"Takes Shorts" - June 3, 2021

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"Takes Shorts" - June 3, 2021

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Deadline Tuesday, June 8, 12 PM EST.

Congrats to Puzzle 28 winners Hector and FrankieHeck!

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Another challenging and excellent LD outing, thanks!
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#3

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Oof….I am at a loss. Seeing some rabbit holes, but nothing is gelling for me with this one
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#4

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Hector nailed it pretty much immediately ... but is the only correct answer so far...

I don't like to give hints that not every solver has access to but while I'm typing this, I'm inclined to say that I have already discovered one or two totally unintentional red herrings in the grid -- things that I would make note of as a solver but that aren't actually significant.
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I'm not seeing this one at all. I think I "grok" the title, but that's as far as I've gotten.
EDIT: Post-enlightenment! I was on the right track all along and EVEN WROTE DOWN THE ANSWER days ago when I was trying to figure out the title.
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ricky wrote: Fri Jun 04, 2021 1:51 pm Hector nailed it pretty much immediately ... but is the only correct answer so far...

I don't like to give hints that not every solver has access to but while I'm typing this, I'm inclined to say that I have already discovered one or two totally unintentional red herrings in the grid -- things that I would make note of as a solver but that aren't actually significant.
Ricky, I submitted my answer, but I don't know what "Option 1" was on the answer form, so I didn't check it. I hope that doesn't eliminate me from the running!
WLW.
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I don't know what it is either! I must have accidentally hit the "create new item" button while the form interface was open on my computer?
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#8

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UPDATE: I'm going to extend the deadline for this until Thursday at 12 PM.

There haven't been very many entries, and I've been trying to think of a good hint but haven't come up with one besides the following:

The two-word answer is (4,7).
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Quick and maybe stoopid question: I was going to give this a shot, but it looks like there is no PUZ file for this particular puzzle? Both the PDF and PUZ links seem to link to a PDF....
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After a big shove from Wendy, I'm pretty sure I have it. Submitted.
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KayW wrote: Wed Jun 09, 2021 10:44 am Quick and maybe stoopid question: I was going to give this a shot, but it looks like there is no PUZ file for this particular puzzle? Both the PDF and PUZ links seem to link to a PDF....
Thanks for telling me and sorry about that. I'll try to fix it tonight.
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I have left the workshop after a nudge. Very cool/creative, and nice payoff. Your sporadic test solver could have helped make this a little easier. ;)
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Got it with a nudge.
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OK, I have it, but only after so much give and take with other Muggles that I feel like I shouldn’t submit for the prize.

Kinda cool, but I also tend to agree with some others here that there needed to be a bit more to get you going — something to grab onto, even if only tenuously, and make you suspect what the puzzle was after.

Still, I applaud Ricky’s creativity.
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Solved with nudge.
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