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Why is Y pronounced ‘Why’?

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Awesome Crossword Clue (not mine)

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Trivial yet extraordinary subject of theory (10) 

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Climbing Plants

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In my garden I’ve got quite a few climbing plants.

Cultivated: Roses, Runner Beans, Sweet Potato, Nicotiana

Wild: Bindweed, Ivy, White Bryony, Blackberry

I’ve always marvelled at climbers and there’s a famous Flanders and Swann song containing the lines

The fragrant honeysuckle spirals clockwise to the sun, 
And many other creepers do the same. 
But some climb anti-clockwise, the bindweed does, for one, 
Or Convolvulus, to give her proper name.

So today I was thinking about climbers and a bit of research came up with this wonderful summary. See what you think.

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2002/apr/13/shopping.gardens2


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Pastry Joke

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How do you persuade a profiterole to go away? Say choux.

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The Thief Of Time

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Most people are just ordinary crastinators but I’m a pro.

Mind you, it’s taken 10,000 hours of putting things off to get where I am.

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Word Of The Day

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lachsschinken: A kind of cured, salted, smoked ham originally from Bavaria. The name derives from the German lachs  + schinken = ‘salmon ham’, from the bright pink colour of the meat. I found the word from today’s Word watch in The Times and what impressed me was the consonant cluster ‘chssch’ in the middle.

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Eeyore Paradox

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Edited by Richard Walker, Tuesday, 2 Aug 2022, 23:43

If I say the best thing to do about Eeyore is ignore him, then I haven’t ignored him, have I?

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Dad Joke

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Edited by Richard Walker, Tuesday, 2 Aug 2022, 21:04

I went into a marquee and hung about a bit. A bloke came up and asked me what I was doing. I said loitering within tent.

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Young Swans at Play

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Edited by Richard Walker, Saturday, 30 Jul 2022, 23:33

My friend Michèle videoed these cygnets playing. I didn't know they did this but as you see they are very lively and quite chaming. This is a YouTube video and if you click on it you can make it full screen in the usual way.


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Knock-knock

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Knock-knock!

Who’s there?

Ash.

Ash who?

Bless you!

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Playground Joke

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What do you call mouse with a poisonous bite?

Venom mouse.

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Vintage aircraft in their hangar last night

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Edited by Richard Walker, Monday, 25 Jul 2022, 23:48

A photo shared by a friend.

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Sweet Potato

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This beautiful flower is a sweet potato. I did not realise that the plant is a vine, related to bindweed and morning glories. Like morning glories each flower lasts only a day.


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Perennial

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When I talk with fellow gardeners the word 'perennial' comes up over and over again.

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Colour joke

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Why is vermi a lot of money?

Cos it’s half vermillion.

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An Elegant Bird

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This elegant little bird, that visited our garden today, is a young moorhen. It was unafraid of us and came really close to take food we put down. We're hoping it will return tomorrow.



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Topsy-Turvy

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Following my earlier post about CHECKBOOK, I wrote a Python program to find dictionary words with the property they have symmetry about a horizontal mirror line; if you invert them, they remains the same. I used the UK Advanced Cryptics Dictionary, by Ross Beresford (240732 words) as my word source.

Here is the full list of then 352 results. As you might expect some of the words are a wee bit obscure.

['B', 'BE', 'BECK', 'BECKED', 'BED', 'BEDDED', 'BEDE', 'BEDECK', 'BEDECKED', 'BEDIDE', 'BEE', 'BEEB', 'BEECH', 'BI', 'BIB', 'BIBBED', 'BIBCOCK', 'BICE', 'BICKIE', 'BID', 'BIDE', 'BIDED', 'BIKE', 'BIKED', 'BIKIE', 'BIO', 'BIOCIDE', 'BO', 'BOB', 'BOBBED', 'BOBBIE', 'BOCCE', 'BOCHE', 'BOCK', 'BOCKED', 'BOD', 'BODE', 'BODED', 'BODICE', 'BODIED', 'BOH', 'BOK', 'BOKE', 'BOKED', 'BOKO', 'BOO', 'BOOB', 'BOOBED', 'BOOBOO', 'BOOBOOK', 'BOODIE', 'BOODIED', 'BOOED', 'BOOH', 'BOOHED', 'BOOHOO', 'BOOHOOED', 'BOOK', 'BOOKED', 'BOOKIE', 'BOX', 'BOXED', 'C', 'CEDE', 'CEDED', 'CEDI', 'CEE', 'CH', 'CHE', 'CHECK', 'CHECKBOOK', 'CHECKED', 'CHEEK', 'CHEEKED', 'CHI', 'CHIC', 'CHICH', 'CHICHI', 'CHICK', 'CHICO', 'CHID', 'CHIDE', 'CHIDED', 'CHIK', 'CHOC', 'CHOCHO', 'CHOCK', 'CHOCKED', 'CHOCKO', 'CHOCO', 'CHOICE', 'CHOKE', 'CHOKED', 'CHOKO', 'CHOOK', 'CHOOKIE', 'CID', 'COB', 'COBB', 'COBBED', 'COCCI', 'COCCID', 'COCCO', 'COCCOID', 'COCK', 'COCKED', 'COCO', 'COD', 'CODDED', 'CODE', 'CODEBOOK', 'CODED', 'CODEX', 'COED', 'COHO', 'COHOE', 'COKE', 'COKED', 'COO', 'COOED', 'COOEE', 'COOEED', 'COOK', 'COOKED', 'COOKIE', 'COX', 'COXED', 'D', 'DEB', 'DEBBIE', 'DECCIE', 'DECIDE', 'DECIDED', 'DECK', 'DECKED', 'DECKO', 'DECKOED', 'DECO', 'DECODE', 'DECODED', 'DECOKE', 'DECOKED', 'DEE', 'DEED', 'DEEDED', 'DEEK', 'DEICIDE', 'DEID', 'DEKKO', 'DEKKOED', 'DEO', 'DHOBI', 'DI', 'DIB', 'DIBBED', 'DICE', 'DICED', 'DICH', 'DICK', 'DICKIE', 'DID', 'DIDICOI', 'DIDO', 'DIE', 'DIEB', 'DIED', 'DIKE', 'DIKED', 'DIODE', 'DIOXIDE', 'DIXI', 'DIXIE', 'DO', 'DOB', 'DOBBED', 'DOBBIE', 'DOBCHICK', 'DOC', 'DOCK', 'DOCKED', 'DOD', 'DODDED', 'DODO', 'DOE', 'DOEK', 'DOH', 'DOO', 'DOOB', 'DOOK', 'DOOKED', 'E', 'EBB', 'EBBED', 'ECCE', 'ECCO', 'ECHE', 'ECHO', 'ECHOED', 'ECHOIC', 'ECO', 'ECOCIDE', 'ECOD', 'ED', 'EDDIC', 'EDDIE', 'EDDIED', 'EDDO', 'EDH', 'EE', 'EEK', 'EH', 'EHED', 'EKE', 'EKED', 'EO', 'EX', 'EXCEED', 'EXCEEDED', 'EXCIDE', 'EXCIDED', 'EXE', 'EXODE', 'EXODIC', 'H', 'HE', 'HEBE', 'HECH', 'HECK', 'HEED', 'HEEDED', 'HEID', 'HEIDE', 'HEX', 'HEXED', 'HI', 'HIC', 'HICK', 'HICKOK', 'HID', 'HIDE', 'HIDED', 'HIE', 'HIED', 'HIKE', 'HIKED', 'HO', 'HOB', 'HOBO', 'HOBOED', 'HOC', 'HOCK', 'HOCKED', 'HOD', 'HOE', 'HOED', 'HOH', 'HOI', 'HOICK', 'HOICKED', 'HOIK', 'HOIKED', 'HOKE', 'HOKED', 'HOKI', 'HOO', 'HOOCH', 'HOOD', 'HOODED', 'HOODIE', 'HOODOO', 'HOODOOED', 'HOOK', 'HOOKE', 'HOOKED', 'HOX', 'I', 'IBEX', 'IBO', 'ICE', 'ICEBOX', 'ICED', 'ICH', 'ID', 'IDE', 'IDO', 'IKE', 'IO', 'IODIC', 'IODIDE', 'K', 'KEBBIE', 'KEBBOCK', 'KEBOB', 'KECK', 'KECKED', 'KED', 'KEECH', 'KEEK', 'KEEKED', 'KEX', 'KHOIKHOI', 'KIBE', 'KICK', 'KICKED', 'KID', 'KIDD', 'KIDDED', 'KIDDIE', 'KIDDIED', 'KIDDO', 'KIKE', 'KIKOI', 'KO', 'KOB', 'KOBE', 'KOI', 'KOODOO', 'KOOK', 'KOOKED', 'KOOKIE', 'O', 'OB', 'OBECHE', 'OBI', 'OBIED', 'OBO', 'OBOE', 'OCH', 'OCHE', 'OD', 'ODD', 'ODE', 'ODIC', 'OE', 'OH', 'OHIO', 'OHO', 'OI', 'OIK', 'OK', 'OKE', 'OKED', 'OO', 'OOH', 'OOHED', 'O', 'OX', 'OXHIDE', 'OXIDE', 'X', 'XEBEC', 'XI']




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Unique Word

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How is the word

CHECKBOOK

unique? Answer tomorrow.

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Foxgloves in our garden

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Here are the foxgloves we have planted in dappled shade alongside the new fence.



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Crossing the road joke

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Why did the plank cross the road? Because it was bored.

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Names For Whisky In The Old Westlm

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In the stereotypical Western a moody stranger comes into the saloon and says “Gimme a shot of Red Eye”. The barman, who wears a white apron, slides a glass along the bar, followed by the bottle.

Here are some other Old Western slang names (allegedly at any rate) for whisky.

Tarantula juice

Strychnine

Mountain howitzer

Coffin varnish

Chain lightening

Tanglefoot


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Home At Last

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Dad Joke

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Grandad was in a gardening contest, but he was really up against it. In the end he just had to throw in the trowel.

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Haiku

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Life’s an exercise book,

Messed up in the stationary cupboard.

No hope of tidiness.



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One Liner

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Yesterday I had an all day breakfast. It took ages.

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