"From Top to Bottom" - November 20, 2020

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Re: "From Top to Bottom" - November 20, 2020

#141

Post by Janet P » Fri Nov 20, 2020 1:26 pm

Count me on the shore.
After drifting with Isaac
For several weeks.
“For myself, I am an optimist. It does not seem much use being anything else...”
― Winston Churchill, The Lord Mayor's Banquet, 9 November 1954

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#142

Post by billkatz » Fri Nov 20, 2020 1:49 pm

I am safely on shore after a slight detour...

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#143

Post by Thurman8er » Fri Nov 20, 2020 1:54 pm

Ashore and soon to be on a very welcome break from distance teaching.

It's a Patron Extra Anejo evening in store for me.

(BTW, is it just me, or do Matt and Mike seem to tip their hats to us with a 15A every week now?)

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#144

Post by BrianMac » Fri Nov 20, 2020 2:10 pm

That took way too long, but I finally saw it.

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#145

Post by Jud » Fri Nov 20, 2020 2:28 pm

Ashore again. Barely remember the place.

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#146

Post by wb93 » Fri Nov 20, 2020 2:29 pm

Ashore.

An earl grey for now. A Prohibition bourbon in a little bit.

Thought it was about just right level of difficulty for a newbie. Happy to now have a weekly streak going (2 on my own, 4 with nudges).

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#147

Post by JRS51 » Fri Nov 20, 2020 2:43 pm

Ashore after a surprisingly (and very welcome) quick solve.
Happy upcoming Thanksgiving to everyone!

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#148

Post by HeadinHome » Fri Nov 20, 2020 3:33 pm

HeadinHome wrote:
Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:49 am
You people and your “easy one” comments! 😡

I see the clues to the mechanism, just can’t see what I’m sure is staring me right in the face. Flashbacks to that consternation I used to feel in calculus class.. looking around at all the smug faces around me while I am despairing of ever getting it and wondering if I’m missing an important part of my brain. 🤪

That’s okay — I got my revenge in art and poetry classes.
Oooookay. Got it now. I was on track but fooled by some very unsporting false fires.

I may not have to drop this class now.

Beer me. Anything amber or brown, now that fall has arrived in NC (first frosts this week).

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#149

Post by Crest » Fri Nov 20, 2020 3:50 pm

Ashore! Our quickest solve thus far, and two in a row now. Beginner’s luck continues to work.

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#150

Post by CPJohnson » Fri Nov 20, 2020 4:13 pm

I am ashore.

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#151

Post by Bob cruise director » Fri Nov 20, 2020 4:27 pm

HeadinHome wrote:
Fri Nov 20, 2020 3:33 pm
HeadinHome wrote:
Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:49 am
You people and your “easy one” comments! 😡

I see the clues to the mechanism, just can’t see what I’m sure is staring me right in the face. Flashbacks to that consternation I used to feel in calculus class.. looking around at all the smug faces around me while I am despairing of ever getting it and wondering if I’m missing an important part of my brain. 🤪

That’s okay — I got my revenge in art and poetry classes.
Oooookay. Got it now. I was on track but fooled by some very unsporting false fires.

I may not have to drop this class now.

Beer me. Anything amber or brown, now that fall has arrived in NC (first frosts this week).
Isaac is sorry to see you go.
Bob Stevens
Cruise Director

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#152

Post by WSJosh » Fri Nov 20, 2020 4:28 pm

Finally on shore this week, after a very long drought.

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#153

Post by Softie » Fri Nov 20, 2020 4:48 pm

Lots of interesting rabbit holes on this one. Ashore!

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#154

Post by woozy » Fri Nov 20, 2020 5:08 pm

"Lots of interesting rabbit holes on this one. Ashore!"

Interesting. One thing that caused me anxiety was I didn't find any rabbit holes.....

Guess I shouldn't complain.

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#155

Post by John77 » Fri Nov 20, 2020 5:08 pm

Softie wrote:
Fri Nov 20, 2020 4:48 pm
Lots of interesting rabbit holes on this one. Ashore!
Mercifully, I didn't stumble into any of them. I usually get the grid done on Friday, and the few metas I've managed to solve have taken me til Saturday afternoon or later to find.

It amazes me that I got this one less than 15 minutes after completing the grid. I'd love to know why. Reminiscent of the puzzled feeling I have after hitting the rare great golf shot.

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#156

Post by Abide » Fri Nov 20, 2020 5:55 pm

Didn't start until noon today and nothing has "jumped out". I was alone in the bar with HeadinHome and it looks like she just walked out. I got this place to myself?!

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#157

Post by Andrew Bradburn » Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:04 pm

One day in and I am still on the ship...glad to hear all the 'easy' comments, but it is not coming to me this week. Tried three things that seemed reasonable, no dice. Will have to step away and come back with fresh eyes.

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#158

Post by wordsmith » Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:18 pm

On shore!

Just in time for a Friday martini. 🍸

Happy weekend everyone.

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#159

Post by EVJ » Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:34 pm

Bird Lives wrote:
Thu Nov 19, 2020 5:29 pm
If you've seen this gimmick before in ealier puzzles, it's a pretty easy dog paddle to the shore. I wonder what those with less familiarity with the tricks of the meta-construction trade will think.
Well I’ve spent a little while looking at it and
I’m LOST AT SEA.
But it’s encouraging to see that everyone else thinks it’s an easy one.

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#160

Post by flyingMoose » Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:42 pm

Done. Coffee and a pecan bar a bit later - and I probably do not have those in the right order. Getting my taste buds primed for next week.

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