"Tormented Artists" - July 31, 2020

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Re: "Tormented Artists" - July 31, 2020

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Post by TPS » Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:42 am

Al Sisti wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:44 am
I bought all the Mental Floss books and Peter Gordon's "___ingly Hard" books. They helped me *a lot*!
That was my thought - I figured I’d try to do his books this year and then maybe sign up for MGWCC next year if the MF books don’t defeat me.

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#242

Post by EVJ » Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:56 am

Have been at sea with Isaac all weekend. It’s maddening to see so many people say it was easy. Not giving up yet!

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#243

Post by Geezer Weezer » Sun Aug 02, 2020 12:05 pm

Ashore.

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#244

Post by norrin2 » Sun Aug 02, 2020 12:13 pm

EVJ wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:56 am
Have been at sea with Isaac all weekend. It’s maddening to see so many people say it was easy. Not giving up yet!
It's not easy but it's doable. Don't give up.

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#245

Post by jag » Sun Aug 02, 2020 12:23 pm

Ashore! Fun one...I got wrapped around the axle at one point (will share Monday) but made it ashore.

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#246

Post by TPS » Sun Aug 02, 2020 12:24 pm

EVJ wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:56 am
Have been at sea with Isaac all weekend. It’s maddening to see so many people say it was easy. Not giving up yet!
Easy is relative - this is a very Gaffney puzzle. Lots of people on here have done a TON of Gaffney puzzles between WSJ, MGWCC, and his books. Also, on a relative basis it’s not on the harder end of the spectrum for his puzzles especially compared to his puzzle from 2 weeks ago.

I am still terrible at these - hadn’t solved one completely on my own in almost 3 months and I still checked my answer on this one with someone else before submitting just to be on the safe side. I know it’s easier said than done but if you can it’s better not to judge yourself on these relative to other people.

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#247

Post by Bob cruise director » Sun Aug 02, 2020 12:25 pm

There will not be a report today as I am having computer problems
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#248

Post by Annabelle » Sun Aug 02, 2020 12:46 pm

On shore! Fun puzzle, especially for me as an art conservator.

Until next week's contest, I'd like to recommend to y'all a youtube series called Art in Isolation, short podcasts by English art dealer Philip Mould in which he discusses in his chatty style art works at his collection at his home in the English countryside.

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#249

Post by Schmeel » Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:26 pm

Joe Ross wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:57 am
yourpalsal wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:26 am
I’ve been ashore since Friday. I wrote a whole message about it and now I can’t find it. I wonder where I posted it?? :-O
There are a few hundred faithful across the world reviewing a page of the Talmud wondering if "on the beach" is a metaphor...
In fact, according to some exegesists, there is reference to a beach (or at least a river bed) in yesterday's Talmud page, relating to the clay at the bottom of a river. Perhaps the post got stuck in the mud.

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#250

Post by Kris Zacharias » Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:39 pm

On shore. Hope it isn’t Gilligan’s Island.

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#251

Post by burak » Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:44 pm

Some metas are impressive due to its constructions, some are impressive because everything ties together real nice even if the execution is simpler.

Really liked this one. Also happy that it wasn't a toughie as I was just able to start solving it. I won't be tormented for the rest of my Sunday, hooray!

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#252

Post by Gpiggies » Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:02 pm

On shore! I finally got it this morning. Very fun puzzle!

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#253

Post by Colin » Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:07 pm

Anyone interested in the SpaceX Dragon re-entry, it is streaming live right now!
https://cnn.it/2PhozIL
One world. One planet. One future.

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Post by Meg » Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:21 pm

Colin wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:07 pm
Anyone interested in the SpaceX Dragon re-entry, it is streaming live right now!
https://cnn.it/2PhozIL
Watching!!

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Post by OGuyDave » Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:38 pm

Done (Thu) and done (just now).

I found this one fairly difficult. Maybe because I took a different path than intended? To me, it was sort of like when you pull off a stunt, and then said "Wow, I didn't think I could do that." As much self-satisfaction as I've had in solving a meta in quite some time.

TFTXWD

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Post by Tom Shea » Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:52 pm

On an incredible losing streak. Guess I'll throw out the all too usual Hail Mary.

I'm sure I'll kick myself tomorrow morning. Or the Missus will do it for me :lol:
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#257

Post by BrianMac » Sun Aug 02, 2020 3:01 pm

I just realized I submitted the wrong answer. I think a fair number of people are going to be unpleasantly surprised tomorrow.

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#258

Post by TPS » Sun Aug 02, 2020 3:08 pm

BrianMac wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 3:01 pm
I just realized I submitted the wrong answer. I think a fair number of people are going to be unpleasantly surprised tomorrow.
This is why I double checked with someone just because I remember some of our better solvers making a simple mistake. But then again maybe I asked someone else who missed it!

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Post by tim1217 » Sun Aug 02, 2020 3:26 pm

TPS wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 3:08 pm
BrianMac wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 3:01 pm
I just realized I submitted the wrong answer. I think a fair number of people are going to be unpleasantly surprised tomorrow.
This is why I double checked with someone just because I remember some of our better solvers making a simple mistake. But then again maybe I asked someone else who missed it!
Interestingly enough, my ex (a big meta fan but not a Muggle) got the correct part 1 completed and then arrived at the correct answer...but not via the part 2 that MG intended. To those that are 100% confident you have the correct answer (via a solid part 2 mechanism) you'll see that you can also get the same answer via another (less than elegant) process.
No man steps into the same river twice.
Because it is not the same river,
And he is not the same man.
Heraclitus

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#260

Post by Ronaldo » Sun Aug 02, 2020 3:42 pm

BrianMac wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 3:01 pm
I just realized I submitted the wrong answer. I think a fair number of people are going to be unpleasantly surprised tomorrow.
D'oh! Just looked at it again. I think I did the same thing as you!

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