"Dude Where's My Car?" - September 10, 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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Started grid on beach:
Spring Lake NJ yesterday.
Ashore now - no reach!
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Lyman wrote: Sat Sep 11, 2021 6:21 pm Also ashore (#98). And it may have been the first time that I didn't make a paper copy of the completed grid.
What is terrifying is that I remember seeing your posting.
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On shore (of course). One hates to express disappointment in our brilliant constructors, but of course this is not even Kas-1.There is no "Aha" moment. A puzzle for those who want to learn how to solve a meta puzzle relatively quickly.
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Ashore with a Modelo in hand.
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Ashore
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Does anyone know an estimate of MOST successfully submitted answers to WSJ in a week?
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SReh26 wrote: Thu Sep 09, 2021 10:46 pm
Hidden in 3D wrote: Thu Sep 09, 2021 9:52 pm ASHORE! Thank you, thank you, Matt, for taking it easy on us. I have so much to do for a very worthwhile cause this weekend (and probably for some time to come). I believe that I have mentioned in the past that I serve on our county's education foundation. Our latest partnership with the school system is a mentoring program where volunteers will meet with striving readers weekly to improve student reading proficiency in grades K-3. Most of this week has been spent interviewing candidates who will serve as coordinators at the two schools that have been chosen for our pilot program. (Third grade reading proficiency is a major fork in the road toward future student success as students need to transition from "learning to read" to "reading to learn". Students not achieving this milestone are less likely to catch up and struggle throughout their academic education.) Still lots to do to get this project off the ground!
When I was in grade school, my mom was a librarian and in the summers I participated in a Summer Reading Club held by the library. Children committed to reading a certain number of books they selected and those who completed them received gold star stickers and a certificate at a ceremony. I was an avid reader anyway, but as a child this club seemed magical and important! It’s hard to believe kids today could be motivated with gold star stickers like we were 🤣, but the club was very popular and did a lot of long term good.
I'm glad you mentioned this, because our plans actually include a three-pronged approach. The reading mentorships are, of course, part one. Then, together with the participating schools we will create special reading areas at each location. Our striving readers will be able to visit the reading room at their school as part of an incentive program. There will be reading materials of all sorts, including comic books, because it doesn't matter what they are reading, just that they ARE reading. Our foundation and the schools will also partner to create at-home libraries for the readers. Meanwhile, we are waiting on word about funding from the grants for which we have applied. Keep your fingers crossed for us!
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Plymouthrock wrote: Sun Sep 12, 2021 9:03 am Does anyone know an estimate of MOST successfully submitted answers to WSJ in a week?
3998 for the tutorial puzzle earlier this year on 19 February. For the "regular" puzzles, 3563 on 27 August, just a few weeks ago. Those numbers may be in jeopardy this week.

Somebody else may have better data and can correct the above.
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Hidden in 3D wrote: Sun Sep 12, 2021 9:16 am
SReh26 wrote: Thu Sep 09, 2021 10:46 pm
Hidden in 3D wrote: Thu Sep 09, 2021 9:52 pm ASHORE! Thank you, thank you, Matt, for taking it easy on us. I have so much to do for a very worthwhile cause this weekend (and probably for some time to come). I believe that I have mentioned in the past that I serve on our county's education foundation. Our latest partnership with the school system is a mentoring program where volunteers will meet with striving readers weekly to improve student reading proficiency in grades K-3. Most of this week has been spent interviewing candidates who will serve as coordinators at the two schools that have been chosen for our pilot program. (Third grade reading proficiency is a major fork in the road toward future student success as students need to transition from "learning to read" to "reading to learn". Students not achieving this milestone are less likely to catch up and struggle throughout their academic education.) Still lots to do to get this project off the ground!
When I was in grade school, my mom was a librarian and in the summers I participated in a Summer Reading Club held by the library. Children committed to reading a certain number of books they selected and those who completed them received gold star stickers and a certificate at a ceremony. I was an avid reader anyway, but as a child this club seemed magical and important! It’s hard to believe kids today could be motivated with gold star stickers like we were 🤣, but the club was very popular and did a lot of long term good.
I'm glad you mentioned this, because our plans actually include a three-pronged approach. The reading mentorships are, of course, part one. Then, together with the participating schools we will create special reading areas at each location. Our striving readers will be able to visit the reading room at their school as part of an incentive program. There will be reading materials of all sorts, including comic books, because it doesn't matter what they are reading, just that they ARE reading. Our foundation and the schools will also partner to create at-home libraries for the readers. Meanwhile, we are waiting on word about funding from the grants for which we have applied. Keep your fingers crossed for us!
Good luck! There’s also an amazing program called TV Turn Off Week. I turned mine off for good in 2002...
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Plymouthrock wrote: Sun Sep 12, 2021 9:03 am Does anyone know an estimate of MOST successfully submitted answers to WSJ in a week?
The most submissions has been 3998 with the most correct being 3758. They were both February 19,2021 when the title was In Character and the answer was Little Women. As I recall each of the them answers had one of the little women embedded in it.

Stats we have. Let me know if there is any more data that will get you eye rolls from nonmeta people
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Hidden in 3D’s post and the responses to it made me think of my grade school days and Scholastic Books. Every month Scholastic Books sent out a flyer with books to buy. They were 25 cents to 50 cents apiece. My favorites were the Martin Gardner puzzle books (fiction and nonfiction I would borrow from the library to save money). I so enjoyed those puzzle books! I would do them after dinner at the kitchen table. My father would peer over with his coffee and kibbitz and then start to work on the puzzles as well. We had a great time together with not an IPad or cell phone in sight.

So…anybody think kid meta puzzles are doable? Matt? Mike?
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Good Sunday morning Muggles

We are on the cusp of greatness. We have tied the record of 258 on the shore with 12 hours left to establish a new mark.

On another meta note, I hope to post the link to the interview of Pete Muller on Friday September 17 for the 10th anniversary of his Muller Monthly Music Mata. Matt will be dissecting one of Pete's metas and then there will be a Q&A. In addition to the electronic raising of hands and chat questions, if you can not be there and have any questions, please send them to me in a PM and I will make sure that they are asked.

Since yesterday the following muggles have gotten their way to the very crowded but socially distancing shore (and apologies to Barbara K and Jeremy for my missing them yesterday)

Ben B and son
Barbara K
mindle
Jeremy
Bonnibel
Ann
Natalie
Annabelle
Lyman
Scott L
Olof
Colin
OGuyDave
sphorning
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I'm ashore.....at least "as sure" as I can be.
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I've been ashore since Thursday, but just able to login today... Anyone else think Mike/Matt had a "Freaky Friday" experience? Recent puzzles have had an odd "out-of-character" feel to them. Maybe it's just me?
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kamashdas wrote: Sun Sep 12, 2021 2:21 pm I've been ashore since Thursday, but just able to login today... Anyone else think Mike/Matt had a "Freaky Friday" experience? Recent puzzles have had an odd "out-of-character" feel to them. Maybe it's just me?
I was going to joke, “it’s a trick..” and then my mind went to IAWL again..

“It’s a lie! He’s been in jail for years for poisoning a kid. And if you ask me that’s where you belong!” What character in IAWL uttered those famous lines?
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SReh26 wrote: Sun Sep 12, 2021 3:09 pm
kamashdas wrote: Sun Sep 12, 2021 2:21 pm I've been ashore since Thursday, but just able to login today... Anyone else think Mike/Matt had a "Freaky Friday" experience? Recent puzzles have had an odd "out-of-character" feel to them. Maybe it's just me?
I was going to joke, “it’s a trick..” and then my mind went to IAWL again..

“It’s a lie! He’s been in jail for years for poisoning a kid. And if you ask me that’s where you belong!” What character in IAWL uttered those famous lines?
I'm guessing it's "bizarro world" Nick, the bartender (who apparently is the owner of Martini's in the alternate reality).
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SReh26 wrote: Sun Sep 12, 2021 3:09 pm
kamashdas wrote: Sun Sep 12, 2021 2:21 pm I've been ashore since Thursday, but just able to login today... Anyone else think Mike/Matt had a "Freaky Friday" experience? Recent puzzles have had an odd "out-of-character" feel to them. Maybe it's just me?
I was going to joke, “it’s a trick..” and then my mind went to IAWL again..

“It’s a lie! He’s been in jail for years for poisoning a kid. And if you ask me that’s where you belong!” What character in IAWL uttered those famous lines?
Mrs. Bailey, George's mother.
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Since we are setting a new record, I will note that I have been Done since Thursday. I am a grinder at best on these things, so like others, first time to do the entire thing in less than a hour, first time to see the meta before finishing the grid, first time to use the meta to complete the themers. I even thought, If it is this easy for me, this is probably only a 0.5 star rating (if there is such a thing).
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Ashore!
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Ashore like everyone else :)
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