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What's DECANAL ?

A. DECANAL - pertaining to a saturated ten-carbon hydrocarbon

B. DECANAL - a clock that measures in tenths of an hour

C. DECANAL - a ten-litre container

D. DECANAL - to enervate the root of a tooth (also called a root canal procedure)

E. DECANAL - de waterway where Venusians travel in gonorrheas

F. DECANAL - of or relating to the Dean or the Dean's office

G. DECANAL - a type of candle holder with a narrow opening.

H. DECANAL - an obsolete term for "decade'

I. DECANAL - a medical operation on the inner ear.

J. DECANAL - a churchman's duty

K. DECANAL - a ten-tone musical scale experimented with by Schönberg, overshadowed by his later use of a twelve tone scale.

L. DECANAL - A heraldic term referring to a disputed lineage.

M. DECANAL - A north African marsupial.

You decide. Most accurate, most deceptive, most wacky, all sentiments are welcome. Vote early and often !

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It's a candle holder in the Dean's office, where he has a ten-hour water clock powered by a ten-liter container filled with water from a canal that gets filed every decade by some dizzy church guy with a toothache.

Ummmm... I'd think A would be "decane," and if it were K, Poe woulda written, ..."the ten-toneabulation of the bells bells bells bells..." E is utter Trump talk, so I'll guess it's F. That's my final answer.
 
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I'll guess G.
 
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Geoff, I think you are probably right about it being F, but I will choose K, just because it is creative and makes me smile.
 
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Hey hab, what happened to my two amazingly inventive and well-crafted definitions?

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Given that mine are missing I'll have to vote for someone else's.
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I'll go F


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A: Decanal
Q: What do de ships go through in Panama?

I have no idea so I'll pick C.
 
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I read mine and definitely wanted to select it - then remembered it was mine. Frown

I think it's between J and L; I'll choose J.
 
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Early Voters should go back and take another look, and perhaps revise their vote. BobHale's entries have been found and cleverly inserted, and deserve your consideration.

Mea culpa.
 
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OK, Hab, since Bob thinks it's F and I think it's F, I'll change my vote just so Bob wins - IF I'm right, that is. Confused I'll say it's L, since we've had a few royal bastards in the US of late. (Figuratively, that is)
 
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Mine stays at J.
 
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I am keeping my original choice, too.

By the way, I came across a new word today and thought of our daffynition threads. Probably though, some of the men might know the word. Anyway, if people don't mind, I could use it next if no one else wants to do one. What do you think?
 
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Since Bob is gone for a while it might not be a bad idea to get another one going. I don't mind if Sattva does it.
 
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What's DECANAL, did I hear you say?

A. DECANAL - pertaining to a saturated ten-carbon hydrocarbon
-- by hab; this might even be a valid alternative to the real answer, since there is indeed "decane," the ten-carbon hydrocarbon C10H24. But it's not the right answer, which is what's written in the piece of paper in the upper-right-hand drawer of my desk...
-- sniffed at by Geoff

B. DECANAL - a clock that measures in tenths of an hour
-- by Geoff
-- no takers

C. DECANAL - a ten-litre container
-- by Geoff
-- quaffed by Proofreader

D. DECANAL - to enervate the root of a tooth (also called a root canal procedure)
-- by Geoff
-- no takers here either

E. DECANAL - de waterway where Venusians travel in gonorrheas
-- by Geoff. A little levity goes a long way, even to Italy
-- nor here

F. DECANAL - of or relating to the Dean or the Dean's office
-- the Real McCoy. M-W online and most of the 17 other sources pulled up by Onelook.com say
1: of or relating to a dean or deanery decanal duties
2: of or being the ecclesiastical south side of the choir of a cathedral or church —contrasted with cantorial
-- fingered by Geoff at first, and BobHale, and probably sattva too. Also see J below

G. DECANAL - a type of candle holder with a narrow opening.
-- by Kalleh.
-- Guessed by tinman

H. DECANAL - an obsolete term for "decade'
-- by proof
-- nice try, but didn't fool anybody

I. DECANAL - a medical operation on the inner ear.
-- by proof
-- ditto

J. DECANAL - a churchman's duty
-- pretty close, actually, though you might quibble about part-of-speech or which churchman. Proof again.
-- chosen by Kalleh, and then reaffirmed.

K. DECANAL - a ten-tone musical scale experimented with by Schönberg, overshadowed by his later use of a twelve tone scale.
-- by Geoff
-- chosen by sattva 'cause it made her smile. (Best reason ever!)

L. DECANAL - A heraldic term referring to a disputed lineage.
-- by BobHale. I like this one; it has a ring of authenticity to my ear. I can't believe I didn't post it with the others in a timely fashion...
-- Kalleh's second choice, and Geoff's too

M. DECANAL - A north African marsupial.
-- Bob's again, and also cleverly omitted by me.

Strictly by the numbers BobHale a)has the most popularly-acclaimed daffynition and b)cannily selected the desired right answer. Well-done, BobHale, and apologies for my ineptitude. Have a safe journey.

Arnie - we missed you; I suspect you know the word anyway. Hope you're doing better; here's to a total recovery soon.

Sattva - if you have a candidate - please feel free to present it!

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M: A north African marsupial? WHAT north Afriggin' marsupial? To my knowledge there ain't any! And there may not be any upials on Mars either! Roll Eyes
 
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Well, I've been in academia for a number of years and have never heard of this word! Good word, Hab.
 
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