#35 - "A Split of Authority"

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#35 - "A Split of Authority"

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Post by BrianMac » Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:58 pm

Sorry non-sports fans (of which I am one), the answer to the metapuzzle is a retired Major League Baseball player.

Good luck!

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#2

Post by Tina » Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:28 pm

Striking out.

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#3

Post by Cindy » Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:24 pm

I’m with Tina!

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#4

Post by Toby » Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:59 am

I hope this isn't another PGW "Guess what I Am Thinking" puzzle. I admire how original some of his meta paths have been, but often the first step is hidden too well.

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#5

Post by FrankieHeck » Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:45 am

I haven't really had much of a look at this, because I'm still working on the MMMM. But it's been a while since I've had weekend puzzles, so I'm kind of happy to have a stumper or two. Just wish I hadn't checked out three books from the Andy Carpenter series at the same time. I'm finding it really difficult to give my attention to one thing right now.

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Post by FrankieHeck » Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:45 am

I haven't really had much of a look at this, because I'm still working on the MMMM. But it's been a while since I've had weekend puzzles, so I'm kind of happy to have a stumper or two. Just wish I hadn't checked out three books from the Andy Carpenter series at the same time. I'm finding it really difficult to give my attention to one thing right now.

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#7

Post by ChrisKochmanski » Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:57 am

Nothing yet. I'll have time to think harder on this tonight.

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#8

Post by Beth Tyrpin » Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:04 pm

Looked over this again this afternoon and no ideas. Yet.

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#9

Post by ChrisKochmanski » Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:43 pm

OK, I noticed something, it led somewhere, and I submitted my answer. Can't say I feel 100% about it, but I can justify it. We'll see!

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#10

Post by Meg » Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:05 pm

Good to know there’s something to notice. I’ll keep looking......

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Post by ChrisKochmanski » Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:16 pm

Peter was nice enough to confirm, very quickly, that my answer is correct. Though be warned: My path to it was apparently not quite straight and true -- not exactly as Peter intended. In fact, I may still be missing something ... but I guess I saw enough to get to the solution.

I'm sorry if this post isn't very helpful to you. Keep looking!

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#12

Post by Beth Tyrpin » Thu Nov 07, 2019 6:17 pm

Finally saw a couple of promising leads that haven’t lead to anything promising.

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#13

Post by damefox » Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:06 pm

Got it. Staring at it and waiting for a miracle worked!

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#14

Post by Cindy » Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:59 pm

Oh I got it.

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#15

Post by Hector » Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:26 pm

Congrats, you whizzes! I have two pieces of . . . something, it seems. I'll return to it when time permits. Tough one!

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Post by Laura M » Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:59 am

I only see one thing, and I suspect that it isn't really a thing...

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#17

Post by damefox » Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:30 am

PS - unrelated to the meta, but for those of you unfamiliar with 27A, I highly recommend looking it up. It's fabulously hilarious. Or maybe hilariously fabulous. Or both. Look it up.

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Post by pgw » Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:08 am

damefox wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:30 am
PS - unrelated to the meta, but for those of you unfamiliar with 27A, I highly recommend looking it up. It's fabulously hilarious. Or maybe hilariously fabulous. Or both. Look it up.
Indeed, those unfamiliar with 27a might learn something about it, upon looking it up, that could help them get a start on solving the meta. (Don't worry - this is not a research project! The thing I'm talking about is very superficial and relates not at all to the subject matter of 27a - it's pure wordplay, but something you could easily be mistaken about if you've never seen 27a in print outside a crossword grid.)

A number of solutions came in yesterday but it's clear that I seriously misjudged this puzzle's difficulty and apparent elegance. I'll say more about this when I post the solution next week.

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Post by FrankieHeck » Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:05 pm

Well given the above comment, I might have the answer now, but I rushed it and I think I missed something. So I'll double-check after the MGWCC. It does look like I'll get this one before the MMMM now.

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#20

Post by Hector » Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:41 pm

I have the answer, but there's an oddly missing piece. A friend "won" a 27A, of which he's absurdly proud, yet I'd forgotten the crucial fact.

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