"Fresh Start" - November 6, 2020

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"Fresh Start" - November 6, 2020

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Post by Bob cruise director » Thu Nov 05, 2020 4:03 pm

This week's contest is titled "Fresh Start" by Matt Gaffney

The answer to this week's contest is a six-letter noun

Good luck with the grid and the meta
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#2

Post by Gman » Thu Nov 05, 2020 4:06 pm

The DREADED parentheses are back! It's almost like the Dread Pirate Roberts :(

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Post by Joe Ross » Thu Nov 05, 2020 4:10 pm


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#4

Post by TPS » Thu Nov 05, 2020 4:36 pm

I think I got the method - but this grid is kicking my butt. I spend most of today drafting and redrafting a Treasury Reg - my mind is mush.
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#5

Post by Eric Porter » Thu Nov 05, 2020 4:44 pm

Gman wrote:
Thu Nov 05, 2020 4:06 pm
The DREADED parentheses are back! It's almost like the Dread Pirate Roberts :(
I've been looking at this puzzle, but haven't solved it. Just a couple of weeks ago I looked through all of the old puzzles with parentheses.
He wouldn't use the same mechanism as his last puzzle. I've tried a few other things. Given that nobody has solved it yet, this may be a tough one.

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#6

Post by C=64 » Thu Nov 05, 2020 4:48 pm

Beer me!

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Post by Tina » Thu Nov 05, 2020 5:01 pm

Yes! On shore! That is a nice feeling after admitting defeat on both MMMM and Fireball earlier in the week. 71A is new vocabulary for me. Also, I don't think I've ever heard anyone use the phrase in 40D. Maybe it's a sportsy thing.

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#8

Post by Andrew Bradburn » Thu Nov 05, 2020 5:02 pm

On the beach! This one strikes me as the type of puzzle that either one gets relatively quickly, or else it could frustrate a solver for days. I got lucky and the first thing I tried worked.

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#9

Post by TPS » Thu Nov 05, 2020 5:04 pm

Ok - well finally finished the grid but what I thought was the method was not. So good luck everyone! I'll check up with everyone after the solution is posted Monday!

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Post by Meg » Thu Nov 05, 2020 5:18 pm

On the beach. The cabana boy is looking very tan. How does he do that in November??

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Post by Cindy » Thu Nov 05, 2020 5:20 pm

Solved

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#12

Post by Bob cruise director » Thu Nov 05, 2020 5:22 pm

Thank you Sal
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#13

Post by Anita » Thu Nov 05, 2020 5:22 pm

On the beach, we think. Method seemed good, we were missing a couple of pieces but we have an answer we like.

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Post by C=64 » Thu Nov 05, 2020 5:27 pm

Bob cruise director wrote:
Thu Nov 05, 2020 5:22 pm
Thank you Sal
for 50D?

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#15

Post by NuYear68 » Thu Nov 05, 2020 5:37 pm

A tough grid, a short stare, and the meta revealed itself. Count me on shore.

Stay well!
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Post by Wendy Walker » Thu Nov 05, 2020 5:52 pm

Oh, this made me laugh out loud! I was making this WAY more complicated than it is -- though it's not an easy one by any means.
HUGE thanks to this group for your friendship, cheerfulness and camaraderie -- as always.
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Good luck, fellow Muggles! I'm happy to give nudges, but only if you're still stuck on Sunday.

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#17

Post by Laura M » Thu Nov 05, 2020 5:54 pm

On shore, after just a couple of rabbit holes!

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#18

Post by madhatter5 » Thu Nov 05, 2020 6:07 pm

On shore!
The success of a MEOW puzzle is 10% determined by solver feedback, and 90% determined by the number of highlighters Meg uses to solve it.

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#19

Post by DaveKennison » Thu Nov 05, 2020 6:13 pm

Ashore! After finishing the puzzle, I looked at the meta for a bit, but had to break for lunch. Then, I looked at it for a few minutes more and found I was in need of a nap. But, no sooner had my head hit the pillow than a light came on upstairs. And now I’m even more in need of a nap ... 😜.

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#20

Post by mheberlingx100 » Thu Nov 05, 2020 6:42 pm

On shore. Really liked this one!

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