Sqiggle: What's the problem? A really good grid. Well done. (2 months, 3 weeks ago)
Kirstie: Calm down ladies (3 months ago)
Andy P: Cool. I think I will avoid links based on pronunciation for a while, nevertheless :-) (3 months ago)
@urbanbaboon: My criticism isn't meant as anything.
As a US Fan of the game, there's about 30% of things you all take as common, I literally never heard of. And if you've played my board, I get a lot of grief for being "tremendously obscure." The homophone thing works like that.
These should just be chalked up to cultural differences, not taken offence to, nor too seriously, and one can play one of the other 10K boards out there. (3 months ago)
Orlando: We can't agree about homophones unless we use a common frame of reference. Standard English and Standard American English are familiar to everyone, including those who speak a non-standard variety of the language. Online dictionary definitions usually include phonetic transcriptions (/fəˈnet.ɪk trænˈskrɪp.ʃənz/). It's easy to check whether two words that are spelt differently have identical transcriptions or not. Otherwise, we'll be seeing more debates like this one. (3 months ago)
FirstGofer: To add to the Ruck debate... many people say ruck with an 'uh' sound, and rook 'oo' sound. Otherwise, good one! (3 months ago)
The Linguist: Time for a bath or is it a barth for the hoity-toity or a beth for the Queen. (3 months ago)
leilita: Rook/ruck and Porn/pawn homonyms definitely do not work with a Scottish accent either I’m afraid...for a start there’s two syllables in the word “porn” 😂...but I saw where you were going... (3 months ago)
Andy P: How would you pronounce them then? (3 months ago)
LB: Ruck is no way pronounced the same as rook!
(3 months ago)
Andy P: Really surprised by the comments about ruck. I would pronounce them the exact same way and I'm from near Chester in England. I can't visualise any other way of pronouncing them to not be accurate for the purposes of this question. (3 months ago)
Mister Tom: Got this out... but ruck? No. (3 months ago)
Steve h: Ok apart from ruck (3 months ago)
Orlando: @urbanbaboon. Yes, you saw it in grid 15317. As I said in the comments at the time, "porn" wouldn't work with American pronunciation but in Standard English the R isn't pronounced before a consonant sound, making it a true homophone of "pawn". (3 months ago)
Orlando: Ruck /rʌk/; rook /rʊk/. Only works if you come from oop narth. (3 months, 1 week ago)
JonBob: A difficulty compounded by "ruck" which is even harder for me to believe. (3 months, 1 week ago)
@urbanbaboon: 7/10 I've seen the Porn clue before, and I still don't believe it.
Otherwise, very nice board. (3 months, 1 week ago)