"Grids for Good"

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"Grids for Good"

#1

Post by FrankieHeck » Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:44 am

Wasn't sure where to put this, because it's more than just metas, but there is a collection of 42 puzzles by some great constructors , including three metas (with a contest/prize) available at https://gridsforgood.org/

You need to send in a receipt showing at least a $10 donation to a covid-related charity or a raical justice organization to receive the files. I have been trying to reduce my spending on entertainment etc. to zero, but I'm a sucker for metas with prizes, so I went for this one.

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Post by Meg » Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:30 am

Frankie, I’m so glad you posted this. I saw it on Twitter this morning. The list of constructors is amazing. I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to resist.

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Post by Al Sisti » Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:16 am

Early on in the shutdown, I sent $1200 to four employees of the Irish pub that I frequent when they were getting stonewalled trying to get unemployment benefits, and gave another $500 to a local woman who was making masks, but obviously got no receipts. But what an awesome idea for an entry fee!

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#4

Post by Meg » Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:13 pm

I was right. I couldn’t resist. A Trail Mix by Patrick Berry, but FIRST the meta contest consisting of 3 puzzles. First puzzle was a walk in the park. On to the next!

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#5

Post by FrankieHeck » Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:07 pm

Meg wrote:
Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:13 pm
I was right. I couldn’t resist. A Trail Mix by Patrick Berry, but FIRST the meta contest consisting of 3 puzzles. First puzzle was a walk in the park. On to the next!
These are too easy! On to number three. I'm sure I'll enjoy the non-metas too, though!

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Post by Hector » Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:26 pm

Okay, I'm in; I've forwarded a food-bank donation receipt.

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#7

Post by FrankieHeck » Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:31 pm

Well the metas were finished way too quickly. Now I can go back and try to figure out the PGW before the WSJ comes out! I guess the chances of winning the GridsForGood prize will be slim!

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Post by Meg » Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:31 pm

Frankie, I’m stuck on the third one! I’ll pm you.

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Post by FrankieHeck » Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:04 pm

Meg wrote:
Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:31 pm
Frankie, I’m stuck on the third one! I’ll pm you.
I replied, but it looks like you figured it out as I was answering you!

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Post by Hector » Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:37 pm

Well the metas didn't put up much of a fight, but they're pleasant nonetheless.

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Post by hcbirker » Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:28 pm

Just got the packet. What a great assortment of puzzles! That must have taken a lot of work! Will work on the metas (metae?) tomorrow, but sounds like they aren't that difficult. What a great idea!
Heidi

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Post by stmv » Sat Jul 04, 2020 3:11 pm

I got these puzzles, which are very worthwhile in every sense. I've now solved all three metas. For me they weren't as easy as the current MGWCC, but were easier than the current WSJ meta. In particular I stared at #9 for way too long before it clicked.

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Post by BarbaraK » Sat Jul 04, 2020 6:15 pm

Thanks for posting this! I signed up.

Unsurprisingly, I went straight to the metas. Agree they weren't very hard, but still fun. The third was my favorite.

Now on to the non-metas.

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Post by BrianMac » Sat Jul 04, 2020 7:26 pm

I signed up as well. They should keep me busy this week at the real beach. I'm going to try to go straight through all 42 in order over the course of the week.

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Post by Meg » Sat Jul 04, 2020 8:28 pm

BrianMac wrote:
Sat Jul 04, 2020 7:26 pm
I signed up as well. They should keep me busy this week at the real beach. I'm going to try to go straight through all 42 in order over the course of the week.
I did the 3 metas, then the variety puzzles, and now I’m doing the crosswords. Themeless last. I'm not a big fan of themeless puzzles.

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Post by ChrisKochmanski » Sun Jul 05, 2020 11:51 am

I've done the Trail Mix, the Pangram Midi, the variety cryptic, the Labyrinth, and the "Seek Your Fortune" meta so far. Much fun!

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Post by ChrisKochmanski » Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:02 pm

ChrisKochmanski wrote:
Sun Jul 05, 2020 11:51 am
I've done the Trail Mix, the Pangram Midi, the variety cryptic, the Labyrinth, and the "Seek Your Fortune" meta so far. Much fun!
Just finished the other two metas and submitted. The swag bag is mine! Bwahhahahahahah!

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Post by hcbirker » Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:20 pm

ChrisKochmanski wrote:
Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:02 pm
ChrisKochmanski wrote:
Sun Jul 05, 2020 11:51 am
I've done the Trail Mix, the Pangram Midi, the variety cryptic, the Labyrinth, and the "Seek Your Fortune" meta so far. Much fun!
Just finished the other two metas and submitted. The swag bag is mine! Bwahhahahahahah!
Not unless I get it first!
Heidi

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Post by BarbaraK » Wed Jul 22, 2020 9:10 pm

Unless Sean Molley has a screen name I don’t know, I guess none of us muggles won the contest:(

Oh well. Congratulations, Sean!

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Post by Hector » Wed Jul 29, 2020 11:41 am

These are great puzzles. I only have a couple left. They're all over the map, difficulty-wise, but all manageable with the key puzzler virtue of dedicated persistence (aka the vice of stubbornness). Joon Pahk's "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" gave me an especially hard but rewarding time. 42 (!) awesome puzzles. Sure, it rankles to have had to suck up my misanthropy and donate to a food bank, but it's been worth it.

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