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Old January 6th, 2022, 08:19 AM
Efrem G Mallach
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Default [Dixonary] Round 3221 PHURBA results


A phurba is, as several perceptive players guessed, a three-sided knife associated with Buddhist rituals (def. 6). The specific rituals depend on the branch of Buddhism, but generally including curing disease and killing demons. (I have no idea if it cures, or is believed to help cure, COVID-19. However, as Capt. Georg von Trapp of The Sound of Music fame is reported to have said about the devotional scapular he wore late in life, "It may not help, but it can't hurt.") A phurba looks like the following picture, with a great deal of variation in size, construction, and ornamentation. This one, in a Liverpool museum, dates to the 19th century. As usual, our friend Dr. Google will gladly say more on request.

Tim Lodge (def. 10, the latex collection bucket) is the next dealer with five points. Four players had four points: Tony Abell (def. 1, clubfoot), Shani Naylor (#7, hops), Ann Druce (#12, Nepalese sarong), and Alan Mallach (#13, Ukrainian stew). Tony's and Ann's scores were natural, so they share traditional "winnah" honors with the most votes that any definition received. I got a D6, suggesting that I should look for a more difficult word next time.

Full results:

1. clubfoot. From Abell, T. who did not vote. Voted for by: Embler, D.; Shefler, M.; Lodge, T.; Mallach, A. Score: 4.

2. a long loose outer garment worn by Muslims. From Madnick, J. who voted 12, 15. Voted for by: None. Score: 0.

3. a white fur band on university doctoral robes. From Barrs, J. who voted *6*, 12. Voted for by: None. Score: 2.

4. a family of lichens favored as food by reindeer. From Bourne, T. who voted 9, 10. Voted for by: Fein, D. Score: 1.

5. a trimming of fur or feathers around a woman's hat. From Embler, D. who voted 1, 12. Voted for by: None. Score: 0.

6. a three-sided knife associated with Buddhist rituals. From Dictionary which could not vote. Voted for by: Barrs, J.; Naylor, S.; Shefler, M.; Lodge, T.; Mallach, A.; Widdis, D. Score: D6.

7. a bitter constituent of hops, having antibiotic properties. From Naylor, S. who voted *6*, 15. Voted for by: Druce, A.; Widdis, D. Score: 4.

8. a prune-based trifle dessert that was popular in England in the 1850s. From Leckenby, J. who voted 10, 11. Voted for by: Keating, P. Score: 1.

9. any of several small edible gourds of the pumpkin family found in East Africa. From Shefler, M. who voted 1, *6*. Voted for by: Bourne, T. Score: 3..

10. a receptacle placed below a cut in the trunk of a rubber tree to collect latex. From Lodge, T. who voted 1, *6*. Voted for by: Bourne, T.; Leckenby, J.; Shepherdson, N. Score: 5.

11. an endangered breed of mountain lion, remaining mostly in the southwestern U.S. From Fein, D. who voted 4, 13. Voted for by: Leckenby, J.; Keating, P. Score: 2.

12. similar to a sarong, the phurba is traditionally worn by Nepalese women in public baths. From Druce, A. who voted 7, 13. Voted for by: Madnick, J.; Barrs, J.; Embler, D.; Shepherdson, N. Score: 4.

13. a thick soup or stew; orig. Tatar, popular in Ukraine and including lamb or pork and mushrooms. From Mallach, A. who voted 1, *6*. Voted for by: Fein, D.; Druce, A. Score: 4.

14. a synthetic talcum powder substitute, developed in 2017, used primarily in medical applications. From Shepherdson, N. who voted 10, 12. Voted for by: None. Score: 0.

15. Anat. the point at which any one of the viscera has its junction with the vascular system; a notch or fissure where a vessel enters an organ. From Keating, P. who voted 8, 11. Voted for by: Madnick, J.; Naylor, S. Score: 2.

16. a kind of glass drop with a long tail, made by dropping melted glass into water. It is remarkable for bursting into fragments when the surface is scratched or the tail broken. From Widdis, D. who voted *6*, 7. Voted for by: None. Score: 2.

As a table:

Over to you, Tim!


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