"I See Right Through You" - October 30, 2020

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"I See Right Through You" - October 30, 2020

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Post by Bob cruise director » Thu Oct 29, 2020 4:03 pm

The title of this week's contest is I See Right Through You" by Mike Shenk

The answer to this week's contest is something you might hear on Halloween.

Good luck and don't worry about this.
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Post by Nlobb » Thu Oct 29, 2020 4:09 pm

Aaaccck! The hurricane blew the chimney off my house.

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Post by Joe Ross » Thu Oct 29, 2020 4:11 pm

20201030 WSJCC - I See Right Through You - Excel REDO


The WSJ Contest Crossword Excel form has been renovated & above is the first time it has been published. The aim was to make it much easier to use.
  • All squares within the grid are for letters, only. Clue numbers are imposed & out of the way of entering.
  • Since there are no longer rows for numbers, all commenting/notetaking cells to the right of the grids will be easier to use, since they are no longer merged. Copying & pasting, here, will work.
  • There will no longer be error messages for trying to make an entry on a protected cell, since protected cells will be skipped.
  • While using arrows or TABs, the black squares will be skipped. From the rightmost grid column, hitting TAB 4 times brings the selected cell to the next row's leftmost cell.
  • One arrow up or down brings the selected cell to the next entry in that direction. Multiple clicks are no longer needed in the vertical direction.
  • The font for the grid has been made larger.
  • There are still 15 grids created when filling out the top grid, but they are numbered 1-16, bowing to superstitious convention.
It will take me a few minutes longer to create and post the template for each new puzzle.

Creating & editing Shapes for highlighting and moving & deleting the clues to the right will be slightly more difficult, since the spreadsheet must be unprotected to do so. Care must be taken to not select, move, or edit the clue numbers within the grid when he spreadsheet is unprotected.

The number of usable cells in the entire spreadsheet has been restricted & the width of the puzzle has be made ideal for my computer at 100% viewing size. If you would like a column or two added for your viewing pleasure, please let me know.

All feedback is welcome & appreciated. You may post it here, or send a PM. If you wish to question my lineage or make rather direct personal comments, do so, but via PM, please. :)

I note my most sincere appreciation for KayW's invaluable and intelligent comments & suggestions. All flaws and questionable design choices are mine, alone.

[ EDIT 1: Added hyperlink for proper place to discuss new Excel form ]
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Post by C=64 » Thu Oct 29, 2020 4:13 pm

Solved!

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Post by Martin » Thu Oct 29, 2020 4:19 pm

Ashore in record time.

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Post by Wendy Walker » Thu Oct 29, 2020 4:19 pm

On shore!
Good luck, fellow Muggles! I'm happy to give nudges, but only if you're still stuck on Sunday.

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Post by ky-mike » Thu Oct 29, 2020 4:22 pm

On the beach. Nice to see the meta early this time.

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Post by TMart » Thu Oct 29, 2020 4:24 pm

On shore - maybe an Oktoberfest for this week?

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Post by stmv » Thu Oct 29, 2020 4:32 pm

On shore, much easier than last week, nicely done.

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Post by Scott Medvetz » Thu Oct 29, 2020 4:38 pm

Nice to have a quick easy one after last week's debacle. Might need to have a glass of nice clear Hendrick's in honor of this week's puzzle title.
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Post by higgysue » Thu Oct 29, 2020 4:38 pm

On shore. Back on track.

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Post by ChrisKochmanski » Thu Oct 29, 2020 4:39 pm

Ashore!

Though my meta-puzzling work for the weekend is hardly done. Must psych up for tomorrow's MGWCC Week 5!

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Post by mheberlingx100 » Thu Oct 29, 2020 4:41 pm

On shore, nice to be ashore after spending last weekend at sea.

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Post by Scott Medvetz » Thu Oct 29, 2020 4:41 pm

Joe Ross wrote:
Thu Oct 29, 2020 4:11 pm


The WSJ Contest Crossword Excel form has been renovated & above is the first time it has been published. The aim was to make it much easier to use.

I didn't need the spreadsheet this week but I can see how this will be MUCH easier to use. Thanks!!
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
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Post by azdataboy » Thu Oct 29, 2020 4:42 pm

Floundered past few weeks. Back in the saddle

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Post by SewYoung » Thu Oct 29, 2020 4:46 pm

This should have been posted two weeks ago, but I just ran across it yesterday. Although you can't see it from this picture, my husband is wearing KNEE BREECHES. He built the rifle; I made the uniform.
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Post by KayW » Thu Oct 29, 2020 4:48 pm

Onshore in near-record time, thanks in large part to new and improved spreadsheet. Kudos and thanks to Joe Ross!

And another spectre-tacular meta from Mike!

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Post by BarbaraK » Thu Oct 29, 2020 4:49 pm

Happy to be on shore.

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Post by ImOnToo » Thu Oct 29, 2020 4:50 pm

Grid completed. Gonna be a while before I can actually look at it.

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#20

Post by Toby » Thu Oct 29, 2020 4:50 pm

Fast solve... but not only on Halloween!

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