"Drawbacks" - October 2, 2020

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Re: "Drawbacks" - October 2, 2020

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Post by Hidden in 3D » Mon Oct 05, 2020 3:19 pm

Way to go Wendy! So happy for you!
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Post by Bird Lives » Mon Oct 05, 2020 3:21 pm

Congrats, Wendy! I know that sending in the right answer is Step One, but then how did you figure out how to get the mug?

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Post by Bob cruise director » Mon Oct 05, 2020 3:32 pm

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Post by Janet » Mon Oct 05, 2020 3:55 pm

Congratulations, Wendy!

I never did solve this one, I figured pastels had to do with drawing and painting, all sorts of rabbits were chased. (including thinking that there were Air Force bases involved, like Offutt. Except tofutti has one F.)

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Post by Meg » Mon Oct 05, 2020 4:03 pm

Yay Wendy!! You soooooo deserve this. We’d like a picture of you in that Renaissance outfit, holding the mug full of mead or ale or butter beer.

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Post by whimsy » Mon Oct 05, 2020 4:08 pm

Hip HIp Hooray for Wendy!
And let's throw in a few Hazzahs too!

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Post by whimsy » Mon Oct 05, 2020 4:11 pm

Wendy Walker wrote:
Mon Oct 05, 2020 8:09 am
What a quandary: My doctor is offering a seminar on "six steps you can take to help improve your memory and remain sharp as you get older — and tips on how to reduce your Alzheimer's risk by 50 percent." Trouble is, it's scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday (and it doesn't look like they are recording it)! DON'T THEY KNOW WHO I AM?? What to do?
Now they'll know who you are!! :D

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#328

Post by Wendy Walker » Mon Oct 05, 2020 4:38 pm

Thank you all SO MUCH! Though I am beyond thrilled to win the coveted Mug ("About time!" commented the nephew), what's an even greater treasure is the humor, support, friendly competition, and camaraderie that is so plentiful here on the Muggle Forum.
Good luck, fellow Muggles! I'm happy to give nudges, but only if you're still stuck on Sunday.

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Post by PJM » Mon Oct 05, 2020 4:42 pm

Congrats to Wendy! Glad to see the mug come here to the Greater Philly area.

After not finding anything for a good while, I landed on CRAYOLAS:

CRAY from "CARY" TIDS
and LAS from PASTOR "ALS"

Oh yes, you have to AD(D) AN "O" from ADANO

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Post by Jacksull » Mon Oct 05, 2020 4:50 pm

I never got close to this one, spending too much time on PASTORAL, PASTEL, ANDORRA, ADANO, etc. And then there were the other rabbit holes already mentioned. Still this was a very clever meta and I enjoyed the chase.

How about a shoutout to Mike? He crafted a very nice meta, but how about the grid itself. Fourteen seven-letter words, two nine-letter words, four eight-letter downs. Very few obscure names or crossword glue. And he had to get all those ELs into the grid in order.

Yay, Mike.
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Post by SusieG » Mon Oct 05, 2020 4:56 pm

Streroto wrote:
Mon Oct 05, 2020 3:02 pm
SusieG wrote:
Mon Oct 05, 2020 1:47 pm
This would have been a perfect grid to put into The Joe Ross Excel file. I was too lazy to get my laptop out, so instead I floundered until he explained it to me. I guessed that it would be some sort of “models” after seeing NUDE in the bottom left corner, and given the title. I also knew PASTELS was a clue, but was sure I needed to find the color names. Is GUAVA a pastel?

I was happy to have CARYATIDS in my back pocket. They have fascinated me for a long time (I had an archaeology obsession in middle school).
I actually found four references to color, it was down that rabbit hole for a very long time. Amarillo is Spanish for yellow, tangelo is orange, guava pink, and Congo red is a stain used in pathology. I had not thought of nude as a color, but I guess that’s right. I was looking for pastel colors however.
Yes, Amarillo was the only one I for sure felt was a color. I tried to use the fruits, as well. As for nude, I was referring to the models.

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Post by cbarbee002 » Mon Oct 05, 2020 5:11 pm

Wendy Walker wrote:
Mon Oct 05, 2020 4:38 pm
Thank you all SO MUCH! Though I am beyond thrilled to win the coveted Mug ("About time!" commented the nephew), what's an even greater treasure is the humor, support, friendly competition, and camaraderie that is so plentiful here on the Muggle Forum.
Congrats!!!!

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#333

Post by RichA2 » Mon Oct 05, 2020 5:28 pm

Well done, Wendy!

Now you can start working to become a double mug winner.

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#334

Post by KayW » Mon Oct 05, 2020 5:29 pm

Wendy got mugged - YAY!!!!


(wait, that doesn't sound right...)

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Post by ricky » Mon Oct 05, 2020 5:41 pm

Congrats!

I couldn't figure this one out for the life of me.

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#336

Post by Janet P » Mon Oct 05, 2020 5:51 pm

Congratulations, Wendy!
“For myself, I am an optimist. It does not seem much use being anything else...”
― Winston Churchill, The Lord Mayor's Banquet, 9 November 1954

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Post by sanmilton » Mon Oct 05, 2020 6:23 pm

Hearty congratulations, Wendy! It's gratifying and encouraging to see a Muggle win! :D

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Post by jag » Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:40 pm

Wow, I was nowhere close on this one!
I saw a broken "RAPHAEL" in the upper left, and then tried to figure out how to map tANGELO to MICHELANGELO somehow and bosWELL to (Norman) ROCKWELL.
Clearly that was not a fruitful track!
Congrats to those who solved this one.

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#339

Post by MaineMarge » Mon Oct 05, 2020 8:52 pm

First of all congrats to Wendy, who shares my birthday (September 6). Way to go, girl!
Count me on team Raphael, backwards, Crayola.
Special kudus to those sharp eye spotting torso in upper NW and nude in far lower SW.
NUDES was going to be my Hail Mary til I waved the white flag to said birthday friend. They have their backs drawn (along with other body parts), as do all life models.
And isn’t a caryatid an example of a life model?
Thanks to Mike for including pastorals. It prompted me to listen to my favorite Beethoven symphony, the 6th, called The Pastoral.
Here’s an appropriate tribute to a famous nude

La Grand Odalisque
1814 by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres
Hangs in the Louvre.
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Also has hung in my house for 25 years.

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Post by BrianMac » Mon Oct 05, 2020 9:53 pm

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