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Saturday, 19 April 2008

Saturday Wordzzle # 9



The idea is, every week Raven (View From A Raven's Nest) gives you between 8 and 10 words/phrases and you have to create a small but coherent paragraph using every one of them and the same with the mini challenge. You can do either or both it's up to you, and you can post them on your blog or email them to Raven.


This Week's Ten Word Challenge is: cocker spaniel, penultimate, fetters, warranty, tarmac, quartz, paparazzi, apple sauce, earsplitting, lackadaisical


Jazzy, Tricia’s cocker spaniel, chewed through the fetters binding her to the post outside the supermarket and chased across the car park just as Tricia had reached the checkout. She had just nipped in for some apple sauce to go with the pork she was planning for dinner with the family, to celebrate John’s retirement and she was penultimate in the checkout queue. John had telephoned her earlier to say he’d been presented with a quartz carriage clock as a retirement present and that she could expect to see a bit in the local paper about it, as the paparazzi had been there this morning. Tricia was busy thinking about all the jobs she had to do this afternoon, including arranging for a local firm to come and give them a quote on tarmac for drive, John said she mustn’t forget to ask about a warranty too. It wasn’t until she heard the earsplitting scream and looked out of the window that she realized that Jazzy had run off and was causing chaos on the car park. Supermarket employees were chasing him round trying to catch hold of his lead. Tricia groaned inwardly, she mustn’t have tied him up well enough, John was always saying how lackadaisical she was and he was right, oh bugger!

And for the Mini Challenge: spinach, interwoven, compromise, tennis, intangible

Carrie awoke in a sweat - what a weird dream! It was intangible, she didn’t recognize anyone in it apart from that cartoon character that ate spinach, Popeye that was it. The dream was interwoven with cartoons and a game of tennis she’d played at the weekend when she’d had to compromise about a call that she didn’t agree with. She really must stop eating cheese at bedtime she chided herself.


Megawordzzle:

Tim lived in the penultimate house at the end of the quiet lane and as he drew level with his gate he noticed that there was a hole in the tarmac of his drive. “I must get on to them about that” he told himself “It must still be under warranty after only 6 months.” He quickly checked the time on his new quartz timepiece as he took Molly, his cocker spaniel out for her daily walk. Molly stopped suddenly, pulling on the fetters attached to her collar, Tim looked down to see her licking up what appeared to be apple sauce, but he couldn’t be sure, then he heard an earsplitting scream from a child walking with it’s mother a little further down the lane. It turned out that the child had dropped its ice-lolly, which Molly had just devoured. He was feeling rather lackadaisical at the moment, probably burnt out because of the hectic filming schedule he’d had recently, he was well known actor but enjoyed a modicum of peace as only close friends knew exactly where he lived. After a good hour’s walk Tim and Molly rounded the bend on their journey home and as they entered the lane Tim was shocked to see a large group of paparazzi outside his gate. Turning swiftly he made his way to the local pub, he’d stay there until closing and hopefully they would think he was in London and get fed up of waiting, anyway it was a good excuse to go for a pint. Unable to get home for lunch he picked up a menu off the bar, he knew the landlady grew her own vegetables and chuckled as he realized she must have a glut of spinach as all the savoury dishes on the menu were interwoven with the stuff! He ordered some lunch and found himself a seat in the corner opposite the television. The pub was quiet with just a few regulars watching tennis on the television, he’d never been a fan, in fact the scoring system was intangible to him. He would have preferred to have watched motor racing and wondered if the regulars would compromise and switch channels if he bought them a pint. He mentioned the motor racing on the other channel and was pleasantly surprised to hear that the other customers were amiable and willing to watch it, thanking them he bought them a pint and settled down to watch. By closing time he and Molly were ready to head back home and thankfully when they arrived the paparazzi had all disappeared.

36 comments:

Elween said...

the words are getting tougher and tougher each time and I find it so hard to understand!!!! shallow me...

Shrinky said...

Oh my, how creative you are! I've never stumbled across this game before, what fun (grin).

R.E.H. said...

Good work on the Wordzzle! I really enjoyed the first one, and the mini-challenge with the dream sequence was great!

Well played!

Richard said...

I love reading your stories. I always feel like I'm in the British Isles. As usual another great job with a distinctly British flair.

Rich

Raven said...

Excellent as always. First one was my favorite, but they were all fantastic.

the teach said...

A, excellent Wordzzle challenges! By the time I get to consider a mega-challenge I'm tired of the words... LOL!

Akelamalu said...

I know Elween - I have to look some of them up before I start writing!

It is fun Shrinky you should give it a try. :)

Thankyou r.e.h., how kind of you. :)

That's nice Richard, thankyou.

Thanks Raven, I so enjoy the exercise. :)

Gledwood said...

paparazzi only entered the common British English language in Autumn 1997 after the death of Princess Diana... prior to that I only remember coming across the expression in Americana or the novels of Jackie Collins e.g. 1984's Hollywood Wives...!

Gledwood said...

ps what are you talking about: man flu... "oh dear I mean the common cold"...

I am dying! of a common old cold!! OKAY~...!!?!

Akelamalu said...

You're probably right Gleds. A 'common' cold? Couldn't you have caught an 'upmarket' one? ;)

Betty said...

Good stories. You make it look so easy.

imac said...

Hi, thanks for visiting my blog and your kind comments.
Have been in Ireland for a weeks holiday, pop over next week and see some views from there.

Sorry - no not a morris Dancer, just an lod Joker haha.

Josh said...

Have a great weekend, Akela!

Jay said...

Very creative! Three great stories! You're really good at this.

storyteller said...

Ah … wonderful job as always! I marvel that you can do them both AND do the Megawordzzle each week. I gave a bit of time to the mini, but didn’t like what I came up with. Perhaps if I did it as a poem it might ‘work’ better for me? LOL
Hugs and blessings,

Donnetta Lee said...

Oh, clever, clever, clever! This was interesting. I enjoyed.
Donnetta

Linda said...

I love reading your Saturday posts and seeing what creative things you write using the words you've been given! Excellent as always!

Travis said...

So clever how you can get three little stories out of the word assortments!

Misty Dawn said...

I certainly don't think I could have been as creative to do this with these words! You are awesome.

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Durwood, the permanently penultimate lackadaisical cocker spaniel, with an earsplitting bark broke the fetters that held him to the tarmac, thus negating their warranty, and turning the ears of the awaiting paparazzi, who were staring at their quartz watches, into apple sauce.

[:-)

Akelamalu said...

I do find them quite easy to do Betty but then Dad always says I have a fertile imagination! :)

Thanks for popping by Imac, I look forward to seeing your photos having been to ireland I know what a beautiful country it is. :)

I'm trying Josh, I hope you do too. x

How kind of you Jay, thank you.

Oh yes Storyteller a wordzzle poem would be great - go on have a go!

Glad you enjoyed it Donetta :)

Thank you Linda you're very kind. xx

Cheers Trav, very nice of you to say so. :)

I'm sure you could do a fine job Misty, thanks for reading. x

Nick that was fab, you really must join in weekly!

Suburbia said...

I am really hopeless at word puzzel things (unlike yourself!) but just thought I'd pop in and say Hi!

Akelamalu said...

Nice of you to drop by Suburbia :)

Julia Smith said...

The runaway dog in the parking lot story is scary! If you have a dog, which I do.

You really shine with the Megawordzzles. I found the actor character very likeable and wouldn't mind reading more about him.

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Perhaps I shall.

[:-)

Akelamalu said...

I know Julia, imagine the dangers, the chaos!

I hope you do Nick :)

Dianne said...

You made the mega seem so effortless. It just flowed on.

My favorite was the first. I could really relate to poor Tricia, nothing going right for her LOL

Sandi McBride said...

Poor Tricia...I've had those days, too many it seems, lol. I crown you Queen at this puzzle game...don't think I'd even be able to do 1/4 as well!
Sandi

Gene Bach said...

Very good job!

Akelamalu said...

Aw thanks Dianne x

You're very kind Sandi. I am sure you would do just as well if not better!

Thank you Gene and welcome to my humble abode. :)

TopChamp said...

that's AMAZING! I copied the list before I read your post... and just looked at the words thinking 'HOW?!'. I now see how - it's very good.

Akelamalu said...

LOL Topchamp, will you have a go next Saturday then?

acey said...

oh gosh, i feel so slow. hehe! this is good work, akelamalu! :)

Krimo said...

Akela, I'm going to have to learn speed-reading... I can't keep up with your wonderful stuff.
Lovely!

Akelamalu said...

Thanks Acey x

LOL you'll have to visit more often Krimo. xx

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