Play Categories for prizes - Round 2

It's Beezo, the Categories Game Rabbit!
Congratulations to Pamela (PCS) and Patricia who both took prizes in round one. The prize, a signed copy of "Monster Poems" by Daniel Ari, illustrated by Lauren Ari.

Now, let's start round 2!If you don't know how to play, here are the simple directions.

The categories are:
1. Fictional places
2. Two names of cities
3. Synonyms of "sound"
4. Obscure words

The 4-letter word: HORN

Points will be awarded as capriciously and arbitrarily as before according to (or in spite of) these rules:

1 point per cell filled
+ 1 point for each pair of cities in category 2 that are connected by roads (i.e., you can drive from one to the other).
+ 5 points for the single pair of cities among all entries that have the greatest driving distance between them.
+ 1 point for each obscure word in category 4 that includes a definition
+ 1-3 bonus points for LOLs
+ 10 bonus points if you also submit a poem or flash fiction that includes at least 5 words from your category grid.

Start your engines.
Winner to be announced June 5 because I'll be in Las Vegas when the deadline would have otherwise been.


  1. Hi! Got a question...for 'two names of cities' do you want cities with double names or city descriptions (ie, Philadelphia - City of Brotherly Love and Home of the Phillies?) Got the rest of 'em, 'though. ☼

  2. Hogsmeade (Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling) - Hanoi, Vietnam and Haifa, Israel - Hirum Dirum* (means an uproar) - Hircismus* (means smelly armpits)

    Opar (Tarzan, Edgar Rice Burroughs) - Oberhausen, Germany and Oslo, Norway – Orthodox - Octarine* (the color of magic, per Terry Pratchett)

    R’lyeh (The Call of Cthulhu, H.P. Lovecraft) - Richmond, Virginia, USA and Reims, France – Reasonable - Rannygazoo* (means horseplay, tricks, a prank...)

    Newford (in some works by Charles de Lint) - New Rochelle, New York, USA and Newport, Rhode Island, USA – Note - Nictitate* (means to wink)

    *words taken from lists on The Worthless Word for the Day []


    1. These are great fun, RJ! I wanted Hogsmeade, but figured somebody had it covered. ;)
      LOVE "rannygazoo." What a fun word!

    2. Still have to do the poem. 'though...

    3. Excellent grid, RJ.
      16 points for filled grid
      +3 for city pairs connected by roads.
      I think the greatest distance is between Hanoi and Haifa, but I got no help from Google on this. Oslo to Oberhausen is 1477 km by roads. Finding the winner of the 5 bonus points may be harder than I imagined....
      +4 for definitions - +1 extra for bringing Rannygazoo to the table!

      Standing total points = 24

  3. 1. Hildago,Ostrichishishouia, Republica de los Cocos,Naboombu.

    2. Hines, Oregon and Hancock, Mass./ONeil, Montana and Orchard Park NY/Royal, Montana and Russell, Mass./ Newport, Oregon and Nassau, NY.


    4. Hetaera: (n) A courtesan supported by a wealthy clientele, Oneiric:(adj)of or relating to a dream, pertaing to a waking condition which appears dreamlike, Razee: (n) a wooden war ship, Napiform (adj) having the shape of a turnip. "Somewhere near the Republica de los Cocos"

    Mavourneen, O my darling!

    Under the hush of the moon
    I sing, I sing
    with oneiric delight

    for you,for you,
    my napiform curviliciousness creature
    of the night.

    What they say will not quench my love,
    for you.
    For you, my pockets

    are lined with gold, but for that you
    dare have no care,
    no care.

    Surely not you,
    my sweet Mavourneen Hetaera.

    Say it is untrue, untrue what they say
    about you, you.

    we'll sail the ocean blue to Naboombu.
    O Naboombu.

    Orst we sail to Naboombu in my razee of war
    my darling, my love,
    my sweet Hetaera whore,

    where you shall meet,on a cold lonely shore,
    yes, there you shall meet
    your untimely defeat--

    under the Naboombu moon, moon,
    yes, there you shall meet your untimely
    Naboombu Doom-Doom.

    -Jlynn Sheridan

    1. What a fun poem, Jlynn! LOVE "my napiform curviliciousness creature
      of the night." :) de

    2. Beauty!
      16 for the grid
      +4 for connecting cities with roads
      Your most distant pair is Newport to Nassau at 4,868 km!
      +4 for definitions
      +10 for the poem and
      +1 for LOLs from the poem. Really love it and want it sent to music. If you have musicians in your life, give them these lyrics and have them set a melody on it!
      +1 LOL at "Republica de los Cocos."

      36 points as yet (another 5 for longest distance is possible and 100 points for turning this poem into a song).

  4. Well, that was silly. The title of the poem kind of snuck up there somehow."Somewhere near the Republica de los Cocos" is the poem title.

  5. Serious Perfectly Pro Crastinatin' fun, my friend. :)

    Hippo-no Hungus Jungle, Henderson&Helsinki, hale-and-hearty healthy, heautontimorumenos hasenpfeffer (a well-seasoned rabbit stew made by a masochist)

    Oz, Oslo&Ottawa, overtly orthodox, oenophlygia oligarchy (a government controlled by a few drunk people)

    Ronk, Reykjavik&Richmond, rousing reverberative racket, rixatrix rhapsodomancy (the art of predicting the future using poetry written by a nasty old woman)

    Nool Jungle or Na-Nupp, Nassau&Nairobi, nefarious nighttime noise, napiform nanophilia (an attraction to short, turnip-shaped people)

    **Notes: All of my fictional places are Seussian, except, obviously, for Oz. All of my obscure word phrases are mashups between two obscure words and their actual definitions blended together.


    Ridiculous Rhapsodomancy

    The oenophlygia oligarchy of Oz wasn't overtly orthodox,
    but the nefarious nighttime noise that came from the box
    scared them out of their wits,
    from Ronk to Reykjavik
    and all points in between.

    Neither Oslo nor Ottawa
    (nor that hale and hearty Nassau)
    could withstand
    the predilections at hand...
    Just ask 'em; you'll see what I mean.

    De Jackson

    1. Love it, De! I was going to use Oz, but figured that someone else would beat me to the punch. And you did! Great job!

    2. 16 for the grid
      +1 LOL point for Hippo-No-Hungus (where lives the species of Bippo-no-Bungus far preferable to those in Dippo-n-Dungus).
      +2 for double- and triple-letter synonyms for "sound"
      +4 for your definitions
      +2 for double- and triple-letter obscure words
      +1 LOL point for "a government controlled by a few drunk people"
      +1 LOL point for the overall creativity of your definitions. BLown away, De!
      +10 for poeming

      37 points - big score there De and a very fun read.

  6.'s the poem (a Kyrielle.)

    Dealing with Stuff

    Panties in a hirum dirum?
    Calm down, ‘cause I have a theorem.
    Victim of a rannygazoo?
    It all depends on point of view.

    Stuff just happens. It’s a cipher
    in Hanoi or even Haifa.
    But on a high note, tried and true:
    It all depends on point of view.

    Perspective is a thought…a state.
    You deal or change, then nictitate
    at troubles but don’t you be blue.
    It all depends on point of view.

    Did Harry 86 Hogsmeade?
    He went invisible, agreed?
    You find solutions. You’ll break through.
    It all depends on point of view.


    1. You rock my socks off, RJ. +13 for the poem including LOLs - giving you 37 points.

  7. Hantagshire - Holyhead, Wales and Hong Kong, China (don’t forget the Chunnel!) - Harmonics - Hexacosachoron (the four-dimensional analog of an icosahedron, made up of 600 tetrahedrons)
    Osai - Oslo, Norway and Oudtshoom, South Africa (I assume there’s some kind of overpass across the Suez Canal) - Opine - Osculate (kiss)
    Rossiobyn River - Roquetas de Mar, Spain and Raohe, China - Robust - Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
    Neron - Nome, Alaska, and Natales, Chile (I assume there’s a way to get across the Panama Canal in a car.) - Noise - Nosology (the classification of diseases)

    The fictional places are ones I made up for a fantasy role-playing game, many years ago. No I did not make them up just now. If you like, I can actually describe each of these places is some detail.

    A Holyhead gal misbehavin’
    Has men osculate where she is shaven.
    Making noises of lust,
    She stays sound and robust,
    With a daily dose of riboflavin.


    I could’ve used “hexacosachoron”
    But you’d think that I was a moron.
    These harmonics of mine
    Are but noise, you’d opine.
    Riboflavin does not contain boron.

    1. 16 for complete grid
      +4 for cities connected by roads, but these are also beyond Google's capacity.
      +5 for the single pair of cities with greatest distance. I don't know which pair it is, but eyeballing in Google makes me think it's Nome to Natales, and Google confirms there are two bridges across the Panama Canal. (I'm assuming you Googled for these answers.)
      +4 for definitions, but
      -1 because I don't think of riboflavin as an obscure word.
      +10 for poems

      38 points, Phil. Nice showing!

    2. I would have assumed the two farthest cities were Holyhead and Hong Kong - and I didn't have to google either of those!

      And how many people know what Riboflavin is? Which vitamin is it? Plus, it's probably the best vitamin to be said in the voice of Jerry Lewis.

  8. Hi,Beezo! Sorry I was too busy to play this round, but school is out TOMORROW! Whoo Hoo! So I should be rested up for round 3.

  9. Just in time, Patricia!
    Start your engines everyone. Round 3 is starting later today.


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