Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Surprisingly tricky wordplay

So, the category was "words in Asian countries", where an English word is spelled out inside the name of a country. The first two were quite easy - PAN in Japan, PAL in Nepal - but once the letter sequence wasn't pronounced the same way, the category became surprisingly difficult. I got HAIL in Thailand, but GLADE in Bangladesh wouldn't come in time - and I'm pretty sure HUT in Bhutan wouldn't have, either, even if I could have remembered that Thimpu is in that country, which I didn't (I was thinking Tibet...).

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At 12:27 PM, December 13, 2013 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Speaking of knowledge-based quiz shows, did you see this item in Mac McGarry's obit in this AM's "Post"? Unlike a certain other host, Mac apparently had the humility to know what he didn't know.

"Mr. McGarry prepared vigorously for the show by researching pronunciations. He once spent an hour on the phone with the Russian Embassy until he could say a Russian word properly."


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