Variations on a theme

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KscX
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Re: Variations on a theme

#61

Post by KscX » Thu Sep 17, 2020 12:31 pm

Solved at 12:23, with some affirmations and a little nudge from super-kind solvers. 1/2 credit. Looking forward to the live panel this afternoon!!! And the new puzzle for this week.

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yungchap
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#62

Post by yungchap » Thu Sep 17, 2020 12:52 pm

anyone willing to give a nudge? i'm on the right track but just want some confirmation

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Annabelle
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#63

Post by Annabelle » Thu Sep 17, 2020 12:59 pm

Having a brain freeze on this one. Can't see one step much less a staircase. sigh

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Joe Ross
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#64

Post by Joe Ross » Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:25 pm

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#65

Post by BarbaraK » Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:32 pm

802puzzler wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:01 am
I believe I solved after a few rabbit holes! I sent in an answer, then woke up with a new tactic and voila! What happens if you send in a wrong answer and later, a correct answer?
That’s a great question for the q&a this afternoon! You should post it.

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#66

Post by joequavis » Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:40 pm

Never did find this thread (until now that is), and only this morning was able to get the puzzle to download properly. Grid / meta solved in about 30 minutes, but ~5 hours too late to submit.

Love me some Mike Shenk puzzles! Grid + meta very enjoyable. Looking forward to listening in this week.
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ky-mike
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#67

Post by ky-mike » Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:12 pm

Congrats Meg!

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Joe Ross
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#68

Post by Joe Ross » Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:13 pm

WAY TO GO, MEG!!!

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#69

Post by TPS » Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:13 pm

Meg wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:37 am
Not easy at all! But the mechanism is elegant!
Congrats on winning the Mug - Meg!!!

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#70

Post by BarbaraK » Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:13 pm

Yay, Meg!! 🥂

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#71

Post by BarbaraK » Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:22 pm

Sorry, Wendy :) (Three M********s candy )

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Meg
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#72

Post by Meg » Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:24 pm

I can’t believe it!! Thanks fellow muggles!

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#73

Post by boharr » Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:34 pm

Congratulations Meg!!!

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#74

Post by Eric Porter » Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:04 pm

Congrats Meg!

At work, they scheduled an interview for me at the same time as the WSJ+ event, so unfortunately I couldn't watch it. I thought that there was a good chance that a muggle would win. Did they announce how many correct answers were submitted?

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#75

Post by Hidden in 3D » Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:06 pm

Meg wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:24 pm
I can’t believe it!! Thanks fellow muggles!
So happy for you, Meg! It couldn't have happened to a nicer MUGgle!
Sara

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802puzzler
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#76

Post by 802puzzler » Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:09 pm

802puzzler wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:01 am
I believe I solved after a few rabbit holes! I sent in an answer, then woke up with a new tactic and voila! What happens if you send in a wrong answer and later, a correct answer?
"UP TO THE CHALLENGE" That was amazing! I wasn't even close. :oops:

I found an answer using a different method that really seemed to make sense! Coincidence??? I used the first letters of answers whose clues began with T,H,E,M,E and came up with "DO B ABSTEMIOUS" which I thought was a funny nudge about how often we talk about drinking in the Muggles Forum. LOL!!!

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Joe Ross
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#77

Post by Joe Ross » Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:13 pm

Best takeaway:
WSJplus 8 Tips for Solving.gif
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#78

Post by OGuyDave » Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:19 pm

This one eluded me, too.

I was able to spot the four "meta" combinations, but wasn't going to submit the only combination not in the puzzle (I'll let you determine what that is) since there was none of that going on "while solving [actually, not solving] this meta."

Also realized that the four cells above the "meta" combinations could all be reordered into words. Don't even want to tell you how many times I voiced out "poutetchhallgene" trying to get it to mean something.

The webinar was totally entertaining -- hope there'll be more to come.

Great puzzle, TFTXWD

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#79

Post by Janet P » Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:19 pm

Congratulations Meg!
“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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#80

Post by whimsy » Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:43 pm

Arrgh! I was way off base. I took the first letters of the clues for the four theme answers and they spelled RAPT. Probably should have put me on notice that I had to anagram to get them. I noticed someone else watching wrote in about getting that answer when they announced the solution.

Anyway, the more important thing:
Yay, Meg!!

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