"Cornerstones"

A weekly meta crossword created by members of the forum. Difficulty levels will vary. Solutions will be posted after noon on Sundays.
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whimsy
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Re: "Cornerstones"

#21

Post by whimsy » Tue Sep 15, 2020 5:30 pm

Started to work on this a little while ago and thought that the grid was very aesthetically pleasing. But then it became not so pretty when I reached the middle and had the lovely designer rug pulled out from under me. :D
I'll keep on keepin on ---

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#22

Post by MarkL » Tue Sep 15, 2020 6:15 pm

OTC. Will PM for confirm.
Mucho gusto!!
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#23

Post by Dplass » Tue Sep 15, 2020 7:35 pm

Thanks for the puzzle, Brian!

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#24

Post by Beth Tyrpin » Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:12 pm

🛋

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#25

Post by LaceyK » Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:35 pm

Off the couch with a little nudge for the finishing touches. Excellent (and quite beautiful) grid & meta.

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#26

Post by Schmeel » Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:28 am

Off the couch.
Nice puzzle - thanks!

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#27

Post by Anita » Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:41 pm

Solved and sent in yesterday. Waiting to find out if I'm really off the couch, since there was one thing that didn't sit right.

[EDIT: Changed something slightly and arrived at the right answer, now confirmed. Off the couch!]

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#28

Post by Dow Jones » Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:07 pm

Fun! I'm really impressed with the "construction" of this meta. 5 stars!

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#29

Post by Tom Wilson » Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:36 am

Pretty sure I'm off the couch; this was a fun one ... even though it took me four days to decipher Brian's ingenuity!

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#30

Post by whimsy » Thu Sep 17, 2020 1:21 pm

May have to continue to sit this one out --
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#31

Post by BrianMac » Thu Sep 17, 2020 1:49 pm

Oops, forgot about nudge Wednesday. Here are some nudges:


One alternate title for this puzzle was "Skyscraper," and this was the prompt:

You are the constructor. Your task is to lay the foundation for your skyscraper using materials found at the construction site (i.e., in and around the grid). When you are done, the material you are constructing your skyscraper out of will be revealed.




The weight of most buildings used to be supported by the outside walls. Each floor of the building bore the weight of all the floors above it, and this limited how tall a building could be built. When the support of a building is on the inside, however, then no floor bears any of the weight of the other floors, a building can be built over 100 stories tall. I am not an architect or an engineer, however so take all this with a grain of salt. It's just a long winded way of saying that skyscrapers do not have cornerstones. :)




Complete what would be the cornerstones in the grid. Then move them to their corresponding corners in the internal 5x5 grid.




BONUS NUDGE: the answer is not LEVIS :D Sorry to anyone who got thrown off by that alternative possibility.



Hope this helps! If not, PM me and I will get you there! Thanks for solving!

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#32

Post by DrTom » Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:18 pm

Wow VERY clever! I got part one pretty quickly but it is the next steps that I am having difficulty with. Probably won't look at the nudges yet if only to see f I can actually get ANY metas completely anymore. I'm hitting about 50-70% of the mechanism each time. Regardless of whether I solve it or not I really liked it.

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#33

Post by adamsimonlevine » Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:23 pm

Beautiful puzzle! I really enjoyed this mechanism.

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#34

Post by joequavis » Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:30 pm

Got it. Awesome puzzle Brian!
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#35

Post by whimsy » Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:49 pm

Finally got it after all four nudges.
Since I'm probably the last one off the couch is it OK if I say that:
(tiny spoiler)
I imagine you got your inspiration for this while walking around in the dark at night.
Gotta figure out how to do that rectangular box thing!

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#36

Post by Joe Ross » Fri Sep 18, 2020 5:32 am

whimsy wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:49 pm
Gotta figure out how to do that rectangular box thing!
To figure out the bb code for anything you see posted on this site, click on the "/quote button, which will open a new post quoting the prior post, then look at the bracketed coding within the quoted post.

For example, you'll see that hidden text is:

[ s p o i l e r ] hidden text [ / s p o i l e r ]

with the spaces within the brackets in the line above removed.

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#37

Post by DrTom » Fri Sep 18, 2020 3:36 pm

SUPERLATIVE effort Brian, this is not only a neat mechanism but it works on so many levels that you do not even realize until you have solved. Paraphrasing Dorothy, "THINK MAN, I BELIEVE I LIKE YOURS THE BEST"

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#38

Post by C=64 » Sat Sep 19, 2020 4:16 pm

Solved, I think! Really great mechanism; there were minimal instructions but the title and layout made it clear what to do. I also appreciated the clue for 40A.

Update: Based on whimsy's spoiler above, solved!

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