#651 - "Missing Piece"

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#651 - "Missing Piece"

#1

Post by Hector » Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:57 am

This week’s contest answer is a noted work of art.

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#2

Post by Joe Ross » Fri Nov 20, 2020 12:59 pm

Excel form available to MGWCC subscribers. Request via PM, please.

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#3

Post by unaccustomed » Fri Nov 20, 2020 3:12 pm

Think I have the first step, but don't know what to do after that.. anyone want to brainstorm?

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#4

Post by Big Mac » Fri Nov 20, 2020 3:24 pm

9 correct entries so far has me worried about my prospects for the weekend...

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#5

Post by madhatter5 » Fri Nov 20, 2020 3:32 pm

Agreed. This is gonna be a doozy
"Better to cross words than to cross swords" -- Aristotle

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#6

Post by Joe » Fri Nov 20, 2020 4:37 pm

It looks like there should be an easy entry point. And then, no there isn't. Don't think I have a lot of hope.

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#7

Post by markhr » Fri Nov 20, 2020 5:23 pm

Matt's Difficulty-O-Meter must be broken again. This does not feel like a week 3 puzzle.

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#8

Post by dudeski » Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:39 pm

Grid done. Meta will require some mental lubrication, perhaps
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#9

Post by Dplass » Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:49 pm

I felt the grid was quite doable. I see some things for the meta but no mechanism yet

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Post by Laura M » Fri Nov 20, 2020 8:31 pm

Grid was unexpectedly easy, meta apparently not so much. I have something that feels very dubious, not submitting yet.

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#11

Post by RPardoe » Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:12 am

Laura M wrote:
Fri Nov 20, 2020 8:31 pm
Grid was unexpectedly easy, meta apparently not so much. I have something that feels very dubious, not submitting yet.
15 Solves on 22 Submissions - probably wise to be cautious before submitting. That seems like a higher early miss rate than normal.

(For those who wonder how to know how many guesses have been made - look at the Overall Tab. If you submit and are wrong, your name will appear - showing your overall solves for all of MGWCC.)

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#12

Post by Joe Ross » Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:17 am

Cannot

stop

staring

at

shiny

object...

I know that it is incorrect, but it's done dented my brain but something awful.

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Post by MikeM000 » Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:20 am

The grid was at a Mon-Tues NYT level. Superfast. I see one possible lead but have no inkling as to how to use it....

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Post by TMart » Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:37 am

I don't see myself putting in the time to solve this one. My first grandchild arrived two weeks ago and my meta mojo has disappeared. I missed my first WSJ in a long time the weekend he was born, and while I look at metas when I think of it between visits, I think it may be time for a break if my MGWCC streak dies here. But somehow, it doesn't really bother me to miss one the way it used to! :)

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Post by Sara Dacus » Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:09 am

Congratulations on the new baby. What a blessing.

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Post by Sara Dacus » Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:10 am

If anyone has ideas for a first step they’d like to share, I’d love to read them. ☺️

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#17

Post by ChrisKochmanski » Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:07 pm

TMart wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:37 am
My first grandchild arrived two weeks ago and my meta mojo has disappeared.
Congrats! Our first grandbaby, a boy, is due in March. Can't wait!

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Post by oldjudge » Sat Nov 21, 2020 1:11 pm

Yes, congratulations. We just had our third a few weeks ago.

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#19

Post by MajordomoTom » Sat Nov 21, 2020 1:20 pm

given this discussion, I'm putting my grid in the recycling bin. Concur that the grid was not bad, but no real clues about where the first step lies.

Those 4 "theme answers" are ... very strange.

Wondering if the last across is a clue about where to go. But that direction ... madness lies.
"Lots of planets have a North", the Ninth Doctor.

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#20

Post by Streroto » Sat Nov 21, 2020 2:06 pm

ChrisKochmanski wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:07 pm
TMart wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:37 am
My first grandchild arrived two weeks ago and my meta mojo has disappeared.
Congrats! Our first grandbaby, a boy, is due in March. Can't wait!
Enjoy!!! Our first grandchild is about to turn 1 and while we’ve been limited in seeing him in his short life it’s sheer joy when we do. Plus live photos, videos and FaceTime make it so you can “see” them often even if not get to hold them.

Stay well

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