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Gourami (Gourami)
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After making up the word blir (see "Never is Enough" in Active Puzzles), I realized there is another action for which there is no proper verb. So I'm calling it flazzing. Flazzing is usually only practiced in conjunction with a single activity, which has little or no practical value. However, it is sometimes helpful to flaz while reading the Sunday paper or studying geology, among other things.

How does one flaz?
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Would someone use one of their five senses to flaz? More than one?
If so, then ...[senses list]?

Can you flaz at any age?
Can both genders flaz?
Can animals flaz?
Can inanimate objects flaz?
Do you need a special object/tool to flaz?
Could your grandma flaz?
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Vagary (Vagary)

Would someone use one of their five senses to flaz? Yesish. More than one?
If so, then ...[senses list]? Sight.

Can you flaz at any age? Yes.
Can both genders flaz? Yes.
Can animals flaz? Depends on the animal, I think.
Can inanimate objects flaz? No.
Do you need a special object/tool to flaz? No.
Could your grandma flaz? Yes.
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Does everyone flaz in their lives?
Does someone intentionally flaz, or is it a product of another action?
If I knew what flazzing was, could I chooze to do it now?
Do you need to be in a certain location to flaz?
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Squinting?
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Indeed. Squinting has a very improper verb. It should be something like "To PWN".
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Looking away for a while to reduce eye strain?
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Taking a break?
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To scim over the words?
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You say that you can flaz at any age, but then mention reading the Sunday papers or studying geology. Does flazzing need the ability to read? Does it need a certain level of education? Or can a newborn baby flaz? How about kindergarten children? Do you need to understand what flazzing is to do it? Is it a conscious thing?
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Vagary (Vagary)

Does everyone flaz in their lives? Probably, at some point.
Does someone intentionally flaz, Sometimes. or is it a product of another action? No.
If I knew what flazzing was, could I chooze to do it now? Possibly.
Do you need to be in a certain location to flaz? No.

Howardwoman (Howardwoman)

Squinting? Nope, that's already a word.

Noobdogg (Noobdogg)

Looking away for a while to reduce eye strain? No.

Taking a break? No.

Deathateaster (Deathateaster)

To scim over the words? nope, that's already a word too.

Lynne (Lynne)

You say that you can flaz at any age, but then mention reading the Sunday papers or studying geology. Does flazzing need the ability to read? No, good question. Does it need a certain level of education? No. Or can a newborn baby flaz? Hm, not sure. How about kindergarten children? Yes. Do you need to understand what flazzing is to do it? No...ish. Is it a conscious thing? Sometimes. I'll clarify that. You can do it unconsciously, or, if you recognize it, you can (usually) do it consciously.
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If you gave them each a Sunday paper would an adult and a child flaz in the same way? Indeed, can you ask someone to flaz? Or is it only done spontaneously or as a reflex to something else?
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So "flaz" is a verb - can it be/is it usually described by a phrase in English? E. g. kicking one's foot, tapping one's fingers, stuff like that?
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Lynne (Lynne)

If you gave them each a Sunday paper would an adult and a child flaz in the same way? Hard to answer. One might not flaz at all while reading the paper. Indeed, can you ask someone to flaz? Yesish. Or is it only done spontaneously or as a reflex to something else? Yope.

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So "flaz" is a verb - can it be/is it usually described by a phrase in English? E. g. kicking one's foot, tapping one's fingers, stuff like that? Yes, I would define it in about 7 words.
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If someone was known to be an occasional Flazer would their reading a particular section of the paper make it more likely that they would Flaz e.g. puzzles page? sports? business? news? lifestyle? other supplements? are horoscopes relevant at all?

A wild guess... Is flazzing chewing the end of a pen or pencil while concentrating or to help one think?
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does flazzing involve a specific part of the body? does it involve movement? muscle action?
does it involve the eyes? ears?
is it something that is done quickly - eg a few seconds? repetitively? over a longer period? does it take a certain amount of time to complete a 'flaz'?
is an inanimate object involved in flazzing?
can one flaz alone? in a crowd? indoors? outdoors?
does flazzing cause a sound of any sort? does it involve vocalisation? might it annoy someone?
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If someone was known to be an occasional Flazer would their reading a particular section of the paper make it more likely that they would Flaz Yes. e.g. puzzles page? Yes! Good question.sports? business? news? lifestyle? other supplements? are horoscopes relevant at all? No to rest.

A wild guess... Is flazzing chewing the end of a pen or pencil while concentrating or to help one think? Nope.

Kdoc (Kdoc)

does flazzing involve a specific part of the body? Yes. does it involve movement? muscle action? Yesish.
does it involve the eyes? This. ears?
is it something that is done quickly - eg a few seconds? Yes. repetitively? One could.over a longer period? One could. does it take a certain amount of time to complete a 'flaz'? No.
is an inanimate object involved in flazzing? Usually.
can one flaz alone? in a crowd? indoors? outdoors? Yes to all.
does flazzing cause a sound of any sort? does it involve vocalisation? might it annoy someone? No to all.
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In an earlier reply you said that no special tool or object is required to flazz, yet in the last post you said that an inanimate object is usually involved in flazzing. Could you clarify this point?

Could it be where you close your eyes and tap on the lids with a writing utensil? does flazzing deal with the correcting of vision? relieving strain on the eyes?

would one due it for pleasure? utility? as a nervous habit? as an exercise?

Does flazzing benefit the flazzer in some way

Can the blind flazz?
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Does it involve changing the focus of one's eyes? is it the action of looking up and 'into the distance' while thinking hard about something?

does it involve opening the eyelids? closing them? moving the eyeball?
does the same thing happen to both eyes?
does it involve another part of the body as well as the eyes? if so - hand? head?

is it usually associated with looking at some object intently? is it something more likely to be done if looking at a series of objects rather than a single one?
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Usmcfink (Usmcfink)

In an earlier reply you said that no special tool or object is required to flazz, yet in the last post you said that an inanimate object is usually involved in flazzing. Could you clarify this point? Certainly. No object is necessary, but an object is usually involved.

Could it be where you close your eyes and tap on the lids with a writing utensil? No, although I do that all the time. does flazzing deal with the correcting of vision? YESISH. relieving strain on the eyes? No.

would one due it for pleasure? Usually.utility? In the geology example, this. as a nervous habit? as an exercise? No to rest.

Does flazzing benefit the flazzer in some way? Yesish.

Can the blind flazz? No.

Kdoc (Kdoc)

Does it involve changing the focus of one's eyes? Yes! You're nearly there! is it the action of looking up and 'into the distance' while thinking hard about something? No.

does it involve opening the eyelids? closing them? moving the eyeball? Thisish.
does the same thing happen to both eyes? Yes.
does it involve another part of the body as well as the eyes? if so - hand? head? No other part necessary.

is it usually associated with looking at some object intently? Yes. is it something more likely to be done if looking at a series of objects rather than a single one? Good question! I'll say yes, with a but.
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does it involve changing from focussing on one object to focus on another? perhaps with a blink in between?
does it involve following an object with the eyes? then flicking back to follow another object?

do the pupils dilate during flazzing? contract? do the eyelids widen? close?
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does it involve changing from focussing on one object to focus on another? Noish. perhaps with a blink in between? No.
does it involve following an object with the eyes? then flicking back to follow another object? No.

do the pupils dilate during flazzing? contract? do the eyelids widen? close? Not sure about the mechanics of the eyeballs, but I don't think any of this is necessary.
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Is the object that is usually involved the one being looked at?

Could you flaz with your eyes closed?
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Staring at the ceiling?
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Does flazzing make it easier to see what one is observing? Change the object of observation? Allow one to see the same object in a different way?
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you say in the puzzle statement that flazzing is usually associated with a single activity that has no value - is that correct? so should we be looking to identify that single activity?
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Is flazzing focusing your eyes in such a way as to be able to view a stereogram? (magic-eye picture)
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Kdoc (Kdoc)

you say in the puzzle statement that flazzing is usually associated with a single activity that has no value - is that correct? Yes. so should we be looking to identify that single activity? Not anymore, because Vagary already got it!

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Is flazzing focusing your eyes in such a way as to be able to view a stereogram? (magic-eye picture Yes!

******************SPOILER
Wow, you pulled that one out of thin air!

flaz (v.)- To unfocus one's eyes in order to see double.
This action can be done involuntarily when one is bored or tired. One most often learns to do it consciously by looking at Magic Eye pictures. These are fun, although for all intents and purposes useless.
The same skill can be helpful when doing the "Spot the Differences" puzzle in the Sunday paper--unfocus your eyes so that the two images line up, and the differences pop out like a Magic Eye picture. Finally, it it useful in the study of Geology when looking at a stereogram that depicts a birds-eye view of a landscape. If you can flaz, you can see these images in 3-D without even using special glasses.
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Thanks to Kdoc for this:

"Does it involve changing the focus of one's eyes?"

..and this:
"do the pupils dilate during flazzing? contract? do the eyelids widen? close? "

Good one, Gourami, now let's all tackle the mysterious blirring. =)
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Very interesting! I've never thought of doing this in 'spot the difference puzzles' - I'm off to try it out....
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Indeed, I did it accidentally one day and have one every "spot the difference" competition since.

Nice Vagary, good together-piecing. And yes, blirring should be no trouble after this one.
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I also one day got the idea to try and solve "spot the differences" puzzles by flazzing. It worked for the most part, though some of the smaller differences were occasionally not visible. I usually try to solve them first by the normal way of careful observation, because to flaz kind of takes the skill element out of it.
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it works! I've learned a new skill today - thanks Gourami (:
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I've been flazzing the backs of my grand-dad's old reader's digests since I was 5 :-D
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I don't like to flaz. It's quite painful.

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