"From Top to Bottom" - November 20, 2020

A place to discuss the weekly Wall Street Journal Crossword Puzzle Contest, starting every Thursday around 4:00 p.m. Eastern time. Please do not post any answers or hints before the contest deadline which is midnight Sunday Eastern time.
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EVJ
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Re: "From Top to Bottom" - November 20, 2020

#161

Post by EVJ » Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:47 pm

DrTom wrote:
Thu Nov 19, 2020 9:19 pm
Oh LORD, one of those "easy" ones, I'm doomed!!!!

Question: Al solved in 8 minutes, making him one of the fastest cats I know....does that mean he's a cheetah? (sorry Cruise Director, your Avatar made me make that pun!)
DrTom,
You crack me up!

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#162

Post by EVJ » Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:11 pm

Abide wrote:
Fri Nov 20, 2020 5:55 pm
Didn't start until noon today and nothing has "jumped out". I was alone in the bar with HeadinHome and it looks like she just walked out. I got this place to myself?!
You are not alone. I’m always at that little table in the back corner. It’s a little dark back here but more comfortable than a stool. And Isaac’s a dear but I’m trying to figure out a meta here!

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EdStrong
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#163

Post by EdStrong » Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:22 pm

Ashore after a few tough weeks..

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Abide
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#164

Post by Abide » Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:32 pm

A feather nudge did the trick. I was overthinking this more than a little.

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#165

Post by otlaolap » Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:32 pm

Ashore! Ashore! Ashore! After four long weeks at sea: Ashore! It is a nice cruise ship, yes, and the company is good, but four weeks is a long time to be domiciled there. Ashore! Just in time for California state-wide curfews and holiday quarantines. But still: Ashore!

Beth C
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#166

Post by Beth C » Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:33 pm

Done and done. Not often do I have the grid and meta solved on Friday. Feels good! Good luck Muggles.

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#167

Post by Bird Lives » Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:56 pm

Abide wrote:
Fri Nov 20, 2020 5:55 pm
Didn't start until noon today and nothing has "jumped out". I was alone in the bar with HeadinHome and it looks like she just walked out. I got this place to myself?!
There was a meta with a similar mechanism a while ago. Many solved it in short order. I barely got in under the wire on Sunday.

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#168

Post by FrankH » Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:03 pm

On shore. Took me so long to see it; went down lots of rabbit holes.

Andrew Bradburn
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#169

Post by Andrew Bradburn » Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:43 pm

Fresh eyes did the trick -- made it to shore!

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#170

Post by RDaleHall » Fri Nov 20, 2020 10:16 pm

Safely on shore. Grid was a little demanding for some reason and then needed a reset and fresh look for the meta. Nice puzzle. DH

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#171

Post by meowmiao71 » Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:13 pm

On shore. Cute one!

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Cindy N
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#172

Post by Cindy N » Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:24 pm

Way, way, way overcomplicated this. But, safely on shore now.

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#173

Post by escapeartist » Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:44 pm

Still 15A* and 39A from all who have solved so quickly. I just don't see it.

One rabbit hole did notice something that I'll share after the reveal, perhaps it's a spoiler and I don't get it, but still silly.

*love the shout out from Gaffney

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#174

Post by SewYoung » Sat Nov 21, 2020 2:06 am

Abide wrote:
Fri Nov 20, 2020 5:55 pm
Didn't start until noon today and nothing has "jumped out". I was alone in the bar with HeadinHome and it looks like she just walked out. I got this place to myself?!
No Peter; you are not alone. I am there with you. Something looked really promising but I haven't been able to make it work. Will look at it again in the morning.

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#175

Post by Amy » Sat Nov 21, 2020 2:26 am

Ashore!
Wow, I’d forget what it’s like.

❤️🥂 Cheers to a Happy Thanksgiving 🍻❤️

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#176

Post by Olof » Sat Nov 21, 2020 4:41 am

On shore. Only my second time to get the contest answer, and first time to post here!

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#177

Post by eagle1279 » Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:14 am

Ashore! Woke up early this morning getting ready to drive south from Traverse City. Is it sad that the first thing I reached for on the nightstand was the puzzle?

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#178

Post by Wendy Walker » Sat Nov 21, 2020 8:07 am

Olof wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 4:41 am
On shore. Only my second time to get the contest answer, and first time to post here!
Welcome, Olof!
Good luck, fellow Muggles! I'm happy to give nudges, but only if you're still stuck on Sunday.

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#179

Post by DrTom » Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:28 am

Well it seems that I am in extremely good company on the ship. As I have said so many times before, the ones that everyone seems to say "WOW that was easy", trap me in my cabin and make me go down with the ship. I had all these good ideas but everything yields a letter salad that I cannot toss or even dress. Lettuce just say that so far this is beeting me, maybe because Tomato much last night but oil keep trying my asalt and pepper it with attempts hoping that I don't get carroted (when God gives you letter salad make salad puns!)

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#180

Post by SusieG » Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:41 am

In the spirit of thanksgiving, I am thankful to not be spending another weekend on the ship! I was beginning to think that the part of my brain that solved metas had decayed. Perhaps a small part remains.

I finished the grid quickly on Thursday, didn’t see the meta and put it away. The mechanism hit me as I was falling asleep last night. It’s always nice to have something to get you out of bed in the morning.

Good luck everyone!

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