"Summer Wear" October 16, 2020

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Re: "Summer Wear" October 16, 2020

#221

Post by Tony S » Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:49 am

Ashore. Finished the grid yesterday and had no clue on the meta. Got it easily this morning; I'll post on Monday what triggered my sudden inspiration.

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#222

Post by Colin » Sat Oct 17, 2020 11:10 am

On shore and afire,
In my hot weather attire.
Old Fashioned me sire!
One world. One planet. One future.

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DrTom
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#223

Post by DrTom » Sat Oct 17, 2020 11:22 am

ky-mike wrote:
Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:28 am
DrTom wrote:
Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:23 am
I really do love everybody on this board, but DANG it is frustrating when you look and look at a puzzle and cannot see anything while everyone is saying how simple it is and that the answer is jumping out at them, I'd settle for a "Psst, hey buddy!". Oh, well I'll keep trying...

Not a complete loss because (1) I did get the MCWCC and even better (2) I "won" a chance to pick from my friendly ABC Wine and Spirits bourbon vault and scored a bottle of Weller 12 year. There were many even better bourbons available but I noticed the "Vault" notification about 20 minutes after it arrived and by then they were all gone. However, I think Weller is the bourbon that I like best so far (I've bought several that were 2 or 3 times the cost for not as much satisfaction or smoothness) so I'm delighted. At least I'll have something to either drown my sorrows or, should post enlightenment come, celebrate.
Hmmm. I am also stuck on the WSJ after getting MGWCC. I also won (last month) a lottery pick of Weller 12. My leaf peeping came on a trip this week to NW Arkansas. Not as much red as in the NE US, but pretty all the same.

Here's to post-enlightenment - Cheers!
We appear to be doppelgangers! If that is true, look again at the grid and, if we are still channeling, hone in on my thought pattern because I FINALLY saw the way home! If not, and you can stand the suspense no longer, let me know if you want a nudge - I can be a WELLERspring of information!

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#224

Post by DrTom » Sat Oct 17, 2020 11:24 am

YAY solved, and to quote fellow Muggles - DOH! Why I missed that repeatedly I'll never know, perhaps, and given my recent Fall Trip pictures, forget the forest, I could not see the trees for the leaves?

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#225

Post by Bob cruise director » Sat Oct 17, 2020 11:28 am

zacmoretz wrote:
Sat Oct 17, 2020 8:18 am
Ashore. Either I am getting smarter or these are getting easier. And surely they’re not getting easier right? Champagne for everyone, my good man!
or maybe Aunt Norma is helping you more????
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#226

Post by Bob cruise director » Sat Oct 17, 2020 12:01 pm

Good Saturday morning muggles

a warm welcome to our newest muggles - jrdad, Flananigans, Franklin.Bluth, and clueless_solver. Always great to have a growing family

We have both a crowded bar on the ship and a crowded shore with 13 on the ship and 114 on the shore.

so without further ado, our ship's contingent is ( I think because there was a lot of side discussions ongoing which is great)
TPS
JoePickett
SewYoung
dplass
EVJ
otlaolap
Cynthia J
ky-mike
Dobbydown
ladybird
Powers2020
clueless_solver
and Susie G

while socially distanced on the shore are
DBMiller
Al
tim1217
Chris
M and M
Joe R
Wendy
Anita
madhatter5
Beth A
MajordomoTom
Eric P
Jim and Anita
ImOnToo
Kay
Alan H
Mark L
Dan A
bskptkl
Schmeel
spotter
Janet P
streroto
Heidi
Georgeall
Laura
JimJim
the Thurman8er
Mister Squawk
JAQT
BrianD
boharr
higgysue
tmitchell300
crusagrama
martin
Cindy
Tina
escapeartist
JeanneC
Cosmo
damefox
Cap'n Rick
dudeski
Roberta
Meg - hoping that her Rays don't pull a total elfoldo - making them only the second team in 100+ years to lead a playoff series 3-0 and lose
maprasad
Jace54
EmilyW
scraps
dk letter
Prozach
LizD - and an official welcome back
Flananigans
Franklin.Bluth
flyingMoose
MikeM000
Blair
MaineMarge
Eguinan
HeadInHome
joe
LittleGood
Hiddenin3D
steveb
Commodore
BrianMac
mheberlingx100
Tmart
Andrew B
edot
ronaldo
mattythewsjpuzzler
Beth T
Jackie88
Dannyvee
halseymac
Cindy N
Tom Mueller
eagle1279
bread-girl
Josh
seans
ADS
mitchel674
agatha
Rita and George
jholway
Bill T
moi
oldjudge
copperriver - and where is YoungestCopperRiver?
Frank H
NDStegs
LesY
Homer
kris
meowmiao71
Crest
wildjed
Dow Jones
Jack
Tripod
Trey and Marion
jrdad
Janet
802puzzler
DrTom
Tony S
Colin
BarbaraK
Gman
zacmoretz (and Aunt Norma???)
Fishoutowater


Good luck to all getting the grid and winning the mug

And stay safe
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#227

Post by lbray53 » Sat Oct 17, 2020 12:11 pm

Finally made it to dry land!

I was tempted many times to quit or ask for a nudge. Many thanks to the people on here who kept encouraging others to keep at it. I took encouragement from that vicariously. I finally went back and reviewed the Hints for Solving Meta Contests. (Board Index/Come Aboard/FAQ's - Community / Solving Resources). That was recommended for new solvers somewhere in this thread.

I thought I was beyond that! Just like the coach of a losing team often says: "It's time to get back to the fundamentals".

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#228

Post by Scraps » Sat Oct 17, 2020 12:19 pm

SeanS wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 12:12 pm
...supposed to get down to 36 degrees here overnight, so wish me luck!
I feel your pain.
Water temp offshore down here has fallen below 80.
It's so cold, I had to break out a wetsuit (granted, my thinnest one, but a wetsuit nonetheless) when I went spearfishing Thursday.

No more "summer wear" for the time being.

By the way, I discovered a new metric for evaluating the extent of my habituation to retirement: I now own more wetsuits than suit-suits, an important milestone. I can attend more dive outings than funerals without wearing the same outfit twice.

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#229

Post by jimbo1 » Sat Oct 17, 2020 12:55 pm

Ashore

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#230

Post by michaelm » Sat Oct 17, 2020 1:21 pm

On shore.
As many others have commented, a fresh look helped.
Sometimes those brain rabbits just won’t let go without a good fight!

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#231

Post by JeanneC » Sat Oct 17, 2020 1:46 pm

clueless_solver wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:55 pm
LAS, starting to think I'm just rubbish at these and I only solve the meta when it's a gimmick that no one else seems to like. My group tried a bunch of things since there were a few answers that seemed to be obviously related to a solution, but after a few hours of trying I think the whole thing (and the multitude of rabbit holes it caused) was totally wrong. I think I'll just sleep on it.

Does anyone else feel like they always notice double letters way too much, even though I don't think I've ever had a meta that involved that mechanism?
You realize that the first time you ignore the double letters, they will be an intricate part of the meta solution, right?😁

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#232

Post by Plymouthrock » Sat Oct 17, 2020 1:50 pm

Sur la plage!!

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#233

Post by Plymouthrock » Sat Oct 17, 2020 1:51 pm

And, yes, nothing I like better than a set of letters.

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#234

Post by JAQT » Sat Oct 17, 2020 1:53 pm

Plymouthrock wrote:
Sat Oct 17, 2020 1:50 pm
Sur la plage!!
Très bien! Bienvenue!
JustAQuickThought

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#235

Post by FKelly » Sat Oct 17, 2020 2:37 pm

වෙරළේ
समुद्रीतट पर
ସମୁଦ୍ର କୂଳରେ
На пляже
கடற்கரையில்
سمنڊ ڪناري تي
No matter how you say it, I'm ready for some pampered pork and a glass of Shiraz.

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#236

Post by steveb » Sat Oct 17, 2020 3:07 pm

Has anybody seen today's NYT crossword? Is that weird or what?

And you know how you use a word a lot in conversation and then suddenly it starts popping up in crosswords? That's just what happened to me with 1A in the NYT!

(Just kidding - that is one of the most obscure crossword entries I've ever seen. But I need to remember it for when I get just the right letters in Words With Friends.)

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#237

Post by Tom Shea » Sat Oct 17, 2020 3:50 pm

Count me with Isaac again. Company this weekend, so not sure I'll get back to the meta. Did have a nice chambolle-musigny domaine roux 1994 last evening that was smooth but too old to be in its prime -- like us, not so disappointing.
Rufus T. Firefly

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#238

Post by Bob cruise director » Sat Oct 17, 2020 4:07 pm

FKelly wrote:
Sat Oct 17, 2020 2:37 pm
වෙරළේ
समुद्रीतट पर
ସମୁଦ୍ର କୂଳରେ
На пляже
கடற்கரையில்
سمنڊ ڪناري تي
No matter how you say it, I'm ready for some pampered pork and a glass of Shiraz.
хорошо, что гугл работает с другими алфавитами
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#239

Post by Bob cruise director » Sat Oct 17, 2020 4:09 pm

Scraps wrote:
Sat Oct 17, 2020 12:19 pm
SeanS wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 12:12 pm
...supposed to get down to 36 degrees here overnight, so wish me luck!
I feel your pain.
Water temp offshore down here has fallen below 80.
It's so cold, I had to break out a wetsuit (granted, my thinnest one, but a wetsuit nonetheless) when I went spearfishing Thursday.

No more "summer wear" for the time being.

By the way, I discovered a new metric for evaluating the extent of my habituation to retirement: I now own more wetsuits than suit-suits, an important milestone. I can attend more dive outings than funerals without wearing the same outfit twice.
Scraps - real men (not me) go surfing in Maine in January

Let me know when you are coming up. I will be on the shore with my camera.
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#240

Post by Henry Paul » Sat Oct 17, 2020 4:17 pm

First time posting to this board. I've been STRUGGLING with these metas since discovering them this past March -- I get the XWord easily, but can never spot the pattern. (I've solved it only once and was close only two times.)

You all have given me hope and I'm happy to report ON SHORE. :-)

And it's still early on a Saturday!

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