Thursday 17 February 2022

Brain scrambling!

 The very lovely Poppy Patchwork blogged about it the other day -

and I confess to being the same. Not that there is anything wrong, which is what the word confess implies! 

I love word games - being brought up in the 70s and spending a lot of time with my Mum and Nanna.( Dad was with us but usually working or fishing! )  I would watch them as a child wondering who would win. They would play scrabble till the death time came for us or them to go home. Once I was finally allowed to play - they went for the juggler  hahahaha I do mean the jugular but that image made me laugh, as if we had our very own court jester at home! - fresh meat! Actually what happened was they'd help me find the best words on my little church pew letter holder, until I was robust enough to fly solo - too much dithering however, had them leaning over with a 'let's see what you have'. Hangman played on paper at first then oh how I loved my MB Games version of it. 

The 1970's = perfectly fine to sell a game meant for children with a creepy man and a hangman's noose on it!! 

My Mum and Nanna did crosswords - a monthly Puzzler magazine where I was allowed to do the word search, the spot the difference and the silhouette colouring in. My Nanna had the biggest red dictionary. It lived in the sideboard and was only brought out in the absolute last chance of not getting a word. It had bible thin paper and was very well used. When countdown arrived on TV they'd get their notebooks out and play along! My beloved Nanna would have LOVED Lingo that's on ITV right now. 

So when word ladders as I called them back in the day arrived on my phone in the form of 

Wordle - of course I played it! My Mum doesn't have the internet but I might let her have a go when I call in to see her in the morning before Dudley is due! I am proud to say I have 100% success rate

I also do worgle - same as wordle but with 6 letters

quordle - a form of hell where you can not escape ( 100%  so far hahahahah ) this was yesterday's puzzle -  I managed it with 0 chances left! It comes up with little phrases! Skin of teeth was yesterday's! Do you know what I learned last year that has revolutionised my life? Well it's a little exaggeration but the snipping tool - so if I am on my laptop and I have not transferred my photos for the blog onto my phone but I have posted them elsewhere online - I can go find them and use the snipping tool! It's like Print screen but better! I never even knew it existed. But now I do , hence my quordle pic! 

and Nerdle - same hellish feeling but with numbers - I do it for the challenge but it is a chore rather than pleasure! 

Girdle - something else my beloved Nanna used to try and foist upon me - her 18 hour one was her prized possession - she was teeny weeny and 7 stone wet through - why she needed an 18 hour girdle is beyond me! We call them magic knickers now! ( Just checking you are still reading )

There's once called absurdle which I thought was about Geography but I think I was wrong - its a word game but very annoying as the rules state 

"This is an adversarial version of Josh Wardle's excellent Wordle.

"Adversarial" means that Absurdle is actively trying to avoid giving you the answer. With each guess, Absurdle reveals as little information as possible, changing the secret word if need be. (Well, sort of: here is a detailed explanation.)

Other than that, the rules are the same as Wordle's, except you have unlimited guesses. You'll need them! The best possible score in Absurdle is 4 guesses."


So I had a couple of goes - SNIP with my guesses typed in

Absurdle 7/∞

⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ ASTER

⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ LIVID

⬜⬜🟨⬜⬜ COUGH

⬜🟩⬜⬜🟩 FUNNY

⬜🟩⬜⬜🟩 BUZZY

⬜🟩⬜🟩🟩 JUMPY

🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 PUPPY

Worldle - one about maps and geography - no thanks! I dropped Geography as soon as it was possible! 

 one called sweardle where the rules made me laugh my head off! 

Anyway, my sister and I do these 4 every morning and I have been sharing them on facebook etc but I think I might stop that as it is annoying of me hahaha 

I really do not need any more forms of procrastination at all. I meant to share a photo yesterday of my cooked smokey gammon stew but forgot so here it is! Looks very much like the uncooked one, just a bit darker. 

Warning - if you do make it ( and thanks to all the comments on my last post ) make sure you’ve plenty of freezer room and containers because it really does make LOADS! 
I like it on its own, in a jacket, with rice or pasta, with veg, with salad, in pastry - the list is endlessish! 

Hopefully you will allescape unscathed by the incoming storm. I plan on doing very little today betond an online shop, some knitting in front of the TV and something in my craft room - don't know yet - I may make a teeny outfit for a polar bear! And if I get bored - I've a jigsaw and some books to occupy myself with! ( * I never ever get bored - this is because I was allowed to have unstructured, unoccupied by my parents time where I had to just 'be'. Children these days are so highly entertained and stimulated from the minute they wake up til they go to bed they cannot just 'be'. It explains a lot of unwanted behaviour in my line of work! Oops hadn't meant to get my soap box out! 

lots of love from 

Rachel *needs a cup of tea now* Radiostar xxx


  1. I've been doing Wordle and Nerdle, I enjoy both word and number games, but that's enough for me. I sometimes play Scrabble online because although we're a family who enjoy board games, the rest of the family don't like Scrabble. Actually, that's not strictly true, Daniel enjoys scrabble but I've seen him very little over the last few years but now he's living nearby again I might get a game with him. Oh, someone else who uses those slow cooker liners, they're a lifesaver when it comes to washing up, aren't they.

  2. I do Wordle, Worgle (amazing how much harder one extra letter makes it!) and Sweardle....which I usually manage to get in 2 guesses, sometimes 3. I'm clearly far too familiar with swear words ROFLMAO.

  3. Thanks for the link, it seams we are all using our grey cells, I loved mastermind as a child, using coloured pegs, which are hidden, and you have to guess the colours in the correct order.

  4. My dad used have a puzzle book called Code Breaks. It was always on the dinning table so that anytime he sat down for a brew or after meals he would have a go. Dad always knew when I'd been round visiting my mum as my workings out were all around the edge of the page. My daughter now enjoys the same puzzle books but only when she comes round and sits at our dinning table.

  5. I am quite addicted to sudoku and battleships with a bit of patience (the game, not the quality) thrown in.

  6. I never get bored either, there's never enough hours in the day. I'm not a great one for board games but do love a proper game of mahjong, at the moment I'm playing Ball Sort on my phone and I've just started learning Italian, that's enough to scramble anyone's brain haha. Have a great weekend, where did this week go? xx


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