"Less and Less" - August 21, 2020

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"Less and Less" - August 21, 2020

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Post by Bob cruise director » Thu Aug 20, 2020 4:05 pm

This week's puzzle is titled "Less and Less" by Mike Shenk

The answer to this week's contest is a six-letter verb

This week's avatar is dedicated to Al Sisti

Good luck to all with the grid and the meta
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#2

Post by Tom Wilson » Thu Aug 20, 2020 4:17 pm

On shore ... with a hearty "Cheers" to Master Al.

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#3

Post by Abide » Thu Aug 20, 2020 4:28 pm

I'll take the #2 spot. Eight minutes to get there after the grid filled.

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#4

Post by Hector » Thu Aug 20, 2020 4:32 pm

Enjoyed that.

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Post by Al Sisti » Thu Aug 20, 2020 4:38 pm

I don't have much of streak to defend, so I sent in my answer. Not sure if I qualify as being on shore, because I may have forced my/an answer... (maybe I'll PM the guys above)... but I will take a beer from the Brau Frau.

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#6

Post by Al Sisti » Thu Aug 20, 2020 4:52 pm

Crap... While I can easily justify my answer, I just thought of a much more fitting answer... unfortunately, I can't make it work.

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#7

Post by Abide » Thu Aug 20, 2020 4:54 pm

This one is 100%

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#8

Post by BarbaraK » Thu Aug 20, 2020 4:58 pm

On shore. Clever.

Anyone else a bit disappointed that the grid was too easy?

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#9

Post by Anita » Thu Aug 20, 2020 5:08 pm

On shore with hardly a look back. Easy swim; Must have swum with the tide. Nice construction!

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Post by TPS » Thu Aug 20, 2020 5:10 pm

There seems to be something fairly obvious going on but for the life of me I can't connect the dots. Not sure how much time I'll waste on this as I am in Las Vegas through Sunday.
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Post by Jim and Anita » Thu Aug 20, 2020 5:10 pm

Ashore. A quick solve this week. Nice to have the weekend free. Thanks Mike--this was fun!

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Post by boharr » Thu Aug 20, 2020 5:15 pm

TPS wrote:
Thu Aug 20, 2020 5:10 pm
There seems to be something fairly obvious going on but for the life of me I can't connect the dots. Not sure how much time I'll waste on this as I am in Las Vegas through Sunday.
Well, you know what they say. What happens in Vegas....makes you forget the meta. Or something. Enjoy.

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#13

Post by Meg » Thu Aug 20, 2020 5:18 pm

Absolutely no clue.

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#14

Post by TPS » Thu Aug 20, 2020 5:20 pm

Well I might be onto something now - Not sure I'll have time to see it through tonight but I definitely see something! Post enlightenment is for real!

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Post by mheberlingx100 » Thu Aug 20, 2020 5:22 pm

On shore! Already have a cabernet in hand.

I struck out 3 out of the last 4 weeks, so it is a pleasure to be on dry land once again!

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Post by FrankieHeck » Thu Aug 20, 2020 5:24 pm

On shore. Very nice.

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#17

Post by TPS » Thu Aug 20, 2020 5:33 pm

Onshore - WOW I made that SOOO Much harder than it needed to be.

Time to hit the Craps table before dinner at Guy Savoy. I am pleasantly shocked that everyone has been mask and social distance compliant so far.

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Post by BarbaraK » Thu Aug 20, 2020 5:39 pm

TPS wrote:
Thu Aug 20, 2020 5:33 pm
Onshore - WOW I made that SOOO Much harder than it needed to be.

Time to hit the Craps table before dinner at Guy Savoy. I am pleasantly shocked that everyone has been mask and social distance compliant so far.
Way to go!

Hope your good fortune with the meta carries over to the casino.

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Post by Georgeall » Thu Aug 20, 2020 5:55 pm

Ashore! Finally getting the hang of these.

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#20

Post by oldjudge » Thu Aug 20, 2020 6:08 pm

I’ve got it—sand feels nice

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