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Wil Ransome
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Teatime Teasers

Post by Wil Ransome » Fri Feb 29, 2008 10:35 pm

Perhaps this has been talked about before, in which case my apologies, but why is it that, with any number of perfectly good 8-letter words that could surely be made into suitable teatime teasers, we are repeatedly fobbed off with pluralised 7-letter ones?

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Re: Teatime Teasers

Post by Charlie Reams » Sat Mar 01, 2008 12:58 am

If someone solves the teaser, they feel happy. Plural ones are easier to solve. So, modus ponens.

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Re: Teatime Teasers

Post by Jason Larsen » Sat Mar 01, 2008 3:53 pm

They could be compound words also.

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Re: Teatime Teasers

Post by Wil Ransome » Sun Mar 02, 2008 11:00 pm

What does "modus ponens" mean? It isn't in Chambers.

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Re: Teatime Teasers

Post by Jason Larsen » Sun Mar 02, 2008 11:03 pm

That's 11 letters, not 8.

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Re: Teatime Teasers

Post by Jason Larsen » Sun Mar 02, 2008 11:15 pm

So, Latin just might help you out on Countdown.

Very interesting.

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Re: Teatime Teasers

Post by Damian E » Tue Mar 04, 2008 4:55 pm

Wil Ransome wrote:Perhaps this has been talked about before, in which case my apologies, but why is it that, with any number of perfectly good 8-letter words that could surely be made into suitable teatime teasers, we are repeatedly fobbed off with pluralised 7-letter ones?
Just checked quickly, and of the last 110 teasers we've used in production, there were 22 that were pluralised 7's. It's not something i consider when putting them together to be honest.

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