"Show Them The Way" - October 9, 2020

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Re: "Show Them The Way" - October 9, 2020

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Post by wordsmith » Mon Oct 12, 2020 5:56 pm

Kas wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 5:08 pm
And for the record:
a) We have 2 teenagers;
b) I therefore guessed, "Sex Drugs Rock-and-Roll; and
c) I would almost prefer that issue: This is 2020..."Too Much TV" is no longer the issue: It's "too much iPhone/iPad/iWhateverNotJustAppleProducts, and generally, "screen time."

Yes, this is all sour grapes...it is what it is. Hopefully, I'll be able to join you folks at the cabana again...someday...)
Sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll was also my guess, and I kept trying to find a way to get that "X" in the middle involved!

Then figured it had something to do with the long answers (I tried dropping the double letters and anagramming). The simple approach eluded me!

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#382

Post by LadyBird » Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:01 pm

Kas wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 5:02 pm
Kas Level 5.

I'm...not going to say anything else. [But you can picture me sulking.]
Kas--I love your avatar!

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#383

Post by norrin2 » Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:12 pm

I don't know if anybody already mentioned this, but Matt Gaffney's Weekly Crossword Contest is free this week to non-subscribers. If you e-mail Matt at crosswordcontest@gmail.com he will send it to you. You won't have much time to solve the meta (deadline is noon Tuesday) but it is a fun one -- a guest crossword from a new constructor.
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#384

Post by MikeMillerwsj » Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:21 pm

This week we offered parenting advice at no additional charge, and our solvers responded with unusual accuracy. We had 1405 entries, about 90% correct, well above our usual rate of about 75%. Incorrect answers were scattered all over the place, with a few multiple guesses including THE TERRIBLE TWOS (11), JUST SAY NO (3), TELL A LIE (2) and a few others.

Congrats to this week's winner: Nancy Lillydale of Beverly, MA!

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Post by Streroto » Mon Oct 12, 2020 7:19 pm

I thought maybe the THEM THE in the title was a clue to the mechanism? Seems plausible

My main rabbit hole started with ACHT then I found SEPT and I thought hey that would be cool counting to 8 in 8 different languages... that would be enough!! The first three numbers are easy to find in most grids in some language or other but try as I might I could not make 4-5-6 work. Then after a little post enlightenment I realized I was digging way too deep and had it quickly.


Stay well all

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Post by Bob cruise director » Mon Oct 12, 2020 7:59 pm

MikeMillerwsj wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:21 pm
This week we offered parenting advice at no additional charge, and our solvers responded with unusual accuracy. We had 1405 entries, about 90% correct, well above our usual rate of about 75%. Incorrect answers were scattered all over the place, with a few multiple guesses including THE TERRIBLE TWOS (11), JUST SAY NO (3), TELL A LIE (2) and a few others.

Congrats to this week's winner: Nancy Lillydale of Beverly, MA!
This is a banner week for the Muggles. With the correct answers we just passed the 200,000 correct answer mark (200,893). Nest stop is 300,000 submissions. We are at 256,794
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Post by otlaolap » Mon Oct 12, 2020 8:25 pm

DBMiller wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 11:22 am
. . . I just had to bite my tongue (prick my fingers?) when I saw replies like, "Our family did not watch much TV" . . .
Did I write that? And fail so badly at the puzzle? Ouch.

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Post by FrankH » Mon Oct 12, 2020 10:50 pm

otlaolap wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 8:25 pm
DBMiller wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 11:22 am
. . . I just had to bite my tongue (prick my fingers?) when I saw replies like, "Our family did not watch much TV" . . .
Did I write that? And fail so badly at the puzzle? Ouch.
Perhaps that is the exact reason - you didn't get it because you didn't watch any TV. ;)

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#389

Post by Joe Ross » Mon Oct 12, 2020 11:41 pm

Is it too early to be enthusiastic about 🎃?

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#390

Post by Kas » Tue Oct 13, 2020 10:17 am

Downside: The sound on the TV drowns out the kids' whining.
#TeenagersAreFun

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Post by Bob cruise director » Tue Oct 13, 2020 2:41 pm

My friends
Today I received a tremendous book about my other love - photography. And it was inscribed by the author "Your grateful muggle friends thought their cruise director might enjoy this book." He also adds "I'm not entirely sure what any of that means, but I do hope you enjoy the long and crazy journey north".

I am overwhelmed and can not thank all of you enough. The book looks great and the sentiment behind it even greater.

I love you all and enjoy muggledom from 4:00 on Thursday through the Zoom call on Tuesday.

See you in a few hours

Bob
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#392

Post by hcbirker » Tue Oct 13, 2020 7:31 pm

I'm getting the circle of death again.
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Post by ReB » Tue Oct 13, 2020 7:33 pm

Yep

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Post by hcbirker » Tue Oct 13, 2020 7:36 pm

In Come Aboard, Joe posted a new link.
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Post by Joe Ross » Tue Oct 13, 2020 7:41 pm

Prozach wrote:
Tue Oct 06, 2020 7:32 pm
you guys can come aboard my room - no time limit

https://osu.zoom.us/my/tzachi.zach?pwd= ... FMeXo4UT09
PLEASE JOIN US AT THIS LINK!

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#396

Post by Joe Ross » Tue Oct 13, 2020 7:57 pm

Joe Ross wrote:
Tue Oct 13, 2020 7:41 pm
Prozach wrote:
Tue Oct 06, 2020 7:32 pm
you guys can come aboard my room - no time limit

https://osu.zoom.us/my/tzachi.zach?pwd= ... FMeXo4UT09
PLEASE JOIN US AT THIS LINK!
Going forward: Sal's new link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89184367093?p ... s4YUQvdz09
if pw needed, use muggle

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