Variations on a theme

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elementary
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Re: Variations on a theme

#41

Post by elementary » Mon Sep 14, 2020 1:07 pm

I see (what I think to be) the first step but after many rabbit holes I still don't know where to go next. Can anyone give me a nudge?

Edit: got it, thank you to those who nudged me along!

michaelm
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#42

Post by michaelm » Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:36 pm

Didn't get copy of the special puzzle until this morning.
Workdays and metas do not go together!

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BethA
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#43

Post by BethA » Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:48 pm

Eureka! Just got it.

I started yesterday afternoon, some slow and steady progress initially, then dead in the water. Time in the garden this afternoon, then had a new idea to try while I was in the shower. THAT didn’t work out either, but it just must have shaken things loose enough so that I could see what to do next!

I was one of the ones discouraged by the “need to be a subscriber” message, so I missed the live session last week, but enjoyed watching the recording later! Will try to get in on the live one hopefully this week!

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Meg
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#44

Post by Meg » Mon Sep 14, 2020 5:13 pm

BethA wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:48 pm
Eureka! Just got it.

I started yesterday afternoon, some slow and steady progress initially, then dead in the water. Time in the garden this afternoon, then had a new idea to try while I was in the shower. THAT didn’t work out either, but it just must have shaken things loose enough so that I could see what to do next!

I was one of the ones discouraged by the “need to be a subscriber” message, so I missed the live session last week, but enjoyed watching the recording later! Will try to get in on the live one hopefully this week!
I subscribed for 2 months. Cost $1.00. I thought those 3 guys were worth a buck.

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sanmilton
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#45

Post by sanmilton » Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:26 pm

Wendy Walker wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 6:48 pm
Oh, that was so much fun! Thank you, Matt!
I think we have Mike to thank for this one, Wendy!

I enjoyed that very much, but maybe only after I solved it! I didn't get to it until about an hour ago. I was grateful for the diversion on a non-holiday Monday!

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#46

Post by MarkL » Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:42 pm

Done and Done with no hissing from me or my tires. Always nice to find the 100% beach, when you can!
Cheers!
'tis... A lovely day for a Guinness!

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Wendy Walker
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#47

Post by Wendy Walker » Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:59 pm

sanmilton wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:26 pm
Wendy Walker wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 6:48 pm
Oh, that was so much fun! Thank you, Matt!
I think we have Mike to thank for this one, Wendy!

You are right, thanks! It is of course by Mike Shenk. I had Matt's "Where's the Rest?" on top of my clipboard for ready reference in today's postmortem discussion.
I just watched the presentation and can't wait for this Thursday's chat!
WLW.
Good luck, fellow Muggles!

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#48

Post by MMac » Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:29 am

Tricky, clever, elegant, and impressive. Solving a puzzle like this makes me feel like Nicolas Cage (in “National Treasure”, of course).

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whimsy
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#49

Post by whimsy » Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:41 am

Looked at it some more and I do have it now. It's something that was one of my initial off-the-cuff answers but as I didn't see a typical path toward it, I discarded it too quickly. But definitely an appropriate answer, with a good mechanism and route after all. And I think too that I understand the reasoning for this kind of puzzle.

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#50

Post by Schmeel » Tue Sep 15, 2020 2:00 pm

It took a while but I figured it out.
Good puzzle!

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spotter
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#51

Post by spotter » Tue Sep 15, 2020 4:21 pm

I've managed to solve this one! Thanks Joe Ross for sharing the puzzle. I didn't realize until today that I was able to get my hands on it without being a plus subscriber.

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TPS
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#52

Post by TPS » Tue Sep 15, 2020 5:18 pm

Funny story - my GF hates crossword puzzles with a passion but likes puzzles in general. She has been intrigued by watching me do the WSJCC puzzle - mainly because she finds it amusing when I throw things. But a few weeks ago I showed her a couple completed grids for some easier puzzles that I was able to solve. She wasn’t able to solve them. However, I came home today and she had dug this puzzle out of the trash in my office - and amazingly solved it. I found that funny because I didn’t solve it and because the only notes I had on it other than the complete grid were all wrong. So I may end up with an in-house solving partner for future WSJCC (although I really want to at least try it on my own). The downside is - she is WAY smarter than me so I might have to live with some Thur/Fri gloating!

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#53

Post by RichA2 » Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:14 pm

I am completely lost at sea on this one. Repeated sessions of staring at the grid produce no progress.

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#54

Post by michaelm » Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:05 am

Got it. With 26 hours to spare!

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Larrry
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#55

Post by Larrry » Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:02 pm

Took me a long time to find everyone here in the Acapulco Lounge. And I was also searching for the bonus puzzle after hearing about it on the livestream. Also took longer to fill out the grid than to solve the meta.

But I did it!

So to recap, chronologically:
1: Find bonus puzzle.
2: Solve the grid.
3: Solve the meta.
4: Find the Acapulco Lounge.

In order of difficulty:
1. Solve the meta.
2. Solve the grid.
3. Find bonus puzzle.
4. Find Acapulco Lounge.

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hcbirker
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#56

Post by hcbirker » Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:52 pm

Finally got it!
Heidi

cherikee
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#57

Post by cherikee » Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:13 pm

I got it! One of my first totally unassisted solves...

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#58

Post by KscX » Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:38 pm

Who will pm with me to check my approaches? I have some coincidences but nothing that I think is super-solid...

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FrankH
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#59

Post by FrankH » Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:40 am

One last try before going to bed proves to be the charm!

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802puzzler
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#60

Post by 802puzzler » Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:01 am

I believe I solved after a few rabbit holes! I sent in an answer, then woke up with a new tactic and voila! What happens if you send in a wrong answer and later, a correct answer?

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