"Summer Wear" October 16, 2020

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Dow Jones
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Re: "Summer Wear" October 16, 2020

#201

Post by Dow Jones » Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:23 pm

Ashore ! I had the answer early, but was unaware that it was the answer until I looked it up. Outstanding grid and meta.

CopperRiver
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#202

Post by CopperRiver » Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:37 pm

CopperRiver wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:01 pm
Tripod wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:30 pm
Ashore. Feels like 100%er.

Got to it this evening, and was just in a groove on the grid and the meta. Perhaps a thank you is owed for the assist from Vodka and Tonic 'clearing' my brain.

Life has kept me from being able to solve them all on time, but this makes 4 metas in a row for me. After weeks (and weeks, and weeks) of not much success - also known as utter futility - this is a great feeling. Thanks for the muggle support.

Now if only someone could give me a good 'nudge' of advice to help explain to my wife what I'm doing in these 'chat rooms' on weekends...
Nudge: tell your wife you are chatting with Jake from State Farm! 👍

NDStegs
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#203

Post by NDStegs » Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:49 pm

On shore. Got it after staring at the puzzle for a while. And it finally jumped out at me.

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#204

Post by FrankH » Sat Oct 17, 2020 12:27 am

Something came up suddenly yesterday that upended my schedule for the entire day, so for the first time in a long long while I have to start the puzzle on a Friday. But I am glad to say I am on shore.

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#205

Post by meowmiao71 » Sat Oct 17, 2020 1:10 am

Ashore! Took a bit of staring but it's a 100%er for sure.

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#206

Post by oldjudge » Sat Oct 17, 2020 1:32 am

Sorry, I got this yesterday pretty quickly but I haven’t hit the board in a few days.

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#207

Post by wildjed » Sat Oct 17, 2020 2:24 am

On shore! First time feeling the sand! Hand me a whiskey iced tea, if ya please!

Spent a good amount of time humming a sea shantie and biting my pen, but after taking a step back and just digging into what was in front of my eyes, made it off the boat!

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#208

Post by 802puzzler » Sat Oct 17, 2020 6:44 am

TPS wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:06 pm
clueless_solver wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:55 pm
LAS, starting to think I'm just rubbish at these and I only solve the meta when it's a gimmick that no one else seems to like. My group tried a bunch of things since there were a few answers that seemed to be obviously related to a solution, but after a few hours of trying I think the whole thing (and the multitude of rabbit holes it caused) was totally wrong. I think I'll just sleep on it.

Does anyone else feel like they always notice double letters way too much, even though I don't think I've ever had a meta that involved that mechanism?
No one and I mean NO ONE is worse at these than me - if the method isn’t a basic theme answer solve - I go through 20 crazy iterations in 30 minutes looking for methods - making origami out of the grid or turning it into a Banksy- at one point on this one I drew something that looked like a bird connecting letter and started googling summer water that looks like a bird.

So you are not alone.
You are definitely not alone! I'm ashamed to admit how much paper I waste on difficult solves (or non-solves). If it doesn't come quickly, I make photocopies of the clean, finished grid so that I can highlight, draw, write in margins, etc.

I'm still on board this weekend. Lots of rabbit holes, but no articles of clothing!?!?

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#209

Post by Bob cruise director » Sat Oct 17, 2020 7:27 am

With more than a little water taken in from the rabbit holes I have been pursuing, I finally found the way and am on shore.
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#210

Post by Bob cruise director » Sat Oct 17, 2020 7:56 am

Trey wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 9:46 pm
Marion and I are BBBBBBBAAAAAAAACCCCCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKK! Took a couple of weeks in the sewer for some stupid reason(s). Glad to be on shore with the Muggles and looking for the mug...........
Welcome back. I was wondering where you were.
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#211

Post by BarbaraK » Sat Oct 17, 2020 8:00 am

Doh! I’m on shore.

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#212

Post by zacmoretz » Sat Oct 17, 2020 8:18 am

Ashore. Either I am getting smarter or these are getting easier. And surely they’re not getting easier right? Champagne for everyone, my good man!

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#213

Post by Gman » Sat Oct 17, 2020 8:29 am

On shore. Agree with the "Doh!" comment.

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#214

Post by Janet » Sat Oct 17, 2020 9:03 am

Made it to sure just a minute ago. I had been chasing all sort of rabbits, then finally noticed.

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802puzzler
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#215

Post by 802puzzler » Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:07 am

On shore with a nudge. Not a muggable solve, but happy that I can now move on with my weekend!!!

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#216

Post by Tripod » Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:22 am

CopperRiver wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:01 pm
Tripod wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:30 pm
Ashore. Feels like 100%er.

Got to it this evening, and was just in a groove on the grid and the meta. Perhaps a thank you is owed for the assist from Vodka and Tonic 'clearing' my brain.

Life has kept me from being able to solve them all on time, but this makes 4 metas in a row for me. After weeks (and weeks, and weeks) of not much success - also known as utter futility - this is a great feeling. Thanks for the muggle support.

Now if only someone could give me a good 'nudge' of advice to help explain to my wife what I'm doing in these 'chat rooms' on weekends...
Nudge: tell your wife you are chatting with Jake from Allstate! 👍
She always asks, "Well, what is 'Jake from State Farm wearing?'"

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#217

Post by DrTom » Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:23 am

I really do love everybody on this board, but DANG it is frustrating when you look and look at a puzzle and cannot see anything while everyone is saying how simple it is and that the answer is jumping out at them, I'd settle for a "Psst, hey buddy!". Oh, well I'll keep trying...

Not a complete loss because (1) I did get the MCWCC and even better (2) I "won" a chance to pick from my friendly ABC Wine and Spirits bourbon vault and scored a bottle of Weller 12 year. There were many even better bourbons available but I noticed the "Vault" notification about 20 minutes after it arrived and by then they were all gone. However, I think Weller is the bourbon that I like best so far (I've bought several that were 2 or 3 times the cost for not as much satisfaction or smoothness) so I'm delighted. At least I'll have something to either drown my sorrows or, should post enlightenment come, celebrate.

Oh, and I was in NE Pennsylvania last week so I thought I'd share a few "leaf peeper" pics for Floridians and others like me who don't usually see them:
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#218

Post by ky-mike » Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:28 am

DrTom wrote:
Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:23 am
I really do love everybody on this board, but DANG it is frustrating when you look and look at a puzzle and cannot see anything while everyone is saying how simple it is and that the answer is jumping out at them, I'd settle for a "Psst, hey buddy!". Oh, well I'll keep trying...

Not a complete loss because (1) I did get the MCWCC and even better (2) I "won" a chance to pick from my friendly ABC Wine and Spirits bourbon vault and scored a bottle of Weller 12 year. There were many even better bourbons available but I noticed the "Vault" notification about 20 minutes after it arrived and by then they were all gone. However, I think Weller is the bourbon that I like best so far (I've bought several that were 2 or 3 times the cost for not as much satisfaction or smoothness) so I'm delighted. At least I'll have something to either drown my sorrows or, should post enlightenment come, celebrate.
Hmmm. I am also stuck on the WSJ after getting MGWCC. I also won (last month) a lottery pick of Weller 12. My leaf peeping came on a trip this week to NW Arkansas. Not as much red as in the NE US, but pretty all the same.

Here's to post-enlightenment - Cheers!

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#219

Post by SusieG » Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:43 am

I’m stuck on the ship. Not sure if it’s in the cards for me this week...my husband insists we leave the house for a long bike ride. It is my favorite time of year after all. Then there are the two books I have on Libby that are getting close to expiration. When I finish those I will have to dig up some Wodehouse. It’s been so long, I will likely enjoy them as much as the first time.

Ky-Mike, glad you enjoyed my neck of the woods. It is pretty in October.

Good luck to those of you who are in the running for the mug!

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#220

Post by Fishoutowater » Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:48 am

Ashore finally with a nudge. Thank you for the help. Lesson is that I need to go all the way down the path I follow before crossing it off the list and not give up too soon. Will not submit for the mug given the help but good luck to all who do!

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