Default with Spaces: 143021
NOTES: Colorado news outlets heralded Estes Park native Tommy Caldwell who along with Kevin Jorgeson completed the first free climb of El Capitan’s Dawn Wall earlier this month. The short form of the Yosemite peak — El Cap (70) — was used in many of these stories. Word Spy recently cited examples of the acronym DMCA (40) used as a verb, i.e. to request the removal of online content by invoking the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. If anyone hears the word “DMCAing” in casual conversation let me know. At the recent MIT Mystery Hunt some teammates were trying to backsolve a puzzle answer that had the letter pattern C??C??P?? I checked Default and found CATCHUPON, CATCHUPTO, CHECKUPON, CRACKOPEN, but not the correct answer: click spam (75). I add entries liberally to Default with the hope that the database may prove a useful for finding answers to puzzles in events like the Mystery Hunt, but that resource has yet to pay out.
LISTS: Recent software updates to Google Docs makes it a bit more difficult to detect when a shared document has been updated by another user. I found additions from colleagues posted over the holidays and scored them for Default, including drawing dead (75), Jackie Paper (70), tax accountant (75), and what happened (65). I was surprised to discover Nanaimo bars (73) had been missing from Default. A Canadian friend and former coworker used to bring these to my birthday game parties. She moved back home to Toronto several years ago but she mailed a batch of bars to me when I hosted the NPL convention in 2008. I’ve seen poutine on a handful of U.S. restaurant menus but Nanaimo bars haven’t caught on south of the border. Any other Canadian food specialties that you wish would become popular in the U.S.?
I have yet to try a butter tart. I wonder why those haven’t made it down here. I don’t think I’d heard of them before the song “Steal My Sunshine.”
Wikipedia says that pecan pie is somewhat related. I couldn’t say if that was true.
When I’m up there (Montreal specifically) I always get stuff like smoked meat at Schwartz’s, bagels, Pepsi (made with cane sugar instead of corn syrup; and for some reason it seems more popular than Coke which is fine by me) … heck, even the candy bars like Kit Kats are better.