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#635 - "Don't Even Try"

Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 5:18 am
by Joe Ross
MGWCC #635 — Saturday, August 1st, 2020 — “Don’t Even Try”

THIS WEEK’S INSTRUCTIONS: This week’s contest answer is a seven-letter word.

Re: #635 — POSTPONED UNTIL SATURDAY

Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 11:23 am
by oldjudge
Sounds like the Cyclopes are back--get the women and the children off the streets!

Re: #635 — "Don't Even Try"

Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:06 pm
by Joe Ross
Mattegory 5 is up!

Re: #635 — "Don't Even Try"

Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:12 pm
by norrin2
When Matt Gaffney titled this one, it's like he was speaking directly to me.

Re: #635 — "Don't Even Try"

Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:49 pm
by Anita
I don't think I've ever solved a week 5 (unless it was actually written with < week 4 difficulty). Probably won't this time either, and the title says it all.

Re: #635 — "Don't Even Try"

Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:03 pm
by Eckless
On the board! Yes, it's a week 5...but it can be done!

Re: #635 — "Don't Even Try"

Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:04 pm
by spotter
Disobeying the title and I think I'm onto something... If Jangler can do this in 23 minutes, surely I can do it in 96 hours!

Re: #635 — "Don't Even Try"

Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:14 pm
by Meg
Hey Frankieheck!! You go, girl!

Re: #635 - "Don't Even Try"

Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:48 pm
by MajordomoTom
grid completed, SW corner was a bit wonky but I got it.

but the meta ... I already have a Hail Mary guess, but no way to backsolve it. I will try, title nonetheless.

Re: #635 - "Don't Even Try"

Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:56 pm
by KayW
Woohoo! #6! This is the first time my position has not been 3-digits :D

Re: #635 - "Don't Even Try"

Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2020 2:11 pm
by Cindy
#7! And #1 on the streak board! I took a screen shot. Never before and probably never again. And my husband was the decoder for all of the steps. I just did the work. He said. You’re welcome.

Re: #635 - "Don't Even Try"

Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2020 2:28 pm
by Meg
This is what Matt posted on Twitter today:

Re: #635 - "Don't Even Try"

Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:57 pm
by Hector
Submitted. BTW, there's an issue with the puzzle that doesn't affect the meta but which might distract you unnecessarily: 26D should read "...come _____ along with us": "King Lear"

Also BTW, six of the first nineteen guesses were incorrect . . .

Re: #635 - "Don't Even Try"

Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:08 pm
by MajordomoTom
you're #13 on the board, very nice.

how can you tell there were 6 wrong submissions?

Re: #635 - "Don't Even Try"

Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:14 pm
by Joe Ross
*Beam me up!

What a slog! Definitely a Mattegory 5.

Attending my niece's wedding on Zoom, tonight. They'd better be okay with weird Uncle Joe drinking during the ceremony... I earned it!

[EDIT1: *]

Re: #635 - "Don't Even Try"

Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:14 pm
by ChrisKochmanski
Beam me up!

Fun!

Re: #635 - "Don't Even Try"

Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:23 pm
by Hector
MajordomoTom wrote:
Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:08 pm
you're #13 on the board, very nice.
I'm *just* barely visible on the front page.
how can you tell there were 6 wrong submissions?
Look at the Overall tab, which lists everyone who has submitted. The great Erik Agard seems to be among the unfortunates. I've been there more than once!

Re: #635 - "Don't Even Try"

Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2020 6:39 pm
by streakchaser
I've definitely found the mechanism (or at least the beginning of it), but can't figure out how to deduce the 7-letter answer from it. Hope it clicks over the weekend.

Re: #635 - "Don't Even Try"

Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:14 pm
by TMart
On the board, but I’m still scratching my head. I guess that’s week 5.

Re: #635 - "Don't Even Try"

Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2020 9:32 pm
by Hector
Very slow board, and more than half are of our number, including the top-tenners Eckless, FrankieHeck, KayW, Cindy, and Meg. Muggle women geniuses representing!