"Starting Positions" - August 20, 2021

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"Starting Positions" - August 20, 2021


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This week's contest is titled " Starting Positions " by Mike Shenk

The answer to this week's contest is a five letter word.

Good luck with the grid and the meta

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Post by Hector »

Got 'er.

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Post by LesY »

Solved and ashore. (Hi Hector!)
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Post by Meg »

Really nice beach this afternoon! Keep those margaritas coming. The cabana boy is revising the tapas menu for the bar. He says to tell you requests are welcome. I beat Al?? Is that possible??
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Post by benchen71 »

Done it. I even got up at 6am in order to try for page one. Did I make it?

EDIT: Yes, I did! Worth it!!
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Post by docison »

Hi everyone. Nice to see you all on shore for a last gasp of summer.
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Post by Abide »

Didn't download until 3:20. Kinda surprised I made page one :P

edit: and top ten as well?!

second edit to avoid POI: ...and the alternate--arguably equally acceptable-- answer has surfaced...
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Post by TMart »

On the beach! I'll take one of those first-page Guinnesses! Fun one from Mike.
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Post by meowmiao71 »

On shore! Got lucky and noticed something quickly.
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Post by dpl11 »

Ashore. Couple little jokes in the clues that I really enjoyed.
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Post by Wendy Walker »

Oh, very sweet! Got it! Have a great weekend, all -- Mark and I are off to the mountains!
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Post by zach »

I am ashore! I set out this week to make page 1 for the first time ever and mission accomplished!
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Post by Eric Porter »

I'm on shore. Mike did a good job on this one. This is the second week in a row where I didn't see it immediately.

After solving, I knew it was difficult, but I expected a few more people to be on shore.
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Post by CptnCodon »

I had a rough time last week, but smooth swimming ashore today. Page one?
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Post by mheberlingx100 »

I have an answer but I’m not happy how I got there. I think I need to noodle a bit more on this before I declare myself on shore, ‘cause I think I’m missing something.
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Onshore? Or still wading in the shallows? I have an answer that fits the mechanism but with a connection to the title that requires a broad definition.
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Post by BrianMac »

On shore, but going to hold off submitting for a bit.
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Post by Tina »

On shore.