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Lon C. Thomas, Jr. (Guest)
Dec-08-00, 06:34 PM (EST)
"mega vs. meta"
   I like your site ... but the term "mega-puzzle", I think, should be "meta-puzzle".


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1. "RE: mega vs. meta"
In response to message #0
   Thank you for the kind words.

The prefix "meta-" has a connotation that I felt had to be explained, if not discussed at length. Which I did not feel like doing. The prefix "mega-" means a less loaded "great". It's not incorrect I think to use the latter; for the mega-puzzle is indeed greater than its component puzzles. I admit that the term "meta-puzzle" might have been more appropriate. However, as I said, one can be used with no additional explanation, the other being less common needs to be included in a greater discussion.

All the best,
Alexander Bogomolny

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Lon Thomas (Guest)
Dec-08-00, 06:39 PM (EST)
2. "RE: mega vs. meta"
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   You know, you're right! You thought about this and came up with the correct representation. It happens that I am pretty much enamored of the word "meta" ... I'm a big Douglas Hofstadter fan ... but not everyone is. With this simple, thoughtful change, you have made the site more accessible.

Forgive me for assuming you didn't think this out at first.

I found the site in a search for techniques with compass and straight edge ... something I remember learning in school that they don't discuss any more. My wife teaches gifted 3rd, 4th and 5th graders and I enjoy helping her construct her lesson plans. Your excellent material is going to find its way into their
receptive minds.

Thanks again,

Lon Thomas

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