"Backdrops" - November 1, 2019

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"Backdrops" - November 1, 2019


Post by Bob cruise director » Thu Oct 31, 2019 4:05 pm

Happy Halloween everyone

This weeks contest is by Mike Shenk and is called Backdrops

The answer to this week's contest crossword is a five letter noun

Good luck to all
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Post by Hector » Thu Oct 31, 2019 4:23 pm

Quick & tidy.

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Post by Al Sisti » Thu Oct 31, 2019 4:34 pm

Not as quick, but just as tidy. Guinness me please!

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Post by Meg » Thu Oct 31, 2019 4:43 pm

Ohhh! Now I get it! That was fun! On the beach with a margarita.

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Post by joequavis » Thu Oct 31, 2019 4:45 pm

I'll have a scotch and water, hold the scotch. On shore
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Post by Scott Medvetz » Thu Oct 31, 2019 4:50 pm

Count me on shore! And I'll have the other half of @joequavis's scotch & water.
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Post by BarbaraK » Thu Oct 31, 2019 4:51 pm

Wow, it’s déjà vu!

“Backdrops” was the title of a WSJ meta just over three years ago - the one I won my mug in! So I liked this one even before I started. Hope this week is also lucky for muggledom.

Can I get my prized mug filled at the beach tiki bar, please?

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Post by Wendy Walker » Thu Oct 31, 2019 4:51 pm

I like the title. Figured out 3 of the 5 letters and knew what the other 2 had to be!
Good luck, fellow Muggles!

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Post by Streroto » Thu Oct 31, 2019 4:55 pm

Ashore. Pretty easy one.

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Post by FrankieHeck » Thu Oct 31, 2019 5:00 pm

Beer me, please. On shore.

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Post by ky-mike » Thu Oct 31, 2019 5:04 pm

Count me on shore.

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Post by LesY » Thu Oct 31, 2019 5:13 pm

Ashore! Very cool.

Had an idea while driving home (yeah I sometimes try to figure these out on my head when staring at it won’t work). It didn’t get me there but it must have dislodged my brain, because I almost immediately jumped to the right path.

Cheers to the weekend and good luck to all!

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Post by TMart » Thu Oct 31, 2019 5:26 pm

On shore. Pumpkin ale today?

And I see my favorite actress at 13A - she didn't win the Oscar, but she won me a mug!
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Post by Julie O » Thu Oct 31, 2019 5:26 pm

on shore, this is the quickest I have solved on of Mike's puzzles, so I'm concerned I have come up with a red herring, but my answer seems tidy.....

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Post by BrianMac » Thu Oct 31, 2019 5:38 pm

On shore. Happy Halloween everybody!

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Post by Cindy » Thu Oct 31, 2019 5:38 pm

Solved. But forgot to post. Stopped to make a Halloween cocktail! Smoky Harvest Apple Cider Margarita.

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Post by sharkicicles » Thu Oct 31, 2019 5:40 pm

Glad you folks are saying this is easy. Might as well be Easter today for as many rabbit holes as I’ve seen.

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Post by Darryl H. » Thu Oct 31, 2019 5:44 pm

Count me ashore. I'm with Scott, JoeQuavis can have my water as well.
I dunno how y'all feel, but this was week 2-ish for me.

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Post by Eric Porter » Thu Oct 31, 2019 5:50 pm

I'm on shore. I had a harder time than usual with the grid.

At first I went down a rabbit hole which turned out to be very similar to the correct way to solve it. While looking for confirmation, I stumbled on the correct path.

I'm guessing we'll have fewer than 1000 correct answers for the third week in a row.

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Post by Jazzvibist » Thu Oct 31, 2019 5:58 pm

Ashore (enjoyable solve and, as expected, an ingenious Mike Shenk construction).