"Stress Test" - July 3, 2020

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Re: "Stress Test" - July 3, 2020

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Post by fuggedabowdit » Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:29 pm

DrTom wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 2:24 pm
fuggedabowdit wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 1:37 pm
Another route to the island.
All three long answers have double letters(SS, LL, CC) as does STRESS(SS) in the title. Only one clue, 42 acroSS, contains all 3 of these letters in the order in which they are presented in the grid (S-L-C). Coincidence?? or bassackwards?? A-Plus meta
? SULPA has no C in it, around it maybe, but not in it? I must be missing a part of the alternative route.
The clue itself contains the S, L, C letters in that order, not the answer to the clue, and as stated before, is the only clue that has this property. It just leads you straight to the puzzle answer, albeit in reverse.

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#402

Post by fuggedabowdit » Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:37 pm

Wendy Walker wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 3:25 pm
DrTom wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 2:24 pm
fuggedabowdit wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 1:37 pm
Another route to the island.
All three long answers have double letters(SS, LL, CC) as does STRESS(SS) in the title. Only one clue, 42 acroSS, contains all 3 of these letters in the order in which they are presented in the grid (S-L-C). Coincidence?? or bassackwards?? A-Plus meta
? SULPA has no C in it, around it maybe, but not in it? I must be missing a part of the alternative route.
Dr. Tom, I think he's talking about the clue, not the answer. But after this weekend my brain hurts (and I don't even drink!) so I could be wrong! See you on Tuesday night I hope.
Dr. Tom, I think he's talking about the clue, not the answer.
You thought right!

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#403

Post by Joe Ross » Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:41 pm

FrankH wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:14 pm
Too bad the island is Sulpa not Gum. I suppose WSJ isn't so generous.
If it were GUAM, I'd settle for an A-.

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Post by Bob cruise director » Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:42 pm

LadyBird wrote:
Sun Jul 05, 2020 2:37 pm
Hector wrote:
Sun Jul 05, 2020 2:22 pm
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A few days ago on our deck. Red-tailed hawks?
The black band across the white chest makes me think Red-tailed Hawk. How nice to have a pair.
While we were having lunch on our deck, this red tailed was having his lunch in a nearby tree.
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#405

Post by DrTom » Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:55 pm

Bob cruise director wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:42 pm
LadyBird wrote:
Sun Jul 05, 2020 2:37 pm
Hector wrote:
Sun Jul 05, 2020 2:22 pm
Untitled.jpg

A few days ago on our deck. Red-tailed hawks?
The black band across the white chest makes me think Red-tailed Hawk. How nice to have a pair.
While we were having lunch on our deck, this red tailed was having his lunch in a nearby tree.
What a beautiful creature! I am fascinated by raptors. We have some hawks but they mainly circle overhead and don't come down to our yard. We have a few cats so perhaps that is why, though I doubt that fellow would be scared off by a cat, more likely the other way round!

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#406

Post by DrTom » Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:58 pm

Joe Ross wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:41 pm
FrankH wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:14 pm
Too bad the island is Sulpa not Gum. I suppose WSJ isn't so generous.
If it were GUAM, I'd settle for an A-.
Dang that's good - I LOVE a great comeback.

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#407

Post by DrTom » Mon Jul 06, 2020 5:02 pm

fuggedabowdit wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:29 pm
DrTom wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 2:24 pm
fuggedabowdit wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 1:37 pm
Another route to the island.
All three long answers have double letters(SS, LL, CC) as does STRESS(SS) in the title. Only one clue, 42 acroSS, contains all 3 of these letters in the order in which they are presented in the grid (S-L-C). Coincidence?? or bassackwards?? A-Plus meta
? SULPA has no C in it, around it maybe, but not in it? I must be missing a part of the alternative route.
The clue itself contains the S, L, C letters in that order, not the answer to the clue, and as stated before, is the only clue that has this property. It just leads you straight to the puzzle answer, albeit in reverse.
Wow, Detective Columbo I thought you were dead! I NEVER would have noticed that and I'm absolutely amazed that you were able to ferret that out. I stand corrected and humbled!

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#408

Post by DrTom » Mon Jul 06, 2020 5:04 pm

Wendy Walker wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 3:25 pm
DrTom wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 2:24 pm
fuggedabowdit wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 1:37 pm
Another route to the island.
All three long answers have double letters(SS, LL, CC) as does STRESS(SS) in the title. Only one clue, 42 acroSS, contains all 3 of these letters in the order in which they are presented in the grid (S-L-C). Coincidence?? or bassackwards?? A-Plus meta
? SULPA has no C in it, around it maybe, but not in it? I must be missing a part of the alternative route.
Dr. Tom, I think he's talking about the clue, not the answer. But after this weekend my brain hurts (and I don't even drink!) so I could be wrong! See you on Tuesday night I hope.
Oops - you were exactly right. I hope to be there Tuesday, I don't have an early day Wednesday so I'll probably make it - assuming I don't hurt myself jumping to conclusions.

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#409

Post by fuggedabowdit » Mon Jul 06, 2020 5:21 pm

DrTom wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 5:02 pm
fuggedabowdit wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:29 pm
DrTom wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 2:24 pm


? SULPA has no C in it, around it maybe, but not in it? I must be missing a part of the alternative route.
The clue itself contains the S, L, C letters in that order, not the answer to the clue, and as stated before, is the only clue that has this property. It just leads you straight to the puzzle answer, albeit in reverse.
Wow, Detective Columbo I thought you were dead! I NEVER would have noticed that and I'm absolutely amazed that you were able to ferret that out. I stand corrected and humbled!
Well, you are from Florida :roll:

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Post by LadyBird » Mon Jul 06, 2020 5:40 pm

Bob cruise director wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:42 pm
LadyBird wrote:
Sun Jul 05, 2020 2:37 pm
Hector wrote:
Sun Jul 05, 2020 2:22 pm
Untitled.jpg

A few days ago on our deck. Red-tailed hawks?
The black band across the white chest makes me think Red-tailed Hawk. How nice to have a pair.
While we were having lunch on our deck, this red tailed was having his lunch in a nearby tree.
Squirrel? Tastes like chicken ( when cooked).

Absolutely beautiful bird-- and a great pic.

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#411

Post by Wendy Walker » Mon Jul 06, 2020 5:48 pm

whimsy wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:13 pm
Oh, and I thought "discouraging words" (euphemism?! ;) ) were seldom heard where Antelope are at play. But I bet they weren't so mutually exclusive in a lot of our "homes" the last few days! :)
"Don't worry, I'll still love you even if you don't solve the puzzle," said my utterly noncompetitive significant other on Sunday night.
Good luck, fellow Muggles!

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#412

Post by sanmilton » Mon Jul 06, 2020 5:49 pm

Tom Wilson wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:15 pm
I can't help but ask, albeit randomly, if anyone saw one of our favorite WSJ Crossword Puzzle Contest celebrities among the answers in Sunday's NYT acrostic.
Oh, yes! At clue F. I gotta queue her up on YouTube!

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Post by LadyBird » Mon Jul 06, 2020 5:58 pm

Okay--now I have to add my raptor picture! On Mondays, I volunteer at a wildlife hospital and rehabilitation center. I brought lunch--11 mice (already dead)--to these lovely American Kestrels. There were actually 7 in the cage but I couldn't get a picture with all of them in it since they were flying around quite a bit. I'm just glad that I didn't get clipped.
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#414

Post by ReB » Mon Jul 06, 2020 7:26 pm

A bit frustrating, as A-PLUS was the first answer I thought of, but couldn't find a backwards solution for it, falling into many rabbit holes (especially thinking that 60D was a mechanism clue). Not sure I would have figured the mechanism even if I had seen that SULPA was A-PLUS written upside down.

I finally decided to submit WSJ MUG as my facetious answer just for entertainment value. And it is the case that several times in my life I have made what I though were facetious statements that actually turned out to be correct! (Not this time, though :( )

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#415

Post by MaineMarge » Mon Jul 06, 2020 7:54 pm

Joe Ross wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:41 pm
FrankH wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:14 pm
Too bad the island is Sulpa not Gum. I suppose WSJ isn't so generous.
If it were GUAM, I'd settle for an A-.
Keep ‘em comin guys. We’re lovin it.
ROFL..etc.

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Post by hcbirker » Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:23 pm

LadyBird wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 5:58 pm
Okay--now I have to add my raptor picture! On Mondays, I volunteer at a wildlife hospital and rehabilitation center. I brought lunch--11 mice (already dead)--to these lovely American Kestrels. There were actually 7 in the cage but I couldn't get a picture with all of them in it since they were flying around quite a bit. I'm just glad that I didn't get clipped.
I volunteer at the Los Angeles Zoo and we have a lovely California Condor named Hope who has a bad wing and can’t be released. We use her to teach conservation. I love the raptors!
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Post by Bob cruise director » Mon Jul 06, 2020 9:20 pm

hcbirker wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:23 pm
LadyBird wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 5:58 pm
Okay--now I have to add my raptor picture! On Mondays, I volunteer at a wildlife hospital and rehabilitation center. I brought lunch--11 mice (already dead)--to these lovely American Kestrels. There were actually 7 in the cage but I couldn't get a picture with all of them in it since they were flying around quite a bit. I'm just glad that I didn't get clipped.
I volunteer at the Los Angeles Zoo and we have a lovely California Condor named Hope who has a bad wing and can’t be released. We use her to teach conservation. I love the raptors!
Then at the opposite end of the spectrum you will appreciate this picture I took several years ago of a Northern Saw Whet Owl weighing in at about 80 (male) to 100 (female) grams - about 2.8 to 3.5 ounces
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Post by SewYoung » Mon Jul 06, 2020 9:25 pm

Can't show ya'll here, but tomorrow night at the Zoom gathering, I will show a picture of me from many years ago with a falcon (if I remember correctly) on a leather glove on my hand. That picture is on the wall at the lake house, where I will be starting tomorrow afternoon.

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#419

Post by LadyBird » Mon Jul 06, 2020 9:59 pm

Bob cruise director wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 9:20 pm
hcbirker wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:23 pm
LadyBird wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 5:58 pm
Okay--now I have to add my raptor picture! On Mondays, I volunteer at a wildlife hospital and rehabilitation center. I brought lunch--11 mice (already dead)--to these lovely American Kestrels. There were actually 7 in the cage but I couldn't get a picture with all of them in it since they were flying around quite a bit. I'm just glad that I didn't get clipped.
I volunteer at the Los Angeles Zoo and we have a lovely California Condor named Hope who has a bad wing and can’t be released. We use her to teach conservation. I love the raptors!
Then at the opposite end of the spectrum you will appreciate this picture I took several years ago of a Northern Saw Whet Owl weighing in at about 80 (male) to 100 (female) grams - about 2.8 to 3.5 ounces
I love Saw-whet Owls. We had one as a patient once and I got to hold it as I moved it from one cage to another. I've never seen one in the wild, though, so it is not on my life list (yet).

Seems like you're a bit of a birder/ photographer. Even if I saw one, I wouldn't be able to get a pic like that.

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#420

Post by DrTom » Mon Jul 06, 2020 10:49 pm

LadyBird wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 5:40 pm
Bob cruise director wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:42 pm
LadyBird wrote:
Sun Jul 05, 2020 2:37 pm


The black band across the white chest makes me think Red-tailed Hawk. How nice to have a pair.
While we were having lunch on our deck, this red tailed was having his lunch in a nearby tree.
Squirrel? Tastes like chicken ( when cooked).

Absolutely beautiful bird-- and a great pic.
Or perhaps chicken tastes like squirrel? Still I'd imagine prepared "bleu" as the French would say (and as the picture implied) imparts a completely different flavor.

I've often wondered, if asked would a large carnivore declare, "Humans, they taste like chicken".

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