"Summer Wear" - October 16, 2020

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Re: "Summer Wear" October 16, 2020

#321

Post by whimsy » Sun Oct 18, 2020 10:19 pm

Did our usual Sunday evening FaceTime with our kids -- both out on the West Coast.
Came back to the puzzle, saw a slightly different way to consider something I'd been looking at pretty much all along, and there it was.
Maybe I've missed last call but I hope not the last boat because I am headed ASHORE!

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#322

Post by DrTom » Sun Oct 18, 2020 10:42 pm

If there are folks who are "soooo close" or "sooo frustrated" and want a last minute nudge, let me know. I'll be reading boring meeting minutes for an upcoming Board meeting so will be glad of the diversion.

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#323

Post by Tom Wilson » Sun Oct 18, 2020 10:44 pm

Heading to shore belatedly, but not TOO late ... and only seconds before I surrendered to a 52D. How it took me three days to notice, I'll never understand!

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#324

Post by EVJ » Sun Oct 18, 2020 10:47 pm

I needed more than a nudge. Sheesh! I had to be led right to it. I’m on the shore but was so hopelessly lost at sea that I had to be thrown a lifesaver and hauled in while the waves were crashing and I was tumbling in the surf. I have sand in my hair, in my teeth, and in all my articles of clothing! I won’t submit and can’t even hold my head up high enough to join the party. Well, okay, after I get cleaned up I’ll join you all. Is anything left in the tiki bar? I’ll take whatever the cabana boy will deliver.
Good luck to all the muggles!

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#325

Post by Joe Ross » Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:00 am

20201016 WSJCC Summer Wear.gif

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#326

Post by Carla » Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:07 am

Ugh! I had knee, bree, and ches written down but couldn’t figure out what they meant! Ugh!

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#327

Post by JRS51 » Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:09 am

Nope. I did not see this one.

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#328

Post by hcbirker » Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:09 am

Failed miserably at this. Submitted “coat” because of rain and car and pea in the long answers. Mea culpa.
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#329

Post by lacangah » Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:11 am

My hail mary this week was SLACKS (kind of an inside joke at our house). :-)

Congratulations to all who solved it; see you all later in the week!

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#330

Post by hcbirker » Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:12 am

At least the Dodgers won!
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#331

Post by tim1217 » Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:24 am

Lots of Knee Breeches in this movie, but really can’t see them in this scene...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qczVJtTmW3M

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#332

Post by C=64 » Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:39 am

The math pun and visual plus signs in the grid made me guess PLUS FOURS before starting the grid. When I located the letters for the meta answer, I first parsed them as KEEN BEER...

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#333

Post by tonyrobots » Mon Oct 19, 2020 1:49 am

Yeah, saw the plus signs, the PLUSFOURS of course, and the “SUMMER” in the title, but I thought I had to add some numbers. THREEPEAT didn’t help. Was never going to get this, seems like Shenk and I just don’t see eye to eye.

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#334

Post by yourpalsal » Mon Oct 19, 2020 2:50 am

Did anyone else chase down 4-letter words that could take an S up front? S/KIM, S/EEK, S/EAT, S/OFT - very glad HOE wasn’t in the grid!

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#335

Post by Commodore » Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:57 am

I ordered a full investigation of the + black squares, once I spotted the word "HERE" stretching diagonally between them. Clever hint. Celebrating a correct submission in full dress jodhpurs and Pusser's Rum today.

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#336

Post by MikeM000 » Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:17 am

So when I was solving this, the most obvious strategy to me was to add four to every numbered-box letter and presume that some series (1,5,9... or 3,7,11... or whatever) would give an answer. (Maybe it STARTed at 17A?) Anyway, as you can see, if you start at 4, the ultra-specific HANES pops up (making me wonder if they bought a sponsorship and the rest would be TAGLESSTSHIRT), and if you start at 31, the first 4 letters in the sequence are SHOE. Monkeys and typewriters, amirite?
breeches.JPG

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#337

Post by SusieG » Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:40 am

Huh. Can’t believe I missed that...I went round and round the plus signs and never put it together. Especially after I had an extended conversation with my husband the lifelong golfer who had never heard of PLUSFOURS.

I was stuck on adding fours. The START in the upper left threw me for a loop as well. Assumed it was a game and we were moving by fours around the grid.

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#338

Post by John77 » Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:39 am

MikeM000 wrote:
Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:17 am
So when I was solving this, the most obvious strategy to me was to add four to every numbered-box letter and presume that some series (1,5,9... or 3,7,11... or whatever) would give an answer. (Maybe it STARTed at 17A?) Anyway, as you can see, if you start at 4, the ultra-specific HANES pops up (making me wonder if they bought a sponsorship and the rest would be TAGLESSTSHIRT), and if you start at 31, the first 4 letters in the sequence are SHOE. Monkeys and typewriters, amirite?

breeches.JPG
I spent about an hour doing that until I got tired. (Also found ASSET and ESSEN to be big distractors.)

Then came back and thought, "gee, those plus signs make a neat pattern," resulting in an immediate forehead slap.
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#339

Post by tim1217 » Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:52 am

For those that missed the reference regarding Saturday's NYT puzzle, here it is. When I downloaded it Friday night, it confirmed to me that Shortz and Shenk get together on these things to play with our heads!

Screen Shot 2020-10-19 at 7.49.55 AM.png

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#340

Post by NuYear68 » Mon Oct 19, 2020 9:44 am

Remained firmly planted onboard the ship this weekend. Got as far as Plus Fours being the key, but was busy chasing mathematical answers (and a brief Donna Summer/MacArthur rabbit).

Hope to be beach bound this week.

-Paul

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