"Build Your Brand" - May 8, 2020

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Re: "Build Your Brand" - May 8, 2020

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Post by Joe Ross » Tue May 12, 2020 8:02 am

DrTom wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 10:53 pm
And speaking about not being quiet - WOW the folks on the WSJ site are NOT a happy bunch of campers. According to them, those who solved the puzzle are actually slightly insane and of questionable moral status - well, at least they are observant if not kind.
I am an admittedly HUGE fan of DrTom, but the above makes me love him more. It has nothing to do with others' posts, but Tom's way of signing off of every post with something that is sure to make me chuckle & snort.

Thank you, Tom!

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#502

Post by TPS » Tue May 12, 2020 8:08 am

I’m surprised they weren’t chiming in on our nudge debate - normally when I look at that site there is at least one person complaining that this forum is for cheaters. I think there was one comment this week that sorta implied it but normally it’s more explicit.

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#503

Post by Joe Ross » Tue May 12, 2020 8:10 am

Al Sisti wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 10:58 pm
My brother and I used to play the "Let's see who can punch each other the softest." "Okay," I'd say, "Let's do this. You go first." He'd give me a little love tap on the arm. "Good one," sez I. "That's going to be tough to beat." Then I gave him a shot that he's probably still feeling, saying "You win."
Ever play Cat's Paw?

Take someone you'll be around for awhile. Brothers are perfect.

Throughout the day, as you pass, gently tap or push at his shoulder with your fingers folded, like a cat's paw, and gently say, "Cat's paw." If he's like my brother, he'll leap about 4 feet the first time in well-earned suspicion, but the goal is to get him relaxed & accepting of his brother's weird, eccentric ways as the day progresses.

When he gets to the point of rolling his eyes & allowing you full access, shout, "BULL'S HOOF!" and send him into tomorrow.

Brothers can be fun.

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Post by Bob cruise director » Tue May 12, 2020 8:53 am

Al Sisti wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 10:58 pm
DrTom wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 10:53 pm
Al Sisti wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 8:48 pm


I'm just as non-competitive. I may even be more non-competitive.

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I LOVE it - a competition to determine who is the most non-competitive. I predict nobody will win because all the contestants will drop out to prove they are the MOST non-competitive. Reminds me of the "Whoever is the quietest yell out" game that we played as kids, or "If you are not here, answer up!" Oddly enough I never won the quietest one game....

Amd speaking about not being quiet - WOW the folks on the WSJ site are NOT a happy bunch of campers. According to them, those who solved the puzzle are actually slightly insane and of questionable moral status - we at least they are observant if not kind.
My brother and I used to play the "Let's see who can punch each other the softest." "Okay," I'd say, "Let's do this. You go first." He'd give me a little love tap on the arm. "Good one," sez I. "That's going to be tough to beat." Then I gave him a shot that he's probably still feeling, saying "You win."
And then the real fight broke out
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Post by Joepickett » Tue May 12, 2020 10:00 am

Did I miss the winner and results for last week? I thought they are posted here by some time on Monday. I searched the posts but could not find anything.

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Post by Bob cruise director » Tue May 12, 2020 10:34 am

Joepickett wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 10:00 am
Did I miss the winner and results for last week? I thought they are posted here by some time on Monday. I searched the posts but could not find anything.
In normal times they are posted here by Mike Miller on Monday. However the WSJ personnel are working from home so the results have been coming out sometime Tuesday. I can not imagine trying to put together a daily paper with reporters stuck in homes all across the world
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#507

Post by MikeMillerwsj » Tue May 12, 2020 10:50 am

Here I am (and thanks for the sympathetic explanation, Bob).

This was one of our toughest contests in a while! An ingenious Matt Gaffney multi-step treasure hunt that wound through some tricky thickets along the way. We had 802 entries, with an unusually low 37% success rate. A big response (144) for COSTCO (because they sell curtains and toasters and cereal? or some other reason?). Plus some other big box stores (same reason?): WALMART (49), HOME DEPOT (13), TARGET (12), and LOWES (5). Also TESLA (8), LEGO (6), GENERAL MOTORS (5), and many many others.

Congrats to this week's winner: Suzanne Condron of Pearland, Tex.! Stay safe, solvers!

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Post by Wendy Walker » Tue May 12, 2020 10:57 am

MikeMillerwsj wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 10:50 am
A big response (144) for COSTCO (because they sell curtains and toasters and cereal? or some other reason?).
Mike, COSTCO was going to be my WAG if I didn't find the meta. 4D, INN, could be converted into a company name, CNN, by adding a C. 18D, UPA --> UPS. 7D, ART --> ATT. 8D, RIA --> RCA. That made CSTC, and believe me I spent hours trying to find the missing "o's!
Huge congrats to our winner Suzanne!
Good luck, fellow Muggles!

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Post by TPS » Tue May 12, 2020 11:10 am

MikeMillerwsj wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 10:50 am
We had 802 entries, with an unusually low 37% success rate.

Congrats to this week's winner: Suzanne Condron of Pearland, Tex.
What I take from this is that for all the hullabaloo about nudges only about 250 people submitted the correct answer and the winner isn’t even someone I recognize from this site. So what that tells me is that the people who are getting nudges and saying they are not submitting - probably aren’t. And even with the low turnout and low % correct your odds of winning the Mug still aren’t very good.

So maybe everyone should just have fun with it.

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Post by Bob cruise director » Tue May 12, 2020 11:17 am

TPS wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 11:10 am
MikeMillerwsj wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 10:50 am
We had 802 entries, with an unusually low 37% success rate.

Congrats to this week's winner: Suzanne Condron of Pearland, Tex.
What I take from this is that for all the hullabaloo about nudges only about 250 people submitted the correct answer and the winner isn’t even someone I recognize from this site. So what that tells me is that the people who are getting nudges and saying they are not submitting - probably aren’t. And even with the low turnout and low % correct your odds of winning the Mug still aren’t very good.

So maybe everyone should just have fun with it.
Congratulations to Suzanne. I do not have her in my muggles list as either a WSJ subscriber or having her name as a blog name, however there are a growing number of muggles who I don't have their real name.
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#511

Post by TPS » Tue May 12, 2020 11:28 am

Well hopefully someone tells her about the site and she creates an account to at least take a bow!

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Post by BarbaraK » Tue May 12, 2020 12:01 pm

Joepickett wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 10:00 am
Did I miss the winner and results for last week? I thought they are posted here by some time on Monday. I searched the posts but could not find anything.
Last week's results were posted earlier that usual. Here they are:

viewtopic.php?f=5&t=381&p=19816#p19816

(I didn't actually scroll through all of that topic; I took a shortcut by looking up Mike Miller and his post.)

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#513

Post by LadyBird » Tue May 12, 2020 12:43 pm

I see that the difficulty rating on this puzzle is a 4. If this one is a 4, then I'm not sure that I want to see a 5!

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#514

Post by Wendy Walker » Tue May 12, 2020 12:49 pm

LadyBird wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 12:43 pm
I see that the difficulty rating on this puzzle is a 4. If this one is a 4, then I'm not sure that I want to see a 5!
"5" for me was the one where you had to know that dollar bills had letters on them that indicated at which mint they were printed.
Good luck, fellow Muggles!

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#515

Post by Joe Ross » Tue May 12, 2020 12:53 pm

Wendy Walker wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 12:49 pm
...dollar bills had letters on them that indicated at which mint they were printed.
FWIW, coins do, too!

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#516

Post by TPS » Tue May 12, 2020 1:04 pm

^^^ I knew this but if this was somehow the key to solving a meta there is no way I would ever get it. The limit of my range when it comes to solving metas extends about as far as knowing state capitals.

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#517

Post by Nlobb » Tue May 12, 2020 1:05 pm

Yma sumac was definitely a 5

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#518

Post by Cindy » Tue May 12, 2020 1:32 pm

Wendy Walker wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 12:49 pm
LadyBird wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 12:43 pm
I see that the difficulty rating on this puzzle is a 4. If this one is a 4, then I'm not sure that I want to see a 5!
"5" for me was the one where you had to know that dollar bills had letters on them that indicated at which mint they were printed.
I know exactly where I was sitting when I solved the dollar bill one. I doubt if I know where I was for any of the others.

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#519

Post by Bird Lives » Tue May 12, 2020 2:14 pm

LadyBird wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 12:43 pm
I see that the difficulty rating on this puzzle is a 4. If this one is a 4, then I'm not sure that I want to see a 5!
I went back and checked.

Puzzle People (aka Yma Sumac) had 96 correct entries out of 357 -- 27%.
Build Your Brand 297 of 802 -- 36%.

Looks like there are a lot more meta-heads around now than a year and a half ago.

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#520

Post by Wendy Walker » Tue May 12, 2020 3:03 pm

Cindy wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 1:32 pm
Wendy Walker wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 12:49 pm
LadyBird wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 12:43 pm
I see that the difficulty rating on this puzzle is a 4. If this one is a 4, then I'm not sure that I want to see a 5!
"5" for me was the one where you had to know that dollar bills had letters on them that indicated at which mint they were printed.
I know exactly where I was sitting when I solved the dollar bill one. I doubt if I know where I was for any of the others.
Cindy, I am LOL-ing because I know EXACTLY how you feel! That divine moment when it all comes together!
Good luck, fellow Muggles!

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