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Old April 4th, 2021, 08:33 AM
Paul Keating
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Default [Dixonary] Dixonary Round 3155: ZEMBLETEE [Results]

Dixonary Round 3155: ZEMBLETEE [Results] When John Barrs submitted his def, he said he suspected the real def was “April Fool joke”. But it wasn’t, is was 8: “Obs. rare. by zembletee, in appearance.” I took this from an old list of candidate words, and when I went back to the OED to check it, I discovered that the article had been revised in the meantime, and the headword was now semblety. This reflects no new evidence, just a change of editorial policy. In a printed dictionary, putting the article under S and a cross-reference under Z would have cost both money and convenience, money because cross-references are expensive to print, and convenience because any user would search for it under Z, as the only extant citations have a z.

In an online dictionary, such concerns no longer apply. But the def seemed obvious for semblety and so I used the OED2 article instead, to preserve the weird (or, to use the OED2’s trenchant label, “illiterate”) form zembletee.

Two players guessed it even so. One was  Tim Lodge, whose doppelgänger (5) also got 4 votes, giving him the deal with 6 points.

 1.  [Turkish] typically a very handsome young male dancer, who usually cross-dressed in feminine attire, and was employed as an entertainer
 Submitted by: Debbie Embler who voted for: 6 & 10
 Vote from: Dan Widdis
 Score: 1
 
  2.  a rotating circular rack for hanging clothes, such as those use in dry-cleaning shops or clothing stores
 Submitted by: Mike Shefler who voted for: 7 & 11
 Votes from: Tim Bourne, Judy Madnick
 Score: 2
 
  3.  a line having several branches, each with a sinker, used in deep-sea fishing. (Local, U.S.)
 Submitted by: Dan Widdis who voted for: 1 & 8
 Vote from: Efrem Mallach
 Score: 1+2=3
 
  4.  the Western identifier of the Chinese ideogram for “mobile phone”
 Submitted by: John Barrs who voted for: 5 & 10
 
  5.  the apparition of a living person; a doppelganger
 Submitted by: Tim Lodge who voted for: 8 & 9
 Votes from: Tim Bourne, Shani Naylor, Nancy Shepherdson, John Barrs
 Score: 4+2=6
 
  6.  a blunt-edged sword used for training
 Submitted by: Shani Naylor who voted for: 5 & 7
 Votes from: Debbie Embler, Judy Madnick
 Score: 2
 
  7.  a narrow chest of drawers
 Submitted by: Tony Abell who did not vote
 Votes from: Shani Naylor, Mike Shefler
 Score: 2
 
  8.  Obs. rare. by zembletee, in appearance
 Real definition from OED2
 Votes from: Tim Lodge, Dan Widdis
 Score: D2
 
  9.  an argument that escalates into a physical altercation (Obs.)
 Submitted by: Nancy Shepherdson who voted for: 5 & 12
 Vote from: Tim Lodge
 Score: 1
 
 10.  an official in pre-colonial India assigned to collect the land taxes of his district
 Submitted by: Judy Madnick who voted for: 2 & 6
 Votes from: John Barrs, Debbie Embler, Alan Mallach
 Score: 3
 
 11.  part of the fork assembly on a cycle that permits the mounting of a variety of wheel and tire sizes
 Submitted by: Tim Bourne who voted for: 2 & 5
 Votes from: Efrem Mallach, Deborah Fein, Mike Shefler
 Score: 3
 
 12.  a game similar to hopscotch, but with the target areas marked in two concentric circles rather than in a straight line
 Submitted by: Efrem Mallach who voted for: 3 & 11
 Votes from: Nancy Shepherdson, Alan Mallach, Deborah Fein
 Score: 3


Player

Vote 1

Vote 2

Scores from votes

Guessed correctly

Total Score Tim Lodge

8

9

4

2

6 Judy Madnick

2

6

3


3 Tim Bourne

2

5

3


3 Efrem Mallach

3

11

3


3 Dan Widdis

1

8

1

2

3 Mike Shefler

7

11

2


2 Shani Naylor

5

7

2


2 Tony Abell



2


2 Nancy Shepherdson

5

12

1


1 Debbie Embler

6

10

1


1 John Barrs

5

10



0 Alan Mallach

10

12

No def


0 Deborah Fein

11

12

No def


0

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Paul Keating
Soustons, Nouvelle Aquitaine, France
 



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