"In The Hopper" - March 6, 2020

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Re: "In The Hopper" - March 6, 2020

#201

Post by Joe Ross » Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:59 pm

With 3 hours & 11 minutes shy of 2 weeks left in winter at the time of posting the puzzle, Thursday, this particular Crossword Contest seemed to be hopping the gun a bit.

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#202

Post by hcbirker » Mon Mar 09, 2020 12:11 am

I was amazed at how many muggles avoided talking about rabbits this week.
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#203

Post by Commodore » Mon Mar 09, 2020 6:12 am

Bird Lives,
Enjoyed your "Nighthawks" post. My first thought seeing the puzzle title Thursday afternoon ran to Edward Hopper. Just that very morning I had run across an Instagram from a gallery owner who hangs this Edward Hoppper watercolor in his home. The artist's rendering of sand dunes in Truro, MA. The owner apologizes for hanging it here, but can't resist, claims it fits best on that wall.
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#204

Post by Bob cruise director » Mon Mar 09, 2020 6:17 am

I was waylaid for a bit because the "hopper" is a toilet so "In the Hopper" means you are in the toilet so I spent time looking for head, bathroom, loo, can, etc.
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#205

Post by MaineMarge » Mon Mar 09, 2020 7:12 am

I probably wasn’t the only Muggle whose first thought when seeing the title was how too funny would it be if rabbit turned up to be the answer. So I was primed to see that rabbit almost leaping out at me in 32a when I finally finished the head scratching grid. Interesting and creative throughout- both grid and meta. I loved it.

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#206

Post by Deb F » Mon Mar 09, 2020 7:43 am

What I found amusing was how every muggle skillfully avoided any mention of going down rabbit holes🐰😁. Good luck everyone.

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#207

Post by Deb F » Mon Mar 09, 2020 7:44 am

Obviously missed HCBirker's comment above!!

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#208

Post by OGuyDave » Mon Mar 09, 2020 8:40 am

My comment in #143 was referring to what appeared to me to be lower-than-average occurrences of comments that contained words with six letters.

Good luck to all becoming a mug recipient.

Hey, I did it again!
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#209

Post by Bird Lives » Mon Mar 09, 2020 8:41 am

Commodore wrote:
Mon Mar 09, 2020 6:12 am
Bird Lives,
Enjoyed your "Nighthawks" post. My first thought seeing the puzzle title Thursday afternoon ran to Edward Hopper. Just that very morning I had run across an Instagram from a gallery owner who hangs this Edward Hoppper watercolor in his home. The artist's rendering of sand dunes in Truro, MA. The owner apologizes for hanging it here, but can't resist, claims it fits best on that wall.
Sure.
Hopper in Hopper.jpg
I thought there would be Hopper with an actual 6-letter word. I thought one of those his gas stations might be a Flying A. But no. So I went with his most famous and settled for PHILLI.

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#210

Post by LittleGood » Mon Mar 09, 2020 9:11 am

hcbirker wrote:
Mon Mar 09, 2020 12:11 am
I was amazed at how many muggles avoided talking about rabbits this week.
The dog that didn't bark.

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#211

Post by SarasotaSun » Mon Mar 09, 2020 9:32 am

I thought it was refreshing that we DIDN'T have to read dozens of responses about going down "rabbit holes" this week. I can only wish that would continue.

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#212

Post by BethA » Mon Mar 09, 2020 9:40 am

One of my first thoughts on seeing the title was, “oh no, what if RABBIT is the answer ?!”. 😀 Other early idea was the hopper as used in machinery - a compartment where material is put and then fed into the machine, as in farm equipment or a factory.

Such restraint! Great job, MUGgles! Not only did everyone avoid RABBIT, but it also kept people from mentioning the time change - SPRING forward!

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Post by MajordomoTom » Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:36 am

Just "roll" with it.

I was surprised to have SPRING this shortly after SPRINGROLL.
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#214

Post by Nlobb » Mon Mar 09, 2020 11:18 am

When I saw the title I immediately thought of a rabbit, so in the hopper must mean a carrot!! After doing the grid I saw rabbit right away in arabbritish then had fun looking for other animals that hopped. Great puzzle! Hope to see more from Joanne in the future.

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#215

Post by yourpalsal » Mon Mar 09, 2020 1:16 pm

I am an idiot. I got the right answer, but I thought it was just about animals and springtime. Only on returning to the muggleboard today did I realize that all the animals mentioned actually hop. That makes the puzzle ever so much more elegant. 🕺💃

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#216

Post by Hector » Mon Mar 09, 2020 2:18 pm

First day of Spring is March 19 (Thurs), when a WSJ contest puzzle will drop. I wonder why this wasn't held back a couple of weeks.

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#217

Post by BrianDavidson » Mon Mar 09, 2020 3:09 pm

This was the weekend we Spring forward.

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#218

Post by Dplass » Mon Mar 09, 2020 5:02 pm

The one that got me was ROO. I saw RABBIT right away and eventually had SPRIN_... and it just had to be G.

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#219

Post by Nlobb » Mon Mar 09, 2020 5:08 pm

Too was the last one I found too. I was looking for kangaroo but no k.

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#220

Post by MajordomoTom » Mon Mar 09, 2020 5:47 pm

saw RABBI/RABBIT, knew that something had to be there (just ... too odd). When I dropped RABBI for RABBIT, it was all down-hole (?) from there ...

actually LOL'd at FLEA ...

stared at ROO for too long but by that time, knew it was SPRING and that I 'needed' a "G" from that last answer.
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