#13 - "Lingo for Bards"

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#13 - "Lingo for Bards"

#1

Post by Al Sisti » Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:22 pm

New Fireball Contest by Lewis Dean Hyatt

What writer is a key figure in this puzzle?

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#2

Post by BrianMac » Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:55 pm

Fun one! Pretty amazing construction.

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#3

Post by Tina » Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:08 pm

Ugh! I think I have step one, but can't move past that!

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#4

Post by Tina » Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:43 pm

OK I got it, after trying absolutely everything!

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#5

Post by ChrisKochmanski » Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:35 pm

Got it!

Really liked this one.

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#6

Post by Toby » Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:38 am

Brilliant puzzle. Completely worth the entire evening it took me.

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#7

Post by Abide » Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:47 am

Great work from a virtual unknown. I see only one NYT in Mr. Hyatt’s portfolio.

For now I’m stuck at the crossroads, but if you guys can get to step two, then I can too!

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Post by docison » Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:08 am

Agree with those who gave this 2 thumbs up! For all meta and crossword fans, this is a terrific time to subscribe to Fireball!

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#9

Post by bhamren » Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:30 pm

This was really fun. Took longer than I would like for the grid because of all the strange clue answers. But the final result and meta was amazing!

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Post by Al Sisti » Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:46 pm

I got step one fairly quickly, but then overshot the next step with a promising start at a result... but it died. And a bridge 90% across a river is not a bridge at all, so I stepped back and realized I had overshot the correct path. Great construction; I'd love to sit down with a cup of coffee with Mr. Hyatt and hear the steps he took in his construction.

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#11

Post by Abide » Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:20 pm

Finally got there after a few more looks. 5 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ !

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#12

Post by Beth Tyrpin » Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:50 pm

Finally found the answer. Even if I had failed I would give this five stars. So much fun to solve!

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#13

Post by Dplass » Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:55 pm

Can't even finish the grid... devious

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Post by markhr » Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:10 pm

Had a heck of a time completing the final step. I was on Al's bridge to nowhere for a day or two.
Went back to it today and the light dawned.

This was a very fun puzzle to work out. Highly rated.

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Post by anjhinz » Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:13 am

I loved this one! So much fun, was half disappointed when I got to the correct answer because I was enjoying trying out all the different ideas I had

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Post by Joe » Sun Mar 29, 2020 2:38 pm

I spent forever on Al's bridge to nowhere. I had the first part but couldn't do anything with it. Then I finally looked at it a different way, and there it was!

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Post by Hector » Sun Mar 29, 2020 6:49 pm

[SPOILER ALERT]

I don't feel too badly about whiffing on this one, because the last step was something I wrongly thought I'd tried. I also (actually) tried encoding/decoding ONESTAR on the theory that it might count as one of "the entries with the character *."

Very cool puzzle.

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