"Three Little Words" - August 6, 2021

A place to discuss the weekly Wall Street Journal Crossword Puzzle Contest, starting every Thursday around 4:00 p.m. Eastern time. Please do not post any answers or hints before the contest deadline which is midnight Sunday Eastern time.
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michaelm wrote: Sun Aug 08, 2021 9:43 pm
LadyBird wrote: Sun Aug 08, 2021 7:33 pm
ky-mike wrote: Sun Aug 08, 2021 6:57 pm
Invades my dreams while I am sleeping
And the "answer" that was planted in my brain
Was insane
No more nudge reliance
In restless dreams I solved alone.....
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Bob cruise director wrote: Sun Aug 08, 2021 8:54 pm Good evening Muggles

Before our final report we have two more new muggles - Bill Swerski 13 and little pigeon

And we close with 9 on the ship and 215 on the shore.

Littlepigeon joined the group with Isaac for the week

and taking the last tenders to the shore are

Jean
WSJosh
Flying_Burrito
iggystan
pookie
Gman
CPJohnson
Bird Lives
eagle1279
JAQT
Bill Swerski 13
and just squeeking in before I closed the ledger Littlegreycells

Good luck winning the mug and stay safe

For all the new muggles, we have a zoom call at 7:30 pm EDT on Tuesday. Details at viewtopic.php?f=18&t=1003
Also on shore (post #283, sorry if I missed an earlier update).
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Bill_Swerski_13 wrote: Sun Aug 08, 2021 10:07 pm
JAQT wrote: Sun Aug 08, 2021 6:58 pm
Bill_Swerski_13 wrote: Sun Aug 08, 2021 5:52 pm A late-breaking journey ashore on my first day as a Muggle. Hooray! Now it's pizza time.
Welcome to "Da Muggles"!

(Hoping there are some fans out there of SNL from the 90s)
Three Little Words for you: "Ditka", "Ditka", and.... "Ditka"!
90's. 90's - huh late comer!!! No Coke, Pepsi darn it!
NUDGES! If you see that I have solved, feel free to PM me, along with what you have done so far, and I'll be happy to nudge you onto the right track.

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On shore.. As usual, it was right there in plain sight...
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boharr wrote: Sun Aug 08, 2021 8:52 pm Went to a ballgame today. Why, I haven't changed a bit.

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Let's go Yankees!
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DrTom wrote: Sun Aug 08, 2021 10:31 pm
Bill_Swerski_13 wrote: Sun Aug 08, 2021 10:07 pm
JAQT wrote: Sun Aug 08, 2021 6:58 pm
Welcome to "Da Muggles"!

(Hoping there are some fans out there of SNL from the 90s)
Three Little Words for you: "Ditka", "Ditka", and.... "Ditka"!
90's. 90's - huh late comer!!! No Coke, Pepsi darn it!
Cheeburger! Cheeburger!
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SReh26 wrote: Sun Aug 08, 2021 10:12 pm
michaelm wrote: Sun Aug 08, 2021 9:43 pm
LadyBird wrote: Sun Aug 08, 2021 7:33 pm

And the "answer" that was planted in my brain
Was insane
No more nudge reliance
In restless dreams I solved alone....
finding mechanisms on my own....
Neath my iPad got a finger cramp
But I want to be a Muggle champ
And my sighs were caused by the flash of a Shenk named Mike
Who I still like
But must go Zoom with clients
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DrTom wrote: Sun Aug 08, 2021 10:31 pm
Bill_Swerski_13 wrote: Sun Aug 08, 2021 10:07 pm
JAQT wrote: Sun Aug 08, 2021 6:58 pm
Welcome to "Da Muggles"!

(Hoping there are some fans out there of SNL from the 90s)
Three Little Words for you: "Ditka", "Ditka", and.... "Ditka"!
90's. 90's - huh late comer!!! No Coke, Pepsi darn it!
No coke, pepsi! If only Belushi had lived those words. . .
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SReh26 wrote: Sun Aug 08, 2021 10:12 pm
michaelm wrote: Sun Aug 08, 2021 9:43 pm
LadyBird wrote: Sun Aug 08, 2021 7:33 pm

And the "answer" that was planted in my brain
Was insane
No more nudge reliance
In restless dreams I solved alone.....
We have obviously overlooked S&G's much more apropos tune, The Solver!

I am just a Muggle, though my story's seldom told
I have squandered my insistence
On a pocketful of nudges, some are promising
Others lie in jest. still, a man sees what he wants to see and overlooks the rest

When I left dinner and my family, I used a common ploy
Sought the company of solvers in the quiet of an online nation, running scared
Laying low, seeking out the smarter answers
Where the seasoned solvers go
Looking for the good hints only they would know
Try try try, try try try try try try try
Try try try

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NUDGES! If you see that I have solved, feel free to PM me, along with what you have done so far, and I'll be happy to nudge you onto the right track.

This is a community, feel welcome, and never feel uncomfortable asking a question.
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Jill from the Isle of Wight 🏝
Stared at the meta all night
wondering what she did wrong
but then, “oh I know that song!”
now she’s ashore with a Sprite

Bill from Ile de la Cite 🏰
wondered what led him astray
first he started to pray
it became clear as day
now he’s on shore and devil what may

Sue from Asheville, NC
the solution she just couldn’t see 🔬
so she went for a run and returned
it was done!
now she’s on the shore with sweet tea

Sam from Coeur d’Alene
is always considered quite keen
but the meta was tough
yet he had the right stuff
and he swam to shore for a Jim Beam 🥃

Ed from NOLA measures the sea
oh, some metas he’s solved two or three
he cannot tell you how
see he’s solving it now!
now look at that face full of glee 😃

life is one of those things
you can’t really predict what it brings
though it can have its struggles
it also has Muggles
to boost up our spirits on wings 🦋

stay well everyone!! see you Thursday!
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TeaJenny wrote: Sun Aug 08, 2021 10:38 pm
DrTom wrote: Sun Aug 08, 2021 10:31 pm
Bill_Swerski_13 wrote: Sun Aug 08, 2021 10:07 pm

Three Little Words for you: "Ditka", "Ditka", and.... "Ditka"!
90's. 90's - huh late comer!!! No Coke, Pepsi darn it!
Cheeburger! Cheeburger!
Considering our location, we should probably be wary of Land Sharks! Anyone for a Candygram?
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DrTom wrote: Sun Aug 08, 2021 10:53 pm
SReh26 wrote: Sun Aug 08, 2021 10:12 pm
michaelm wrote: Sun Aug 08, 2021 9:43 pm

No more nudge reliance
In restless dreams I solved alone.....
We have obviously overlooked S&G's much more apropos tune, The Solver!

I am just a Muggle, though my story's seldom told
I have squandered my insistence
On a pocketful of nudges, some are promising
Others lie in jest. still, a man sees what he wants to see and overlooks the rest

When I left dinner and my family, I used a common ploy
Sought the company of solvers in the quiet of an online nation, running scared
Laying low, seeking out the smarter answers
Where the seasoned solvers go
Looking for the good hints only they would know
Try try try, try try try try try try try
Try try try


Dammit Jim.jpg
I think we’ve found our theme song and assistant mascot! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
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Yeesh… Well, I printed a new puzzle and re-solved it, so to speak. While I can definitely say that I noticed something this time around which had somehow totally evaded me before, and that I have an idea of a meta answer that would probably fit, I’m still in the web-untangling stage. (No intentions of trying to submit anything this week, obviously. I’d just really love to crack it before the solution goes up.)

(To be clear, the web yet to be untangled is my own interpretation/perception of the grid, not the grid itself (or the mechanism, etc.). I fully believe everyone who’s noted how simple it all becomes once you see it; I think at this point I’m just stuck in that whole “can’t see the forest for the trees” mire. Looking forward to putting this week’s CC behind me!)
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littlepigeon wrote: Sun Aug 08, 2021 11:09 pm Yeesh… Well, I printed a new puzzle and re-solved it, so to speak. While I can definitely say that I noticed something this time around which had somehow totally evaded me before, and that I have an idea of a meta answer that would probably fit, I’m still in the web-untangling stage. (No intentions of trying to submit anything this week, obviously. I’d just really love to crack it before the solution goes up.)

(To be clear, the web yet to be untangled is my own interpretation/perception of the grid, not the grid itself (or the mechanism, etc.). I fully believe everyone who’s noted how simple it all becomes once you see it; I think at this point I’m just stuck in that whole “can’t see the forest for the trees” mire. Looking forward to putting this week’s CC behind me!)
Nudge/clarification sent
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Ashore, finally!
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mntlblok wrote: Fri Aug 06, 2021 11:44 am
HunterX wrote: Fri Aug 06, 2021 11:00 am
SReh26 wrote: Thu Aug 05, 2021 9:48 pm

nah brah - it’s a rural thing! it means its in your area of expertise. I only learned it recently too. a wheel house is a thing on farms. or riverboats. or something.

oh whoops you were asking about the but. yo no se.
Well, "wheelhouse" is essentially a synonym for "pilot-house" though it has also been used to refer the encasing on a paddle wheel, the area of a mill where the wheel that is powered by water is housed, and even (we're talking 200 years ago) a place where wheels are stored. Though nowadays it is probably only used to refer to a person's strength or field of expertise.

But... I did think the question was regarding the "but." And any proper grammarian will tell you, it's spelled with an ellipsis: "But..." Ending a sentence with "but..." and leaving off the unfinished part in order to indicate that there are potentially many other possibilities which you can imagine for yourself, is quite common and not particularly regional.

At least it is in my experience, but...
Can't help thinking of Mark Twain's reports of his hilarious conversation's with his riverboat captain mentor.

Have become a utiliser of that "end of the sentence" ellipsis. Even read up on em and learnt (from one source) that there should be double spacing between those "dots". :-)
I can confirm that there should be a space between the “dots” if you’re working in MLA (and I *think* APA as well and possibly even Chicago, but I’d have to double check those). There are also specific rules about how to space / format ellipses depending on what its function is in the sentence or quotation (i.e., I believe the spacing used when quoting lines of poetry is different than in a scenario such as the one under discussion here).

(That said, whenever I’m writing anything informal online (in texts, on IG, etc.), I tend to forgo punctuation “rules” for the effect. The “but” not followed by ellipses would sound different than “but . . .,” in other words.)
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I think we’ve found our theme song and assistant mascot! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Well then he needs the proper logo!
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NUDGES! If you see that I have solved, feel free to PM me, along with what you have done so far, and I'll be happy to nudge you onto the right track.

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Joe Ross wrote: Mon Aug 09, 2021 12:00 am (Please let me know if you don't see the image of a meta reveal, above. TY!)
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