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April 20th, 2008
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I'm thinking of a word, something having to do with a farm...

Check out this puzzle at http://shygypsy.com/farm/p.cgi - you start with a phrase ("On the Farm"), and then you try to come up with words to fill in the blanks. (What's something that's three letters and is on a farm? MOO? Nope. Close, though. Sorry, spoiler.)

As you go on, you unlock more and more words, and more and more pages. Some of the stuff seems like it's OK to use Google on, some that just seems like cheating. Use your judgment. I'm around 60% of the way through, I figure - I've finished one full page, and I'm one or two words away from several other pages, but as you can see (above), I've got several pages I haven't unlocked yet.

The puzzle's set up to encourage collaboration, but only by merging players' progress - if I've done the rightmost 80% of the game, and you've done the leftmost 80%, we could merge our progress and be (pretty much) done. If we wanted to just see what we've solved in common, there doesn't seem to be a tool to do that (though I suspect I might be able to make one, I'm that clever).

I'd be happy to give or receive gentle hints along the way. Let me know.

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From:moonlightnrain
Date:April 21st, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
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I have unlocked 21 of the 25 maps now. :) I got next-to-nothing done this weekend.
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From:tsmaster
Date:April 21st, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
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Heh, I'm happy and sorry that I derailed your weekend. :)
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From:moonlightnrain
Date:April 21st, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
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I, of course, made sure to pass the disease on to others....
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From:moonlightnrain
Date:April 21st, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC)
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Actually, I meant 22 of 25. I forgot I unlocked the 3rd of the 4 corners before bed last night. Er, um, actually IN BED last night. *sigh* Did I already mention how much time I spent on this?
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From:moonlightnrain
Date:April 21st, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I wish there were a way to only work on parts together where you're both stumped or something like that....

I've offered a "trade" to ebonlock because there's a word that, last I'd heard, she didn't know that I finally figured out. And there are two other words on that map which I haven't gotten which she may have. I think a trading system would be cool too, but for that to work, the clues would need to be numbered.
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From:tsmaster
Date:April 21st, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
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I've looked a little tiny bit at the "savegame" URLs, and I suspect that the encoding of gamestate into the URL is easy enough to reverse engineer so that players A and B could be shown their overlap, or the places where A could help B or vice versa.

I'm 100% done with the bottom row, 4th over, map.
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From:moonlightnrain
Date:April 21st, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
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I have every word on that page save the one bottom left that links to the bottom row 3rd map, and it's driving me mad! :) I can see the three things that word links to, and my mind boggles at what could connect those three things. Sometimes I think too many clues to one word is a bad thing.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 21st, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
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Well, it's one of those references that either you know or you don't - it so happens that a bunch of my friends were really into that particular show, and the missing word had turned into a catchphrase for us for a while.

That doesn't help at all, I'm sure.
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From:tsmaster
Date:April 21st, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
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Remember to log in when replying, dude.
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From:moonlightnrain
Date:April 21st, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
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huh. no, not really. I'm not a huge fan of that show (I'm not against it, either, it's just never really taken hold of me).
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From:avon4miles
Date:April 23rd, 2008 01:26 am (UTC)
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So completely addictive....I should really be studying geology instead.
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From:tsmaster
Date:April 23rd, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
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You just triggered something like 8 words for me. Thanks!
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