Variations on a theme

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KayW
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Re: Variations on a theme

#21

Post by KayW » Fri Sep 11, 2020 6:15 pm

Very clever! So nice to have a bonus meta on top of that fabulous Q&A webinar.

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Wendy Walker
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#22

Post by Wendy Walker » Fri Sep 11, 2020 6:48 pm

Oh, that was so much fun! Thank you, Matt!
Good luck, fellow Muggles!

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#23

Post by Al Sisti » Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:32 pm

...and then it hit me.

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#24

Post by BarbaraK » Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:56 am

Got it! I co-solved this one. Haven't been doing that much lately since Matt lay down the solo-solve challenge :) But it's fun on occasion to work with a friend and see the ideas flowing back and forth.

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#25

Post by Wendy Walker » Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:39 am

Al Sisti wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:32 pm
...and then it hit me.
Thanks for the earworm, Al.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tAvug0Aoxk
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#26

Post by Joepickett » Sat Sep 12, 2020 12:04 pm

Struggling. What's new?

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#27

Post by Janet P » Sat Sep 12, 2020 12:57 pm

Joepickett wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 12:04 pm
Struggling. What's new?
I have got something.
Do not know how to proceed.
Stuck in rabbit hole.
“For myself, I am an optimist. It does not seem much use being anything else...”
― Winston Churchill, The Lord Mayor's Banquet, 9 November 1954

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#28

Post by TPS » Sat Sep 12, 2020 2:22 pm

0-2 this week. This one definitely isn’t happening either. After having a pretty good run of 6-7 after a very long bad streak I’m thinking I need a new hobby.

Thankfully Joe put me out of my misery.

I definitely hated Friday’s WSJCC more but this was a close second. Never would have solved either - 5 hours on each and not only was I not even close to the same zip code - I wasn’t even in the same galaxy.

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#29

Post by whimsy » Sat Sep 12, 2020 3:18 pm

Now this one I am not seeing, except for a rather obvious and appropriate thing.
But I am making no headway with that so far and am beginning to suspect crafty misdirection.
Once more unto.....

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#30

Post by ky-mike » Sat Sep 12, 2020 3:54 pm

Got the theme and variations (I think), but nothing past that. At least a few more days to play with it before the live cast to see if anything pops out at me.

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#31

Post by hcbirker » Sat Sep 12, 2020 4:21 pm

I'm not making any headway either. Going to keep trying different tactics. Lots of time until Thursday.
Heidi

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#32

Post by Wendy Walker » Sat Sep 12, 2020 7:51 pm

hcbirker wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 4:21 pm
I'm not making any headway either. Going to keep trying different tactics. Lots of time until Thursday.
Heidi, you can get this. And there's a great, prolonged A-HA moment.
WLW.
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#33

Post by TPS » Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:52 pm

TPS wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 2:22 pm
I definitely hated Friday’s WSJCC more but this was a close second. Never would have solved either - 5 hours on each and not only was I not even close to the same zip code - I wasn’t even in the same galaxy.
There is a saying in sports - "Don't let one bad game get you two losses." Meaning don't be so frustrated by a loss that it costs you your next game as well. I think that was advice I should have heeded before doing this puzzle today.

I was still so frustrated by the WSJCC that I think I went into this puzzle with such a negative out look that I couldn't see anything but my first idea and even though I had parts of worked out - I was NEVER going to solve it with the attitude I had going in. There were some fairly obvious things I missed that I think I've noticed before in other puzzles.

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#34

Post by damefox » Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:18 am

Finally got this one! Cindy was kind enough to send it to me. What is this Q&A webinar?

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#35

Post by TPS » Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:21 am

damefox wrote:
Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:18 am
Finally got this one! Cindy was kind enough to send it to me. What is this Q&A webinar?
If you look on the Puzzles page of the WSJ there are links to two Q&A sessions with Matt & Mike. The first was last Thur where they went over basic puzzle construction techniques. You can watch a replay if you desire. The second is this Thur and will focus more on meta puzzle construction. This puzzle was created to go hand and hand with these events.

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#36

Post by Eric Porter » Sun Sep 13, 2020 12:58 pm

ky-mike wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 3:54 pm
Got the theme and variations (I think), but nothing past that. At least a few more days to play with it before the live cast to see if anything pops out at me.
I'm probably in the same place as you. I have what I think is the first part, but I can't figure out where to go from there. I've tried many things, but nothing's working.

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#37

Post by Joepickett » Sun Sep 13, 2020 6:32 pm

Got it after chasing many rabbits and some help.

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#38

Post by Inca » Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:34 pm

Like others, I've got the first part and it's definitely variations on a theme. But the only solution I can think of is a phrase that I come up with on my own and I know that can't be it because I can come up with variations of that phrase as well and I think the answer to these metas is usually only one possibility. (Sorry for that run on sentence.)

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#39

Post by Laura M » Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:39 pm

Finally got to this one. Excellent!

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#40

Post by Eric Porter » Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:41 am

I found a few more rabbit holes, but nothing's working out. I don't know if it's a part of the solution, or just a coincidence.

I don't think I'm going to get this one without a pointer in the right direction.

Thanks Joe for giving me the nudge / spoiler. I had the right general idea, but I was missing one very critical part that I should have seen.

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