot as vets were called then and there) at least four of our staff went on to become veterinarians.

Brie1648

I think you are amazing and how wonderful to know that you have helped save a life but I still find it hard to put my hand inside the chicken from the supermarket.

patsquire

Hi Irene, of course you can! Is it true some of those sheep are terrible liars? ☺

Jumble

Bren, it's not horrible honest, you either help or one or both could die. I haven't lost one yet, and you feel so good when it's all over.

Brie1648

eee-ewe!! Hi Irene!

Jumble

Can I jump in please? I went to agricultural college and learnt lambing. My arm has helped many a ewe give birth. :o)))

Brie1648

There are some snippets on YouTube.

Brie1648

I don't think I could do his job - where he had to put his arms in one episode was too much for me - and probably the cow! We have a lovely programme at the moment called 'The Yorkshire Vet' which is about a real vets practice in Herriot Country. The vets are wonderful dealing with little hamsters and guinea pigs to helping cows and llamas!

patsquire

And thank you too, because I couldn't think of the phrase "large animal" to describe most of his practice. His stories are filled with descriptions of marvelous farms, big and small, and the farm families who worked them, as well as the animals which were his patients.

jyl

When Herriot was putting out his series of books I was working in a veterinary hospital and we were reading the books as they were published. Each chapter covered a different disorder. Staff had a mini-contest going on through them--trying to figure out what each disorder was before he revealed it. Most of his patients were what are called "large animals" and we were a "small animal" hospital, so there was some guessing but one or another of us always got the answer (usually all of us, because the disorders are mostly common to several species, including humans). Thanks for the little journey back in time, patsquire.

Brie1648

:o)

patsquire

Oops. Sorry, I amended my comment and reposted after you had replied.

Brie1648

and we are but mere cannon-fodder about whom none of them care

patsquire

Yes they would, with themselves in charge! They are the new Napoleons, waging a war of conquest with suits and ties, briefcases and bureaucracies.

Brie1648

Indeed - but we had better not start politics...but roll on March 29th 2019 and a bottle of fine English sparkling wine ready in waiting :o)

Brie1648

Oh dear...but there again, the Masters of Control of the European Union would very much like Europe to be a country...

patsquire

I don't take long vacation trips so I've only been to Europe on business, which has not brought me to England. I've been in Germany, Hungary and Greece on your side of the Atlantic.

There was an American TV quiz show a few years ago which had a pretty blond contestant in her 20s. A typical American who got along on her good looks and never bothered to learn much. They asked her, "What is the capitol of the European country of Hungary?" She flew into a state of total confusion. "I thought Europe WAS a country! Hungry? There's a country called Hungry???"

Brie1648

Filey probably hasn't changed since then! We are in a time warp! Have you ever been over to England?

patsquire

No, but we used to a long time ago.

Brie1648

45 miles due west of Filey (due east of Filey is the North Sea and then Denmark!). Do you get the television programme?

patsquire

That's cool Bren. I always knew his stories were set in "the north" of England (or maybe Scotland) but now I know where, and I know his neighbor! ☺

Brie1648

And James Herriot lived in - (drum roll) NORTH YORKSHIRE aka 'God's County'! where I live!!
"All thin brides are beautiful..."
That is so funny - though the brides of the larger variety will feel aggrieved.

patsquire

Four wonderful, heartwarming books by James Herriott bear those lines as their titles.

All things bright and beautiful
All creatures great and small
All things wise and wonderful
The Lord God made them all

He was a British veterinarian whose practice included farm livestock and working animals as well as pampered pets. He was also a gifted story teller. Anybody would love any (or all) of these books.

@Brie1648
"All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small,
all things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all."

The chorus of a hymn I used to sing as a kid. One day the minister cracked us all up by confessing that when he was a kid he used to think it was "All thin brides are beautiful..."

I have also copied and filed the poem. I know several people who will really enjoy it.

Beb.

marcelteun

Some more again.

Brie1648

32 is just an amazing time - I am so impressed and wish I could get back to 34! And I'm off to a Coffee Morning for charity so a happy day to you too :o))

Brie1648

9.00 7000!

marcelteun

Added a few solves again. Didn't improve but got 32 secs again. That gives hope that I can improve on my time. Now I'm off to do some more important stuff. Have a good day everyone. Keep up the good work and keep save of all the storms all over the world.

Brie1648

In Texas terms, Filey is a long way from nowhere!'

And we like it that way! It is so 50 years behind the times and we love it when the holidaymakers have gone as the summer it does get a bit crowded. The BBC described it as 'Classy' and the Times newspaper said 'it is a place where you rediscover your childhood'.
Scarborough, 6 miles to the north is a typical British seaside town, as is 'Brid' 11 miles to the south.
Very happy being far away from them - they are 'nowhere' for us LOL!

patsquire

Well, we're nowhere near the 8000 mark, but I did want to say thank you, Bren, for that wonderful grammar poem. I've copied it and filed it.

Kw3sta

Solve # 1687550 at 12:01 a.m. PDT Comment #2265

You have all been very busy today.

patsquire

Hurricane Florence update. It's no longer classed as a hurricane but it's still a strong storm and it's moving slowly, so it's dumping a much higher concentration of rain than if it were moving faster. It's losing steam, winds are slowing and it will soon turn north and then east. It might not even get here to Tennessee.

patsquire

Filey is a small town and civil parish in North Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the East Riding of Yorkshire, it is part of the borough of Scarborough between Scarborough and Bridlington on the North Sea coast. Although it was a fishing village, it has a large beach and became a popular tourist resort. - Wikipedia

In Texas terms, Filey is a long way from nowhere!

wjl1015

Good night DIL!! Have a great weekend and enjoy your morning coffee!! :))

Brie1648

good night everyone:o)

Brie1648

Jos Rouleau is an old friend of mine :o) His wife, Jill, is coming to stay with me next week. I taught their daughter in 1973 (a long time ago!). He is very old now and doesn't sing professionally any more. His wife is about 15 years younger.
The north western States are on my 'bucket list' - one day...

jyl

Pender Island is one of what are called the "Gulf Islands," a group of smaller islands between Vancouver (on the "mainland") and Vancouver Island. They are beautiful and not over populated, unlike too much of our planet. Dare I say, it's probably even more beautiful than Vancouver I.
The farthest east I've travelled from Victoria is Saskatoon, a city in Saskatchewan, the province that's about half way between the west and east coasts of our country.
Have heard of Rouleau, but I didn't realise he's Canadian. Opera isn't on my list of favourite genres of music. Grew up with "classical music" and since I've always lived about 20 miles from the US, much of my taste in entertainment is from "the states."

Brie1648

I'm going to do a few more and hit the hay too. Off to a coffee morning in Bridlington tomorrow so up early. Have a goodnight, sleep well :o))

Jumble

All yours Bren, I am off to bed now. Don't stay up too late. ☺

Brie1648

I had a friend who had a friend who lived on Pender Island; is that near you? It is a long way from the west of Canada to England. I have been to Montreal many times as my best friend, Kate, is from there.
Have you heard of the Canadian opera singer Joseph Rouleau?

jyl

Good guess, but I'm not in Vancouver, I'm on Vancouver Island, in a little (but fast-growing) community called Langford, just a little southwest of Victoria, BC. (Take a gander at "City of Langford"'s website--you'll probably enjoy the little trip to Canada today.)
To answer your question, I haven't been off N America; my community is a gem, so I've had little urge to travel very far. Thanks for your interest.

Brie1648

Your in Vancouver! I haven't reached that far west, just Lake Louise. Have you ever been to England?

Brie1648

Hi Jyl - just chatting between solving, clothes are not my 'thing' - now cameras, that's a whole different game!

Jumble

No apologies necessary jyl, it's only when time is getting late I like the conversation it breaks the monotony, and also helps to get to know people. ☺

jyl

Sorry, Irene (and probably Brie). I just "stumbled upon" the puzzle and started solving. I was through a few before I realised that I wasn't alone. Since I'm an ocean and a continent away from you, and not buying clothing these days, I couldn't have made useful (or even interesting) contributions to your topic, so I just solved until the urge was finished.

Jumble

I usually like to know who is solving with me, so we can chat. ☺

Brie1648

There's no real need for lots of clothes now. I'm of the belief that, unless what you are wearing is so way out, no one remembers what you wear any how.

jyl

1687444 with 2246 comments - don't know how many times I solved today because there were more than just me solving at the same time. (It really is more fun that way.)

Jumble

You are so lucky to have found a shop that suits you. In Southampton the shops are full if fashion for the youngsters. The again, I haven't had a good spend up on clothes for a long time now. My wardrobe is still full of suits I used to wear to work.

Brie1648

I love those! They take up so little room. I'm just glad I don't collect clothes! I have two or three 'all social purposes' and a lot of comfy sweaters from Cotton Traders. I did buy two skirts today from 1647 - which is Dawn French's clothes line (not washing line! LOL!). She used to have a shop in London which was brilliant. All the clothes were size 16 or over. She called it 1647 because 47% of women are size 16 or over (probably even more now.) The shop was in a converted house and there were bowls of gorgeous chocolates because she didn't want thin people in there! It was great because her designer, Helen Teague, made clothes for big women rather than clothes for thin people cut bigger!
I loved going there. It changed my life. But they only have clothes on line now but I still like them - plus one of the skirts was reduced to £29 so a bargain - and there was room in my wardrobe!

Jumble

I agree, but maybe packing away most of the summer clothing in suitcases, or putting them in those vacuum bags. I think they're great.

Brie1648

She has new wardrobes around three sides in her 'dressing room' - i.e.. the smallest spare bedroom, and a whole set of new bedroom furniture! It's about chucking out and what to keep. That's what takes her the time.

Jumble

Ditto, I have been in and out all day too. Maybe Kate need more storage space .

Brie1648

I've popped in and out through the day. Kate's clearing her bedroom (still sorting her clothes) so she's gone home early.

Jumble

Hi Bren, it's good to see you.

Brie1648

Starting at 376

Brie1648

Good evening - on early tonight!
There are only three plurals in the English language that end in 'en' - children, women and oxen.
There are only two words that have a 'sh' sound but start with 'su' - sugar and sure.
And then there are the plurals...The trouble with English plurals…
'We’ll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes;
But the plural of ox should be oxen not oxes.
One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,
Yet the plural of moose should never be meese.
You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice,
But the plural of house is houses, not hice.
If the plural of man is always called men,
Why shouldn’t the plural of pan be called pen?
If I spoke of my foot and showed you my feet,
When I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?
If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
Why shouldn’t the plural of booth be called beeth?
If the singular is this, and the plural is these,
Why shouldn’t the plural of kiss be kese?
Then one may be that, and three would be those,
Yet the plural of hat would never be hose.
We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
But though we say mother, we never say methren.
So plurals in English, I think you’ll agree,
Are indeed very tricky, singularly.'

randlindsly

Oh...you like word play? In the realm of computer voice recognition software, they have a great test/problem for their systems. Read this line:
"It's hard to wreck a nice beach"
Ironically, it's a perfect problem for voice recognition.....because phonetically it also says:
"It's hard to recognize speech"

Jumble

Logging in at 8pm 1687321

wjl1015

I'll work on it DIL!! :))

Brie1648

Good evening FIL! Nothing quite as bizarre as the English sense of humour and play on words :o)
There was an article on the news yesterday about women in prison and as so few of their crimes warranted more than a year in prison, they said they should not be in large prisons but the headline was 'Large Women's Prisons' - which they changed to 'Women in Large Prisons' LOL!
You've just arrived and I'm off to cook dinner. I'll be back later, just keep piling up the solves - 8000 by the time I get back, please :o)

wjl1015

OMG That video was sooooo funny!! Took me three times to get all of it, but I got it!! Thanks!!

Brie1648

All thin brides are beautiful'! Having taught in a Junior school most of my working life, I've never heard that one!
I remember 'Once in Royal David's City' - He came down to work from Heaven.'
I'm in a little seaside town in North Yorkshire, called Filey.
I didn't mean we have broad daylight at 11pm but I was still able to work in my garden, hoeing and weeding, at 10.30 and still light enough to clear up at 11.
You have to watch the 'Fork Handles' video.

Well I'm not getting any faster, but 1687217

Oh so much to catch up on!

Brie, a pen would certainly be easier and quicker than a mouse. Wish I had one!
Not dark until 11:00pm - you must live a long way north?

Anyone familiar with the hymn "All thin brides are beautiful"?

A "garden" has to be well tended and have flowers growing in it. Otherwise, it's just a "yard".
And yes, yards do need mowing.

Pat, I LOVE your response to the hitch-hiker - such nimble presence of mind to turn the situation around like that.

Fork Handles, I'm a rock climber. My ambition is to put up a first ascent, drink a bottle of champagne at the top of it, and call it "Grape Hour". Then when I'm old, I want to put up another first ascent close by and call it "Grey Power." Then watch the confusion in the guide books!

Beb.

Brie1648

Youtube:
https://youtu.be/CNTM9iM1eVw

Brie1648

That had to be one of the funniest pieces of television - EVER!!!

No, I do NOT want four candles!

Brie1648

LOL! Do you know the song 'One man went to mow, went to mow a meadow'?
For many years I thought he was going to a place called 'Mower Meadow'...oh dear.
Here are a few 'Forced Fawd' for you:

Hem-bugger
Fear-shend sheeps
Meek-dawn-yields
Windys
Kin-tah-keah frayed cheer-ken

patsquire

I got it! (On the second try.)

With a nod to the Merry Macs:
Mairzy doats and dozy doats and liddle lamzy divey,
A kiddley divey too, wouldn't you?

Brie1648

And at the other extreme...
'Worns ay pornay tame, thah wores a lear-tell ghel end hah neem wores Galed-ear-lawks'.

patsquire

zackly!

Brie1648

An' if yer don' talk proper 'ere i' would sarnd like 'dee boner'

racoonstar

@patsquire - you're crazy, and talk with a funny accent. ;)

Jumble

Our news has just said Florence has hit North and South Carolina and classed a dangerous Category 1 storm, but she's huge and very slow moving. Anyone living in her path, please stay safe.

patsquire

Since so many of this puzzle's solvers and visitors are non-American English speakers, perhaps a lesson in pronunciation is called for. Take the following sentence, for instance. "A suave and debonaire fellow might consider the threat of Hurricane Florence and think que sera, sera."

In phonetic terms that sentence would be properly pronounced, "A swayv and duh-bone-yay fellow might consider the threat of Hurricane Florence and think cue Sarah, Sarah." I know you'll all appreciate this helpful example, so I'll just say, "You're welcome."

patsquire

rand, Florence should show herself around here Monday or maybe Tuesday. By then she'll still be rainy and windy but not very hurricany. She has already dropped rapidly from a Force 4 storm to a Force 1 ordinary hurricane. I live well over 400 miles west (600 or 700 km) from where she'll make landfall and hurricanes usually turn north here in the eastern U.S. once they get over land. So I'm not expecting to being saying hello to her except in passing. I live right on top of a long ridge in an area of rolling hills and dales, exposed to the wind but safe from flooding. Que sera, sera.

PutterDutt

I've been slacking off lately, so had another go at this puzzle just now. 1687066 and 2218.

irisriver

1687063 I think I saw something about the Proms on TV a few years ago when it was a Doctor Who theme.

Brie1648

I didn't watch it - to see all those people wearing EU berets was a big turn off. I have been twice - way back in 1969 and 1970. I had a seat one year and was up in the 'gods' the second time. It was much more fun without it having become a political statement.
Did you see Khatia Buniatishvili playing the Grieg? She is doing a recital at the Barbican on April 1st next year - I've booked my tickets already!

Jumble

That's what retirement is all about, enjoy yourself. On Monday I watched the Last Night at the Proms and expected to see you there, they were having a great time, one year I will go.

Brie1648

I have to confess I love the Minions! Oh dear...
She is coming up from London on Tuesday and then goes back to London Thursday - only a fleeting visit. She has a daughter in Islington and comes to see her and her grandchildren. Normally, we go down to see her but this time she is coming north - I am so pleased.
I taught her daughter in 1977 and we have been good friends ever since.
Here she is:
http://www.quebecscope.com/photos/renee-rouleau
Wecare then off to London on Friday for a weekend with another friend and a 65th birthday - I can barely keep up with the social life!!

Jumble

That's all from me for tonight. Goodnight all, see you tomorrow. ☺♥☺

Jumble

It get's dark here by 7.45 now. I am all puzzled out now, I have been at my friends house most of the day, doing a Minions 1,000 piece puzzle for her grandson, then after dinner started this one. How long will your friend be staying with you?
Yes, Pat has been keeping me company most of the evening, I love chatting to him, he is so interesting, and intelligent. ☺

patsquire

Only two of the places I've lived are west of the Mississippi: Colorado and Washington. Yes, I really love Tennessee. I was surprised, after a lifetime of seeing this wonderful country, to find that eastern Tennessee (I live SW of Knoxville) is easily the most beautiful place I've ever found, at least in my opinion.

The state I can't count in the "states I have visited" is Idaho. I think I stopped there once on an airliner, to discharge and pick up passengers, but 25 years ago I realized I couldn't remember for sure, and my memory hasn't gotten any better in the last 25 years!

Brie1648

Yes, it is getting too dark too early. The joy of living here in the summer is that it isn't dark until 11pm but now it gets darker so much earlier.
I went to Kate's for dinner and now I am doing the puzzle between clearing up as my friend is coming over from Canada on Tuesday and I want it spotless!
Have you had a great evening? I'm enjoying your chat with Pat ;o)

Jumble

Are you OK Bren, have you had a good evening, the dark evenings are now drawing in?

Jumble

I knew it began with T, is Tennessee going to be your permanent home Pat?

Brie1648

Congratulations! A night of celebration!

Jumble

Thank you !!!

randlindsly

Say hello to Florence for me Pat. :-)

Brie1648

it's all yours

patsquire

Tennessee. It's funny, I've been all over Texas (and that really means something in Texas - it's bigger than France, five times bigger than England) and my daughter lived there for years, but I've never lived there, nor even been stationed there while I was in the army.

I have been in 49 of our 50 states and, counting my army postings, lived in 15 of them.

Brie1648

hi Irene - how are you? I can't believe 32 seconds - that's amazing! Are to be the one crossing the 7000 line?

Jumble

Hi Bren

Brie1648

Oh WOW!!! 32 seconds????!!!!! That is lightning speed! My hands are too old and my vision is going - I surrender!

Jumble

You have lived all over the USA Pat, are you now settled in Texas?

patsquire

What rattlesnake in my basement? Oh, that one! Yes, I think I remember the only time I ever shot a rattlesnake in my basement!!! It was an old house with innumerable places that d*mn rattler could have gotten in. It was a pygmy rattler, common in the southern U.S. They're no bigger than your finger, up to about 2 feet long, with that wicked triangular head and the same strength venom as all rattlers. Nasty little buggers. It was only three or four years ago.

Actually it was my second close encounter with a pygmy rattler. Without realizing it was there I sat on one during Ranger School in the army in 1968, in a huge swamp in the panhandle of Florida. That little bugger tried to crawl up my left pants leg! I ended up stomping him to death. So it's ME: 2 vs. Pygmy Rattlers: 0.

Jumble

I love it!!
Do you remember shooting that rattlesnake in your basement, I think it was a few minutes before we did DYR? How the hell did it get in there?

patsquire

I also just remembered a time when I picked up a hitch-hiker. He seemed like a nice guy.
After a few miles, he asked me if I wasn't afraid that he might be a serial killer. I told him the odds of two serial killers being in the same car were extremely unlikely. He jumped out at the next stop sign.

linda1802

Cristiana from near Bologna, Italy, (Jigidi name: TIME4ME), currently in third place on the Leaderboard:
Your time (35 seconds) on this puzzle is viewed with astonishment by many, many slower solvers (including me). But it has been bettered, so perhaps it's now time for you to come back and challenge the current leaders, marcelteun and Brie.
You'd be adding to the fun that this puzzle represents for so many people around the world. Please give it another try.
@TIME4ME

wjl1015

A very wise man Pat!! :))

Jumble

Excellent!!! Wise man your professor, you can't go against the big man himself. ☺☺
More please.

patsquire

OK, Irene, by a funny coincidence five minutes ago I was reminded of something that happened over 40 years ago. I was in law school at the University of Wisconsin in April, 1974 when suddenly a little after midnight as we were going to bed the windows began to rattle and there was a feeling of vibration. Earthquakes do not happen in Wisconsin but that's what it was, a very rare event.

The next day one of my Jewish professors announced that class would be cancelled on the upcoming Jewish holiday of Passover. He said he was lying in bed thinking whether to hold class or not, and had just decided that, because most of his students were not Jews, we would have class. Then the earth began to rumble! He said, “I’m no fool. I can take a sign from God. Class will be cancelled!”

wjl1015

Wow!! 32 seconds? My best is still 1:14!! WTG!!

Fishes

Awesome! 32!
I’m down to 6 hrs, lol

marcelteun

Thank you, thank you. Really happy. I think I might actually be able to improve this with one maybe two seconds, so I will continue to help you with the two million, I might make a better time.

puzzeljac

Wow Marcelteun, you are great. ☺

Jumble

Marcelteun, that is AMAZING, well done!!

patsquire

Congratulations marcel! As you were setting the new all-time record of 32 I was having an exceptionally good solve of 1:10, five seconds short of my best time, but closer to it than I have been in weeks.

linda1802

Oh wow, marcelteun, that's truly amazing. Congratulations on your latest fantastic achievement!

Over to you Bren ...

You two are providing us with some excellent entertainment and yet another reason to love this website and all those who contribute to it by posting or commenting. Long may the fun last ...

marcelteun

Wahoo!!!! :)

Jumble

Thank you Pat, are you going to keep me company on my run, you know I enjoy reading all those life stories you tell?
You are so right, I am concentrating on this one, I want to prove you wrong when it reaches 2 million. :o)))

patsquire

Have a good run, Irene. Speaking of runs, have you run out of puzzles to post? It's been almost two months since you gave us anything new. Or are you just busy on this one?

Jumble

Logging in at 1686864

Jumble

I'll second that! ☺

irisriver

For sure!

wjl1015

And each other!! :))

irisriver

There will always be some people trouble no matter where we go. Best thing is just ignore them and enjoy the good stuff. ♥

Brie1648

It has to be one of the best and kindest social media sites there is. I know there are probably some 'not so nice' people on here but - apart from when we had the nasty trolls - I have never experienced anything other than great people.

irisriver

Mine got cut day before yesterday. I love how you call them gardens! It sure is fun being able to share our cultures here on Jigidi.

Brie1648

Hi Iris! I love that word 'yard'. We call them 'gardens' and my front 'yard' had its grass cut this morning.

irisriver

1686810 We are making progress here. A great day to everyone. Just came in from doing a bit of yard work.

Brie1648

Lunch time with you :o)
Always do just what you can - there is always a good reason whey they tell us not to push ourselves too far. And who needs an excuse to do nothing? I should be tidying my study but the computer beckoned...

pasta

811☺

wjl1015

Actually I'm doing pretty well today DIL, hardly any pain!! Planning on getting a few things done around here, but won't overdo it!!
It's 12:45 pm here, so I was thinking by the end of my day. :))

Brie1648

hi Joe! I suppose it depends on what is the 'end of the day'. It's 17.45 here (nearly dinner time!) How are you dear FIL?

wjl1015

Maybe even by the end of the day! Who knows? :))

Brie1648

Starting at the 800 mark.

Brie1648

WOW! We've hit 800! We should be well into the 7 thousand by the weekend.

Brie1648

Hi Beb. I don't use a mouse. I have a graphics pad with a 'pen'. It is so much easier, and certainly less of a strain on the wrist, than a conventional mouse.

randlindsly

2163
comments
1686743
solves

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WOW! That's impressive! And a brand new puzzle-with-a -difference into the bargain... which now has at least three solves already. Interestinger and interestinger... Beb.

Yep! All good advice! Thanks Randlindsly.

I have also found that if there is, say, a person in a red garment in the middle of a puzzle that is predominantly another colour, it helps to quickly pull out all the bits with red on them and assemble the person somewhere away from the rest of the puzzle. Then just let that block sit until its position within the puzzle becomes obvious. If there are a few such obvious blocks within the same puzzle, solving time is reduced significantly.

Progressively removing the pieces for these blocks from the rest of the jumble of pieces reduces the congestion and gives a clearer picture of what-fits-with-what amongst the pieces that are left.

But so far I haven't been able to apply any of that to the current puzzle. :(

Beb.

randlindsly

@blueeyedblond

Not sure my last suggestion made sense about doing the disconnected puzzle.....so I made an example for you.....check this out:

https://www.jigidi.com/jigsaw-puzzle/3HN6HR1E/Frozen-Seawater-Exploded

randlindsly

No mouse speed suggestions, but one good technique to speed you up to the next level......is don't start moving any pieces until you formulate a plan. Study the unconnected pieces carefully and figure out what your first 7 pieces to connect from left to right are....find them....figure out which are closer to which and what order you need to go to assemble it quickly. Then attack those first, and start connecting to the completed strip. Then build off of that strip. Until you know the pieces better, it's easiest to start with the blue strip at top. However, a center strip built first gives you the advantage to connect above and below it at any given moment. Another trick to figure out the pieces and what they look like and where they go.....is to NOT assemble the puzzle.....but lay the pieces out in their proper location NOT CONNECTED to their partner. That way you can see what each piece looks like by itself, and study where it's location is in the larger puzzle.

Well, with all that coaching from Pat and Brie, I'll just have to try again! But there is a limit to how fast my fist and fingers can work the mouse. Does anyone have any wisdom to share about that?

Beb.

wjl1015

Good night DIL!! I'll work it a few more times tonight. :))

Brie1648

1686700 and off to bed! Good night :o)

Brie1648

second and third pieces in from the left, top row, are where the little cloud join together

Brie1648

coming in at 1686601!

Brie1648

Good night Irene - just missed you crossing the 600!
Yes, I found the little 'eye' clue really useful - and knowing that the second column on the left is almost black. The bits I find frustrating are the two bobbly bits in the second row on the right next to the edging - I always get them round the wrong way!!

patsquire

@blueeyedblond

Beb, there are little clues on the pieces that you can learn to improve your time. Makes it more fun.
For instance, on the bottom row there's the left corner piece. Right next to it is a piece that doesn't look like anything in particular when you're seeing the whole picture. But when the pieces are separate that piece looks like there's an eye looking right at you! Very striking. So you know the piece with the eye connects to the bottom left corner.

There are other little hints like that in other places. It's fun finding them.

Jumble

1686600 comment no 2152 my bedtime Goodnight.

pasta

6410☺

Well, I came back for another go at 1686407. Time 2:12 was a nine second improvement on my previous attempts, but still nowhere near the pace. Maybe I'll come back and try again. Beb.

Kw3sta

Thank you, Brie. Goodnight.

irisriver

1686404

Brie1648

1686401and I'm off to bed! goodnight everyone ;o)

Brie1648

2 seconds! isn't that a wonderful feeling when you see your time trop - and that's a big drop! i am so happy for you because I know that fuzzy feeling when time improves :o)))

Kw3sta

1:12 !!! That beats my old best by 2 seconds.

Solve #1686372, comment # 2145

Brie1648

Logging on @1686321

Brie1648

Hi everyone! I did some this afternoon. My fastest was 36. I sometimes think my brain is not connected to my hand as I know these pieces but I still put them in the wrong place! 33 is an amazing time. Can you get to 32??? I know I won't!

Jumble

Yes marcelteun, everyone likes to help thank goodness. I've been solving this for the last hour and a half, but no where near 35 secs. ☺

marcelteun

Here you are people, some more solves today. Best time was 35 today. Good luck

So, not in the basement?

PutterDutt

As I recall the story, he did, BEB.

Golly! If I was confronted by a rattler I'd try to shoot it in the head!

PutterDutt

Careful about mentioning guns around Patsquire, BEB. He's a crack shot! (Said with respect and deference.) :o) He's the only person I know who shot a rattler in his basement.

Alright - two shots at it. (I'm a single shot , not a machine gun). At 2:21 I'm way off the pace, but there's my contribution to the score - 1686104. Beb.

Bren-gun 1648, I love you! Thanks for giving me such a warm and fuzzy welcome. Okay, off to make my first attempt at this nutters-united frozen seawater freshwater puzzle. I got waylaid by someone else's puzzle on my first attempt, so let's see if I actually get to it this time. Beb.

Brie1648

NO!! You must join the super crew of collaborative super-nutters - a distinction afforded to only a few! We need more. You'll soon become 'hooked'!
'I'm going to have one go at it - maybe two.'

Come back often - this puzzle needs you!

A schizophrenic's paradise, you might say.

With reference to "Jan.19, 2012 - 836,474 - Pat Squire predicted it would never reach 1,000,000", have you really been hanging around this site for six years? Is it a collaborative community working together to hit that magic 2 million, or a competitive society of nutters determined to remain on top of the pecking order - or both?

I'm going to have one go at it - maybe two. Then I'll leave it to the community - of collaborators or competitors.

BTW guys, you're welcome to invade any of my pictures any time you like! :D Beb.

patsquire

And what is the internet all about if not "...a refreshing change of self-image."? ☺ ☺ ☺

Come to think of it, I known some men who were blue eyed blonds!

Okay, I believe you...
but I might NOT be exactly what I seem. As you can see, I haven't put up a picture of myself - yet. The name was a spur of the moment decision when I was informed during the registration process that my first preference was already in use by someone else. I had to think of SOMETHING that no-one else was likely to have used. That's what came out. But I have to admit, the more I use it, the more I like it, myself. It's a refreshing change of self-image. :D Beb.

patsquire

And that's really me, too! ☺ Honest.

Well, your picture is of a pretty handsome dude too. Romance brewing? ;D Beb.

patsquire

Good. BTW, I love your screen name AND your nickname, Beb.

Fair comment, and you make me feel MUCH better, and less insignificant and anonymous. :D Beb.

patsquire

Solves, yes. Solvers, no. Maybe a few thousand solvers, more probably a few hundred. And we're not ALL fanatics about it, although SOME OF US ARE! ☺ ☺ ☺

Well, shortly there will be one more solve to the score. (How insignificant and anonymous - suddenly I'm just ONE of more than 1.6 million people! That's more people than there are in my whole city!) Beb.

marcelteun

Hi Brie, thanks, but it wouldn't surprise me if you will make 33 one day. Keep up the good work!

Brie1648

01.00 off to bed @ 1686000! 7000 tomorrow?

Brie1648

WOW!! Congratulations Marcelteun - that is amazing!
Goodnight Irene though I think you are probably in bed already. I did about 40 this afternoon. It's coming up to midnight so I'll do a few until about 01:00. No way will I ever get 33!! But the quicker we are, the sooner we will reach our goal.
I have my friend coming from Canada on the 18th - a day earlier so I will have too miss some time doing house work - how inconsiderate!!!

marcelteun

Good work! I might help then.. a bit. Good night. Time to go to bed.

Jumble

☺♥♥

wjl1015

Night Izzy!! :))

Jumble

I don't think you need the practise marcelteun, but we are trying to get the puzzle to 2 million solves, so any extras you do will help. I have done over a hundred tonight, so I am signing out. Goodnight all. ♥

marcelteun

Thanks, I don't understand either.. I thought I would need a few weeks.. Perhaps I should continue to work on this puzzle, otherwise I think Brie1648 will beat me in the end.

wjl1015

Bren is going to have to step it up!! lol

Jumble

OMG marcelteun, I don't know how you do it. Congratulations!!!

Fishes

Congratulations, marcelteum!
I’m very far down the list, but it’s fun.

marcelteun

Yes! I got one second improvement. :)

Jumble

Keep trying Joe, I don't know how but I have managed 0.55 without really trying, just solving. ☺

wjl1015

I still solve it, though I still can't do better than 1:14!! :))

Jumble

That's good Joe, I just like to know who I'm working with. Most night Bren joins me.

wjl1015

I solve this a couple times a day, I think the last one I did earlier was 801.

Jumble

I have been solving this puzzle for the last 90 numbers, now someone has joined me on 893 is that you Bren?

linda1802

Marcelteun, thanks for your explanation. This sounds very complicated. I think Jigidi should - and tries to - offer a "level playing field," a fair and equal chance for all. If the number of comments is causing a problem for you that denies you that level playing field, I think that the managers of Jigidi should be asked to find a solution.

marcelteun

Linda, I can play the puzzle in the app. Then I need to log in the browser, hope that I don't loose the login and open this puzzle. Then I can choose to solve out in the app. Solving it works, but not loading the page with the overview, i.e. the times and the comments.

I'm actually thinking of starting to improve my time of this puzzle, ignoring the fact that I'll lose my first place if I get the same time..

irisriver

1685519

CJ45

Hi Brie the plane is completely full so have to stay in business class hope getting home will be on the Dreamliner

linda1802

Marcelteun, thanks for your interesting information. I'm absolutely amazed at all this. On the other hand, I've seen the puzzles you've posted of your fantastic geometrical creations and clearly see that you have an understanding of mathematics that goes way beyond mine. Wow, most impressive!
It's a pity that this puzzle no longer functions on your app. Maybe you should contact Magnus (founder of Jigidi) and ask if he can help. ☼☼☼

Brie1648

I hope you manage to get some sleep - if they don't upgrade you they really are the world's least favourite airline. American is pretty awful too. Have a good flight - make sure they ply you with lots of champagne etc.

CJ45

Hi Brie yes I did try to send you a reply via my phone but then lost it too small. Yes we have been here all day left home at 5am, now 6pm and will not leave till 10pm but hope we can sleep in our beds not sure where we are allocated as it is a Boeing 777 and not a Dreamliner We booked on. LOL!!! As you say no more BA For us this is only the second time that we have flown BA but their lounge food is O.K. but not to the standards of Virgin, Emirates or Etihad sadly.

Brie1648

Oh Clive - I would be really pi$$ed off. I don't know why anyone flies BA - they really are rubbish. Now Emirates First...that's a whole different universe!
0 seconds!!! WOW! How?

marcelteun

I did some of the old puzzles of six pieces in 0 seconds.

CJ45

Trying to get to Abi Dubai but our plane was cancelled new flight to Dubai but will Need a taxi to get to our hotel sadly in Abi Dubai. Spend all day in BA lounge not good but the food is Okay thankfully but not up to Virgin’s lounges or even Etehads standards. Sadly but there we go must not be naughty BA tell me they will reimburse me for their cock up but do not hold your breath. The annoyance to me is that I will lose 2 days of our holiday. Sa la ve. LOL!!

Brie1648

Where are you off to Clive?
I don't think I could ever beat 34 seconds - it is too fast for me. I didn't that if you score the same again it will drop you - that doesn't seem fair.

CJ45

1685395......2096 LOL!!! from BA lounge at Heathrow. Izzy & Brie.

patsquire

...and I do so MANY puzzles in zero seconds! Hummppphh! Harrummppphh!

marcelteun

Thanks, Pat, I did remember, and therefore I'll wait and standby.

BTW, they also filter out the time of zero seconds. You can never be number one with zero seconds. Zero seconds is invalid.

patsquire

Huh?

randlindsly

Or....put another way if you want to think of it programmatically....the system defines the leaderboard by:

1) Retrieving all times to solve the puzzle
2) Sort times from quickest to longest
3) Remove multiple completions by a single player saving their quickest
4) If the quickest time by a single player is achieved more than once, save the most recent
5) If multiple players have the same time, sort by earliest completion date
6) Truncate list saving top 10 (or 15 in this case for some bizarre reason)

(yea yea yea.....a good DB person can optimize this logic much better to work with a shorter list by doing the truncation earlier...or set up the table space and foreign keys and what not to make this easy.....but the generic logic is sound)

patsquire

Remember, right now you're on top even though there's another 34 behind you, but if you solve and get 34 seconds again, the system will DEMOTE YOU behind the other 34.

marcelteun

I see that Brie1648 also got 34 secs. Great job!!! Unfortunately this puzzle doesn't open in the app anymore. It crashes the app. Guess there are too many comments. In the browser I am being logged out after a few minutes or so. I guess I will be on second place soon...I will wait and see (or not). Good luck anyway!

Jumble

Thank you Clive, I hope you have a wonderful time.

CJ45

Just to say I will see you both of you you after my holiday LOL!!!

Jumble

Bren, you did 1680000 on the 19th Aug, so everyone has done 5000 since then. We have about 11,000 more to go to level with last years solves.

Do you think we should get a life. ☺☺☺

Brie1648

Toodle-noodle until later :o))

Brie1648

I'm off to make dinner so, hopefully, I will see you a bit later - maybe we'll be at the next 500 by then! Are we making good progress with the solves?

Brie1648

You can have the next 00 :o)

Brie1648

Thanks Irene! so we are half way to 1690000 - I wonder, when we reach 2000000 how much of our lives have we spent shuffling pieces around a computer screen...?

Jumble

YEH!!!!! Well done Bren you got it excellent work you deserve it !!!!!!!

Brie1648

1685000! WOW!!

Jumble

We both know how that feels...........GO GIRL!!!!

Brie1648

I was hoping it wasn't someone going to steal the glory - I'm on my 47th solve!

Jumble

Yes it is Bren ☺☺☺ I was wondering who I was working with I was hoping it was you. ☺
Now go for it 0000.!!!!

Brie1648

Is that you irene?

CJ45

Nighty Night, then IZZY.... not very busy to night Then. Irene good night. I still have that song in my head all the time. I would have enjoyed meeting your Dad we could have sung it together for you. LOL!!!

Jumble

Hundred done so logging off. 8.40pm

Jumble

1684700

Jumble

Login at 6.30pm 1684630. Sorry forgot to post comment.

Jumble

Well done Bren. :o))

Brie1648

15:11 - through the 600!

Brie1648

1684500 - and I'm off for the night!

jyl

1684400!

Brie1648

well done on the 300!

Brie1648

Thank you everyone! I couldn't believe my eyes. Irene you once said that the 'pieces just lined up' and that was it.
Speed is a personal thing (probably as my body never goes anywhere fast!) but it is about how many puzzles we solve so it is 'for the greater good'
Impie, I am sure there is a different clock at work here. Sometimes I think I have gone really fast only to find I haven't.
We will get to the 2million - I'm just not thinking about 3 million - that will be for someone else!
pasta - thank you
Sweetums - the hot stylus is contributing to global warming !
Onwards and Upwards!

pasta

Congratulations, Brie. Very well done.☺

Impie

Congratulations, Bren.....a shared first place......my best time is 1:14 ....all my other attempts just keep adding seconds! ☺ the worst was this week.... 1:52....!!!! I sometimes feel my computer is trying to slow me down....pieces won't 'hold on' or won't shift properly...but I won't give up in trying to help and reach the 2000000!

Jumble

WOW Brie!!!!!! Congratulations that is BRILLIANT WELL DONE!!!!!!!

Brie1648

Ha! And the next attempt took 45!!!

Brie1648

13:31 1684212 and I made 34 seconds!!! WHOOOOHOOOOoooooo!!

Brie1648

And from she in the UK who can see the beam of the Flamborough Head (site of the largest sea battle in the American War of Independence) lighthouse from her bedroom, a very happy National Lighthouse Day from me too!

Joan_2

To those in the USA:
Happy National Lighthouse Day
September 5, 2018

irisriver

1684103

Brie1648

01:53 (off to my bed!) 1684100 and 2056

PutterDutt

1684022 and 2056

Way to go, Irene!!!

Brie1648

Oh Irene CONGRATULATIONS on the BIG triple-0 :o)))

Jumble

1684000 ☺

Themat

1683817

cj45a

1683816

CJ45

1683815

CJ45

Oh , Dear Izzy, Wizzy, lets get busy. .........................Irene, I like your name as I did say a long time ago.

Brie1648

Off to bed - goodnight everyone :o)

Brie1648

'Beam him up, Scottie!' ;o(

morris186

As soon as I figure out how to transport myself digitally!!

Brie1648

Hi Iris - Good evening to you too :o)

irisriver

1683773 A good evening to everyone.

Brie1648

so when are you coming to England?

morris186

Doing OK. We did have a great day!!!

And I am liking' Izzy(not to be confused with Ozzy) for Irene!!

patsquire

Good night, sweetie.

Brie1648

goodnight Irene - 'Izzy' doesn't fit the song so 'Irene, goodnight Irene'! Sleep well

Jumble

Sorry I have to sign out now. Goodnight everyone. ♥

Jumble

Amazing to think, that great friendship came about with the words "OK, you can call me Babsaroonio!"

Brie1648

WOW! That is one interesting life!

patsquire

True indeed. It turned out she had had an amazing life filled with adventures which she'd never told any of her bridge club friends about, and which she spilled to me with great joy over the years. She had been married to a former Luftwaffe fighter ace and lived in Germany for some time after the war, where he was greatly respected and, presumably, had never been a Nazi. She was also a Registered Nurse and she had parlayed that into a years-long adventure as a forerunner to the '60s-era jet-set stewardesses. She worked for the pre-war railroads as a staff nurse on the New York-to-Miami east coast lines, traveling up and down the eastern seaboard, and staying in lavish apartments at both ends of the line. All those wealthy businessmen and playboys! (This was before the airlines took over long distance travel.) What a life! What a friend!

Brie1648

Hi Kurt! how are you? Long time, no see - how's the snow on the screen door? We did have fun that day and ate far too much (adding to the round creaminess LOL!)

morris186

When I met Bren a few years back, I happened to mention that she looks more like a Brie than a Bren. Bren's response,"why, because I am round and creamy"? So, now you are the round and creamy one!!!!

Brie1648

That is so true :o)

Jumble

You are obviously a man of he world Pat, and you know, if a man can make a woman laugh, they will be good friends.

Brie1648

LOL! Brennarooni? Bren's-a-loony maybe LOL!

patsquire

Ha! Irene, you've just reminded me of a time when I met a lady at my bridge club for the first time. She was an older lady, well dressed, very distinguished looking, her hair as totally white as I've ever seen and she remained seated while I stood, as was proper. Our mutual friend said her name was Barbara, and then walked away. We exchanged pleasantries and eventually I asked, "Do they call you Barb?" She frowned a little and in a low, quiet voice said, "No." So I said, "Well, do they call you Barbie?" She frowned more and in the same voice said, "Nooo." So I said, "Well, do they call you Babs?" She frowned even more and said, "Noooo." So I smiled and said, "Well, do they call you Babsaroonio?" And she burst out laughing and said, "OK, you can call me Babsaroonio!" It was the beginning of a long, good friendship. We played bridge together, went to dinner often and to the movies, and even went to the circus one time.

Brie1648

looks like the status quo then :o)

Jumble

I am so used to both, I don't really mind either now Bren. ☺

Brie1648

I'm happy with Bren' it's Brenda that's so old fashioned! So are you happy with Izzy then :o)))

Jumble

Ok,..... yes I answer to that as well. ☺☺

wjl1015

Izzy it is then!! Or maybe "hey you"?? :))

Jumble

I answer to anything Joe, whatever comes naturally. :o))))

wjl1015

So should we call you Izzy from now on? :))

Jumble

I know how you feel Bren, I dislike the name Irene, at work I was always called Izzy. From now on if you prefer I will call you Brie. ☺

Brie1648

:o))

wjl1015

And I like being FIL!! :))

Brie1648

I do get called many names!! I had a friend in the States who always, for some unknown reason, called me 'Bree'. I preferred 'Brie' as it is round and full fat - like me! My real name is Brenda (yuck) so Bren is my preferred name. I do like being a DIL too :o)

Jumble

Because her name is Brenda Clive, so Bren is short for Brenda.
Are you joining me for lots of solving Clive?

wjl1015

I call her DIL. Long story! :))

CJ45

Irene why do you call Brie, Bren, ? I have always wondered?

CJ45

Good evening Irene and Brie.

tanhse37

1683663

Jumble

Good evening Clive, and Bren. ☺

CJ45

Sadly I left my computer at work and my old ipad will not comply at the moment so sad but never mind there is always tomorrow. LOL!!!

CJ45

Hi, Brie, must add a another number lol!!!

Brie1648

1683600 @ 18:27 2010 comments. Good evening everyone!

Brie1648

Good morning @1683479
Frenetically busy weekend - no computer time at all. :o(

irisriver

1683463

patsquire

Right, when you complete a puzzle it then adds those pieces to your total. If you start a 400 piece puzzle and stop with 1 piece unassembled, it doesn't add 399 to your total.

marcelteun

About the amount of pieces, I always assumed that it just counted the amount of pieces, but it doesn't.. Only for puzzles you complete.. Of well, whatever.

marcelteun

Good job, Pat!

irisriver

1683303

pasta

Cool!

randlindsly

Good job Pat!

patsquire

❤ ❤ ❤ ☺ ☺ ☺ ❤ ❤ ❤

Jumble

I don't know how you do it, but you are The King of the numbers game. Well done Pat.

patsquire

If you click on my profile you will see another admittedly minor milestone.

pasta

I did not know that. So back to puzzling as usual. ;-D

patsquire

Oy, pasta! It never occurred to me that THIS puzzle is 35 pieces! But you know, when you solve a puzzle you have already solved, your piece count goes up BUT your puzzle count stays the same. So while doing this one 322 times would get you pretty close to 1,000,000 your puzzles count wouldn't be 26,666. Not that ANY of this matters!!! ☺ ☺ ☺

pasta

Thanks Pat, I will keep that in mind. Or maybe I will solve this puzzle 322 times, or until I go BLIND!

CJ45

Pat, Lesley, (carthill) and Lela are friends and not connected to Pasta LOL!!! sorry to confuse you.

CJ45

Yes Pat I did know Neville is back from his 4 week holiday

patsquire

BY THE WAY ALL, NEV IS BACK FROM VACATION! NEVILLE FROM AUSTRALIA, WHO POSTS HIS PUZZLES AS ulangariver.

patsquire

I'm afraid you've lost me Clive. Do Lesley and carthill have a connection to pasta? I have a terrible memory for names and even worse for connections, so I'm a bit at sea. And I'm USUALLY confused! We used to have a TV character many years ago, a high school boy who would say, "I'm SO-O-O-O CONFUUUUUSED!"

CJ45

Pat, Lesley goes by the jigidie name of carthill silly of me to forget.

patsquire

Pasta, I just checked out your profile page. If you're interested in shooting for a cool number combination you could hit *1,000,000* pieces with *26,666* solves simply by averaging 35 pieces per puzzle for the next 322 solves. As you got close to the goal you'd have to be a little careful about calculating the size of the puzzles you do, but that's not very hard, you could do it!

CJ45

Just to say I always found lelabugosi Hilarious and all of his characters as does Lesley.

CJ45

Agreed Pasta, sorry I have forgot your name again CRS like jeribar8 and a few beers does not help in the matter either so forgiveness is required. LOL!!!

pasta

Brats!!! If your going to remove comments you can at least do the puzzle a few times!

patsquire

Clive, OK, OK, I stopped when I confessed! Never again! :-)

In bugosiland, the world of Bonga Bonga, the host was lelabugosi, which is a Spoonerism of Bela Lugosi the famous horror movie star. So I became known as Koris Barloff, a Spoonerism of the MOST FAMOUS horror movie star Boris Karloff and one-upped him.

CJ45

Who are the clowns that are spoiling this puzzle ???
Comments down to 1989 again.
But they cannot spoil the solves.
My I offer the clowns two fingers of my right hand as A jester.

gemstone

patsquire...or psquirt as he was known in the lands of Bonga Bonga...was one of the Barloff clan...the distaff side of lelabugosi's family, the ruling class in Bonga Bonga. For further confusion, visit lelabugosi

pasta

3235, comment 2000!

tanhse37

Ok, what is a barloff?

patsquire

HA! There's a name I haven't been called for a L O O O N N N G G G while!

Sissel

I will make number 2000 :-))) Thanks for the fun

gemstone

Just like a Barloff!

pasta

3164, 4 seconds off my last time, 118. 1997

patsquire

☺ ☺ ☺ A few hours ago I read Clive's comment (CJ45), "1682920.......1993 ....Now only 7 more comments to 2,000." but when I looked at the comment counter it only said 1990. And I thought **AHA!** I can mess with everybody! So I went back a little ways and clicked "Remove" on several of my less meaningful comments, lowering the comments count. AND IT WORKED! (Evil chuckle...................) ☺ ☺ ☺

This is the 19th comment since Clive's comment and we're only 4 higher on the comment counter. So somebody else -- or several somebodies -- have been sneaking back and messing with the count too! Oh, the mystery! Oh, the intrigue! Oh, how little it takes to amuse us puzzle addicts!

jyl

1683158 - Sorry Bren, didn't realize I was "trespassing on your turf"! Your numbers will be all messed up because I didn't realize we were both solving together for a while. Did get on a little roll, tho: got my best time down from 1:21 down to 108. Didn't really expect to do that, but I won't complain.

irisriver

1683106

Brie1648

Good evening everyone. I'm late as have been out to dinner with the British Legion. Coming in at 1683060. No chatting tonight, just puzzling!

Joan_2

The harder I try to solve quickly, the longer my time to completion seems to be!

CJ45

Sadly I am most upset LOL!!!

Jumble

There is a lot of mine and Brie, we chat in the evening while solving, I don't mind removing them and Jumblestar if it helps. We do have a record of all the important milestones in this puzzle.

puzzeljac

And again one is removed.

puzzeljac

Irene and I crossed, now it's 1993

puzzeljac

Now it's going up again. 1991

Jumble

Someone, don't know who, has been deleting a lot of their comments.

puzzeljac

It's counting down. I think someone removed his/her comments.

CJ45

What happened to the comments list? some one needs to tell jigidie not me I do not get on with them. I will be quite happy to leave again if this is not sorted out. LOL!!!

Jumble

:o))))

patsquire

Did I ever tell you about my neighbors? Ugly! My goodness. The whole family is so ugly, in their photo album they only keep the negatives!

Jumble

1683000

Watchman

1682928

CJ45

1682920.......1993 ....Now only 7 more comments to 2,000.

Jumble

1682900 Comment 1992

Jumble

Good Job Sweetums. ☺

Kermit_TheFrog

oh, dear, not again.

pasta

oopsie 2630.☺

Gonzo_the_great

May I present to you, "Chickens on ice"!!

Animal_drummer

Snow-cones!?!?

Fozzie_Bear

We could make you an ice sculpture?
Or cool a very large drink!

Miss_Piggie

Gee, that looks cold.

Kw3sta

1682850 No improvement in time
comment #1983

irisriver

1682838

pasta

2930, 1981. Knocked a second off my time 1:22☺

randlindsly

Haven't been sharing my daily head banging against the frozen seawater wall....can pretty comfortably get under a minute, but there's a hard wall at 54 or 55 seconds that is super frustrating. When I'm slamming pieces around at what I think is a record pace, I look up and it's always 54 or 55. Can't figure out how to break this barrier. Sorry for the rant....just getting it off my chest! :-)

1980 comments
1682828 solves

jeribar8

2630
1:29

pasta

2626☺

irisriver

1682625

irisriver

1682415

CJ45

Still trying 1682342......1975.

irisriver

1682211

irisriver

1682151 Thanks for the encouragement.

Kw3sta

Congrats, Iris! That's a good sized improvment

randlindsly

Wooohooo! :-)

irisriver

Yay for first time in ages I bettered my time! 1:23 instead of 1:32 1682039

irisriver

Sweet dreams!♥

Brie1648

Irene and I had a good go this afternoon - I should have been doing my ironing but frozen waters lured me to the computer! I'm off to bed now as it's just past 1.00 am! good night :o)

irisriver

Good to see you Brie! The numbers sure took a nice little climb today.☺

Brie1648

hi Iris!

irisriver

1682021

Jumble

Thank you Bren, see you tomorrow. ☺

Brie1648

Goodnight Irene :o) Have a lovely day with your grandchildren tomorrow ;o)

Jumble

Done!

Brie1648

1682000 - IRENE did it!!

Brie1648

No, I've had the 800 and the 900 - it's yours

Brie1648

Not many to the 000 - hang around!

Jumble

Well at least you tried. ☺

Brie1648

Most of them thought it was funny - whether it worked is debatable :o)

Jumble

I think that's really funny, ☺☺☺. but I hope it worked. ☺☺☺

Brie1648

I had a'Jaws' poster in my classroom but it 'Gums' and the shark had no teeth - it was a poster for taking care of your teeth!

Jumble

My niece saw the film and hasn't set foot on any beach since. I don't think I would have made that boat ride to Amity either.

Brie1648

Oh a long, long time ago! I remember someone screaming when the woman disappeared! It's amazing that you actually don't see the shark in the first half hour. Do you remember the boat full of holiday makers making their way to Amity? Kate and I went on that same boat when we visited Martha's Vineyard just a couple of years after the film was made!

Jumble

Yes, it scared the living daylights out of me! Have you seen it?

Brie1648

not in the water of the puzzle!
Did you see the film?

Jumble

Plenty more of those left for lunch.

Brie1648

Oh dear, the boy on the raft has just become lunch! Deeee...da...dee...dum...dum dum dum dum dada -GONE!

Jumble

It's the music on anything that make me jump.

Brie1648

They are actually using that music as the intro. 'The great fish swam slowly...its tail waving just enough to maintain motion...it had been moving parallel to the shore line...now it turned, banking slightly and followed the bottom gradually upward...'

Jumble

Da da da.......... awww, that music sends a chill down my spine!

Brie1648

The next episode is tomorrow night so it might be worth doing a 'catch-up'. I'm listening to 'Jaws' on the radio!

Jumble

Yes, I started to watch it, then half way through the phone rang my niece saw a spider and insisted on telling me every detail, until the Bodyguard finished. I thought Line of Duty|was brilliant.

Brie1648

Did you watch the new drama on BBC1 called 'Bodyguard' with Keeley Hawes. It's written by the 'Line of Duty' writer. The first episode was excellent.

Jumble

While I'm solving this puzzle, I have another eye on the TV the Bodyguard is on, I do love Whitney Houston's singing in this. Kevin Costner, is easy on the eye too. :o)))

Brie1648

I am sure they are just great!

Jumble

I like to think to look upon me as "Fun Nanny" though they do call me Nanny McFee I am always called in an emergency. I love having them here, they are like chalk and cheese but they adore each other.

Brie1648

Oh that must be a delight - I only have nieces and a great niece so I don't have that pleasure. 5.30 is a tad early. Do they not understand the importance of a jigsaw puzzle???? I bet you do love having them there and I would also bet they love their grandma :o)

Jumble

Lets get there first, I have 2 little grandchildren asleep in the other bedroom who have a habit of waking up full of energy at 5.30 am. So might have to wait for another 000 another day. ☺

Brie1648

I did the 800 - this should have been yours - you can have the 000 :o)))

Jumble

NO!!!! It was your turn.

Brie1648

Hi Irene - you should have done it!

Jumble

Excellent you did it and looking good!

Brie1648

1681900

Brie1648

Looking good at 1681900

Jumble

Come on go for it!

Jumble

Good Evening Bren.

Brie1648

Good evening all - coming in at 1681883

Brie1648

Fun???? You call this FUN?? You bet! Congratulations Pat!

patsquire

☺ ☺ ☺ All in good fun. ☺ ☺ ☺

patsquire

☺ ☺ ☺

Jumble

Well done Pat Woo Hoo!!!!

patsquire

Hey-hey-hey! I got it! 1681861 - - - - - - - it's MINE! ALL MINE! (Evil chuckle.........)

gemstone

Just did 3.

jyl

Just 20 more solves to another palindrome!!

puzzeljac

Right Pat, I intend to make you another 26 birthday cards. ☺

patsquire

What's that expression, it's the life in the years, not the years in the life? Something like that. I used to have a friend who, in his 70s, sometimes spoke of the things he expected to accomplish in the next 20 years.

CJ45

Lol, Brie And I am older than Pat Squire sadly but never mind I am sure the both of us will get there how exciting for Joan who is so much younger than the Pair of us.

Brie1648

WOW! 1681800!! - well done all of us! :o))

Brie1648

Indeed Clive...

racoonstar

1681750

CJ45

Ha,Ha, all I am crap at being faster than 1:42 from years ago but still do the puzzle for the 2 million and as Pat says hope we do not die before we get there. LO!!!

Brie1648

Hi Ank...one day...maybe...

puzzeljac

I added about 20 solves today, my best time was 1:11 my worst 1:38. I just can't do it faster. But I keep on trying, one day there will be 2 million.
1681720

Brie1648

I remember when I first started I was behind BarbaraL and LauraJane and I tried and tried and never seemed to get any faster and then (after HUNDREDS of solves!!) it just happened. I hit 36 three times today and also 59 - where is the logic in that?? A few years ago I always tried to beat a puzzler called Lordmojo on the Foods topic. Sheer determination helped me increase my speed but this puzzle is about getting to our goal. I hope we do - but 3 million? I'll be pushing up daisies by then LOL!

Fishes

Took forever, LOL

Brie1648

Don't worry about speed - it took me ages and ages and ages to get faster. It's about the numbers! Keep on keeping on :o))

6toedcats

1681659 - but I'm not getting any faster. :(

irisriver

1681377 I repeated my best score at 1:32.

racoonstar

1681300 / 1903

CJ45

1681283........1902

If I Give My heart to you/ Doris Day....Great song and great singer. She is in her 90's.

wjl1015

1681245 / 1900 :))

patsquire

The science graduate asks, "Why does it work?"
The engineering graduate asks, "How does it work?"
The accounting graduate asks, "How much will it cost?"
The liberal arts graduate asks, "Do you want fries with that?”

irisriver

1681231

patsquire

Wow, 32 years ago.............no wonder I couldn't remember where it was from! Thanks!

Jumble

Crocodile Dundee, loved that film Pat. ☺☺☺

patsquire

♫ ♩♬ If I give ♫ ♫ ♪
♬ ♪ ♫ My heart to you ♪ ♫ ♬
♪ ♫ ♪ Then I'll have none ♫ ♩♬
♬♬ ♪ And you'll have two! ♫ ♪ ♫

Brie1648

Off to bed at 1681050 - good night over The Pond - keep up the good work!

Brie1648

Good night Irene - until tomorrow! Congratulations to you :o)
And congratulations to you Rand!

randlindsly

US contingent clocking in.....24/7 coverage. :-)

JumbleStar

I have to go to bed now Bren, Goodnight my friend, don't stay up too late, see you tomorrow.

JumbleStar

Teamwork!!!

Brie1648

CONGRATULATIONS!!

JumbleStar

1681000 Comment 1888

Brie1648

Was not I - I waited for you :o)

JumbleStar

I don't know which one of us did it, but it;s done!!!!

Brie1648

1681000 - Irene gets it!!

Brie1648

Do it!!!

Brie1648

all yours - quickly!

JumbleStar

No I insist your the speed star!

Brie1648

No, it's all yours. I'm still happy with the 36.

JumbleStar

You do it!

Brie1648

Get ready, Irene!

Brie1648

hi Irene! Glad to see you ;o)

JumbleStar

Back to help.

Brie1648

Signing in at 21.34 @ 1680908

Brie1648

'Omen'?? Moment!

JumbleStar

Signing out at 1680903

CJ45

I was doing ever so well then Mrs Mouse let me down again she is so old now I may have to get a younger one but there again we have been together so long now it would be a shame to lose her.
1680883.....1871.
Early I now but must go to bed early start again tomorrow. LOL!!!

JumbleStar

Bless you Clive, ☺

CJ45

Dear Sweetums 8L1T3NYD ???

JumbleStar

Yum yum Fish and Chips, that sounds good.
I'll get on with it till you return.

Brie1648

And Irene - I forgot to say 'whoohoo' to you for getting the '800! I love that omen when you get the 00 or even better, the 000.
I wonder who will still be doing this when we get to the 000 000?
I'll be back later. Bought the paint and had fish and chips at the best F&C in Filey. Shouldn't have but it was soooooo good...

StarBrie1648

Hi Joan - thank you. I think sometimes the pieces are just in the right place - I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it. I was hoping just for 37 but am really chuffed with 36!

Joan_2

@StarBrie1648
@Brie1648
Wowie.......

StarBrie1648

1680828 @ 17.38 and I have equalled my Brie1648 of THIRTY SIX SECONDS!!!! hooray!!
Off to B&Q (Home Depot to my US friends to get some paint for my front door! See you all later!)
A good day for everyone!

Jumble

1680800

Brie1648

WhooHoo! New records every day! Congratulations!

randlindsly

Yea.....I don't think performance increases linearly with puzzles solved. Might be more asymptotic or exponential. Each second is double or triple the effort of the one before which was double or triple the one before that!

JumbleStar

That is excellent going Rand, and you have only been solving this about a month, you will so be on the leader board soon!!

randlindsly

trimmed another second.....55 second barrier broken.....sitting at 54

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comments
1680684
solves

randlindsly

@Mosietoes

irisriver

Thanks for the encouragement Brie! Amazing how this adventure keeps calling to us!

StarBrie1648

Oh Iris - it took me hundreds of attempts to achieve the times I have. You would think we could do it in our sleep but no, it still takes far longer than you think. So BIG congratulations to you :o)

irisriver

1680642 at second best time of 1:36 best time 1:32. It has taken months to get out of the 1:40s. Slow as a tortoise but having fun.

StarBrie1648

I'll think of you when I am sitting outside (hopefully) having a coffee ;o))

randlindsly

US contingent clocking in for evening watch.

CJ45

Will do Brie but another early start tomorrow morning. LOL!!!

StarBrie1648

Gosh - that's late! Sleep well :o)

CJ45

too late for me just got in from work now going to bed. LOL!!!

StarBrie1648

No, I'm tired today so I'll do a few more then off to my bed too. Goodnight, Irene...there goes that ear worm again! Until tomorrow, goodnight :o)

JumbleStar

I'm off to bed now Bren don't stay up too late. Goodnight my friend. ☺

StarBrie1648

No problemo!

JumbleStar

Hi Bren, sorry I got called away by the phone.

StarBrie1648

And I'm clocking in at 22.39 @1680589
hi Irene - and anyone else!

JumbleStar

Clocking back in at 1680578

irisriver

1680575 The Ancestry.com DNA kit is fun. Mom and I both tried it. My heritage is predominantly Ireland, Scotland, England and Germany with lots of extra trace amounts countries. Had no idea we were part Scandinavian. We are both really into family history research

patsquire

Micheal Crichton, who was a legitimate observer and thinker on modern life, wrote about exactly those kinds of societal problems arising from the explosion of technology in what I think was his last book. People showing up at your door claiming paternity benefits based on DNA tracing from sperm donations made years ago, etc. Some of his ideas have made it into TV and movies, but it was a rather shocking book to read. It excoriated Wikipedia, too!

Yes, it was titled Next and it was published in 2006. Three more were published after his death in 2008, and I think one is in the works now. I recommend Next.

JumbleStar

Taking a break to watch long lost family, at 1680571 I will be back later.

randlindsly

Pat.....not sure about the crowning fantasy of ***GOVERNMENT CONSPIRACIES*** being the real father thing.....but DNA tests are being shown to be a legitimate problem. Insurance companies ask you your medical background when doing health and life insurance, and if you hide information you know from them....like something you got from a dna test....that could be used to invalidate your insurance. Ultimately, they will get direct access once they get in cahoots with 23nMe through some business relationship. So, I say this to say there is minimal upside to getting a dna test, and some real near term downsides.

JumbleStar

Thank you so much marcelteun. ☺

marcelteun

Well done, JumbleStar!!! Congratulations!

JumbleStar

I might be able to knock another off in the next thousand tries. ☺

patsquire

Aha! Another second shaved off the time! Take a break, you've earned it.

JumbleStar

58 seconds!!!!!!!

patsquire

Now that I'm 72 it's funny, I don't remember being absent-minded.

Funny, I don't remember being absent-minded.

racoonstar

1680500

patsquire

☺ ☺ ☺

Jumble

You are obviously content with who you are, so there is no need to upset the apple cart then. I'm with you. ☺

patsquire

In the realm of ***GOVERNMENT CONSPIRACIES*** the crowning fantasy for us peons to worry ourselves sick about is this: the Government knows who all our REAL fathers are!

Jumble

Maybe it was too hard years ago, it's so much easier now. I think you. You can also get a DNA kit from ancestry and that will tell you where your family originated from, was is Wales, Irish, Germany or Hungary? Easy to find out.

patsquire

Yes, we had some family members who started that project years ago. I participated but after a while it just sort of fizzled out. I guess the Squire clan are not that interesting.

Jumble

The name Grazia sound Spanish or Italian to me meaning maybe Grace. Why don't you do your family tree, EP has, and enjoyed doing it too. Your sister could help, and I'm sure your daughters would be interested too. You can start with Ancestry.com.

patsquire

Thanks for telling me about it. My mother's middle name was Irene, so I think it's a nice name. Her first name was Grazia, pronounced GRAY-zha. She always said it was Welsh, but I don't know about that. I learned from my older sister a few years ago that, while she always told me we were Irish/Welsh, she always told my sister we were German/Hungarian! ?????

Jumble

Isn't it strange the way they were then. Now if people changed their name, you would firstly think they were trying to hide something.
What dad said everyone followed, so from then on. I was called Irene, which is also shortened to Auntie I, On legal documents like life insurance, driving licence etc. I have to use my real name, but no-one knows that, and I probably wouldn't answer to it. I would never legally change it, because I don't like the name Irene anyway.☺

patsquire

I had an uncle like that, Irene. Everyone called him Bunny (the bank even accepted checks made out to Bunny Squire) but we all knew his real name was Herbert. Then when he was about 70 and I was 32 he told me his real name wasn't Herbert either! He was named Alex when he was born. But he never liked Alex so when he went to school for 1st grade (this was before WWI) he told the teacher his name was Herb, she wrote down Herbert, and that became his new name! So what happened to you when your father started calling you Irene at 6-months old? This sounds interesting! ☺

JumbleStar

I recognise the song Pat, Clive is right, my dad named me after he heard that song at the pub, the trouble was I was already 6 months old when he heard it. ☺

JumbleStar

Woo Hoo 59 seconds with Jumblestar equals Jumble's score!!!!!

patsquire

How remarkable. It's a wonderful song, so it makes sense. I wasn't sure she'd recognize it, though.☺

StarBrie1648

1680400 @ bedtime for me too! I'm off to 'sleep, perchance to dream' - probably of icy waters!
I like Joe Brown - they were good years of music. goodnight to you too Clive - and everyone else.

CJ45

Ha,Ha, Brie Joe Brown used to end his concerts by singing " I will see you in my dreams" good night Brie I still go to work so have to be up early in the morning sadly. So nighty Night.

StarBrie1648

She'll be seeing frozen water in her dreams! LOL!

CJ45

Ha, Ha,Pat that is what Irene's dad used to sing to her at night, how nice of you.

patsquire

♫ ♩♬ ♪ ♫ ♪ Good niiiiight, Irene, good niiiiight, Irene. ♫ ♩♬ ♪ ♫ ♪

Brie1648

And to you, Irene. I've been busy all day - just logged on now ;o) See you tomorrow! goodnight

JumbleStar

Hi Bren I should sign in, but it was over 150 ago, so I am signing off now as I have to get up early in the morning. Have a good evening Bren.

Brie1648

Evening all! started at 1680288. Now at 1680300

irisriver

1680252

patsquire

Joan, you and I are tied on our best times!

puzzeljac

1680228, I added 4 again. ☺

JumbleStar

1680200 comment 1808

Joan_2

My best time was 1:05.
This time was 1:21

StarBrie1648

off to bed! Good night :o)

StarBrie1648

Sadly, you missed a zero! And Jyl leads over the line! What a place to be - and 1800 comments - wow!
320 000

Jumble

Well done Bren, 32,000 is that all, we'll do that tomorrow I'm off to bed now. Goodnight my friend.

StarBrie1648

Irene - leads the way into the next thousand! (to be completed by tomorrow LOL! Maybe the end of the week )

StarBrie1648

1680000 AWESOME!!!! Thanks Irene :o)))

Only 320000 to go!!

Jumble

This one is your Bren.

StarBrie1648

The Garden Grand Hotel!

StarBrie1648

Did anyone see Khatia Buniatishvili playing the Grieg piano concerto at the Proms the other night? OMG - I have never heard or seen such a brilliant performance. If you missed it and can get BBC iPlayer you have to - it is an experience not to be missed.

StarBrie1648

I am! I have been out to feed the hedgehogs - 6 different venues, 3 waterfowls - hedgehog Michelin stars here!

Jumble

And you too Bren! ☺

StarBrie1648

What a lot of happiness is here tonight - who would ever think a puzzle could give such joy!
Rand, Impie and Jumble - apart from sounding like a firm of solicitors - you must feel so chuffed!

Jumble

Thank you so much Rand. ☺

puzzeljac

1679878, 79 and 80.
1793

randlindsly

Congratulations Irene!

Jumble

Thank you so much Pat, you would not believe how big my smile is right now. WOW! ♥♥♥♥

irisriver

1679844

Impie

Yay!.....watch out.... I'm getting closer too now ...after solving it I don't know how many times I finally knocked off 3 seconds of my best time again...my time is now 1:14

1679841 seems my 'lucky' number today!!!

patsquire

❤ ❤ Congratulations IRENE!!! Breaking the 1 minute mark! What an achievement! ❤ ❤

Themat

1679839....1787. Best time 1:38.

cj45a

1679838....1786

StarBrie1648

Thanks Irene - I am determined to get 37 on the pink star. Kate is calling for dinner - bother, I'll be back later. Bye for now.
So that's a stair way to nowhere! Now I know. I bet it is a beautiful house.

StarBrie1648

I love those moments - I still can not fathom out how you can do a really low score and then, on the next one, you can be 10 or 15 seconds slower!

Jumble

EXCELLENT 38. WELL DONE BREN!!!!!

CJ45

Well he has a main staircase and because his house is Grade II listed the old staircase had to be left in and was enclosed in paneling. We have taken it out but have had to save it encase he has to put it back again.!!!
His house was built in 1750.

Jumble

Yes that is the first time, and I wasn't trying till I realised they were lining up. I think it was 1.05 before.

StarBrie1648

Now I'm confused

StarBrie1648

have you had a good weekend too?

Jumble

How can a staircase not go anywhere?

StarBrie1648

38!!

CJ45

Hi Brie.

StarBrie1648

I am so cross with myself. I wanted to get 37 with the pink star - and did it on Brie1648 instead!!

StarBrie1648

Is that your first under a minute? Congratulations!!

CJ45

Irene just to let you know took out staircase that lead to know where at my youngest sons house yesterday I will post the finished situation in a post soon.
Comments now 1771.

Jumble

I have just done 59 SECONDS....................... YAHOO!!!!!!

StarBrie1648

Hi Clive!

CJ45

1679820.....1770

StarBrie1648

What's that wise saying? 'Keep on keeping on'? I'm wearing out my graphics tablet!

racoonstar

1679800

Brie1648

Hi Elenka! Yes - there are a LOT!!

ElenkaLen

1679787
the first time I see so many assemblies :)

Brie1648

Kate's turn - I'll see you later maybe :o)

Jumble

I think my mouse is giving up on me, either that or it's sick of doing this puzzle, so I'm just going to prepare some dinner. I will be back soon.

Brie1648

I had heard that but I wondered where half my crystal glasses had gone. they were in plain sight, up on the shelf, in one of the packing boxes. I must have moved it at least six times in the past three years - I should have cleared out sooner!

Jumble

They say, if you have box that you haven't opened for a year, you do need it. ☺

Brie1648

good but a bit of a non event - for a change. I've spent most of my time clearing out the garage. I found stuff I hadn't unpacked so now I know where the glasses went!

Jumble

It's been a quiet day today, which I needed after a busy few days. The sun is out and it seems as though it's going to be warming up to hot and stuffy again.

Have you had a good w/end?

Brie1648

the next palindromic solves will be - I think - 1680861 so we can do a lot of chatting between then and now :o)
Have you had a good weekend? Really blowy here - all my washing is dry!

Jumble

I'm sure we can chat amongst ourselves. ☺

Brie1648

Hi Irene - so we have the palindromic number of solves but we were too far off getting 1771 comments.

Jumble

Why?

Jumble

Good evening Bren. ☺

Brie1648

Back in as Brie @1679760

StarBrie1648

I may have to do the screen capture before we get to the next 18 comments.

StarBrie1648

can we get 20 comments before the next two puzzles are done?

gemstone

But what about the cane, and the walker, and the Depends?

patsquire

I am a happy 72 today, thank you! My avatar was supplied for me by our old friend octomom, and as far as I'm concerned this is as real as I get, gemmmeeee!

StarBrie1648

Signing off at 01.54 @ 1679650 good night!

Brie1648

Congratulations to Racoonstar and to Pat - happy birthday!!

irisriver

1679469 A good Saturday for everyone. For me it is 9:15 AM. I know it is late day for many of you!

Jumble

That is amazing Pat!!! I really don't know how you manage to time it to perfection, but it's brilliant!
Have a wonderful day.

gemstone

Now let's SEE the "real you", psquirt. 'DDD

My gosh, I thought I never commented, but I did on Feb. 6, 2018 and this puzzle began Feb.28,2011.
I did not get onto jigida until 2014...…..Joan published Jan. 19,2011....It's been kicked about a very long time.
How old are you now Pat?
8-17-18....7:41P.M. :))------------------------Bev.

randlindsly

OMG! Great Job!

Puzzles solved: 15000 puzzles (5.7 daily)
Pieces joined: 750000 pieces (283.5 daily)

patsquire

Thanks for your nice birthday wishes, Irene. I do feel healthy but I'll admit I never expected to see 72! I'm amazed every day, and I enjoy life every day. And toward that end I've been having fun on Jigidi for the last couple of months coaxing my patsquire persona (which is my real name) to this OUTSTANDING!, STUPENDOUS!!, AMAZING!!! RESULT!!!!

BEHOLD:

https://www.jigidi.com/user/patsquire

Kw3sta

Congrats Racoonstar! I'm still working on that.

racoonstar

Finally broke into the below one minute category! :D

1679403

Jumble

I am off to bed now, I have done my hundred throughout today 1679400.
"Happy Birthday Pat" for 5 minutes time, here it's 11.55pm

Jumble

Yes, I agree with you Rand, so many people left then.

Jumble

Then may I be the first to wish you "HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAT" it's 11.20pm here so there's only 40 mins to go. I hope puzzeljac (Ank) knows about this, you could have a lovely card waiting tomorrow. Anyway in 6 years time you will only be 78, that is still young these days, I bet you still have plenty of life in you now, your mind is as bright as it's always been. I love to hear your stories,
I could sit and listen to you for hours. As long as you look after yourself, I can see you hitting that 100 mark, probably before we reach the 2,000,000 mark here.

irisriver

1679377

randlindsly

I think losing the "stars" program/lure couldn't have been good.

patsquire

I hear you, kiddo. I was dismayed at my 6 1/2 year projection because tomorrow I'm celebrating my 72nd birthday and who knows if I'll be here so long from now! Who knows if Jigidi itself will even survive that long? One of the reasons we've slowed down on this puzzle is that Jigidi's base of users is shrinking. I think, as with any modern phenomenon, Jigidi went through a period of fast growth to a high peak, and now the bubble is shrinking. A classic case. But who knows, it may survive for the long run. I certainly hope so. (TPTB were just a couple of engineer types, not businessmen or managers, and I suspect they have now gotten themselves some professional help. That bodes well for the future of Jigidi.)

Jumble

Thanks Pat, I appreciate what you're saying, but no I don't feel any pressure to better my time, I just solve in my own time. During that time, I have gradually knocked 14 secs off my time without even trying, that has surprised me. The yearly amount of solves has slowed down over the years, but I would love to see 2 million in my lifetime. When we get nearer to our target, then I will speed up, that's if I'm not too old to try. ☺☺☺

patsquire

Irene my friend, I think you can ease off a little if you're feeling any pressure. I was shocked when I recalculated my time projection a little while ago, but it seems to be our present situation. 2,000,000 may be just too far away to require real urgency. My own plan is to relax and have fun, keep advancing our total and once in a while put on a burst of speed to see if I can lower my time. I'll bet I'll surprise myself and shave off a second every now and then! ☺ ☺ ☺

Jumble

Brie and I have been doing over a hundred a night, just to try and catch up with last years solves, so any help added to that would be greatly received.

patsquire

Well, I'm glad you're still enjoying Jigidi, regardless of how you sign in! ☺ ☺ ☺

Joan_2

Folks,

I rarely get on as joan454 because my home computer set up is no longer very comfortable.
I used to have a very nice set up.
That computer crashed and was replaced.
I moved/downsized and it is on a different desk.
All in all, I just work from my office and I am logged in as Joan_2.

CJ45

@Joan_2
Joan, I have not seen you solving your own puzzle to help us all to get to the 2 million mark so just do not sit on your Bum out there come and help us all. LOL!!!

patsquire

Hmmmmm.....................I just noticed Joan's notation above the line of asterisks which says that on January 19, 2018 we stood at 1,650,928 solves. Calculating from then to now we're progressing at an average of a little over 4,000 solves per month. At that rate it would take us six and a half years to get to 2,000,000! Hmmmmm....................

patsquire

No, no, no, Joan!!! I was just going along with Gemstone's (whom I call gemmmeeee, as we've been Jigidi friends since days of old) wistful suggestion 28 comments below! No, for goodness sake, I wouldn't want to do anything to interfere with our timeless quest for internet supremacy, or is it immortality, in the jigsaw puzzle universe.

Don't forget, I'm the one who keeps saying somebody ought to alert the Guinness World Records people about this amazing puzzle.

gemstone

No, no, no, Joan!!! We're just complaining how our "times" are getting worse rather than better...and that we'll NEVER make the leaderboard...unless something drastic should happen to that dang leaderboard! LOL ;DDD

Joan_2

@patsquire
Are you asking me to repost this puzzle, brand new?
Because if I did that, the solving number would begin all over again.

Impie

1679204 .....1722

and my times are getting worse and worse!

puzzeljac

1679289, 90 and 91. .......1721

CJ45

1679269........1720

gardening205

Very fun to do.....what a gorgeous puzzle.....thanks very much for sharing this beauty...hugsxx Erikaxx Number 1679210

jyl

Keep it up, Ellen we all appreciate every solve.

PutterDutt

1679140 and 1716. I did my thing......again!

patsquire

Gemmmmeeeeee, your idea about erasing the leaderboard got me to wondering. I just checked everybody on it and at least 6 of them are no longer around. One's been gone for 4 ½ years! So the board certainly would look different if we started it anew. It would also have more room for other faithful solvers if people who are up there with more than one identity would limit themselves to a single screen name on this puzzle.

Brie1648

It's midnight here - intact, it's now tomorrow so I wish you a good night and a good evening! As one presenter of Strictly Come Dancing might say - "Keep solving!"

patsquire

Is it about midnight where you are? It's about 7:00 pm here.

Brie1648

I can not find then logic of the clock. How can you do 38 in one go and two goes later take 1.01 minutes? I'm getting tired, time for bed.

patsquire

I've been adding solves and trying to race a little, but lately even when I think things are zooming along and falling right into place, I'm still running about 10 seconds slower than my personal best. That hasn't improved since my surprise last week when I suddenly got a 1:05.

pasta

9115☺☺

Brie1648

I'm going to call it a day when my clock gets to midnight.

Jumble

Great if it works for you, Pat while we sleep, maybe you could have a go at lowering your score. ☺

Brie1648

Curiosity really. I have averaged about 44 seconds tonight though in the last ten goes I touched 39 and 38 ;o)

patsquire

I don't think you can. At least, I've never heard of a way.

Brie1648

a good old pencil and paper!

Jumble

How do you keep count of how many solves you have done?

Brie1648

Goodnight Irene- I'm on 97 solves for today so I will get through the hundred and then off to bed too. Have a good night!

Jumble

WOW!! Now I am ready for my bed. Goodnight Bren, we had a good run tonight.

Brie1648

1700 ! Is there any other puzzle that has that number of comments? Awesome!

okieclem

1700

Brie1648

Yes, it'll take us to the 2 million - Oh Faye - that's naughty!! As a punishment for such an attempt at sabotage you have to now complete 100 attempts today! LOL!

gemstone

I vote for erasing all the names off the leaderboard...and starting a new leaderboard just as I'm completing the puzzle. That's the only way I'll ever get on it! ;D

Jumble

Would that take us to the 2 million?

Brie1648

200 a day will take us another 4.39 years!!

Brie1648

The top 50!

Jumble

Yes, we can do it. I would be interested to know, that when it reaches 2 million will the leaderboard be extended again, if so, to what size? MAGNUS can you answer that for us. It would certainly give us an incentive.

Brie1648

I did try and get some help but it seems that they did it once and didn't realise that we just need them to dii it two or three times a day and it would make a big difference but we'll persevere :o)

Jumble

It's just a shame, we don't have a little bit more support.

Brie1648

We can do it!

Jumble

I think we have another 17,000 to go to reach last years solves, but we have until January to reach it. Then again, my maths are rubbish.

Brie1648

You're welcome! :o) How far are we behind on the previous year? I do enjoy doing this - I can listen to the radio and just 'click and move' - love it!

JumbleStar

Everyone has solved over a thousand in 3 days, that is GREAT!!!

JumbleStar

Oh, sorry Bren I just didn't realise, I am just like a robot rolling one after the other. Thank you.

Brie1648

OOOOhhh.. we are getting close to 1679000 - it's your's Irene

Brie1648

I agree and she probably will - she has the 'winter wardrobe' 'summer wardrobe' - I have 'if it's warm, this. If it's cold, that' - so much easier. I think there will be quite a few bits going to the charity shop!

JumbleStar

Are they a mixture of winter clothes and summer clothes, if so she should just separate them, and pack away the non season in a vac bag.

Brie1648

ROTFLMAO!!!!! Did she? NO! Of course not! She will have to move a load of stuff off her bed as well! Kate works on the Scarlet O'Hara principle - 'After all, tomorrow is another day' !

JumbleStar

Did Kate get everything back in her wardrobe Bren?

Brie1648

How cool!

patsquire

Ah yes, another creative way to enjoy Jigidi. It takes some doing but it's fun.

Like the time (January, 2017) I solved my 12345th puzzle to assemble 543210 pieces:

https://www.jigidi.com/jigsaw-puzzle/X0P1YLD4/Patsquire-profile-Take-a-look-at-the-number-sequences

Brie1648

Oh my, this is numerology way beyond my capabilities! You'll have to warn us to be careful as we get close to1679761 so we can get the right number of comments.
Perhaps we can aim for 12.34:56 time too :o)
I'm off for dinner too - see you all later!

randlindsly

Thanks for all the comments on my palindrome. One thing....it's not something I "caught"....actually planned it! Had to make the right number of comments at the same time I was doing several solves on the puzzle to hit those numbers! Now, with that said, there was a second landmark with the puzzle I just solved to hit. I just hit 1678910! Not a palindrome this time.....sequential. Documented it here:
https://www.jigidi.com/jigsaw-puzzle/8MMWECY5/Frozen-Seawater-Landmark-2

JumbleStar

I'll go and have mine now, see you later tonight.

Brie1648

we only had rain during the night but the wind is blowing and it's great for getting the washing dry! Kate has more clothes than a clothes department - sure needs a good clear out.
Dinner is nearly read here too. I'll be back later when I get home from Kate's.

JumbleStar

It was raining all morning, but still warm and the sun came out this afternoon. I got us to the last hundred, so I am going to stop soon and get some dinner.
Obviously Kate has got a lot of clothes, but new wardrobes are usually a good time to have a sort through.

Brie1648

'thug' ??? I love my typing!!

Brie1648

Hi Irene - just having a quick 'session' before dinner. Kate's putting all her clothes back. I just hope she doesn't overload the rails so I have to fix them like the last time!
How are you - windy here but the sun is still warm. What's it like 'darn sarf'?

JumbleStar

That look right to me.

JumbleStar

Hi Bren ☺

Brie1648

The next palindromic number - thug I may be wrong - will be 1679761

irisriver

1678853

Joan_2

@randlindsly
What a catch! Thanks.

tanhse37

1,678,844

Max_Tooney

It's a palindromic number! (Both, actually.)

youngone

Good catch, patsquire!

patsquire

There's a pattern to both those numbers....................do you see it?

randlindsly

Forgot to document on this page .....1661 comments ..... 1678761 solves! :-)

randlindsly

OK kids.....I've been looking at this for a few days now.....but I think I snagged it. Take a look at this landmark event.....hope you see it! :-)

https://www.jigidi.com/jigsaw-puzzle/3SD36VTN/Frozen-Seawater-Landmark-Event

randlindsly

BAM!

randlindsly

I think this is it

randlindsly

here it comes

randlindsly

get ready

Kw3sta

Good night, all.

Jumble

That is great news Rand, go on run amuck, you deserve it. Well done!!!

randlindsly

WOOOHOOOO!!!!! Just hit 55sec! I fully suspect my ego is going to run amuck and I'll be impossible to live with going forward. :-)

pasta

8709, and 7 sec. off my time.☺☺

StarBrie1648

1678700 - That's it for tonight! 01.07! So much for an early night!

irisriver

1678616

Brie1648

Goodnight to you too, Irene. No, I'll probably do another half hour and then hit the hay. Until tomorrow, sleep well.

Jumble

I've been on here 2 hours now, so I am ready for my bed now Bren. Goodnight don't stay up too late.

Brie1648

I think I consumed too much cake mix the day before!

Jumble

Good girl, for helping Kate, and not eating the cakes. ☺

Brie1648

Hi Irene - yes, late but I have been helping Kate move all (ALL!!!) her clothes out of her spare room as they are putting in her fitted wardrobes tomorrow. I'm pleased with what we raised - and I didn't eat any of them!

Jumble

That is good news on the cake sale, any money raised is a bonus.

Jumble

Hello Bren, you're late tonight, I'm nearly ready for my bed, but I will see the next hundred.

Brie1648

We sold the cakes, in slices, at 50p a slice and the biscuits at 30p each. The cake raised £83 - we were very pleased with that. We had a raffle of stuff that people brought in. I took a bottle of prosecco - and won it back :o)) Last year we had a tom bola which raised a lot but the 'committee' decided against that this year which is probably why we didn't raise as much as last year.
No Miss Marples lurking in the Lodge!

patsquire

How many "cakes" did you sell, by which I mean cakes, pies, cookies, brownies, you name it? Was it all baked goods and food, or was there also a jumble sale going on at the same time? I remember Miss Marple (Margaret Rutherford) collecting for the charity jumble sale in one of those wonderful early '60s movies. She used it as the perfect excuse to snoop, of course!

Brie1648

Coming in @22.36 on 1678323

Brie1648

We sold virtually everything and made, with the raffle, nearly £300! Not so many people about today but we were really pleased with the result.

Brie1648

Good night, dear friend - I hope we can up the rate. I'll let you know how well we do :o) Sleep tight.

JumbleStar

Goodnight Bren, good luck at the cake sale tomorrow.

JumbleStar

We certainly have, but we are still under target for last years solves.

Brie1648

Wow - we've got through the hundred quickly tonight :o)

JumbleStar

That's a relief Faye.

Brie1648

Phew -thanks Faye! that would have been a catastrophe worse than the removal of the stars!

gemstone

Just joking, Irene. ;DDD

Brie1648

We do a lot for charity and most people don't even know we exist! We've (not me personally!) have been around for 100 years :o)

JumbleStar

Well done Bren!!!!!

Brie1648

The Order of Women Freemasons, during 2016-17 Grand Charitable Trust has made donations of £100,000 to Cancer Research UK - Race for Life
and £10,000 to The British Red Cross - Grenfell Tower Victims.
At our Centenary celebrations in 2008, half a million pounds was presented to two cancer charities. In 2016-2017 the Order supported Cancer Research’s Race for Life with almost every lodge holding events and taking part in local Race for Life runs. As a result, the sum of £100,000 was presented to Cancer Research in June 2017.

JumbleStar

OMG!!! With that lot, you could open your own cake shop. Let's hope you raise lots of money.

Brie1648

It's the Masonic Ladies - the Master's Charity this year is the Rainbow Centre in Scarborough. They help disadvantaged people and it's a local charity, so well worth the effort. Last year the Master chose Macmillan and we raised £400 that morning.
I've made cranberry flapjack, chocolate brownies, an orange and poppyseed cake, lemon and blueberry tray bake, melting moments, lamingtons, chocolate chip cookies - all too fattening!

Jumble

WOW AAxxAA that is brilliant!!!!!

Jumble

Hi Bren. don't worry about it, just pleased you're here tonight. How many cakes did you make, and what is the cake sale for?
Bren, you and I both know, I will never make that leaderboard even if they extended it to 200. ☺

Brie1648

Just did 39!

Brie1648

Let them try!!!
Hi Irene - sorry I didn't make it last night, I've been baking for our cake sale tomorrow.
Yeah AAxxAA - next you'll be on the leader board - awesome!

Jumble

No, they won't delete it, it's all over the internet that it's had more than a million solves. Would they???

Yippee!
I have added my ONE and ONLY ONE solve to the tally with a time of 0:49 seconds.

Brie1648

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! They couldn't do that!!!!
I have lost count of the number of solves I have done - certainly more than 5 a night!

gemstone

So, reading the description, Mazy...the title is "frozen SEAwater". Underneath it says it is LAKE water. Does that mean TPTB will claim it's fraudulent, erase it, and make us start all over again? LOL ;D

Max_Tooney

I can't comment. Don't want to run the count...damn!

Mazy

YOu've got to read the puzzle description, Max, that will explain it to you.

Max_Tooney

Didn't I read that there are only 300,000 Jigideers? Thus--it looks like you aren't the only multi-solver, racoonstar. (Looks like everybody on the site has solved it a minimum of five times.)

puzzeljac

1678005

racoonstar

I've solved it more than 10 times, but my best time is still over a minute. :(

redina1

Word for the day: marcelteun. I was even slower this solve!

Max_Tooney

Here, I'll up the ante to extend your lead.

Mazy

I done did.

Max_Tooney

There should be a special award for 'marcelteun'. First place with this many solves is somewhat like winning the lottery.

(Double oops!)

youngone

Did you solve the puzzle - that is the question? :)

Mazy

I saw that! oops.

Max_Tooney

Pointless comment to add to your total. You're welcome! (i.e., the equivalent of 'bidding against yourself'.)

irisriver

1677892

youngone

10 more and bedtime.

racoonstar

1677833

irisriver

1677820

Kw3sta

I took 2 seconds off personal best, down to 1:12 !!! 4th try today, # 1677811. comment # 1612

JumbleStar

1677800 Comment 1611

That was the last time... I did about 15 times...

patsquire

I had a pet snail once. I was training him to be a racing snail. I thought he might go faster if I removed his shell, but it just made him...........sluggish.

gemstone

Great job, Fishes! I'd be happy with 2 seconds!

Kw3sta

177510, but no improvement for me tonight :-(

patsquire

It was time for her annual review at work. Her boss asked her, "What do you see yourself doing in two years?" She said, "Jeez, I don't know. Do you think I have 2020 vision?"

Fishes

Absolutely!

patsquire

Now *that's* progress!

Fishes

I shaved off 2 hours on my time! LOL

patsquire

Inspiration, imitation, call it what you will, but I ALSO have taken a great leap forward, cutting three seconds off my all time best, standing now at 1:05! Thanks for the tip about the "eyeball" piece* rand. I'm now learning the bottom row, which was always random before and left me confused.

*Viewing the puzzle as a whole it doesn't look like anything special, but standing alone the 2nd piece from the left, bottom row, often looks like an eye. Knowing that it connects to the bottom left corner piece helps you get a start on the bottom row.

jyl

1677444 ;o))

gemstone

Perhaps we need to drink what randlindsly is drinking! ;DDD

pasta

Two more times, score never gets better.☺☺

randlindsly

....and in an unprecedented display of hubris and untethered narcissism, I challenged my ground breaking 59 second score....and was able to trim yet another second off this jaw dropping achievement! Yes....in the rarefied 58 second territory now. Perched 10 seconds away from the leaderboard.....which I can promise you now I will never see. But the proximity is a heady experience. Sort of a contact high. [insert visions of sugarplums dancing in my head]
(documentation available on request) :-)

youngone

Good night!

irmachac

Hi Bren ☺

Brie1648

Awesome!! I'm just about falling asleep so good luck! goodnight :o)

youngone

There's the 400.

irmachac

1677396..

Brie1648

me too!

Jumble

Good luck Bren, I hope you get some help. ☺

Brie1648

good night Irene! Hopefully 400 by the time i go to bed :o)

JumbleStar

Checking out 1677353 Goodnight

JumbleStar

Yes please add to the solves 1677300

jyl

Dearest Gemstone: mine are just like yours. However, that doesn't matter: we keep adding to the overall total and that counts (pun intended).

Mazy

well kids there is a reason I didn't make the leaderboard that is for sure.

gemstone

My times get worser and worser! ;)

CJ45

Hi Mazy and Robin hope you will enjoying Joan to get to her 2 Million mark. Thee hee. Clive.

redina1

Clive pointed it out to me six days 2,040 solves ago, Mazy. My mind is still boggled! :)

Mazy

Can't believe I've never seen this one :)

Will bookmark it and publish it on social media.

167242 / 1582

CJ45

1677232....1581

CJ45

Well done Pat, that is only next year and we should be out of the EU hip, hip, hurrah. LOL!!! I know you may understand but what an achievement.

Lovely frozen fresh water...1677203

irisriver

1677200

Impie

1677199 :-))

Kw3sta

Congrats, randlindsly! Many tries today and my times are creeping upward, time to sleep.

167164 th

patsquire

⚛ DOUBLE ALERT!!! First, ladies and gentlemen, I give unto ye.....RANDLINDSLY!

Huzzah, huzzah, huzzah, for breaking the sound barrier, um, I mean, the 4 minute mile, um, no, I mean, um......the ONE MINUTE MARK!!!! Congratulations, my friend!

⚛ DOUBLE ALERT!!! And second, according to my split-to-the-second lightning calculations, having observed with considerable awe the astounding, blistering pace of solving we achieved this afternoon, IF WE COULD KEEP IT UP (which I predict we can't)
we would - - - TA-DAAAAA! - - - hit 2,000,000 on Thursday, March 21, 2019!

JumbleStar

Well done Rand, I knew you could do it!

Sissel

:-)))))

randlindsly

One is drawn to set goals in life, fight strenuously under the guidon to achieve glory and fame, and gracefully drift into the end times with the thoughts of conquest and stardom dancing gracefully through your memories. Today I lay down my weapons, cross my arms across my chest, and declare victory against a stalwart, but weaker opponent. Yes....today I traversed the daunting, and some say mythical boundary between glory and mediocrity. Today, I become a man. Today I crushed the 1:00 minute barrier. Sleep will follow. (documentation: https://www.jigidi.com/jigsaw-puzzle/BO56O8D7/ )

PutterDutt

1677009 and 1571

Brie1648

Me too. Another day of hard labour - I need my sleep. See you tomorrow. It was a good night tonight :o)

JumbleStar

I'm off to bed now Bren Goodnight. ☺

Brie1648

Hi Irene - that was a pleasant surprise :o)

JumbleStar

Welcome back.

Brie1648

22.15 - back again and WOW!! We've added 114 since I went to eat! Awesome - thank you everyone - please come back again :o)

eaglefeather

Good luck guys!

SunnyBarb25

Just added the 1676901 to the countdown....good luck, guys :)

JumbleStar

Great team work 1676900 well done!

Brie1648

7pm 1676800!! off to dinner - back later!

wjl1015

1676779 on 8/9/2018

Done August 9, 2018 ... Sherry :)))

Brie1648

that is a magical number!

Watchman

1676767 ;-)

irisriver

1676762 and 1557

Brie1648

Off to all the small puzzles and post the URL for the frozen seawater and see what we can get :o)

Jumble

Thank you for the update Sweetums, we need more people to help catch up with last years solves.

Brie1648

Evenin' all. Starting at 1676718

Kw3sta

26 attempts so far today. Latest was 1676716 in 1:36, I will probably never get below 1:00.
this is comment 1552

puzzeljac

Sweetums it will take some time, but we will make it. ☺☺☺

puzzeljac

Wow after about 15 solves I took 3 seconds of my time, now I have 1:11.
1676695
1551
Aug, 9.

jals

1676660

CJ45

1676632.....1548

patsquire

Yep, I see it now. It's small and only apparent as that part of the single piece. It disappears after you put the pieces together. Good hint! Thanks.

randlindsly

bottom row.....second piece from the left.....upper left corner of the piece.....not an eyeball in the traditional sense....but close enough to grab your attention and drag it to the area it belongs....and attach it to the corner piece with the writing on it :-)

patsquire

OK, you've got me curious rand. We each see things in our own way, but I don't see anything that I would interpret as an eyeball. What, where, huh?

randlindsly

@StarBrie1648 .....thanks....they did help. The location of the eyeball piece especially. Need to build other hooks like that into my bitty brain. :-)

irisriver

1676562 and 1543

Brie1648

1676560 @23:39. Goodnight everyone. A tiring day so bed beckons

CJ45

1676502......1541

JumbleStar

Thanks Clive, we need Sweetums to give us an update.

CJ45

https://www.jigidi.com/jigsaw-puzzle/MMF03S45/Frozen-Seawater-Solve-Rate

Brie1648

Hi Irene - I have no idea at all - sorry :o/

JumbleStar

Hi Bren, do you know how this years solves are, compared to previous years?

Brie1648

1676462 @ 21.58

StarBrie1648

Hey Rand - that's so close! Well done. I hope the couple of tips I gave were of some help.

JumbleStar

You are getting there Rand Mine is still 1.05

1676400..............1534

randlindsly

Thought I was going to do it that time......break my sub-minute time.....but only hit 1:03 :-(

1676384 and 1532

PutterDutt

1676371 and 1531

Kw3sta

1676365 in 1:24

StarBrie1648

1676350 @ 00.00 so I'm off to bed - I hope it is at 1676400 by the morning!

irisriver

1676335 and 1528

CJ45

@bdmc do enjoy this puzzle. Clive.

patsquire

It wasn't a very powerful BB gun, but it was still impressive. They had me completely outclassed. I never hit a single bat!

StarBrie1648

Bed time for me too @1676020. goodnight ;o)

StarBrie1648

good night Irene - see you tomorrow. Sleep well, i hope it is a bit cooler for you.
That is incredible - the speed of the BB and they could dodge it - wow!

patsquire

There was a railroad not far from our house when I was a kid, and the bats would fly back and forth along the roadbed in the late evenings. I had a BB gun, and I took it down to the tracks and tried my luck with these bats. What a surprise! Their radar is so good they could sense the BB flying up and dodge it! They'd be flying right along, I'd shoot a BB, and I would watch them veer around it and continue on their original course. Nature is both amazing and fun!!!

JumbleStar

I think my bed is calling me Bren, so I will say goodnight, sleep tight!

StarBrie1648

good night Clive - sleep well.

CJ45

When my boys were younger I used to take them across the fields to see the bats and they would sweep down and touch our hair on our heads so exciting when you were younger lots of fun.
Now really must go.

JumbleStar

I know what you mean. I think something frightened the bat outside, and that made it fall down onto the fireplace, then if flew into the lounge, we opened all the doors and windows so it could get out, but it took ages, I think my laughing frightened it.

StarBrie1648

I think if the bat hit the hedgehog he would feel a little uncomfortable! Lorna (going silver) had a bat in her house the other evening! I have felt one but it was dead. The wings were like the softest velvet.
I think I would jump if a bat came down my chimney!! (not that I have one but you know what I mean LOL!)

JumbleStar

In the town with my parents, in the country with my husband, where we had a bat fall down the chimney, it made me jump, but I couldn't stop laughing.

CJ45

Irene bats enjoy anything flying at night like moths etc. hedgehogs are not on their menu. Forgive me where did you live with your parents as I suspect in a town or City and not the countryside.

CJ45

Should have been.
apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap170709.html
Sorry.

JumbleStar

Will the bats go after the hedgehogs Bren?

StarBrie1648

Sorry I missed you Clive - had to go and feed the hedgehogs as it is almost dark and the bats are flying around the house. As long as it is clear on the night of the 12th I'll be happy as it is the Perseid Meteor shower.
I took my hot water bottle to Florida and did the cold water thing and it does work. It was a tip I read in the 'Woman' magazine years ago.

CJ45

And you Irene & Brie.

JumbleStar

Goodnight Clive, sleep tight.

CJ45

See you two tomorrow have other puzzles to complete so nighty night.

JumbleStar

It is really hot here, when I got my ice lolly I filled a hot water bottle with cold water, it really helps. I think they say tomorrow night should be the last of the hot weather, it will return to normal. Yes it's dark here also.

CJ45

now 1675937............1508.

CJ45

Its not warm enough for ice cream or lollies and it is dark hear got the lights on to see my computer screen. LOL!!!

StarBrie1648

LOL-LY!

JumbleStar

Now you've made me want something cold, just going to the freezer for an ice lolly.

StarBrie1648

Last time: 1:32! Due to needing to eat the ice cream before it melted! Kelly's Choc Brownie Salted Caramel - oh my...delicious

JumbleStar

OK I give up, it was a stupid thing to say. LOL!!

StarBrie1648

go on - i dare you! LOL!

JumbleStar

Yes, I could probably do it better too.

StarBrie1648

you would think we could do it with our eyes closed by now

StarBrie1648

Oh Irene - it's not about speed, it's about the numbers solved.

JumbleStar

Sorry Bren, The more I do it, the slower I get, I think you are doing 2 to my 1.

StarBrie1648

Let's roll!

JumbleStar

I'm back 20.15 1675863

StarBrie1648

Coming in at 19.59 @1675851

StarBrie1648

I'm back! Chicken, lettuce, mushrooms, tomatoes, olives...not quite Michelin star but it filled a space.

CJ45

Oh, WOW down to 1:42.
1675846.....1493.

CJ45

What cooking when there are restaurants and take aways ? to be fair wife likes to cook on occasions.

Jumble

That's great, it's hard going cooking for yourself.

StarBrie1648

We take turns with dinner - but not with the power washing LOL!

Jumble

How lucky are you to have someone to cook dinner, but then it works both ways, you doing the power hose.. Yes I will cook dinner soon, then shower, and be back after.

StarBrie1648

Hopefully I'll be able to get on early. I'll have to stop as Kate is cooking dinner but as I have been power washing her deck and garden furniture all day (no hose pipe ban here) I'll get home earlier and come on as soon as