#635 - "Don't Even Try"

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#635 - "Don't Even Try"

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Post by Joe Ross » Fri Jul 31, 2020 5:18 am

MGWCC #635 — Saturday, August 1st, 2020 — “Don’t Even Try”

THIS WEEK’S INSTRUCTIONS: This week’s contest answer is a seven-letter word.
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#2

Post by oldjudge » Fri Jul 31, 2020 11:23 am

Sounds like the Cyclopes are back--get the women and the children off the streets!

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#3

Post by Joe Ross » Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:06 pm

Mattegory 5 is up!

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#4

Post by norrin2 » Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:12 pm

When Matt Gaffney titled this one, it's like he was speaking directly to me.

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#5

Post by Anita » Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:49 pm

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.

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#6

Post by Eckless » Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:03 pm

On the board! Yes, it's a week 5...but it can be done!

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#7

Post by spotter » Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:04 pm

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!

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#8

Post by Meg » Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:14 pm

Hey Frankieheck!! You go, girl!

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#9

Post by MajordomoTom » Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:48 pm

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.
"Lots of planets have a North", the Ninth Doctor.

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#10

Post by KayW » Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:56 pm

Woohoo! #6! This is the first time my position has not been 3-digits :D

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#11

Post by Cindy » Sat Aug 01, 2020 2:11 pm

#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.

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#12

Post by Meg » Sat Aug 01, 2020 2:28 pm

This is what Matt posted on Twitter today:
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#13

Post by Hector » Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:57 pm

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 . . .

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Post by MajordomoTom » Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:08 pm

you're #13 on the board, very nice.

how can you tell there were 6 wrong submissions?
"Lots of planets have a North", the Ninth Doctor.

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#15

Post by Joe Ross » Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:14 pm

*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!

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#16

Post by ChrisKochmanski » Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:14 pm

Beam me up!

Fun!

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#17

Post by Hector » Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:23 pm

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!

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#18

Post by streakchaser » Sat Aug 01, 2020 6:39 pm

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.

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#19

Post by TMart » Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:14 pm

On the board, but I’m still scratching my head. I guess that’s week 5.

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#20

Post by Hector » Sat Aug 01, 2020 9:32 pm

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!

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