Aries Meta: "First-Class" 1.30.2020

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ChrisKochmanski
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Aries Meta: "First-Class" 1.30.2020

#1

Post by ChrisKochmanski » Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:00 pm

If you're not familiar with Andrew Ries's puzzles, you're in for a treat. He'll occasionally post a free Rows Garden, cryptic, themed crossword, or plain ol' crossword, while pitching subscriptions to his service. (I feel like I'm over-subscribed, so I haven't bitten quite yet.)

Andrew just posted a fun meta. Here's the link: https://www.ariespuzzles.com/

Andrew describes it as a 4 on the Gaffney scale, but I'd assess it a bit easier. Something like a 3.5.

I got it faster than this week's WSJCC -- "Parting the Waters" by Matt G. -- but then again, maybe Matt's puzzle just got me warmed up for meta-ing.

I hope Andrew R. metas more!

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#2

Post by FrankieHeck » Thu Jan 30, 2020 10:21 pm

Thanks for the post. I wouldn't have come across it otherwise. I got it faster than the WSJ today, too, but I enjoyed it!

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#3

Post by Hector » Fri Jan 31, 2020 3:04 pm

This one took me a while; glad to have had a puzzle to work on after the unexpectedly quick MGWCC. A little creaky in a couple of spots, maybe, but fun.

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#4

Post by LesY » Sat Feb 01, 2020 1:43 pm

Fun puzzle! More like a 3-3.25 IMO, but I look forward to seeing more of his metas. Agree with Hector about 1-2 creaky spots.

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#5

Post by Beth Tyrpin » Sat Feb 01, 2020 2:53 pm

Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed it.

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#6

Post by Meg » Sat Feb 01, 2020 9:05 pm

Totally clueless! The fact that so many got it pretty fast means I am overthinking. I’ve been down some interesting tunnels, though.

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Post by Laura M » Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:41 am

I've been working on this one, but not getting anywhere. I usually like the ones with stars to tell me exactly where I should be looking! I guess I still have some more time before the deadline so maybe I'll see it eventually... This and PGWCC are keeping me humble this week :-)

Update: Finally got this one! I agree with the Week 3-ish difficulty assessment even though it took me so long (that was just me being dense).

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#8

Post by BarbaraK » Mon Feb 03, 2020 5:34 pm

Finally figured this one out. Took me way too long for such a nice straight forward meta.

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Post by Meg » Mon Feb 03, 2020 5:58 pm

BarbaraK wrote:
Mon Feb 03, 2020 5:34 pm
Finally figured this one out. Took me way too long for such a nice straight forward meta.
Straightforward??? I am STILL clueless! Here’s hoping for post-enlightenment.

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Post by hcbirker » Tue Feb 04, 2020 10:21 pm

I'm still clueless as well! But I haven't spent a lot of time on it. Too busy with life in general.
Heidi

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#11

Post by BarbaraK » Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:59 pm

Wow, only 26 correct submissions, and still the winner was not a muggle. (Unless it’s someone with a screen name that I didn’t connect?)

I enjoyed this one. Thanks Chris for telling us about it.

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#12

Post by LesY » Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:11 pm

Even with such short odds still no win. Alas! Will keep trying....

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Post by Al Sisti » Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:44 am

BarbaraK wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:59 pm
Wow, only 26 correct submissions, and still the winner was not a muggle. (Unless it’s someone with a screen name that I didn’t connect?)

I enjoyed this one. Thanks Chris for telling us about it.
Where did you see the final summary?

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#14

Post by BarbaraK » Sat Feb 15, 2020 7:04 am

Al Sisti wrote:
Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:44 am
BarbaraK wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:59 pm
Wow, only 26 correct submissions, and still the winner was not a muggle. (Unless it’s someone with a screen name that I didn’t connect?)

I enjoyed this one. Thanks Chris for telling us about it.
Where did you see the final summary?
The same link Chris posted above. Last week’s results are in the post with this week’s (non-meta) puzzle.

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