"2+2=5" - February 28, 2020

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Re: "2+2=5" - February 28, 2020

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Post by Scott Medvetz » Sun Mar 01, 2020 10:37 pm

I got nothin'. Gonna be happy with the chance to watch (from some great seats) my 'Hoos beating the evil ones from Durham Saturday night, and regroup for next Thursday. Congrats to all who saw what just refuses to click for me.
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#202

Post by Bird Lives » Sun Mar 01, 2020 10:41 pm

The tile is correct: two plus two equal five . . . for very large values of two.

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#203

Post by maprasad » Sun Mar 01, 2020 10:44 pm

Shoosh, made it ashore, just under the wire.

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#204

Post by Colin » Mon Mar 02, 2020 12:00 am

Threw my Hail Mary
Not all that sure
It’s a bit late but I’ll head to the beach
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#205

Post by Geoduck » Mon Mar 02, 2020 12:00 am

To paraphrase Charlotte from Charlotte's Web -- this was TOTALly sum puzzle!

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#206

Post by MajordomoTom » Mon Mar 02, 2020 12:02 am

Oh my Gawd
Like, TOTALly
Bodacious and Gnarly
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#207

Post by MajordomoTom » Mon Mar 02, 2020 12:02 am

17A: QUEENANNE = QU + AN + T = 19A QUANT
26A: GUESTSTAR = GU + ST + O = 44A GUSTO
40A: EXPENSEACCOUNTS = EX+ AC + T = 1A EXACT
48A: COMMONCORE = CO + CO + A = 48D COCOA
64A: SEARCHOUT = SE + OU + L = 55D SEOUL

the + single letters spell "a word heard in math class": TOTAL
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#208

Post by Joe Ross » Mon Mar 02, 2020 12:05 am

20200228 WSJCC 2+2=5.gif

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#209

Post by MajordomoTom » Mon Mar 02, 2020 12:07 am

Bird Lives wrote:
Sun Mar 01, 2020 10:41 pm
The tile is correct: two plus two equal five . . . for very large values of two.
only on Leap Day
"Lots of planets have a North", the Ninth Doctor.

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#210

Post by yourpalsal » Mon Mar 02, 2020 12:11 am

I spent so much time on (2)001 Tatou(2) movie and two(2) in tu(2)valu - the numbers of those clues 6D and 46D added up to 52D ONEal... sigh. Naturally the answer was so much simpler.

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Post by Tony S » Mon Mar 02, 2020 12:31 am

Scott Medvetz wrote:
Sun Mar 01, 2020 10:37 pm
I got nothin'. Gonna be happy with the chance to watch (from some great seats) my 'Hoos beating the evil ones from Durham Saturday night, and regroup for next Thursday. Congrats to all who saw what just refuses to click for me.
Seeing UVa beat Duke (on TV) brought more satisfaction to me than getting this week's meta --- seeing it live would surpass even winning the mug.

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#212

Post by Richard » Mon Mar 02, 2020 1:48 am

In some respects this is a great meta.

When I got it, I posted "Aha."

Should have posted "Duh."

So easy after you see it.

I actually stared at the all of the qu combos and thought of quadratic etc. Then while lying down without the puzzle thought of Queen Anne and Quant and then the rest was obvious.


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#213

Post by jag » Mon Mar 02, 2020 7:10 am

jag wrote:
Sun Mar 01, 2020 8:47 pm
I am still at sea (granted, without much time this weekend to work on this). Making one last effort here, with my terrier by my side on the couch, to plumb a couple more rabbit holes...
i made it to shore last night, just before the deadline. Guess my dog really did help!

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#214

Post by Colin » Mon Mar 02, 2020 7:44 am

Gusto, exact... Aargghh!
No mug for my Seoul cocoa
But quant meta though
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#215

Post by Joe Ross » Mon Mar 02, 2020 7:52 am

Richard wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 1:48 am
Then while lying down without the puzzle thought of Queen Anne and Quant and then the rest was obvious.
QUeen ANne & quanT turned the trick, here, too.

Afterward, I wondered if 19A QUANT was a generous gift or the beginning of an abandoned attempt to tie five grid answers to the Theme Answers, per the 2+2=5 formula.

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Post by Bird Lives » Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:30 am

What distracted me for the longest time were all those repeated letters in the first four long entries: EE NN, ST ST, CC, CO CO. Maybe the key was to "search out" other entries with them. I would guess that many solvers noticed that third row -- QUEEN ANNE and QUANT -- early on and sailed easily ashore.

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#217

Post by Commodore » Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:43 am

You sunk my battleship!
Near miss. Much work to get off the EE-NN-CC paths. Discovered the 2 + 2 + 1 idea. But for some reason, (distractions of Sunday afternoon golf watching on TV?) was hung up on borrowed letter being from answers at the puzzle sides. Arrived at TETAS. Gave up anagram hunt, figured that 5 - 1 = 2 + 2 and we needed to lose a letter. Took the lone T out of EXACT. Left with ETAS, plural of ETA. Felt a bit better than Hail Mary.

Excellent puzzle. If no MUGGLE trophy in the cards, please consider us for a MUDDLE prize.
To the lifeboats!

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Post by TMart » Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:58 am

Bird Lives wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:30 am
What distracted me for the longest time were all those repeated letters in the first four long entries: EE NN, ST ST, CC, CO CO. Maybe the key was to "search out" other entries with them. I would guess that many solvers noticed that third row -- QUEEN ANNE and QUANT -- early on and sailed easily ashore.
Same here. And then CO CO broke it open for me.

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Post by MaineMarge » Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:26 am

Luckily I zeroed in on the 5 in the title indicating to look at the 5 letter grid answers- of which there were many. PDQ exacT popped up and I saw the light. Gotta love those Xs in a grid.
I thought this was an interesting twist on a method we see regularly of a shorter grid answer +1/-1 letter being contained in a theme answer.
Nice going Matt.

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#220

Post by DBMiller » Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:41 am

https://youtu.be/UIKGV2cTgqA

First thing I thought of when I saw the puzzle title. What is this, some kind of new math?

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