"Just A Step More" - October 23, 2020

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cherikee
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Re: "Just A Step More" - October 23, 2020

#381

Post by cherikee » Tue Oct 27, 2020 5:34 pm

Since no one has posted about the specific rabbit hole I spent two days in, I'll share. I noticed that OREM and OREO share all letters but 1, and the differences (M & O) are one letter apart alphabetically. Maybe going from M-N-O is an extra "step"? OREM felt like a deliberate addition to the grid, so I thought I was onto something. When I also noticed that USA/USC, INN/NIL, HPS/SPF also fit this pattern, I was SURE it could not be a coincidence. I figured the next step would emerge later. Well after a long time searching for more (or a pattern out of what I had) I came up empty. It was a coincidence after all...

Like others, TPS (Todd) gave me a push down the right path. It didn't take me long from there - I had already spent some time on Earth, Heart, Chin, Lust, Doc, Eerie, Erie, etc. I had even seen MARS in REAMS, but I thought Matt had posted that he was moving away from that mechanism, so I dismissed it. In any case I thought it was a dead end because I didn't see much that fit the pattern in the PENN answer until I knew there needed to be something there.

Another DNF for me, but looking forward to Thursday!

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#382

Post by TPS » Tue Oct 27, 2020 6:50 pm

Bob cruise director wrote:
Tue Oct 27, 2020 4:56 pm

I did not realize that we had so many muggles well versed in the Seven Deadly Sins
I might be a little too well versed in some of them!

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#383

Post by MajordomoTom » Tue Oct 27, 2020 6:59 pm

never made it off the boat for this one.
"Lots of planets have a North", the Ninth Doctor.

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Al Sisti
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#384

Post by Al Sisti » Thu Oct 29, 2020 10:53 am

TPS wrote:
Tue Oct 27, 2020 6:50 pm
Bob cruise director wrote:
Tue Oct 27, 2020 4:56 pm

I did not realize that we had so many muggles well versed in the Seven Deadly Sins
I might be a little too well versed in some of them!
Yeah, me too. Just like when I go to a Mexican restaurant and I always order a combo plate because I don't know what the individual items are, I commit all the sins because I can't remember the all individually.

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#385

Post by Tom Wilson » Thu Oct 29, 2020 3:59 pm

I hear ya, Al. I know that pride goeth before a fall, but I get confused whether gluttony outranks wrath.

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#386

Post by sanmilton » Sat Oct 31, 2020 7:20 pm

For the record, I was had by this one. I didn't go the extra step. I stopped at TASTE without looking for the anagrams +1. I don't feel PAGEANTed, just inadequate to Matt's challenge. Resetting my streak.

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