"Game Pieces" - February 21, 2020

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Re: "Game Pieces" - February 21, 2020

#181

Post by BrianDavidson » Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:08 am

On shore.

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#182

Post by Bob cruise director » Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:16 am

Bird Lives wrote:
Sun Feb 23, 2020 7:58 am
Bob cruise director wrote:
Sat Feb 22, 2020 11:56 am
Good morning muggles. The shore is mobbed with 112 muggles there already. And one muggle is keeping Isaac company in the bar.
Just for the sake of record-keeping: I don't know if I'm in the count, but I'm not on the list.
You are now. I got the first part of your response but missed the last part
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#183

Post by Jeanrosz » Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:49 am

I think I’m on shore...a little different from past puzzles, I’ll say.

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#184

Post by Patty » Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:53 am

Just getting to the puzzle as I had a bicycle accident on Wednesday which ended up requiring surgery and some new hardware😔. Broken write wrist which means everything will be slow going for a while. But someone needs to keep Isaac company while all’y’all are off enjoying the beach. Maybe I will solve in time to catch a tender to shore.

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#185

Post by NuYear68 » Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:55 am

Finally found my quiet time this weekend and remembered I hadn't done the puzzle. On shore.
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#186

Post by PHOFER » Sun Feb 23, 2020 9:47 am

On the (crowded) shore. I recognize one answer as having been used, for a similar purpose, in another puzzle recently, so somewhat of a giveaway. Still, this was enjoyable.

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#187

Post by bunella » Sun Feb 23, 2020 9:48 am

After having a bad January, I'm pretty sure I'm onshore today with fresh pretzels for all!

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#188

Post by Bob cruise director » Sun Feb 23, 2020 9:54 am

Patty wrote:
Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:53 am
Just getting to the puzzle as I had a bicycle accident on Wednesday which ended up requiring surgery and some new hardware😔. Broken write wrist which means everything will be slow going for a while. But someone needs to keep Isaac company while all’y’all are off enjoying the beach. Maybe I will solve in time to catch a tender to shore.
Ouch - hope you recover quickly.
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#189

Post by Ann » Sun Feb 23, 2020 10:20 am

Just dawned on me. Ashore!

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#190

Post by Bird Lives » Sun Feb 23, 2020 10:49 am

The metas this week (WSJ and MGWCC) are no country for old men. Neither was around when I was a carefree game-playing, snack-eating lad. I'd heard of the game but at MGWCC, even after I'd gotten the letters, I was like "is that really a snack?" and had to Google it to make sure.

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#191

Post by hcbirker » Sun Feb 23, 2020 11:12 am

Patty wrote:
Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:53 am
Just getting to the puzzle as I had a bicycle accident on Wednesday which ended up requiring surgery and some new hardware😔. Broken write wrist which means everything will be slow going for a while. But someone needs to keep Isaac company while all’y’all are off enjoying the beach. Maybe I will solve in time to catch a tender to shore.
Oh no!! Heal well and quickly!
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#192

Post by Gwyneth_S » Sun Feb 23, 2020 11:36 am

On shore!

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#193

Post by Janet P » Sun Feb 23, 2020 11:43 am

Patty wrote:
Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:53 am
Just getting to the puzzle as I had a bicycle accident on Wednesday which ended up requiring surgery and some new hardware😔. Broken write wrist which means everything will be slow going for a while. But someone needs to keep Isaac company while all’y’all are off enjoying the beach. Maybe I will solve in time to catch a tender to shore.
Sorry to hear of your accident. I hope your recovery is smooth and quick!
I'm sure you'll make it to shore with time to spare ;)
“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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#194

Post by jhcogan » Sun Feb 23, 2020 12:11 pm

Solved the grid last night. Now I've been working on the meta, while eating a brunch/lunch of cheese & crackers, homemade soup, and Diet Moxie. I was going to include a photo, but I can't get the file size reduced enough, either 😕
No real luck with the meta.
Going to eat a piece of pie, go for a walk on a relatively warm & sunny February day, and maybe look at the meta again--with something stronger from Issac. I'm not getting the "almost-at-the-solution" vibe this week 😕

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#195

Post by Bob cruise director » Sun Feb 23, 2020 12:54 pm

First an apology to all who I missed yesterday. I think I have gotten everyone but let me know

Next we have two new muggles since yesterday Scott R and Oscar on the WSJ comments page

And we have three on the ship and 135 on the shore. Closing in our record of 145

The ship's party settling in for the Celtic-Lakers game is Fishmagik, Patty with her broken arm and jhcogan. Patty, good luck recovering. Several years ago my left thumb was operated on and I nearly put my eye out brushing my teeth with my right hand.

New to the shore (or they were there but I missed them) since yesterday are

Jud
caf.caf
CoffeeFiend21
Geoduck
martin
BarbaraK
matthewmorvec
joes
Carla
asechres
jag
Limerick Savant
Brian
Bird Lives
NuYear68
phofer
Jeanrosz
bunella - about time with the pretzels
Scott T
Ann
Gwyneth
and Oscar

Long odds winning the mug this week.
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#196

Post by MajordomoTom » Sun Feb 23, 2020 12:57 pm

I'm trying to remember how I did it, but closing a car door on your own hand is pretty painful (and stupid).
"Lots of planets have a North", the Ninth Doctor.

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#197

Post by boharr » Sun Feb 23, 2020 2:14 pm

on shore

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#198

Post by Ksoav » Sun Feb 23, 2020 3:10 pm

On shore for the week!

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#199

Post by Joe » Sun Feb 23, 2020 3:22 pm

Ugh. And I'd been doing so well this year. I've solved every WSJ contest except one. I've solved every single MGWCC. I'm reading all the comments about how easy both of this week's puzzles are and I've got NOTHING on either one. Like NOTHING. Dear Muggles, if anyone would like to DM a poor benighted fool a tiny hint on either one, I'll buy a round next time you're stuck on the ship. It's lonely here. Isaac's fine and all that, but I'd love to feel sand!

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#200

Post by Joe » Sun Feb 23, 2020 3:33 pm

And the second I posted, I figured out the MGWCC. I've read comments saying that works and I guess it does. Now back to WSJ. Maybe lightning will strike twice!

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