#635 - "Don't Even Try"

An excellent puzzle written by one of the innovators of the meta crossword format. It comes out every Friday at noon and increases in difficulty throughout the month. Available for modest subscription (worth every cent) here: www.xwordcontest.com
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Re: #635 - "Don't Even Try"

#21

Post by BarbaraK » Sat Aug 01, 2020 9:40 pm

Wow! I do love me a Kas 3!

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#22

Post by stmv » Sat Aug 01, 2020 10:07 pm

It took me two rounds of some heavy thinking and chasing various rabbits, but I got there in the end, now safely on the leaderboard, whew, getting a week 5 makes me very happy!

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#23

Post by tonyrobots » Sat Aug 01, 2020 10:25 pm

So far, drawing blanks. Going to have to spend some quality time with the clipboard this evening.

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#24

Post by Dplass » Sat Aug 01, 2020 10:35 pm

norrin2 wrote:
Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:12 pm
When Matt Gaffney titled this one, it's like he was speaking directly to me.
Yeah it's wreaking havoc with my subconscious.

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#25

Post by Al Sisti » Sat Aug 01, 2020 11:25 pm

Even dividing up all my rabbit holes with all my personalities, I still don't have enough selves to chase them all down.

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#26

Post by oldjudge » Sat Aug 01, 2020 11:39 pm

This is a pretty tough meta for the first puzzle of the month.

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#27

Post by Bird Lives » Sat Aug 01, 2020 11:41 pm

I got Step One but can't see how to get from there to whatever comes next.

Strange that so many of the earlier submission were wrong. Were people so eager to be among the first on the board that they went with something that wasn't 100%?

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#28

Post by Meg » Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:01 am

oldjudge wrote:
Sat Aug 01, 2020 11:39 pm
This is a pretty tough meta for the first puzzle of the month.
You know it’s a week 5, right? Or were you being sarcastic? Sarcasm is so hard online. Is there an emoji for it?

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#29

Post by Joe Ross » Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:46 am

Meg wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:01 am
oldjudge wrote:
Sat Aug 01, 2020 11:39 pm
This is a pretty tough meta for the first puzzle of the month.
You know it’s a week 5, right? Or were you being sarcastic? Sarcasm is so hard online. Is there an emoji for it?
My guess: The official date of release (despite being delayed 24 hours) is August 1, 2020, or "the first puzzle of the month."

Let's go with wry, no... or pithy, no... entertainingly clever rather than sarcastic. 😏

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#30

Post by oldjudge » Sun Aug 02, 2020 12:26 pm

Wry, pithy, sarcastic? I strive for entertainingly clever, but will gladly settle for one of the two. Maybe I should take the puzzle title's advice. 🤔

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#31

Post by MajordomoTom » Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:59 pm

34 correct out of 43 submissions.

I'm still wandering in the wilderness on this one.

I think he'd been saving this one for this month ...
"Lots of planets have a North", the Ninth Doctor.

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#32

Post by dudeski » Sun Aug 02, 2020 4:10 pm

It is very cold in space.

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#33

Post by MajordomoTom » Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:12 pm

yes, it is. But I just found a warm trail of bread crumbs for this one ... now to see where it leads me.
"Lots of planets have a North", the Ninth Doctor.

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#34

Post by Orsys » Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:52 pm

Pretty sure I have it. Just need the board to update. Waiting....waiting....waiting....


Edit: YIPPEE!!

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#35

Post by Tina » Sun Aug 02, 2020 9:54 pm

Took me a day and a half of trying every trick in the book to find step one! Now back to trying every trick in the book again to find step two! Not giving up yet!

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#36

Post by Joe » Mon Aug 03, 2020 5:12 am

Unequivocally found the first step... And now? At least I have a way in. Hoping for post enlightenment.

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#37

Post by JordanianTomlinson » Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:26 pm

Glad we have an extra day here as I’m stuck on that first step. Maybe another good night’s sleep will take me there!

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#38

Post by Beth Tyrpin » Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:58 pm

I’m changing the title to Don’t Even Cry. My streak has ended. My answer seemed logical. Dang it!

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#39

Post by Al Sisti » Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:11 pm

Beth Tyrpin wrote:
Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:58 pm
I’m changing the title to Don’t Even Cry. My streak has ended. My answer seemed logical. Dang it!
Noooo!!

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#40

Post by Tina » Mon Aug 03, 2020 2:24 pm

Okay, my efforts have led me to a 7-letter word and I have submitted it. If correct, this will be a week 5 solo solve and will be a huge thrill for me.

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