Friday, May 22, 2009

Saturday Worddzle Challenge: Week 64

This is week 64 of the Saturday Wordzzle challenge. Anyone new to the process can refer back here to find out how it works. Thanks again to Dawn Treader for providing the words for this week. They were challenging indeed.

The words for this week's ten word challenge were: albino, trench, marble, assistant, Indian, What's that supposed to mean?, sound first principles, the key thing, moat, curtain Mini challenge: under the surface, doomed, grand design, temple, aspirin

This week's 10 word challenge:

"What's that supposed to mean?"
Fred shouted angrily. "I thought the key thing was to establish sound first principles so we don't dig ourselves into a trench we can't climb out of. I don't want to just jump into the deep end of the moat and hope I don't drown." His assistant - who was an Albino Indian of all things, like something out of a mystery novel - walked across the room and closed the curtains, saying quietly, "Well the soundest principle of all in politics is that we have all the marbles which means that we can do pretty much whatever we want. Trust me. I've been doing this for a long time. You have already won. It's just a matter of counting the votes." "But... " "No buts about it, Senator. That's why I'm backing you," Robert Two Hawks replied.... "that and because you're a good man. Trust me, sir. I know what I'm doing. It's going to be fine." And so saying, he smiled, bowed, and quietly left the room.

For the mini challenge:

Much to her delight, as archeologist Anita Aspirin's team methocially excavated the site, the grand design of the doomed temple slowly began to emerge several feet under the surface of the jungle in all it's awesome glory.

The maxi challenge:

The Grand Design Temple of the Albino Indian was a massive marble structure surrounded by a sort of quasi moat or trench depending on who described it. Several great banks of windows were framed by elegant curtains of thick silk and on the wall on each side of the great gilded doors were two massive bronze plaques inscribed with the temple's credos: The First Sound Principles on the left and on the right, The Key Thing. Alas, Swami Jah, the eccentric guru who had designed his new temple to reflect aspects of both the Taj Mahal and a medieval castle, had not counted on his new assistant being clever enough to see under the surface of his scam so quickly. From the very first "what's that supposed to mean?," the doomed con artist knew he was in trouble. "Patience, young one," he had cooed, smiling serenely, "wisdom does not come in a day.... find me an aspirin won't you, my child." "Certainly sir," she had said demurely. When she returned a few minutes later she was not alone. "Here's your aspirin, Swami Jah aka Jake Haspers," she said cheerfully. "You are probably going to need it. I'm afraid "key thing" for you today is that you are under arrest for fraud, embezzlement, tax evasion... " "Bitch," the formerly serene one muttered as they cuffed him. "I knew you were trouble when you started asking so many questions." This time it was Officer Sims turn to smile serenely.


Next week's ten word challenge will be: parasite, meals on wheels, crows, it's my fault, everything but the kitchen sink, on sale, patriotism, the love of my life, library card, common sense

And for the mini: blackmail, California, stethoscope, postage, crank

Thanks for playing. For those who are new, here are some guidelines to make the process more fun.

Enjoy! See you next week.


27 comments: said...

Mr. Linky is not working. I got some sort of note from them about it but didn't pay any attention. I will go find it and send it to you. In the meantime here is my post.

gabrielle said...

Mr Linky is not working is not working. Mr Linky is not working. Happy week 64!!!

Raven said...

How did the world operate without Mr. Linky? Hopefully he'll come back after time passes... Sometimes he does. Otherwise I guess we'll just have to work harder to find people.

Reston Friends! said...

Mr. Linky is also avoiding least it isn't personal. Here is the Ms. Linky to my effort. My mini is non-fiction. I thought it might stretch me a little.

I love yours, Raven! You need to write a novella! So many good ideas and threads.


Unknown said...

Well done! Thanks for the entertaining reads.

ForestJane said...

You can actually type in links here, but it's going to open in this teeny window, I think. Blogger would let me do a href but not _target, to force it to open in a different window. ;)

ForestJane's WordzzleThe solution would be for you to change your preferences so that your comments aren't in a popup... ?

In any case, there's my paragraph that I mistakenly posted wrong last week. *blushes*

Raven said...

Thanks Forest Jane... you can also click on the name of the commenter and get to their blog that way. When you do that, it opens in a separate window. I'm hoping I can figure out what's with Mr. Linky. I miss him.

bettygram said...

I haven't put my name in yet, read yours first. You always do such a good job.

bettygram said...

I tried Mr Linky and he did not work. I am going to go to others as Raven said. From comments here or on my blog,but later I have not gone to bed yet.

Kipling said...

Hi, same problem with mr linky. here's mine.

Nice story Raven, thanks again for the challenge.

Richard said...

Great stories this week. Please don't scold me for not being on Mr. Linky, I think he's broken.

Have a great Memorial Day Holiday


DawnTreader said...

Mr Linky did not want to cooperate with me either. In the meantime, my post can be found here:

DawnTreader said...

I really enjoyed your stories, Raven. (By the way, about 50% of the words I came up with while watching my favourite British archeology programme, Time Team. They keep digging up Britain week after week looking for traces of Roman, Celtic, Saxon etc culture.)

Akelamalu said...

Excellent stories Raven. I absolutely loved the mini - I could feel the excitement as the team uncovered the temple! :)

As already pointed out Mr. Linky isn't working but it's easy enough just to click on commenter's names to find their contributions. :)

Mine's up.

Ordinarily Just Me said...

Hey Raven. Liked the mini-is it going to continue into a story?
Haven't tried mr. Linky yet so I will let you know. Sound first principles is a little akwards but I love the rest.

Dr.John said...

It was as if the words were designed for your stories. They worked so well. You are one master story teller.
I really liked the first one.

MommyWizdom said...

Wow, lots of participants today... I'll be back to read all of them (including yours). I wanted to pass along what Mr. Linky sent me - read here for important news.

This was fun as always. Be Back Later.


Raven said...

Thanks all. Looking forward to reading your stories.

Mommy Wizdom... they sent me the same thing but I don't have Mr. Linky in my template in part because the directions for using that version just seemed to whiz past my brain without registering, so I used the super-duper easy one and I just change the date every week. I went to see if it had been updated but it's identical to what I use. Sigh. I wish I was a techno-nerd.

Stephen said...

I liked your stories, especially the third one.

Mr. Linky seems to be working now, and a lot of people have put in links.

I have my own stories up now.

Stephen from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

Dianne said...

I love the mini!!

and Robert Two Hawks!! hehehehe fantastic

Alice (in BC Canada) said...

Hi. I put mine up last night, thinking this post was last weeks... so I accidentally used next weeks words in my story. Thanks to SouthLakesMom for pointing this out to me.

quilly said...

I love that Swami Jah's fake teaching about karma taught him a real lesson in it!

Finding Pam said...

I am late to Mr. Linkey. I enjoyed your stories. You are amazing at this writing.

MommyWizdom said...

I liked your stories - Anita Aspirin was clever! It seems an albino Indian wasn't such a rare thing after all!

Have a great weekend, Raven!


CJ said...

Per usual, great stories.

gabrielle said...

there can never be too many questions. I’m glad his savvy assistant got to the core.

enjoyed the mini. seems archaeology is in the air.

on to read some more stories!

thanks for adding my name to Mr. Linky

Raven said...

Thanks everyone for playing, commenting and for your patience with the Mr. Linky problem. I deserve no credit for adding names. When he returned, he came back with the names from last week, perhaps in an effort to atone for his tardy arrival.