"Summer Wear" - October 16, 2020

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Re: "Summer Wear" October 16, 2020

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Post by KayW » Tue Oct 20, 2020 12:46 pm

No KNEE BREECHES among these cool threads. But was there really that much plaid in the 60s?
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#382

Post by Wendy Walker » Tue Oct 20, 2020 1:33 pm

KayW wrote:
Tue Oct 20, 2020 12:46 pm
No KNEE BREECHES among these cool threads. But was there really that much plaid in the 60s?

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What exactly is going on here? Specifically, WHY is there a Playboy bunny on the opposite side of the fuselage?!
I might miss tonight's Zoom meeting. Unfortunately, I have two other virtual meetings at the same time.
Good luck, fellow Muggles! I'm happy to give nudges, but only if you're still stuck on Sunday.

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#383

Post by MikeMillerwsj » Tue Oct 20, 2020 1:44 pm

Who knew you could build an extremely clever puzzle around knee breeches? We had 1367 entries, with about 80% correct, slightly above average. Lots of guesses all over the rack: SHORTS (16), T DRESS (10), CHAPS (7), DUNGAREES (5), BIKINI (4) and many many others

Congrats to this week's winner: Coreen Steinbach of Pompey, NY!

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#384

Post by Bob cruise director » Tue Oct 20, 2020 1:49 pm

Wendy Walker wrote:
Tue Oct 20, 2020 1:33 pm
KayW wrote:
Tue Oct 20, 2020 12:46 pm
No KNEE BREECHES among these cool threads. But was there really that much plaid in the 60s?

DressForThe60s.jpg
What exactly is going on here? Specifically, WHY is there a Playboy bunny on the opposite side of the fuselage?!
I might miss tonight's Zoom meeting. Unfortunately, I have two other virtual meetings at the same time.
Because it was you in a previous life
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#385

Post by ricky » Tue Oct 20, 2020 2:15 pm

I saw the plus signs, looked around the plus signs, even looked repeatedly at the four-square blocks between the plus signs. I tried the first letter of every entry divisible by four and got hung up on HANES like others mentioned. I would just never, ever have thought of KNEE BREECHES as a potential answer. Could we at least have had "article of clothing from two hundred years ago" in the hint?

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#386

Post by BethA » Tue Oct 20, 2020 2:55 pm

I don’t have much to say about this one, but one thing I do really like is when the meta answer isn’t guessable!

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#387

Post by Homer Buckle » Tue Oct 20, 2020 3:13 pm

MikeMillerwsj wrote:
Tue Oct 20, 2020 1:44 pm
Who knew you could build an extremely clever puzzle around knee breeches? We had 1367 entries, with about 80% correct, slightly above average. Lots of guesses all over the rack: SHORTS (16), T DRESS (10), CHAPS (7), DUNGAREES (5), BIKINI (4) and many many others

Congrats to this week's winner: Coreen Steinbach of Pompey, NY!
If you take the last letters of the long across answers, you can anagram them into T DRESS.

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#388

Post by tim1217 » Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:15 pm

KayW wrote:
Tue Oct 20, 2020 12:46 pm
No KNEE BREECHES among these cool threads. But was there really that much plaid in the 60s?

DressForThe60s.jpg

Yes, there was...and well into the early 80's in certain parts of the country. I attended a business luncheon in the late 80's where Jimmy Valvano was the guest speaker. Among many of his humorous comments was the following about his acceptance of the NC State head coaching job. "The first thing you notice when you get to North Carolina, is that you can never have enough plaid pants!"

Apologies to my NC Muggle friends!

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#389

Post by Wendy Walker » Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:37 pm

Bob cruise director wrote:
Tue Oct 20, 2020 1:49 pm


Because it was you in a previous life
Bob, that is just too hilarious! I will be grinning inappropriately all through tonight's VERY SERIOUS meeting about the roundabouts that are being proposed on a busy highway nearby. I'm sure the discussion will go in circles anyway.
Good luck, fellow Muggles! I'm happy to give nudges, but only if you're still stuck on Sunday.

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#390

Post by Bob cruise director » Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:41 pm

Wendy Walker wrote:
Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:37 pm
Bob cruise director wrote:
Tue Oct 20, 2020 1:49 pm


Because it was you in a previous life
Bob, that is just too hilarious! I will be grinning inappropriately all through tonight's VERY SERIOUS meeting about the roundabouts that are being proposed on a busy highway nearby. I'm sure the discussion will go in circles anyway.
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#391

Post by Joe Ross » Tue Oct 20, 2020 6:01 pm

Wendy Walker wrote:
Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:37 pm
Bob cruise director wrote:
Tue Oct 20, 2020 1:49 pm


Because it was you in a previous life
Bob, that is just too hilarious! I will be grinning inappropriately all through tonight's VERY SERIOUS meeting about the roundabouts that are being proposed on a busy highway nearby. I'm sure the discussion will go in circles anyway.
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Post by SewYoung » Tue Oct 20, 2020 7:43 pm

Where is everybody? Only a few on Our Pal Sal's Zoom....

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Post by steveb » Wed Oct 21, 2020 3:05 pm

tim1217 wrote:
Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:15 pm
KayW wrote:
Tue Oct 20, 2020 12:46 pm
No KNEE BREECHES among these cool threads. But was there really that much plaid in the 60s?

DressForThe60s.jpg

Yes, there was...and well into the early 80's in certain parts of the country. I attended a business luncheon in the late 80's where Jimmy Valvano was the guest speaker. Among many of his humorous comments was the following about his acceptance of the NC State head coaching job. "The first thing you notice when you get to North Carolina, is that you can never have enough plaid pants!"

Apologies to my NC Muggle friends!
Jim Valvano parlayed his national championship at NC State into a motivational speaker gig for at least some of the years before his untimely death. I heard him speak in 1984 at the national sales meeting for a tech company I worked for then. He started his talk with the line, "God must have loved the average man ... he made so many of us!" That wasn't exactly what I wanted to hear, since I prefer to think of myself as (ahem) not average. Within the year, I was working elsewhere. (Not directly because of Valvano. His talk was actually pretty entertaining.)

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#394

Post by John77 » Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:18 pm

cherikee wrote:
Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:59 am
I wrote down KNEE BREE CHES and didn't see the answer. I'd like to blame my age, but I doubt that any of us were alive when knee breeches were a thing. I tried to scramble up those letters a million different ways before finally coming here for a nudge, only to learn that I already had the answer... tough way to DNF, but there's always next week!
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Post by Cindy N » Sat Oct 24, 2020 12:21 pm

I, too, had KNEE BREE CHES on my sheet as I worked the puzzle. But when I get hung up, I'll email what I have to a friend and explain what I have and what I've found and why I did what I did. Doing that has helped me solve several times. As I look back and forth between the email and my work on the puzzle it changes from I did this, looking for that and didn't find...oh, wait...there's this. If this, then...oh, wait...and by the time I finish the email, I've solved the puzzle.

Sometimes, it's just a matter of having a new window open over the work and covering part of the words to get me solving. I think it's a more advanced version of post/solve enlightenment.

And if it doesn't, at least I've listed out everything I've done. It can make for a very impressive list of rabbit holes!

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