#597 - "Solving in Pairs"

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#597 - "Solving in Pairs"

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Post by Hector » Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:19 pm

This week's contest answer is a famous duo, one of whom was born in 1953.

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#2

Post by Hector » Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:20 pm

Impressive one.

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#3

Post by FrankieHeck » Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:00 pm

I see at least a couple muggles won the October prize. Congrats!

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#4

Post by sharkicicles » Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:06 pm

Looks like Hector and I submitted at the same time!

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#5

Post by Hector » Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:09 pm

There are no ties in mgwcc---you win!

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Post by TMart » Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:18 pm

Fun one, and congrats to the Muggle winners!

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#7

Post by sharkicicles » Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:33 pm

Hector wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:09 pm
There are no ties in mgwcc---you win!
We’re all winners here ;)

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#8

Post by Laura M » Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:41 pm

That was an enjoyable week 2! Congrats to Beth and Al!

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#9

Post by BarbaraK » Fri Nov 08, 2019 2:34 pm

I had a harder time with the gird - several crosses of unknown names I had to guess at. Amazingly, when I googled to check them, all were right.

I got the general idea of the meta mechanism very early on, but the exact method was not quite what I was expecting, and it took a few minutes to let go of that and see what was really there.

Congratulations to all the prize winners!

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#10

Post by ChrisKochmanski » Fri Nov 08, 2019 4:09 pm

Beam me up!

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Post by Cindy » Fri Nov 08, 2019 4:46 pm

Solved.

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Post by hcbirker » Fri Nov 08, 2019 4:49 pm

Beam me up! (Heidi)
Heidi

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#13

Post by David R » Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:37 pm

I'm in, should've come a bit quicker but got thrown on the final step.

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Post by ky-mike » Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:18 pm

Another one in the books! Now, back to PGWCC.

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#15

Post by Meg » Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:29 pm

A lovely week 2 puzzle!

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#16

Post by damefox » Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:58 pm

Got it! This feels like an appropriate week 2 difficulty level.

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#17

Post by JJD » Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:55 pm

Hmm... I feel like I’m halfway there, but I can’t complete this approach for all the clues/entries I expect... is that a rabbit I smell?

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#18

Post by Jeremy Smith » Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:58 pm

JJD wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:55 pm
Hmm... I feel like I’m halfway there, but I can’t complete this approach for all the clues/entries I expect... is that a rabbit I smell?
Yes, I’ve found three seemingly promising things, and then crashed into a wall. I’ve also used several extensive resources to find someone fitting the description in the answer to try to backsolve. A famous someone, born in 1953, I would definitely be familiar with. Makes me think those three things I found are red herrings. I’m amazed that some muggles solved this within minutes. I’m stumped on a week 2—sheesh!

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#19

Post by BarbaraK » Sat Nov 09, 2019 5:28 pm

Jeremy Smith wrote:
Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:58 pm
JJD wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:55 pm
Hmm... I feel like I’m halfway there, but I can’t complete this approach for all the clues/entries I expect... is that a rabbit I smell?
Yes, I’ve found three seemingly promising things, and then crashed into a wall. I’ve also used several extensive resources to find someone fitting the description in the answer to try to backsolve. A famous someone, born in 1953, I would definitely be familiar with. Makes me think those three things I found are red herrings. I’m amazed that some muggles solved this within minutes. I’m stumped on a week 2—sheesh!
I believe you're in the same place I was. You need to be sure you're not overly limiting things. Some stuff I assumed was part of the meta was in fact just coincidence in the first couple I came across. When I broadened out a bit, I found the rest of the pieces. Then it turned out that what I needed to do with them was not exactly what I'd expected either, but it all came together beautifully.

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#20

Post by JJD » Sat Nov 09, 2019 7:51 pm

I’m pretty sure I’m the correct path, but now I’m stumped at the next step(?), with lots of wrong steps forward.
Backsolving hasn’t revealed anything to me either.

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