"You're Surrounded" - September 25, 2020

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"You're Surrounded" - September 25, 2020

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Post by Bob cruise director » Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:04 pm

This week's puzzle is titled "You're Surrounded" by Matt Gaffney

The answer to this week's contest crossword is a 36-Across

Good luck getting the grid and the meta
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Post by Joe Ross » Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:07 pm


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Post by docison » Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:21 pm

Nice one. Ashore. Have a nice weekend, all.

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Post by Meg » Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:22 pm

I’m on the beach. Where’s my cabana boy? Oh! There he is. A large margarita please!

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Post by docison » Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:28 pm

Meg wrote:
Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:22 pm
I’m on the beach. Where’s my cabana boy? Oh! There he is. A large margarita please!
Meg -

Since it's just you and me at present, does that make me the cabana boy?

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Post by Meg » Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:31 pm

It depends. Can you carry a tray without tipping it?

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Post by sanmilton » Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:37 pm

I'm on shore, soon to be surrounded!

What's your pleasure, Meg? Ah, yes! Megarita coming up!
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Post by norrin2 » Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:39 pm

Matt Gaffney is endlessly creative when it comes to crosswords, but it looks like he might be running out of titles for his crossword contests. For those of you who don't subscribe to MGWCC (You should) his most recent puzzle was titled "We're Surrounded." I'll know I'm right if next week's puzzle is called "I'm surrounded."

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Post by Scraps » Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:47 pm

Ashore! Until today, I've never had a drink on the beach before 5 o'clock. Or before 9 o'clock, either, if you must be a stickler for accuracy.
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Post by TPS » Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:47 pm

I knew this one was not gonna be one I could do last week during the Q&A when his tester made a comment about this puzzle.

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Post by Meg » Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:47 pm

sanmilton wrote:
Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:37 pm
I'm on shore, soon to be surrounded!

What's your pleasure, Meg?
My pleasure is another margarita. Sucked that first one down pretty fast. I’m not going to say this meta is easy because most of us hate to see that in a comment. The first thing I tried was the correct path. It happens that way sometimes.🙂

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Post by sanmilton » Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:49 pm

Meg wrote:
Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:47 pm
sanmilton wrote:
Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:37 pm
I'm on shore, soon to be surrounded!

What's your pleasure, Meg?
My pleasure is another margarita. Sucked that first one down pretty fast. I’m not going to say this meta is easy because most of us hate to see that in a comment. The first thing I tried was the correct path. It happens that way sometimes.🙂
I edited my earlier post to say that I was going to get you a Megarita. I hope that's OK. I went down a different path before I found the right one, but I was close on your heels!

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Post by whimsy » Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:53 pm

Let's be careful out there --
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Post by JimJim » Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:56 pm

On shore. Might get crowded soon. IPA please.

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Post by Joe Ross » Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:57 pm

Ashore 🏖️🏄

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Post by Meg » Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:59 pm

TPS wrote:
Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:47 pm
I knew this one was not gonna be one I could do last week during the Q&A when his tester made a comment about this puzzle.
T,
I went back and checked the video. In the comment section, Matt's test solver said "Just gonna say: Love Matt's next meta, which is a week from tomorrow." I don’t know if one can infer difficulty from that.

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Post by TPS » Thu Sep 24, 2020 5:02 pm

Meg wrote:
Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:59 pm

T,
I went back and checked the video. In the comment section, Matt's test solver said "Just gonna say: Love Matt's next meta, which is a week from tomorrow." I don’t know if one can infer difficulty from that.
I can - at least for me - I've never come close to solving a puzzle that a good solver "loves." Most good solvers tend to like puzzles that are unique or challenging - I can never solve those. I can solve the ones with methods I've seen before.

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Post by ChrisKochmanski » Thu Sep 24, 2020 5:02 pm

Toes in sand!

Strange thing. We drove 10 hours yesterday, to see the kids. On the way we discussed THE VERY TOPIC OF THIS PUZZLE. So the answer came fast.

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Post by steveb » Thu Sep 24, 2020 5:04 pm

Onshore. Not a tough solve, but impressive construction nonetheless.

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Post by Cindy » Thu Sep 24, 2020 5:11 pm

Solved

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