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« on: 13/07/2007 09:07:18 »
Who, what or where is/was Thrunting?
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« Reply #1 on: 13/07/2007 09:16:44 »
Where's Robert Robinson?

Thrunting is a small town in Cornwall known for it's tin mining industry in the 19th Century. Legend has it that when a new shaft was sunk, small elf-like creatures would escape and cause havoc amongst the local women. The men would set about the place with their picks and shovels in an effort to find these "thrunts", and were known as "The Thrunter hunters". Hence the pasttime, and consequently the town became known as Thrunting.

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« Reply #2 on: 13/07/2007 10:11:08 »
Novel, but wrong  [:D]
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« Reply #3 on: 13/07/2007 10:20:37 »
Stab #2:

Also commonly referred to as "churbling", this is the noise emitted by early diesel engines when they were started in cold weather. This was especially the case in the BMW 3 series, and it is stated on the owners site that if you bought one of these models, you were officially a silly thrunt.

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« Reply #4 on: 13/07/2007 10:22:37 »
Closer - but only in the respect of their being a sort-of German connection.
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« Reply #5 on: 13/07/2007 10:43:37 »
#3

Thrunting was an Austrian chef who mastered the art of replicating landscapes from sugar. He went on to more industrial challenges, but was tragically killed when the top of his Eiffel tower fell onto him, and was consequently the first person to be killed by a sugar snap.

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« Reply #6 on: 13/07/2007 11:08:53 »
er... no. And Austrian is colder than German.
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« Reply #7 on: 13/07/2007 11:42:59 »
#4

Thrunting is the art of dyke jumping as practiced in Holland. This has recently been suspended as the dykes have all gone off to join Greenpeace.

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« Reply #8 on: 13/07/2007 11:47:09 »
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Thrunting is the art of dyke jumping...

You mean like K D Lang?  [:D]
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« Reply #9 on: 13/07/2007 11:49:47 »
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Thrunting is the art of dyke jumping...

You mean like K D Lang?  [:D]

love it, she has a constant craving. maybe she could answer the cannibal question?

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« Reply #10 on: 13/07/2007 11:52:55 »
I thought it was "constant gravy"

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« Reply #11 on: 13/07/2007 13:05:01 »
Clue time?

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« Reply #12 on: 13/07/2007 14:07:45 »
A fox? No, but it could be a wolf

(phonetic clue)
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« Reply #13 on: 16/07/2007 11:05:27 »
So - to gather:

A sort of German connection with not a fox but a wolf. Phonetically.

Hmmmn....

Fuchs? Virginia Wolfe? How can it be "sort of German".....

It's the traditional Saxon name of the call given by the lead huntsman (or woman) when he (or she) has sighted a fox (or vixen). It was blown through a short horn worn around the neck called a Thruntle.


I'm having more stabs than a blind homicidal maniac.

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« Reply #14 on: 16/07/2007 12:45:40 »
So - to gather:

A sort of German connection with not a fox but a wolf. Phonetically.

Hmmmn....
Wolfe?

Saxon name


You are getting very close.

Phonetically "...be a wolf" is closer then "...but a wolf"
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« Reply #15 on: 16/07/2007 12:59:08 »
So it's a word of Saxon origin. Bearwolf, the Saxon king of Thrunting, brother of Steppenwolf?
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« Reply #16 on: 16/07/2007 13:07:27 »
You're close enough.

Thrunting was the name of Beowulf's sword with which he slew the monster, Grendl.

I always think that thrunting sounds like a quaint, countryside pastime similar to dwyle flonking (that's genuine!).

Here are the rules:-

Dwyle Flonking is a traditional tavern game usually played outside of English pubs. One team fields the driveller, the other forms the girter. The flonking team has two chances to use the dwyle to score a wanton, a marther or a ripple. If no score is made, the driveller is swadged. After each member of the team has flonked, the teams switch places. Highest score after two innings wins.
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« Reply #17 on: 16/07/2007 13:13:20 »
Good word!

Dwlye flonking sounds like something else that stunts your growth....It also sounds like the rules to THHGTTG's Ultra Kricket.

My turn my turn!

Er, I'll just think of one and get back to you!

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« Reply #18 on: 16/07/2007 13:16:21 »
What/where/when/who in science is/are/were/will be

"Lammas"

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« Reply #19 on: 16/07/2007 13:23:32 »
It's a Pagan festival or dyslexic South American mammals related to camels.
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« Reply #20 on: 16/07/2007 13:25:53 »
That's why I put "in science" in, trying to avoid Lammas Day. There is a bread associated festival, but this is not what I have in mind.

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« Reply #21 on: 16/07/2007 13:26:59 »
Oooh, you edited your post!

Dyslexia noes fot deature.

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« Reply #22 on: 16/07/2007 13:29:51 »
Ah-ha... Spoonerisms!
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« Reply #23 on: 16/07/2007 13:30:33 »
...and roast the queer old dean!

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« Reply #24 on: 16/07/2007 13:31:45 »
Knowing you, it's probably something to do with trees.
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« Reply #25 on: 16/07/2007 13:32:11 »
...and roast the queer old dean!

After you've left on the town drain
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« Reply #26 on: 16/07/2007 13:33:14 »
Knowing you, it's probably something to do with trees.

Das könnte sein!

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« Reply #27 on: 16/07/2007 13:35:51 »
Only could be? Hmmm...

Plants?
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« Reply #28 on: 16/07/2007 17:14:23 »
I'll give you trees.....

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« Reply #29 on: 16/07/2007 17:33:26 »
I don't want any, thank you  [:D]

Right, so what could it be? hmmm...

Right, lammas (plural of lamma) are those nasty sharp bits that scratch your bum when you sit on a branch.
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« Reply #30 on: 17/07/2007 08:19:45 »
No, that's a cat.

But it can be evident in branches......

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« Reply #31 on: 17/07/2007 17:18:20 »
In branches? Stupid cashiers?  [:D]

Just in branches or in the tree in general? I can't offhand think of anything that's unique to branches.
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« Reply #32 on: 17/07/2007 19:25:52 »
The 11th letter of the Greek alphabet with bad handwriting?
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« Reply #33 on: 17/07/2007 20:55:17 »
The 11th letter of the Greek alphabet with bad handwriting?

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« Reply #34 on: 18/07/2007 08:02:25 »
It is visible in a specific place through the whole tree.

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« Reply #35 on: 18/07/2007 08:04:40 »
naturally i chose now to not remember the whole greek alphabet... where's my grandma when you need her?

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« Reply #36 on: 18/07/2007 13:00:59 »
Visible? So, something to do with the bark?
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« Reply #37 on: 18/07/2007 13:02:47 »
Go back to "in" the tree, Gandalf.


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« Reply #38 on: 18/07/2007 13:07:44 »
hmmm... Gandalf... Lord of the Rings... tree rings?
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« Reply #39 on: 18/07/2007 13:12:30 »
Genau!
Shall I tell?

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« Reply #41 on: 18/07/2007 15:53:15 »
During the course of a favourable spring, tree growth can begin early. This is represented as tree rings as you're aware. This period ends, and then new buds are set. If the year continues favourable, or there is a second period where growth can occur, the tree takes advantage of this and grows on from those set buds. Therefore, you get 2 annual rings in one year, instead of just one. This second period of growth is called Lammas growth, and usually begins in late July or early August. The name comes from (as far as I can tell) the Pagan festival you mentioned earlier which is on the 1st of August.
It's something you need to be aware of if you're practicing dendrochronology, or even if you're doing it properly!

http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/63/Picea_sitchensis6.jpg/450px-Picea_sitchensis6.jpg&imgrefurl=http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Picea_sitchensis6.jpg&h=600&w=450&sz=74&hl=en&start=3&um=1&tbnid=z4jRmvM_HnLwXM:&tbnh=135&tbnw=101&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dlammas%2Bgrowth%26svnum%3D10%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN
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« Reply #42 on: 18/07/2007 19:39:42 »
Oooh! I didn't know they could do that.
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« Reply #43 on: 18/07/2007 20:26:27 »
They're as cunning as Cuttle the cunning cuttlefish on a stunningly cunning day...

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« Reply #44 on: 18/07/2007 20:27:30 »
Your go!

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« Reply #45 on: 18/07/2007 20:38:30 »
I shall have to think...
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