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Old March 30th, 2021, 04:10 PM
Tim Lodge
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Default [Dixonary] Round 3154 PLUNKET Defs

Just before I decided to withdraw GARDNAP, I was talking on Zoom to my
grandson in Italy. Knowing I am interested in words, he sent me a 5,000
word esaay that his girlfriend (who is reading for a Master's in English at
Oxford,) had written on terms for the colour blue in Medieval English. I
could have chosen* asur, inde, pers, violet, wachet, glauk, saphirine *and
*venet*, or even *hæwen*, but I settled on PLUNKET - a blue-grey shade - as
it didn't sound like a colour.

Paul Keating was the only one to pick the real def, and that, together with
the two votes he got for his sparkling wine def, makes him the new dealer.
Mike Shefler is off the hook for this round, as he is one of the three
lucky runners up, along with Tim Bourne and Dave Cunningham, all of whom
got three votes.

Over to you, Paul

-- Tim L

*** PLUNKET

1. a child's comfort blanket.
Submitter: Johnny Barrs Votes: 9 & 12 Score: 2 + 0 + 0 = 2
Voted for by: Debbie Embler, Mike Shefler

2. the weight on a fishing line
Submitter: Debbie Embler Votes: 1 & 12 Score: 1 + 0 + 0 = 1
Voted for by: Alan Mallach

3. an unpromising, silly, or useless person.
Submitter: Judy Madnick Votes: 6 & 11 Score: 2 + 0 + 0 = 2
Voted for by: Paul Keating, Tim Bourne

4. a variety of brine-cured Canadian cheese.
Submitter: Efrem Mallach Votes: 5 & 6 Score: 2 + 0 + 0 = 2
Voted for by: Dan Widdis, Tim Bourne

5. [Obs.] a sparkling white wine [< F _*blanquette*_]
Submitter: Paul Keating Votes: 3 & 8 Score: 2 + *2* + 0 = 4 *
Voted for by: Efrem Mallach, Dan Widdis

6. [Thieves Cant] a false coin or slug ( Fr. _*planchet*_]
Submitter: Dave Cunningham Votes: 0 & 0 Score: 3 + 0 + 0 = 3
Voted for by: Judy Madnick, Efrem Mallach, Shani Naylor

7. (Naut.) a tackle composed of two single blocks and a fall.
Submitter: Dan Widdis Votes: 4 & 5 Score: 0 + 0 + 0 = 0
Voted for by: Nobody

8. a light greyish-blue colour; a dye of this colour. _*Obsolete*._

Submitter: OED Votes: - & - Score: 1 + 0 + 0 = D1
Voted for by: Paul Keating

9. a traditional children's dessert, probably similar to the "curds and
whey" of the old nursery rhyme.
Submitter: Tim Bourne Votes: 3 & 4 Score: 3 + 0 + 0 = 3
Voted for by: Johnny Barrs, Alan Mallach, Mike Shefler

10. A heavily embroidered double-breasted waistcoat, popularised by the
Regency era dandy Lord Plunket.
Submitter: Shani Naylor Votes: 6 & 11 Score: 1 + 0 + 0 = 1
Voted for by: Tony Abell

11. (Western U.S. slang) a particularly large gambling bet; poss. der.
from the sound of a large gold coin or nugget hitting the table.
Submitter: Alan Mallach Votes: 2 & 9 Score: 2 + 0 + 0 = 2
Voted for by: Judy Madnick, Shani Naylor

12. A distance equal to exactly 5 feet 9-1/2 inches, created in 1959 when
Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity members at Harvard decided to use pledge Thomas
Plunket as a unit of measurement in response to MIT's creation of the
"smoot" the previous year, which used the height of Oliver Smoot (class of
1962) to measure the length of a bridge.
Submitter: Mike Shefler Votes: 1 & 9 Score: 3 + 0 + 0 = 3
Voted for by: Johnny Barrs, Debbie Embler, Tony Abell

No def: Tony Abell Votes: 10 & 12 Score: 0 + 0 + 0 = 0

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