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fike (re)solved #137526
01/21/05 05:48 AM
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kudos to Sparteye for collecting the most votes (3) and to maverick and consuelo for getting it right (g). I'd wager, based on his entry, that mav might have had inside information on fike, pronounced and alternately spelled feak.

nobody knows the trouble and strife of a hogmasterŪ; here are the entries in normalized form, along with the votes they collected.

a) [Irish] a small measure of liquid, approximately equivalent to the Scottish dram
(Zed)

b) n. a river fish trap (themilum) themilum, Wordwind

c) a long, thin spear with a barbed tip used for fishing (heavier and thicker versions became
the standard for whaling) (musick)

d) to produce income, derived from the word ficus (It.), fike was a noun to describe the annual income from a single fig tree (Ted)

e) [M. Flemish] a ring-shaped harness piece that connects the bit to the reins, usually of oak, sometimes ornamentally carved (Owlbow) wofa, dxb

f) a unit of volume equal to one-half kilderkin (Faldage)

g) [Scot.] to move restlessly, bustle, fidget: fig. to be fussy or restless (OED) maverick, consuelo

h) a deep-water fish; denizen of the Indian Ocean (dxb) AniamL

i) a tool used in the process of cleaning horses' feet in preparation for reshoeing (Sparteye) Owlbow, Faldage, Zed

j) a staff with a hook at one end, used to steal articles from hedges, open windows, etc [obs.] (tsuwm) Ted, etaoin

k) to hammer a camming device into a suitable fissure (mountaineering term) (Wordwind) Bingley

l) /feek/ a gaff for spearing fish from the riverbank [reg. dial. fr. Northumberland] (maverick) musick

m) an artificial tree, esp. the type found in hotels and waiting rooms [from ficus, the genus of a typical potted natural tree] (wofa)

our comments

- anomalies were few this time, other than the aforementioned armilsŪ, adequately covered by Faldage; and Milo, more than ever themilum.

- some inner workings: the river fish-trap is apparently a fyke; one-half kilderkin is a firkin; a deep-water fish is a pike, although we have them in MN; and a hook used to steal articles from hedges or windows is a filch :-).


Re: fike (re)solved #137527
01/21/05 08:26 AM
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mav might have had inside information ...

hah, and I so nearly joined the queue for Spartann's cunning feak, er, fake! No, I just did what prolly many of us did - let a quick soundboard reaction guide me by association with pike, spike, and similar, then buttered it up with the sorta sound I thought it might have up in them wilderness-monster parts. I guess the same belief in the likely sound value sold me the truth of the Scots answer - tasted right!

Thanks again HM. It maintained your normal gruel-ing standard for mere piglets.


Re: fike (re)solved #137528
01/21/05 08:29 AM
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A fyke is a fish trap! Hooray! I don't even care about all the rest just knowing that a fyke is a fish trap. Oh, Milo, you devil!


Re: fike (re)solved #137529
01/21/05 08:55 AM
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Mav, we were thinking alike the whole way. I nearly fell for Sparteye's daffynition as well but had made my mind up on the Scots G before I started reading the already cast votes. Yippeee! I don't think I've guessed the right one in ages.


Re: fike (re)solved #137530
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So, does one fike about or just fike?


Re: fike (re)solved #137531
01/21/05 11:24 AM
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I think I've voted for dxb every time.


Re: fike (re)solved #137532
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Great minds...


Re: fike (re)solved #137533
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How very funny! Sparteye just voted for mine, tsuwm, after the fact! Does her vote still count?


Re: fike (re)solved #137534
01/21/05 06:06 PM
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>Does her vote still count?

sure, seeing as how (a) it doesn't affect her own winning total and (2) I had asked her via PM and email to vote and end the round, and then got impatient (and she obviously voted without looking. ; )

see also other thread. : (

BTW, I just noticed that amonst the anomalies I forgot to attribute number (n). but then, in the other thread I mentioned that the submitter asked that I not use it.
<horn of a lemma>

this also serves to remind that wofa showed quite an impressive thought process of elimination (I once encouraged doing this sort of thing online. hmmm.); but he came down to one of three, and of course got it wrong. anyway, he wigged to the punish "consonantal drift" of fike<>knife. oops.

Re: fike (re)solved #137535
01/21/05 06:12 PM
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I *did* look -- in the voting thread.

Thanks for the votes, guys.


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