Monday, July 14, 2014

New scrambled paragraphs: Ash tree, Chess, Edelweiss

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Answers are below the exercises.

Not only was its girth tremendous, its height was towering. 

_____ (Q) If we think symbolically, as the ancient Celts were apt to do, we can also liken our own spiritual-growth with that of the ash. 

_____ (R) Some ash trees are known to soar over 200 feet tall and such incredible growth owes credit to a fantastic root system.

_____ (S) For greater (higher) attainment, the more we need to stay grounded (well rooted)

_____ (T) To the Celts he ash spoke to us of growth, expansion, and a higher perspective. 

_____ (U) Indeed, it's mass, height, and deeply embedded roots became metaphorical to the ancient Celts.

By the 1800s, chess was essentially the same game we play today, and it is at this time that the concept of a world chess champion began to enter the consciousness of the chess playing public. 

_____ (Q) In 1843, however, Englishman Howard Staunton – the namesake for the now famous Staunton pieces – played two matches with Pierre Saint-Amant, the leading French player of the time. 

_____ (R) But nobody had made the claim that the match was for the world championship, and as such, it was a shaky title, at best.

_____ (S) Staunton emerged victorious, and some observers began to consider the idea that Staunton might be the best player in the world: a world champion, perhaps.  

_____ (T) This lead, therefore, to London 1851 – the first international chess tournament ever held - which was Staunton’s idea: the event being designed to gather all of the best players in Europe. 

_____ (U) The French dominated chess in the 18th century and into the early 19th, with players like Philidor and La Bourdonnais having virtually no equals up until at least the early 1840s.

The Edelweiss flower has since time immemorial been valued as medicine against the ailments of men and their beasts, as a powerful Talisman to ward off evil and, of course, as the "Ultimate Love Charm" of the mountains.

_____ (Q) The danger-wrought exercise of collecting such a bouquet proved in those days that the suitor was brave, able-bodied and serious in his intentions. 

_____ (R) Love struck young men would try to endear themselves by collecting Edelweiss from those hard to access crags and ledges in the High Alps of Europe.

_____ (S) During these quests many died from falls, or succumbed to exposure, insufficiently prepared for sudden weather changes.

_____ (T) That is one of the reasons why men in some parts of Europe still decorate themselves with this bloom and wear it like a medal of honor. 

_____ (U) This was a mixing of flowers and machismo rarely seen in western culture.

Answers are below:

ash tree - 4,1,5,3,2   Q=4, R=1, S=5, T=3, U=2
chess ----> 2,4,3,5,1
edelweiss ---> 3,1,2,5,4

Cool 1970s rock!  Please enjoy the Edgar Winter Group performing Frankenstein! Yes, Edgar was an 'albino' and he embraced his uniqueness!

And here's Daniel Gauss: 

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