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Ken Millar (Tpa_ken)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Tpa_ken

Post Number: 223
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Monday, June 11, 2007 - 7:22 am:   

Richard, Hey, don't delete all your old TI #'s. I'm STILL working on the #'s you posted on 18May. I've won all but 4 (#117518273, #1714217343, #139660881, and #1074353024). Mike and Ken, have you won these #'s? Am I the only having problems with them? Maybe my mind is still in vacation mode!
Ken Blackwell (Blackie9)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Blackie9

Post Number: 191
Registered: 8-2003
Posted on Monday, June 11, 2007 - 8:38 am:   

Hey Ken I won #1714217343 thats the only one Ive tried. Still only played 8 game of TI. Ill try the others.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 827
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Monday, June 11, 2007 - 9:52 am:   

Hi Mr.Millar, Just as well I mentioned it. Still in the recycle bin. Anyway if I could win them once, I'm pretty sure I could do so again..... eventually! Sometimes you just get lucky and find the keys straight off. The next time you think someone's changed the locks.
I know it's a S.O.A.B. but we're going off on holiday in about 4 weeks. Missing you already. We're also doing a more local one tomorrow and wednesday, just to get some practise in. Royal Deeside including two or three of the castles. May skip Balmoral if the car park looks too busy.

Hello too to Mr.Blackwell, Glad you've joined the fray with TI's. It can be a good game when you hit the less straightforward ones.
I noticed that you posted excellent Elba stats. Well done. Let me know if you want some more nasty ones. I saved quite a number of them.

Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 134
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Monday, June 11, 2007 - 4:06 pm:   

Finished those numbers Mr. Ken M. I usually let Mr. Richard post the solutions because he knows when everyone has had a chance to work on them. But I will do one just to be sure I can do it.
text/plainMike's Solve
Triple Interchange_117518273.pgs (6.7 k)
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 834
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Monday, June 11, 2007 - 4:43 pm:   

Hi Mike, I think that the best policy regarding posting solutions would be that we should wait until someone asks, nay, begs pleads and emplores us to do so. Let misery and frustration reign. After all's said and done we needn't open a posted solution anyway, so just doing your own thing may be as good a rule as any.
Glad you've not forgotten how to post one anyway.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 135
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Monday, June 11, 2007 - 5:24 pm:   

I agree. I just wanted to do one. Now back to the games.
Ken Blackwell (Blackie9)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Blackie9

Post Number: 192
Registered: 8-2003
Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2007 - 10:13 am:   

Got #1074353024 also if you need it. Quite a good one.
Ken Blackwell (Blackie9)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Blackie9

Post Number: 193
Registered: 8-2003
Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2007 - 10:41 am:   

Ken saved all 4 if needed.
Ken Blackwell (Blackie9)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Blackie9

Post Number: 194
Registered: 8-2003
Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2007 - 10:45 am:   

Had it on auto to finish the last game and 1 card played on the deal before I selected a game....so its a loss. bummer.
Ken Millar (Tpa_ken)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Tpa_ken

Post Number: 227
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2007 - 4:13 pm:   

Ken, Of the four I listed, I still can't win the last three. (BTW, I didn't look at Mike's solution for the first one. I won it on my own.) Of the three remaining, which do you think is the easiest? I'll concentrate my efforts on that one first. Ken
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 136
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2007 - 10:24 pm:   

Ken M. I might have posted the solution to the easiest one. #139660881 was the next easiest I think. Richard. Did you get my invite to my pictures on the Shoebox site? There is one picture there I hope you will appreciate. If anyone else would like a look, let me know.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 838
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2007 - 3:14 am:   

Hi Mike, The only link I got from you re photos was the Yahoo one. What did you think of the ones I enhanced and emailed back?
Never got the length of Balmoral this time. Have been there before. No problems getting in if big Liz aint home. Didn't go inside but walked round the garden and grounds. Garden is atrocious. Two fab greenhouses with loads of fancy Perlagoniums but you can't get further than three feet inside before a chain stops you.
Posted more photos yesterday. Crathes castle which is superb, but just 3 of Drum Castle before camera was full. Joined the National Trust so will be able to go back to loads of such places without further expense.
Hospital today. Will email you tonight probably.
Ken Blackwell (Blackie9)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Blackie9

Post Number: 195
Registered: 8-2003
Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2007 - 7:28 am:   

I agree #139660881 os the easiest.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 137
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2007 - 12:50 pm:   

Here is the link to a few of my pictures taken over the the last few years. I hope it works.
http://community.webshots.com/album/559396069jCXbq t?vhost=community
Ken M. Are you finding time to work on some of the numbers? Richard. Do they only get the gardens at Balmoral into shape before the Queen shows up? It would seem had to do that.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 840
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2007 - 2:19 pm:   

Well well Mike, didn't know I had a stalker. When did you sign up to Webshots? Would I be correct in saying that the photo you wanted me to see was the guy with the beard who appears to be snogging?
Clever that. Good observation.
Re the gardens at Balmoral, I think they must be rubbish all the time by the looks of them. They are really bad.Suspect she must have employed a couple of young kids as gardeners, and given them a fiver each to buy plants. The vegetable garden is decent though. Looks like they grow most of their own greens etc.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 138
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2007 - 10:23 pm:   

That was the photo. There is one more there and there will be one more which is relative to a previous discussion shortly. I do like the photos you have added in your album. I am learning a lot. Now I need to find out how to delete a photo I put in twice.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 845
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 5:14 am:   

I suspect I may have seen the photo in question.
I was going to add this in the comments but thought better of it. Racism laws and all that. Not that I mind, but others may not share our sense of humour.
"Or perhaps a Californian checking for talent? Or the George Bush electorate? Suggest you delete this photo, rename and upload again before we both get into bother".
Re deletion. Log in. See your photos in thumnails.
Bottom right hand corner of each is a delete.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 140
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 1:28 pm:   

Richard. It's just a harmless little photo. I didn't realize I was making a political statement. Baa! It may be a test to see where peoples minds go. No, I am not that clever.
Thanks for the help in deleting photos. Did it. There wiil be more to come. Photos not deletions. I hope.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 848
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 1:50 pm:   

Hi Mike, The UK has gone completely overboard when it comes to political correctness and so called racism. Prosecutions and litigations are rife for the most innocuous of remarks. A well publicised one concerned some P.C. nursery school teachers rewriting Ba Ba Black Sheep. They were teaching infants Ba Ba Rainbow Sheep. You couldn't make it up. If someone complained to Webshots, they would have been forced to take action.
Personally, I'm in the "sticks and stones" camp, and can give as good as I get.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 143
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 3:46 pm:   

It's the same here and getting worse. Many examples which I won't go into. Hope you got my email messages.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 144
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Friday, June 15, 2007 - 1:29 am:   

I think I found a fairly good one in #255. Richard. If you find you are going to solve this one in under twenty mins, go get a snack or something to take a little longer.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 851
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Friday, June 15, 2007 - 3:47 am:   

Well done Mike. 37 minutes to get a column clear.
With your assistance we could get Ken confined to a sanitorium before he's much older. Almost a black hole.
I had plans for today. I was going to do stuff.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 852
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Friday, June 15, 2007 - 4:23 am:   

72 minutes and no further forward. This is either unwinnable or it's the daddy of them all.
Got to suspend operations until later. Have to make it look like I've been pretty busy whilst Liz has been at work. First stop the kitchen and make a nice meal for tonight. Sweeten her up a bit.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 853
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Friday, June 15, 2007 - 6:06 am:   

Hi Mike, I lost track of how long #255 took me to win. I think we could safely add another 20 - 30 minutes. It's by far the best one you've found. It must be up there in the top 4 or 5 of those we've discovered to date. I think I should wait about a week before I post my solution to see if any of the other guys can master it too. I could email it to you today if you prefer.

Hi Ken, I hope you're approaching the winning post with the backlog holiday games, but you could put them on h-old and try #255 if you want.
I'd value your opinion.
Spot the banned word.
Ken Millar (Tpa_ken)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Tpa_ken

Post Number: 229
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Friday, June 15, 2007 - 8:50 am:   

Richard, If I can't get the ones that both Mike and Ken B. have already done, then I don't know about this one. Your comment about the sanitorium is certainly apropos. My holiday has done me in. PGS is NOT like riding a bike, what meager skills I once had, have all but dissipated. Maybe I need a new line of work? Bicycle courier in Scotland, perhaps?
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 854
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Friday, June 15, 2007 - 9:48 am:   

Hi Ken, If ever you lose sight of the fact that we're doing this for fun, then the sanitorium may be appropriate. If you're stuck with any of them then clues are always available. Don't underestimate your abilities. You've scalped quite a few bad ones.
Thought you might like to have a butchers at this site. Seems to have something for all abilities and age groups.
http://cycling.visitscotland.com/
Ken Millar (Tpa_ken)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Tpa_ken

Post Number: 230
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Friday, June 15, 2007 - 9:58 am:   

Ok, Richard, start me off. Peruse these possibilities with your perspicacious mind (how's that for alliteration), and tell me which one looks most promising?
text/plainDoor 1?
Triple Interchange_option1_255.pgs (5.5 k)


text/plainDoor 2?
Triple Interchange_option2_255.pgs (5.6 k)

OR
text/plainDoor 3?
Triple Interchange_option3_255.pgs (6.1 k)


Or I am barking up the wrong threes?
Ken Blackwell (Blackie9)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Blackie9

Post Number: 196
Registered: 8-2003
Posted on Friday, June 15, 2007 - 10:05 am:   

Well i have to say with all modesty that it took 15 minutes. Just one of those times I hit the right path the first try.

Nice when it happens!!
Ken Millar (Tpa_ken)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Tpa_ken

Post Number: 231
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Friday, June 15, 2007 - 10:28 am:   

Ken, I'm not worthy! Ken
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 855
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Friday, June 15, 2007 - 11:46 am:   

To Ken Blackwell, I'm in shock! How on earth did you win the game in 15 mins? That's the sort of time we'd expect for a moderately easy game. I think I'm gonna retire.

To Ken Millar, You have managed to find three of the nany doors that I couldn't get open. I found loads more. See how long it takes you to get home from here.
application/octet-streamLocks more promising
Triple Interchange_first break_255.pgs (3.2 k)
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 145
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Friday, June 15, 2007 - 1:06 pm:   

Ok Ken B, I should have included you in that take a break message. I solved it before posting but it took me a while. You must have seen something early on that I missed. You have to play the Queens just right and how would you know you have to wait on the 2S. Anyway well done. I will have to find another one. It will be somewhere in the Infinite Pit (PC for you know what).
Patricia Traynier (Trisha)
Junior Solitaire Player
Username: Trisha

Post Number: 9
Registered: 3-2007
Posted on Friday, June 15, 2007 - 3:00 pm:   

I finally got it too.It took me all day playing on and off.
Trisha
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 856
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Friday, June 15, 2007 - 3:27 pm:   

Thanks Tricia. Glad to know I wasn't the only one who found it very demanding.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 857
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Friday, June 15, 2007 - 3:28 pm:   

Next time I may even spell your name right.Sorry Trisha.
Patricia Traynier (Trisha)
Junior Solitaire Player
Username: Trisha

Post Number: 10
Registered: 3-2007
Posted on Friday, June 15, 2007 - 4:05 pm:   

Trisha/Tricia I don`t mind either way.
Ken Blackwell (Blackie9)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Blackie9

Post Number: 197
Registered: 8-2003
Posted on Friday, June 15, 2007 - 9:29 pm:   

I go thru the first deal usually playing only the aces, just to get a feel. Here is my solution if you want to see it.
application/octet-stream
Triple Interchange_255.pgs (8.7 k)
Ken Millar (Tpa_ken)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Tpa_ken

Post Number: 233
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Friday, June 15, 2007 - 11:17 pm:   

Richard, Thanks for the jumpstart. It worked like a charm. BTW, thanks also for the link to biking Scotland. The trip from Newton Stewart to the Isle of Whithorn looks especially appealing.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 146
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Friday, June 15, 2007 - 11:51 pm:   

Ok I got another one. #260. No rules on this one. You all wouldn't follow them anyway. Just don't make me feel to bad.
Ken Millar (Tpa_ken)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Tpa_ken

Post Number: 234
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Saturday, June 16, 2007 - 1:08 am:   

The only way I can beat Richard to the punch is because of the...
text/plainThe time difference
Triple Interchange_latenight_260.pgs (7.2 k)
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 858
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Saturday, June 16, 2007 - 3:34 am:   

That's a bit below the belt Grasshopper, so it appears I have mentored you well.
Glad you like the cycle link, and thanks for mentioning the Isle of Whithorn.It looks lovely. Yet another place added to the "to do" list. See if you can find Royal Deeside there. It's relatively flat, extremely interesting, and very scenic.
I replayed 255 from scratch, and won it more efficiently this time. But 15 minutes, afraid not.
I'd still rate it as very difficult.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 147
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Saturday, June 16, 2007 - 6:17 pm:   

Ken M. That ride looks very interesting. I looked it up with the link you gave and also in guidebook. I wonder what the inland route is like. To bad the Falkirk Wheel is futher north.
Ok, the last deal #260 wasn't tough enough. The insect will have to scurry around and find a better piece of fodder. PS. Got a good picture on the picture site.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 864
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Sunday, June 17, 2007 - 3:44 am:   

Hi Mike, Was somewhat apprehensive about checking your "good picture" knowing what a tricky person you can be.
Would it be kinky or mucky or whacky? But no, I got lucky, and so did the rhino.
Top (5).
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 148
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Sunday, June 17, 2007 - 12:42 pm:   

Richard. I really liked all the comments. I will have to think of some more alternate titles.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 149
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Sunday, June 17, 2007 - 2:22 pm:   

Here you go. I think the bug has found a good one. #265. Take your time. Don't rush. Make it sound hard anyway. Please.
Patricia Traynier (Trisha)
Solitaire Player
Username: Trisha

Post Number: 11
Registered: 3-2007
Posted on Sunday, June 17, 2007 - 3:27 pm:   

Hi Mike,
I think I just got lucky with #265.It didn`t take too long.
Trisha
Patricia Traynier (Trisha)
Solitaire Player
Username: Trisha

Post Number: 12
Registered: 3-2007
Posted on Sunday, June 17, 2007 - 3:35 pm:   

Here is solution if wanted. Trisha
application/octet-stream
Triple Interchange_265.pgs (9.0 k)
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 866
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Sunday, June 17, 2007 - 3:41 pm:   

Hi Mike, 5 minutes to a column, 12 minutes to the winning post.
As Dr.Hook once said, "Better luck next time baby".
Congrats to Trisha for winning it too.
application/octet-stream
Triple Interchange_Well Done Trisha_265.pgs (7.1 k)
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 150
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Sunday, June 17, 2007 - 7:01 pm:   

For some reason it seemed harder than that for me. But that is not unsual. Guess I better stick to one card solitaire. Whatever card you turn up is a winner. ;)
Ken Millar (Tpa_ken)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Tpa_ken

Post Number: 235
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Sunday, June 17, 2007 - 10:28 pm:   

Richard, I think Sylvia's mother's calling you to tell you that you made it on the cover of the Rolling Stone (probably because of your PGS abilities)!
Ken Millar (Tpa_ken)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Tpa_ken

Post Number: 236
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Sunday, June 17, 2007 - 10:38 pm:   

Richard, speaking of Dr Hook, check out this site.
http://www.amiright.com/misheard/artist/drhook.sht ml
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 151
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Sunday, June 17, 2007 - 11:36 pm:   

Ken. That was the Scottish version. No love in Scotland. But they need lots o'luck.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 869
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Monday, June 18, 2007 - 3:38 am:   

Gentlemen, you should never allow accuracy to interfere with a good story. I knew the lyrics, but I thought I might have got away with it, given that you guys have a talent for getting things wrong. Dr.Hook was the best band I ever saw live, (twice in Aberdeen). Talented, tuneful, and very witty. There were big signs up saying "No photographs" but they encouraged people to flaunt that by striking up poses.
And BTW Ken it's "Cilla's Mother Said". Mike can verify that, (If he doesn't have a blue fit and drop dead after he sees the comments I've left in his Webshots photo album).
Ken Millar (Tpa_ken)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Tpa_ken

Post Number: 237
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Monday, June 18, 2007 - 4:30 am:   

Mike, what's the best band you've ever seen live? I'm going to have to go with Heart. (After touring in Scotland and meeting Sir Richard, they came out with "Crazy on You". Coincidence? I think not!)
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 870
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Monday, June 18, 2007 - 4:40 am:   

One of you jokers can take the blame for this. Another fine mess you've got me into.

Sylvia's mother says, Sylvia's busy, she's trying to wear out my phone
Sylvia's mother says, Sylvia's tryin' to start the next war on her own
Sylvia's mother says, Sylvia's not happy you ran off and left her alone
And the operator says, Richard for sure I'd not last for three minutes.

Please Mrs. Apeman, I don't wanna talk to her,
She'll not hear a word anyway.
Please Mrs. Apeman, I've only just told her goodbye

Sylvia's mother says, Sylvia's packin' a mouth, and she's heading your way.
Sylvia's mother says, Sylvia's fumin', she's got millions of things she's to say.
Sylvia's mother says, The cops won't be comin. The sarge said, Never. No way!
And his inspector says, Need forty cops more. It's a damn crime innit?

Please Mrs. Apeman, I don't wanna talk to her,
I don't wanna die for a while.
Please Mrs. Apeman, I've only just told her goodbye.

Sylvia's mother says, Sylvia's hurryin' she's catchin' the nine o'clock train
Sylvia's mother says, Put in your earplugs or Cilla will damage your brain.
And Sylvia's mother says. Thanks for the money, Sure hope she won't find me in Spain.
And the operator says, Just forty bucks more for a name change innit?

Please Mrs. Apeman, I don't talk to her,
At distances under a mile.
Please Mrs. Apeman, I just wanna to holler goodbye

Holler goodbye...
Please...holler goodbye..
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 871
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Monday, June 18, 2007 - 4:51 am:   

Ken ,After your recent permormances in PGS, I'd nominate Linda Ronstadt.

You're no good
You're no good
You're no good
Baby you're no good

I'm gonna say it again
You're no good
You're no good
You're no good
Baby you're no good

Did someone rattle my cage?
Ken Millar (Tpa_ken)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Tpa_ken

Post Number: 238
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Monday, June 18, 2007 - 9:30 am:   

Richard, that hurt so bad. Poor poor pitful me! And I suppose your song would be, "It's so easy". I hope you sit on Liz's silver thread and golden needles!
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 152
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Monday, June 18, 2007 - 1:09 pm:   

When I was working I worked as a Stage Technician. I have done set up and seen quite a few bands and shows. I have done the sound mix and lighting for a number also. Garth Brooks comes to mind first. He has a lot of energy and really interacts with his fans. I like Linda Ronstadt too. Just because I like her voice. James Brown also put on one heck of a show. Also he was the only performer who ever gave me a tip when I was Stage Manager of the auditorium up in Bakersfield. Good grief, I could go on and on. But I won't since Richard already has. Especially on my picture page. HA, HA, HA.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 872
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Monday, June 18, 2007 - 1:56 pm:   

To poor sensitive Kenneth,
Sorry
Will you listen to my story
Itíll just be a minute
How can I explain
Whatever happened here never meant to hurt you
How can I cause you so much pain
When I say Iím sorry
Will you believe me
Listen to my story
Say you wonít leave me
When I say Iím sorry
Can you forgive me
When I say I will always be there
Will you believe, will you believe in me
All the words that I come up with
Theyíre like gasoline on flames
Thereís no excuse, no explanation
Believe me if I could undo what I did wrong
Iíd give away all that I own
When I say Iím sorry
Will you believe me.

Yeah, right! and you've got to share that with Mike.
Here goes......
Hi Mike, When you were a Stage Technician did they give you your own brush?
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 153
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Monday, June 18, 2007 - 3:33 pm:   

We had to bring our own tools. So I have a big brush-ky.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 873
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Monday, June 18, 2007 - 5:10 pm:   

You were lucky, otherwise it may have got mucky.
Did you ever take a sneaky photo of any of the big names? Pinky and Perky for example. Did you ever see/appear in the Rocky Horror Show? Did you ever see Kylie Minogue? Or was that a case of......
I should be so lucky
Lucky lucky lucky
I should be so lucky in love
I should be so lucky
Lucky lucky lucky
I should be so lucky in love.
I can't see that being beaten, can you? (17)


Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 154
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Monday, June 18, 2007 - 10:19 pm:   

Kylie Minogue. Richard I am shocked. The Wizard of Bird Rock should have his sites set higher. Beyonce at least. If I had any good photos I would have sold them already. I do have pictures I took of the Queen and the young Princes. And no jokes about which Queen. Seen the Horror show never worked on it. But I have worked on some horrible shows.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
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Post Number: 875
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 6:27 pm:   

Hi Mike, It's very late. Can't be bothered abusing you right now. Raincheck. See final photos in Corgaff Castle album.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
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Post Number: 155
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 11:18 pm:   

Thanks Richard. I get enough abuse at home.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
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Post Number: 156
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2007 - 1:40 am:   

Great pictures as usual. After going back through the TI threads these are the numbers that you all have found unsolvable. #27, 1633677952, 894401409, 1551825664. Does that seem correct. I may have missed one. But I think it's right.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
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Post Number: 876
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2007 - 4:29 am:   

Hi Mike, I ran those through the search engine and agree that they are unwinnable. It makes little difference if you have missed any out, as we've got mountains of them at our disposal.
Was disappointed that the golf notice board pic was badly blurred. Will be forced to return for another. Martyr? I think not. The Allargue should be adopted as our PGS Mecca. I think it's pronounced AL R gU but who cares. Isn't it wonderful?
Reading between the lines, you're looking for TI games to play. I was saving a couple for it's anniversary but I'll go dig them up now. Had planned to do some more photo jaunts today, but rain stopped play.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
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Post Number: 877
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2007 - 4:32 am:   

The Battle of Bannockburn (23-24 June 1314).
King Robert the Bruce supported by the Knights Templar and an army of only 9,000 men, defeated the English army of 38,000 battle hardened professional troops including formidable heavy cavalry, and won for Scotland her independence.

Triple Interchange_William Wallace_1373639296
Triple Interchange_Robert the Bruce_617174592

Hope these ones are as worthy.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
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Post Number: 157
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2007 - 1:25 pm:   

Yes you must return to the pub to get the picture in proper focus. The things one has to do for arts sake. Take your time, you want a good picture and if you must have a pint or two to steady your hand. I wasn't looking for any new games. I am up to #285 so far. Haven't found any interesting ones lately. I am going to try and be sure they are really tough before I post them from now on. I have noticed one thing that you and the Kens have known for a long time about this game. The end of the game can be just as hard or harder than the rest of the game. Even though you have a space it's what you put in it that becomes important. Glad you are out taking pictures. I really should get out more. I saw one on the Inverurie web site. It showed a picture of the High Street. You probably don't take many shots around the town but if you think about it get a few. I may download them. I am now going to work on the numbers you posted. I will go and get a few pics of the wetlands to show you what they have done.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
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Post Number: 158
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2007 - 1:43 pm:   

Try #283. I was a little ahead of myself. I haven't solved it yet.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
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Post Number: 879
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2007 - 1:45 pm:   

Good man. I may take some more blurry photos in strategically placed watering holes. Monet didn't just have the one attempt either.
I'll try and get some local pics for you. Gonna look a right plonker.Perhaps if I got up at 4am I could limit the damage.
I'd anticipated a little flack re the Corgarff sleeping arrangements described in one pic. "Had they run out of -----?" for example.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
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Post Number: 159
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2007 - 3:33 pm:   

Just for keeping warm I would imagin. Winky, Winky.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
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Post Number: 160
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2007 - 4:53 pm:   

Ok finished your two numbers. Back to my #283. I think this may be unsolvable but I will keep trying.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
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Post Number: 881
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2007 - 6:23 pm:   

Don't waste any more time on #283. Dead as the proverbial dodo.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
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Post Number: 161
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2007 - 6:40 pm:   

I found another one to add to the list.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
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Post Number: 162
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2007 - 7:16 pm:   

Try #284.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
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Post Number: 163
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2007 - 11:16 pm:   

Solved #284. Seems like a fair test. Medium+
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
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Post Number: 882
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2007 - 3:20 am:   

Hi Mike, I'd agre3e with your assessment of 284.
I'd to do a fair amount od backpeddling to remove unwanted cards from the tableau. Getting a column clear was fairly difficult, but after that it was quite easy. Good game.Thanks.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
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Post Number: 165
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2007 - 4:37 pm:   

To Ken M. Here's a photo I hope you'll like.Old Guys On Bikes
Ken Millar (Tpa_ken)
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Post Number: 243
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2007 - 10:13 pm:   

Thanks, Mike. Where's it at?
Mike Butler (Butler77)
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Post Number: 166
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2007 - 10:39 pm:   

Snapped it today here in Huntington Beach. Lots of cyclists use Pacific Coast Highway to practice dodging cars. These guys were a little older than most though.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
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Post Number: 890
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 11:05 am:   

I've been otherwise engaged as you may have noticed by my absence here. Cycling in lots of USA must be a bit daunting. Geriatric photograhpers announcing that you are "a little older than most". Cheek.
Are we going to get our acts together and get back into the TI marathon? Or are we just going to settle for slagging one another off?
Found a good link for you Mike.
http://www.rampantscotland.com/visit/blgolf_index. htm
And Ken, have you seen my photographic efforts at this one? Some are quite decent.
http://community.webshots.com/user/ElizabethMcD
Mike Butler (Butler77)
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Post Number: 168
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 7:08 pm:   

Thanks Richard I like the site a lot. Played Golf today actually for the first time in a month. My back keeps giving me trouble. I watch the cyclists often racing sown the highway. I am surprised that more of them aren't squashed. Finished 300 TI games. Only a couple in the last bunch were interesting, but not enough to post. Maybe soon. Take a look at Richards photos. They are like a mini tour of Scotland.
Ken Millar (Tpa_ken)
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Post Number: 245
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Friday, June 29, 2007 - 10:38 am:   

Nice pictures, Richard! Now when I hear about the bonny, bonny banks of Loch Lomond, I know what they're talking about. (Of course, I prefer the banks of Loch Ken for some reason.)
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
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Post Number: 896
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Friday, June 29, 2007 - 12:55 pm:   

Hi Ken, Glad you liked some of my pics. I enjoy taking them, but now Liz has put the other digital camera into operation it takes me forever to get them all sorted out prior to uploading some. It's further complicated by the fact that we sometimes have to empty a camera into the laptop whilst we are out. Two lots of software then wage war on one another to see who's job it's going to be to save them. Meanwhile I am in danger of spontaneous combustion.
Loch Lomond is a disappointment to me. Most of the bonnie banks have been bought up for massive sums and they don't exactly welcome the likes of us walking on their precious property. Will return there and take a boat trip at the top end and maybe do a bit better.
Loch Ken is lovely and can be viewed for mile after mile after mile from whatever side of it you choose. Will be going back there at some point this year. To avoid any confusion with your namesake,I considered christening you Loch Ken but knew water derriere you'd make of the pronunciation. I'll have to work on one. Now you've got me thinKen.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
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Post Number: 172
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Friday, June 29, 2007 - 11:25 pm:   

Ahoy mateys! If you want to try #328 after you all work on Midshipman have at it.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
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Post Number: 898
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Saturday, June 30, 2007 - 3:25 am:   

Well done Mike, 328 had me going for quite a while. I kept hitting dead ends and wasted time before aborting them and starting over. Certainly took over an hour. Have you won it? I've saved it just in case.
Ken Blackwell (Blackie9)
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Post Number: 205
Registered: 8-2003
Posted on Saturday, June 30, 2007 - 10:07 am:   

Quite goog, thx!
Ken Millar (Tpa_ken)
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Post Number: 250
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Saturday, June 30, 2007 - 11:11 am:   

Got it! I agree with Ken. It was a goog one!
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
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Post Number: 903
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Saturday, June 30, 2007 - 1:11 pm:   

How goog exactly?
Mike Butler (Butler77)
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Post Number: 173
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Saturday, June 30, 2007 - 5:22 pm:   

Goog thing you have saved it. I am still working. Let you know when to post a little help. Remember an hour in your time is 3 days in mine.
Ken Millar (Tpa_ken)
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Post Number: 252
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Saturday, June 30, 2007 - 6:40 pm:   

Mike, For me, the key was to get out the buried 5 of hearts first before using the one in the stock or the one that wasn't buried in the tableau.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
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Post Number: 174
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Saturday, June 30, 2007 - 8:56 pm:   

Ok, I got it. I had already cleared out the 5h. I was right around the solution all the time. I took a nap and when I opened the game back up there it was. Don't know what I did. OK, off to find another one.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
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Post Number: 180
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Monday, July 02, 2007 - 11:31 pm:   

Try #343. I am getting nowhere with it.
Patricia Traynier (Trisha)
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Post Number: 15
Registered: 3-2007
Posted on Tuesday, July 03, 2007 - 3:03 pm:   

Here is the solution to #343 if you need it.
application/octet-stream
Triple Interchange_343.pgs (9.4 k)
Mike Butler (Butler77)
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Post Number: 181
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Tuesday, July 03, 2007 - 4:15 pm:   

Thanks Tricia. I had thought I had tried that route but I must have misplayed the clubs.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
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Post Number: 182
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Thursday, July 05, 2007 - 11:45 pm:   

Try #362. I think it is a fun one. Took me a little while but I got it. Probably won't take you all more than 20mins.
Ken Millar (Tpa_ken)
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Post Number: 266
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Friday, July 06, 2007 - 3:40 am:   

Mike, I got it, but it took way longer than 20 minutes!
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
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Post Number: 918
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Friday, July 06, 2007 - 4:36 am:   

Excellent game Mike. Took me 31 minutes, with the ace of spades being one of the last cards out. It's raining quite heavily so I've an excuse for not being in the garden today.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
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Post Number: 183
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Friday, July 06, 2007 - 8:19 pm:   

Try #371. Not sure if it was a little tough or if I missed some obvious plays. Took me a little time to complete it. Off to Baja tomorrow. I would rather stay home.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
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Post Number: 925
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Saturday, July 07, 2007 - 5:10 am:   

Yes Mike, I found it tough too. Even when I got column 7 clear, I was nowhere near out of the woods. I expect other players to have problems with this too.Have saved it anyway.
Wasn't it Elvis Costello who sang "I don't want to go to Baja"?
Anyway, goodbaja for now.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
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Post Number: 185
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Monday, July 09, 2007 - 6:32 pm:   

That will be my new favorite song. Glad #371 was a good one. I will go on looking for more. Going to take a nap now. The drive back was something. Pictures tomorrow. I hope a couple my son took turn out. They show some really poor areas. Just on the other side of the border.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
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Post Number: 952
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Sunday, July 15, 2007 - 9:14 am:   

I'd appreciate opinions on #506. Was it me who made it difficult or is it just plain akward?
Patricia Traynier (Trisha)
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Registered: 3-2007
Posted on Sunday, July 15, 2007 - 9:53 am:   

I got #506 on fourth try. Just lucky I suppose.
Frances Cammisa (Yankeegal)
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Post Number: 206
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Sunday, July 15, 2007 - 2:48 pm:   

Hi Richard and/or Ken--I'm still here, and I was wondering what you gentlemen think of the new games--I like them all but was unable to get the rules for Lincoln Greens to display---that looks like a good one and I was anxious to try it.

Hope everyone is OK--

Best,
Maria
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
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Post Number: 953
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Sunday, July 15, 2007 - 4:01 pm:   

Hi Maria, Where have you been hiding? Haven't heard from you for ages, and then you open your post by calling us gentlemen.High praise indeed.

I'm puzzled by the new games that you mentioned. I ran the PGS download just now just to make sure, and can't see anything that I've not got already. Lincoln Greens is certainly well camouflaged. Ha! Perhaps Ken can enlighten me.

You asked for my email address ages ago but I was being innundated by spam at the time. I'm free of that problem now, so here it is.
richard.mechen@tiscali.co.uk
Drop me a line or two if you want.
Richard.
Frances Cammisa (Yankeegal)
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Post Number: 207
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Sunday, July 15, 2007 - 6:25 pm:   

Thank you, Richard, I will "drop you a line"--

As to Lincoln Greens, it seems to be beyond camouflage--the rules simply will not show up, at least not on my computer screen. I did inform Mr. Warfield but haven't heard anything yet.

And why not refer to you as "gentlemen?" You always have been to me, anyway---something that is sadly lacking in many instances these days.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
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Post Number: 954
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Sunday, July 15, 2007 - 6:45 pm:   

Hi Maria, I don't even have the game "Lincoln Greens" far less the rules. I'm puzzled as I appear to have the latest version of PGS.
It may actually come as a surprise to some people, but I do consider myself to be a gentleman, although I usually manage to hide it very well behind a wall of mischief. Good manners are becoming increasingly rare, and little words like please and thank you will soon be the preserve of dinosaurs like ourselves.
Frances Cammisa (Yankeegal)
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Post Number: 208
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Monday, July 16, 2007 - 6:53 am:   

Richard, didn't you get the new "beta" games for testing? I thought you would have been in on that--at any rate, that's where Lincoln Greens is---

Yes, "please" and "thank you" and common courtesy have gone the way of the dinosaurs. They call it "progress" here--and I'm all for going back to dinosaur times.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
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Post Number: 955
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Monday, July 16, 2007 - 8:06 am:   

Thanks Maria, That explains things. No I didn't get the new Beta test games. In typical dinosaur fashion I'm running Windows ME on this PC, and they wanted testers for less primitive systems. I have this PC running as sweet as a nut, and I'm comfortable with it. If it aint broken don't fix it sums up my attitude to it. We do have Windows XP on the laptop, but I prefer the stone age edition. Left to my own devices I'd still be running Windows 98.
I used to own a retail business and I demanded that my staff always said please and thank you to everybody without fail. I hate being disrespected and I promptly take my business elsewhere if the service is not what it should be.
Ken Millar (Tpa_ken)
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Post Number: 284
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Monday, July 16, 2007 - 8:38 am:   

Don't keep us in suspense, Richard! What kind of retail business was it?
Frances Cammisa (Yankeegal)
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Post Number: 209
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Monday, July 16, 2007 - 8:46 am:   

I really did think you had been right there with the beta-testers--I hope you enjoy the new games when they are implemented.

I have a friend who has three old computers still hooked up with DOS--she claims they are better than the new systems. I can't see that myself--we have XP and haven't ventured into Vista as yet. But we want to buy a laptop and I know Vista will be in there.

Today it's all about "rights" and people just say what they want, to whom they want, in any way they want, and that's that. It isn't my way--I guess I'm a square peg in a round hole--I like old-fashioned courtesy.

Have a good day--I have to sign off for now--I'll TTUL--
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
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Post Number: 956
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Monday, July 16, 2007 - 9:36 am:   

Hi Maria, Would not being a Beta-Tester make me an Alpha male? I hear that Microsoft have already got Vista's replacement up and running. The number of these programmes they're selling, they should be about a tenner each. No wonder he's rolling in it.
This "rights" nonsense has gone too far. Getting your rights generally means infringing on someone else's rights. At the end of the day it's the poorest members of society who pick up the tab.

To the Right Honourable Gentleman, Kenneth Millar, esquire.
Sir,I have the honour and the priviledge to inform you that one was engaged for three decades in what the populace tend to call The Pet Trade.
One had one of the largest tropical fish businesses in the UK, and also on a smaller scale, the most ethical Pet Shop anywhere.
Your humble servant,
Richard Mechen.
Ken Millar (Tpa_ken)
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Post Number: 286
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Monday, July 16, 2007 - 9:41 am:   

Richard, I always thought there was something "fishy" about you! (Sorry I had to say it!)
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
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Post Number: 959
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Monday, July 16, 2007 - 10:01 am:   

Good Cod, it that your Sole contribution. Didn't expect you to Flounder so lamely. I'm a Dab hand at this Witch is bad news for you. I Hake to say it but it won't be long before you cry "I've Haddock 'nuff". The Whiting is on the wall for you now mate.
Ken Millar (Tpa_ken)
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Post Number: 289
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Monday, July 16, 2007 - 11:21 am:   

Richard, #506 was easy (under 10 minutes), but still can't get that Josephine #, so I guess it's a Mexican stand-off. BTW, I noticed that your most recent post was your 960th. Considering that your 500th post was a very creative limerick, I can't wait to see your 1000th post!
Frances Cammisa (Yankeegal)
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Post Number: 210
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 9:24 am:   

Hi Richard--I will e-mail you with my ideas about this "rights" business--it's better than posting them on a public forum--LOL!

Now, that is a good question: Beta Testing making one an alpha male--I wonder if we should pursue that notion----

Did I read correctly--you were involved in a pet store? Interesting--I love animals---

TTUS! have a wonderful day---
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
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Post Number: 974
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 2:38 pm:   

Hi Maria, Just one thing. I have a bad habit of not checking my emails at times. Like everything else about me, you'll get used to it.
Frances Cammisa (Yankeegal)
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Post Number: 211
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 3:24 pm:   

no problem, Richard--the server here has a bad habit of crashing every so often and I lose messages---
Mike Butler (Butler77)
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Post Number: 194
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2007 - 1:40 am:   

Rats, I messed up and got out of order. Played #404 and skipped to #1858330495. It is a pretty good one. Now on to #405. Richard can try it when he gets back. Oh go ahead. It took me a little over an hour so it will only take you 15 mins.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
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Post Number: 999
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2007 - 3:17 am:   

Hi Mike, It took 7 minutes to get a column and a total of 14 minutes to win it. You gave us a big clue by saying how difficult it was, so I took particular care not to cover things, plus I immediately backpeddled when I uncovered a card that could have been played elsewhere. Saved me a lot of time. The three consecutive threes of hearts in one column is extremely rare. Don't recall seeing this before anyway. Post number 999!
You know what this means!
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
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Post Number: 1000
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2007 - 3:21 am:   

A thousand post milestone according to Ken,
Can't be ignored: got me typing again.
But what can I say that I've not said before?
What wisdom impart without being a bore?
Should just being nice be my new resolution?
Stop winding you up when I post a solution?
No more, innuendo, no more, caustic wit?
But yo've guessed it by now, I'm unlikely to quit.
To a chorus of infinite silent applause,
I'll make like a cat and just sharpen my claws.
With a glint in my eye, let my mischief run riot,
It's fabulous fun.You really should try it.
K is a thousand and M is one too.
It's K.M. you should blame if I'm rattling you.
A thousand behind me, great fun have I've had,
The next 1000, I warn you, will be just as bad.

Shakespeare? Never heard of him! Wouldn't talk to him if I had.
Ken Millar (Tpa_ken)
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Post Number: 308
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2007 - 9:24 am:   

Richard, you don't disappoint!!!!!!!
Mike Butler (Butler77)
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Post Number: 195
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2007 - 6:19 pm:   

We need a break after that one. Have a good holiday Richard. Got to find a harder TI I do.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
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Post Number: 197
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2007 - 12:58 pm:   

Hope everyone is having a good summer. When you have a chance take a look at #424. It looks unwinnable to me but I have been wrong before. Also Ken M. Got a picture for you.We really should get some bikes. I need to work on getting it smaller.
Patricia Traynier (Trisha)
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Post Number: 22
Registered: 3-2007
Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2007 - 2:50 pm:   

Hi Mike,
I agree with you that #424 seems to be unwinnable.Maybe Richard will prove us both wrong when he gets back from his holiday.
Trisha
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
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Post Number: 1007
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Wednesday, August 01, 2007 - 10:47 am:   

Hi Guys, We just got back about two hours ago. Totally cream crackered as they may or may not say in London. We've been to about 30 places of interest. Gardens, castles, waterfalls, palaces, an abbey, a priory and even an active church. I had to nip in and thank the boss for arranging fabulous weather for us yet again. The photos from there should be very worthwhile. Also, just for Mike Butler we infiltrated Gleneagles and took loads of pics. We whizzed round Craigmillar castle which probably belonged to Ken's great grand father. More on that later. We were also on two islands without leaving the Scottish mainland.
Plenty of tales to tell and probably 2000 pics!

I've tried 424 without success. Will try again when I've caught up on my sleep.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
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Post Number: 204
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Tuesday, August 07, 2007 - 12:21 am:   

Hi all. After you have tried #424 which may be unwinnable try #457. I think it is a real challange. Richard, after you have downloaded all 1 million of your holiday pics you may have a chance to try these.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
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Post Number: 1010
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Tuesday, August 07, 2007 - 3:37 am:   

Hi Mike, I did try 424 again and agree it's unwinnable. I've not spent a huge amount of time on 457 yet but it's giving me lots of problems. I've failed to get a column cleared so far. Getting all the holiday pics sorted out is a mammoth task and it's taking up most of my time. I've loads more to get sorted before I can get my life back.
Liz is already talking about going to Castle of Mey (way up north) and some of the other ones in between, notably Fort George. It's got almost a mile of walls! I have to get the backlog cleared before I've got more to contend with. I sometimes wish that I'd not suggested she use the other digital.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 1011
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Tuesday, August 07, 2007 - 4:08 am:   

I got 457 to conceded eventually. Three consecutive 6D in column two, wow! Where do you dig them up? An excellent game and an achievement to win it. Well done Mike.
Have you tried Larry's Eighty Thieves number yet?
I've been close on the 3 times I've tried it, but have yet to solve it. Excellent game Larry.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 206
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Tuesday, August 07, 2007 - 1:05 pm:   

At least I finally stumbled upon one that gave you a bit of a go. I find that with my digital camera I do take a lot more pics. Mostly because you don't have the processing fee for the film and you pretty much know when you have a good shot. Check my message on the Eighty Thieves thread. I just never got it.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 1014
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Wednesday, August 08, 2007 - 2:14 pm:   

Try this one 1267477760. It's winnable but it did give me a bit of bother.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 209
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Wednesday, August 08, 2007 - 5:01 pm:   

Here's one I can't figure out. #462. Loads of great new pics Richard.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 210
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Wednesday, August 08, 2007 - 6:28 pm:   

Solved TI#1267477760. It was a tough one.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 211
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Thursday, August 09, 2007 - 1:19 am:   

Got #462. It was a tough one for me.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 1015
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Thursday, August 09, 2007 - 3:22 am:   

Hi Mike, Both of those games were pretty difficult. It took me a long time to get a column clear in 462 but after that it was pretty straightforward.
I'm glad you're enjoying my photos.They're burning up most of my time just now, but it's worth the effort eventually. Still got loads left to sort.
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Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 1016
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Friday, August 10, 2007 - 5:43 am:   

Try 96628153. Perhaps I was tired but this one seemed to mess with me for ever.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 212
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Friday, August 10, 2007 - 1:48 pm:   

Got it. It was a good one. I thought I was going to get trapped a couple of times. Had to redo a couple of times and go back to my save point twice. But I got it.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 213
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 1:15 am:   

Give #478 a try. I got it but it took me awhile.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 1017
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 4:09 am:   

Another game where the undo button got a used repeatedly. I'd put it squarely into the very difficult category Mike, certainly the way I played it. Anyway that's the skiving finished for a while. Back to those infernal photos again.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 214
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 11:12 am:   

You will be able to do a book on Scotlands Castles and Gardens when you are done.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 1019
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 5:17 pm:   

I'd rather do one on Scottish public houses.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 216
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2007 - 1:16 pm:   

Hi all. Try #503. I am getting nowhere with it.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 1021
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2007 - 2:56 pm:   

Hi Mike, I've got 503 recorded as a win in my stats for 14th July. I didn't bother saving it so I must have won it quite readily. It's giving me a bit of bother this time round, sso I'll have to get back to you.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 1022
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2007 - 3:58 pm:   

Hi Mike, I must have had an angel sitting on my shoulder the first time round because it put up a fight this time.
Should be winnable from here.
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Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 217
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2007 - 8:50 pm:   

Well done Richard. I never thought about not messing with those 4&5 of clubs. I got so fixed on trying to work them out I just missed other plays. Working my way up to #506 which you posted some time back.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 219
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Saturday, August 18, 2007 - 12:44 pm:   

Give #520 a try. I don't know why it took me so long to figure it out.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 1026
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Saturday, August 18, 2007 - 2:23 pm:   

Good game Mike. 32 minutes good. Getting the column was a pain but it dies a death after then.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 220
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Saturday, August 18, 2007 - 9:20 pm:   

Ok, here's another one. #523. Looks like you are getting some extra time now that you have got all your pictures posted.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 1027
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2007 - 3:14 am:   

Yes Mike, that's a vicious little number! It took me 42 minutes to reach the conclusion that every alternative move was a dead end. I then figured out that a particular lady might be the problem, I went back to the start and got my column PDQ.

Re my photos, yes Tantallon was the last album and I posted it yesterday. Still a few minor things to tidy up in some of them though, but that's no big deal. My other little project doesn't operate at weekends, so I've got time on my hands once more. Ken Millar is sorely missed in here, but let's not tell him that. When he makes his first post I think I'll say that I didn't realise he'd been away. Serves him right for deserting us.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 1029
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2007 - 7:26 am:   

Here is another game that I found quite testing. Let me know how you get on with #553.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 221
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2007 - 12:14 pm:   

I'll be to #553 soon. Glad your getting the hang of TI. Soon you will have it down really well. :-)
I won't tell Ken. But he may find out anyway.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 223
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2007 - 1:04 pm:   

I was on guard when I played #553. Got it without to much trouble. Thought I was stuck a couple of times but everything worked out.
Ken Millar (Tpa_ken)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Tpa_ken

Post Number: 313
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Thursday, August 23, 2007 - 5:25 pm:   

Glad you guys miss me! I'm looking at your kibitzing on the public library's computer, so no opportunity to play the games you're talking about. My parents are doing OK. My dad is glad to have me here to do things with. He LOVES playing Scrabble, so that has been occupying my time. Richard, Mike, or Ken, how are you as Scrabble players?
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 224
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Thursday, August 23, 2007 - 5:44 pm:   

Hi Ken. Good to hear from you. I am as good at Scrabble as I am at Elba or Eighty Thieves. I am average. I do know that AA is word used in scrabble as well as QAT if that helps. Don't know much about Scottish scrabble players. They talk funny you know. They do seem to spell ok though.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 1033
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Friday, August 24, 2007 - 2:07 am:   

Hi Ken, "I didn't even know you were away!" was going to be my put-down, but I suspect that your lack of input in the forum may have been missed..... surely!
I find Scrabble quite a frustrating game as it starts to develop. There simply isn't enough time to work out all the different possibilities and evaluate them, therefore you should set a time limit for making a move. If you're playing against someone who plays a lot you are likely to come across words that they've researched. What kind of a saddo reads dictionaries? It's supposed to be a game. Also many of the words that Scots use in everyday speech are not allowed.I prefer to put the rabble into Scrabble and play Dirty Scrabble instead. The only words that are allowed are rude ones, slang, swearwords, and words of a sexual connotation. That can be lot of laughs. You could get an education watching young kids playing this!
It may help to persuade your father to buy a PC if you tell him that he can install Scrabble software and play against the computer at various levels of expertise. If that doesn't work, just box his ears.

Officially "all words labelled as a part of speech (including those listed of foreign origin, and as archaic, obsolete, colloquial, slang, etc.) are permitted with the exception of the following: words always capitalized, abbreviations, prefixes and suffixes standing alone, words requiring a hyphen or an apostrophe".
These must also appear in an officially recognised Scrabble Dictionary
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 225
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Friday, August 24, 2007 - 11:05 am:   

That reminds me. I need a new Scrabble Players Dictionary. Mine's out of date.
Ken Millar (Tpa_ken)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Tpa_ken

Post Number: 314
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Friday, August 24, 2007 - 12:29 pm:   

We've enrolled in a Scrabble tournament in Chicago next weekend. I'll let you know how we get on.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 228
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2007 - 8:11 pm:   

Try #573. It took me a while to figure out. Good luck Ken. Keep in mind "megilp" I use it everyday.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 1038
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Monday, August 27, 2007 - 2:46 am:   

Thanks Mike, my brain copes better with TI's fewer cards and columns. I solved it quite quickly as I took care to leave room for visible cards. Once you've run through the stock a couple of times you have a fair idea of what is going to be moveable later.
Good luck with the Scrabble competition Ken. I suppose Mike's megilp has made it inevitable that I make this contribution.
blintz ,chintz ,ersatz ,kibitz ,pizazz ,quartz. Also Mike's word can also be spelled magilp.
Initially I thought it was a typo reference to me .... megalip. Fairly accurate too.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 229
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Monday, August 27, 2007 - 1:08 pm:   

It's odd how some deals just don't fall into place for some people and other folks speed right through. We have had that discussion before before , I think. I forgot about ersatz in the Z words. BTW have you seen the sedum around the corner.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 1040
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Monday, August 27, 2007 - 5:40 pm:   

Hi Mike, I'm familiar with sedums but the question still baffles me. Dunno if Joe will know either.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 230
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Monday, August 27, 2007 - 11:38 pm:   

It's called using the Scrabble word in a sentence. Joe didn't know, but I did.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 1041
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2007 - 2:51 am:   

Hi Mike,
Anyone with a garden would be familiar with Sedums and Saxifrages. They are the mainstays of Alpine Gardens and rockeries in particular. We have several. Still on gardening, it would have amused me somewhat if your president had married a woman called Rose.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 231
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2007 - 12:43 pm:   

That would have been a prickly situation. Oops. Will that make it through?
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 1042
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2007 - 3:46 pm:   

Yes, apparently it did. There are plenty of similar ones that definitely would not. What if he'd married a famous dancing partner?
Try TI 600 and 601 and let me know your opinions.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 232
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2007 - 7:19 pm:   

Ok, and you can try #578. It has me stumped. George and Fred Bush. Sounds odd.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 233
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2007 - 12:48 am:   

600 and 601 were difficult but not that hard. What do you think medium-hard.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 1044
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2007 - 2:44 am:   

Game 578 is unwinnable. There is little scope for manouvre. Only the hearts and clubs are viable once you've seen all the cards in the stock. If you move the 10H in column six it comes to a dead end. You can mess around and use the 10H from the last column in stead, but you need high diamonds to proceed with this, which forces you to move the 4C off the king in column 2. This works out quite well until you hit another 4C in the last column. You've now exhausted all the possibilities. Game over.
600 and 601 needed a bit thought, sso your appraisal is pretty accurate.
George and Fred eh? A sort of presidential running mate perhaps? The thought would certainly make me run. Metaphorically and pyhsically.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 234
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2007 - 4:07 pm:   

I thought 578 might not be winnable. I'll add it to the list. Moving on to 579.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 235
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2007 - 12:06 am:   

Had a good battle with #580. See what you think.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 1045
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2007 - 5:15 am:   

I'd rate 580 as one of the toughest games I've played in a long time. I've not been able to play it without getting interrupted, but it must have taken me over an hour, perhaps as much as 80 or 90 minutes. It took me ages to clear a column, but I'd cleared the wrong one and had to start undoing to try and get into another. It's strange how all the "death cards" managed to stay hidden until late in the game.
Top marks for solving that one Mike. It's a pity Ken MillEr's not around to have a go too. Maybe spelling his name wrong will provoke a response, and encourage him to get his mule home. Let's see.
Ken Blackwell (Blackie9)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Blackie9

Post Number: 237
Registered: 8-2003
Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2007 - 10:43 am:   

ummmmm...because the chain was dangleing in my eyes. I of course had to yank it. 580 was a one run 10 minute game. haha as you say it just works out that way sometimes....
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 236
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2007 - 11:53 am:   

Well done Ken. You must have seen the trap right in the beginning. I sure didn't.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 237
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Saturday, September 01, 2007 - 1:57 am:   

I think I have a real good one this time. #589. It took me about an hour or so. That means it should be around 40mins for you all. Any less than that don't tell me. Just pat yourself on your back. Well done.
Ken Blackwell (Blackie9)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Blackie9

Post Number: 238
Registered: 8-2003
Posted on Saturday, September 01, 2007 - 12:04 pm:   

Well you had to put me back up on the shelf.....behind the peanut butter I think. Thats what I get for getting the last one so easily. That one took me forever, much longer than an hour.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 1046
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Saturday, September 01, 2007 - 3:24 pm:   

Three minutes, 20 seconds.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 238
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Saturday, September 01, 2007 - 4:15 pm:   

Ok here's another one. #590. I hope you gave yourself a big pat on the back for that one Richard. ;)
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 1047
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Sunday, September 02, 2007 - 5:53 am:   

It was certainly worth a pat no matter how long it took. The modest exageration re the time is worth a pat too. Of the bovine variety? I've never sat on a shelf Ken. I've sat on a bar, does that count? I'm not famous for sitting on the fence either.
Did you solve this one Mike? Or you Ken? If you did, I solved it in half the time. If you didn't, I took less time to do that too. It's a toughie.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 1048
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Sunday, September 02, 2007 - 2:53 pm:   

My # 590 money is on unwinnable.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 239
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Sunday, September 02, 2007 - 10:55 pm:   

Two in one week. It's added to the list.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 1049
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Monday, September 03, 2007 - 3:07 am:   

Phew! It's always a relief when I get a confirmation. What did you make of it Ken?
Ken Millar (Tpa_ken)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Tpa_ken

Post Number: 315
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Tuesday, September 04, 2007 - 3:03 pm:   

Howdy, guys! The Scrabble tournament was a bust. You would think that in the 3rd largest city in America that there would have been a HUGE turnout. In the open division (for the general public) there was me, my dad, and 6 others. My first match was against a 10 yr old girl (that even Richerd could have beaten!) If I wanted to play 10 yr olds, I would have stayed home and played my niece!
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 241
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Tuesday, September 04, 2007 - 3:32 pm:   

Hi Ken. Sorry about the tourney. Perhaps the one in the 2nd largest city would have been better. Or perhaps, just a thought. It was a JUNIOR tournament. Sorry I couldn't resist. Don't give up. Next time you may get to play against a 15yr old. I crack myself up. Seriously. They has got to be some other ones out there. I have played in bridge tournaments but never a Scrabble one. So I have no idea what to look for. Good luck.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 1057
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Tuesday, September 04, 2007 - 3:53 pm:   

Hi Ken, Welcome back. I'm sorely in need of someone to wind up, and I suppose you'll have to do. It's not entirely clear from your post, but did you do OK at the Scrabble? How much of a score do you get for "cat" or "dog". Puberty would have been an interesting one, although the other players wouldn't be familiar with it, and challenge you. Wasn't it great that the rest of the entrants turned up with their parents too? Did you buy them all sweets? I could go on and one. No change there then.
Some advice mate, next time something like that happens, don't let on about it, particularly to me.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 249
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2007 - 12:52 pm:   

#629 is giving me problems. That's short and to the point.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 250
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2007 - 1:42 pm:   

I got it. I think it is a pretty good one.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 1079
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Friday, September 14, 2007 - 2:44 am:   

You're wrong about 629 Mike. It was good, but it certainly wasn't pretty! It gave me a lot of problems. Without spoiling it too much for anyone else I found the 2D to be the key.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 251
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Sunday, September 16, 2007 - 1:29 pm:   

#636 looks unsolvable to me so far. Got one other path I will try.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 1080
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Monday, September 17, 2007 - 3:01 am:   

Think you may be wrong about 636. I've got a column clear at last, and am confident that the rest will follow soon.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 1081
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Monday, September 17, 2007 - 3:19 am:   

Yes it's winnable. Plain sailing after you get a column free. Concentrate on getting column 5 clear. When you have the 5C visible in that column, the hidden cards are 6C and 9H.
I'm beginning to think that Ken Blackwell must be on holiday, (either that or he's working on a really nasty one for us).
Isn't about time Ken Millar was getting back too? It's a bad state of affairs when we just have one another to poke sticks at.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 1082
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Monday, September 17, 2007 - 6:14 am:   

An additional clue for you. Only one 2C should be played onto the foundations from the stock.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 252
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Monday, September 17, 2007 - 4:24 pm:   

The other path I tried did indeed work. But as usual I don't remeber what it was. It sounds like I ended up doing what you suggested. Put the Kens pictures on a milk carton. (ok not funny)
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 1083
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Monday, September 17, 2007 - 4:58 pm:   

They may prefer if we put them on more serious drinks. Millar's is already up and running, but Black Label whisky and Dry Blackthorn Cider are all I can think of for his namesake. Cheers!
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 253
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 12:25 am:   

Do we really care what their wishes are. Ok, I guess we should. Give #637 a try. I have run of ideas for this one. I got a column cleared. But it hasn't done my any good.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 254
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 1:08 am:   

I got it. Give it a go anyway.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 1084
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 5:14 pm:   

Another good game Mike. Far from easy.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 1091
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Wednesday, October 03, 2007 - 2:08 pm:   

Just a quick note to say that I'm back from my travels. Returned to find that my mother is in hospital. May be a bit longer before I start bugging you all again. Everything on ho-ld meantime. Still using my old PC.
(Mispell=Irritating banned word).
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 257
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Wednesday, October 03, 2007 - 11:49 pm:   

Hi Richard. Glad you are back. Sorry to hear about your Mother. Hope all turns out ok. Talk to you when you have time.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 258
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Monday, October 08, 2007 - 6:07 pm:   

Give #688 a try. It has me stumped.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 1097
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Tuesday, October 09, 2007 - 1:08 pm:   

Hi Mike,
My first impression was that this game is unwinnable. That was my second impression too. Ha!
I'll give it some more thought but I'm not hopeful. Too many dead columns from the start.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 259
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Tuesday, October 09, 2007 - 4:24 pm:   

That was my thought. I get stuck with both the spades and clubs. Will move on.

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