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#214273 - 02/23/14 02:02 PM City/Town/Country....ending with "its" sound
GHCabrera Offline
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Registered: 02/23/14
Posts: 3
Loc: California, USA
Greetings! My first post....

I create crossword puzzles as an insane diversion. A new puzzle I am working on has a limerick as the central theme.

I am looking for a city/town/country (recognizable to an American reader - cannot be obscure) that has the sound "its" as its final syllable. i.e. habits, merits. A wonderful word for my limerick would be a word that has a short i sound as the preceding syllable. i.e. digits, limits

If an acceptable word can be found, I would be glad to post the limerick - for your amusement.

Thanks, in advance!

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#214275 - 02/23/14 07:44 PM Re: City/Town/Country....ending with "its" sound [Re: GHCabrera]
Faldage Offline
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There's always Auschwitz, but it might be a bit touchy.

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#214276 - 02/23/14 09:44 PM Re: City/Town/Country....ending with "its" sound [Re: Faldage]
GHCabrera Offline
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Registered: 02/23/14
Posts: 3
Loc: California, USA
Yes, I briefly considered....its doubtful I would get published

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#214280 - 02/24/14 06:57 AM Re: City/Town/Country....ending with "its" sound [Re: GHCabrera]
Faldage Offline
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I got that by searching onelook for *itz and limiting the results to proper nouns. You might try the same with *its.

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#214283 - 02/24/14 03:06 PM Re: City/Town/Country....ending with "its" sound [Re: Faldage]
olly Offline
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Registered: 12/18/06
Posts: 953
Loc: Auckland, New Zealand
Moritz is also in Germany

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#214287 - 02/24/14 05:13 PM Re: City/Town/Country....ending with "its" sound [Re: olly]
Tromboniator Offline
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Registered: 05/10/10
Posts: 783
Loc: Alaska
Also St. Moritz, Switzerland.

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#214288 - 02/24/14 10:54 PM Re: City/Town/Country....ending with "its" sound [Re: GHCabrera]
GHCabrera Offline
stranger

Registered: 02/23/14
Posts: 3
Loc: California, USA
Thanks so far.....it is now becoming apparent that there is a metrical requirement...... as this town/city/country is the final word of the first line, the accent within the word must fall on the next-to-last syllable. i.e. There once was a young man from Nimitz .....or, A woman who slept for five minutes.

Damn, Auschwitz is now looking better.

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#214296 - 02/25/14 11:51 AM Re: City/Town/Country....ending with "its" sound [Re: GHCabrera]
LukeJavan8 Offline
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Registered: 06/23/08
Posts: 6052
Loc: Land of the Flat Water
Kibbutz, kibbitz.
ribbits(?)frogs.
tidbits.
obits (death notices)
widgets,widgits
_________________________
----please, draw me a sheep----

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#214316 - 02/27/14 08:58 AM puttin' on the Ritz [Re: LukeJavan8]
wofahulicodoc Offline
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Registered: 08/06/01
Posts: 4499
Loc: Worcester, MA

planets

banquets
cubits, Q-bits
deposits
rabbits
surfeits


"Manishevitz" fits all the requirements except it isn't a place-name. However, "A businessman named Manishevitz," or "A purveyor of fine wines and spirits" could go places.

There's an Israeli newspaper Ha'Aretz.

All with the defect that the rhyme is on the unstressed final -its but the stressed penultimate syllables should line up too, for greater assonance.

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#214319 - 02/27/14 09:18 AM Re: puttin' on the Ritz [Re: GHCabrera]
wofahulicodoc Offline
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Loc: Worcester, MA
Wih the short -i- constraint

inhibits
exhibits
elicits/illicits
billets
visits

What intervening cnosonant are you working with "--i_its" ?

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