#29 - "Three-Four Time"

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#29 - "Three-Four Time"

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Post by Hector » Wed Jul 15, 2020 12:34 pm

What song in 3/4 time is hinted at by this puzzle?

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#2

Post by Hector » Wed Jul 15, 2020 12:35 pm

Solid meta.

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Post by Beth Tyrpin » Wed Jul 15, 2020 1:21 pm

Wow. Really impressive.

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#4

Post by Meg » Wed Jul 15, 2020 1:21 pm

Yes!! The last step was not immediately obvious (to me). Very nice construction.

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#5

Post by RPardoe » Wed Jul 15, 2020 1:48 pm

Echoing the comments above - impressive and solid meta.

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#6

Post by oldjudge » Wed Jul 15, 2020 4:36 pm

On shore, or off the coach, or whatever we say here. Fun puzzle, even better while playing it. Popular title-didn’t Matt have a similar one at the end of May?
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Post by bhamren » Wed Jul 15, 2020 4:38 pm

Another echo as impressed!

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#8

Post by ChrisKochmanski » Wed Jul 15, 2020 5:40 pm

Good one!

Patrick Berry is quite the puzzle-maker, isn't he? When I see his name on a puzzle, I know I'll enjoy.

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#9

Post by Cindy » Wed Jul 15, 2020 6:27 pm

Solved

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Post by TMart » Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:42 pm

I just subscribed to Fireball an hour ago, since you all have been raving about it for so long.

What a great puzzle! Patrick Berry never disappoints.

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Post by Hector » Wed Jul 15, 2020 9:41 pm

Wasn't there another three/four time puzzle not so long ago?

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Post by Djquimby » Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:22 pm

Holy $#! this blew my mind and I’m not even talking about the fact that I got it

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Post by oldjudge » Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:35 pm

Hector wrote:
Wed Jul 15, 2020 9:41 pm
Wasn't there another three/four time puzzle not so long ago?
Yes-see post #6

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Post by Al Sisti » Thu Jul 16, 2020 10:28 am

Got the initial steps yesterday but didn't know what to do about it. Went out for Blues and beers, and the final step fell into place this morning using one mechanism I hadn't tried last night. Outstanding construction from Mr. Berry.

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#15

Post by chnest » Thu Jul 16, 2020 1:27 pm

So, I've got all of the pieces to the puzzle, but is there a more elegant way, other than brute force, to come to the solution?

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Post by Hector » Thu Jul 16, 2020 1:39 pm

chnest wrote:
Thu Jul 16, 2020 1:27 pm
So, I've got all of the pieces to the puzzle, but is there a more elegant way, other than brute force, to come to the solution?
Not to answer directly, but you don't see any solvers complaining about inelegance above.

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Post by Al Sisti » Thu Jul 16, 2020 2:16 pm

Hector wrote:
Thu Jul 16, 2020 1:39 pm
chnest wrote:
Thu Jul 16, 2020 1:27 pm
So, I've got all of the pieces to the puzzle, but is there a more elegant way, other than brute force, to come to the solution?
Not to answer directly, but you don't see any solvers complaining about inelegance above.
Exactly. It's pretty straightforward (as I found out eventually), which makes it -- given all that's going on -- unbelievably elegant.

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Post by dudeski » Thu Jul 16, 2020 11:21 pm

Nicely done. On to the WSJ.

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Post by joequavis » Fri Jul 17, 2020 5:10 pm

Finally subscribed, and got it! Cool puzzle.
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#20

Post by RunRuskyRun » Sat Jul 18, 2020 8:32 pm

A lovely mix of the exotic and the basics.

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