"The Party Starts at 10" - December 31, 2020

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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Henry Paul wrote: Sat Jan 02, 2021 8:38 pm Still stuck at the back of the boat, railing like Lear about how sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to not have a clue on this "easy" meta...

NY's resolution -- it's ok to ask for help. If anyone wants to send a DM nudge my way, I'm accepting...
And help I received! Thank you all!
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Good Sunday morning fellow muggles

The shore is getting more crowded with 203 partying there. and we have 3 on the ship with Isaac

On the ship are
becca
SewYoung
and JRS51

New to the shore are
Dow Jones
Limerick Savant - welcome back after a while
whimsy
Zac and Aunt Norma and Lisa
collegecrossworders
yourpalsal
Tripod
and Henry Paul


Good luck to all winning the mug and stay safe
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whimsy wrote: Wed Dec 30, 2020 4:35 pm Gift my kids sent me -- as well as a word of warning ---

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(Anyone read his Thursday Next series -- lots of fun if you like books, and words, and noir detective fiction, and British tea cozy fiction, and alternative history, and lots of other bizarre stuff!)

On to the puzzle --
Happy New Year All!
Also a Thursday Next fan! Always love to get lost in a good book! Was lucky enough to see Fforde speak at a local bookstore some years ago. He is as funny in person as he is on the page.
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Annabelle wrote: Sun Jan 03, 2021 12:48 pm
whimsy wrote: Wed Dec 30, 2020 4:35 pm Gift my kids sent me -- as well as a word of warning ---

Capturebunny.JPG

(Anyone read his Thursday Next series -- lots of fun if you like books, and words, and noir detective fiction, and British tea cozy fiction, and alternative history, and lots of other bizarre stuff!)

On to the puzzle --
Happy New Year All!
Also a Thursday Next fan! Always love to get lost in a good book! Was lucky enough to see Fforde speak at a local bookstore some years ago. He is as funny in person as he is on the page.
After reading the Thursday Next series (which I loved), I tried reading Great Expectations but couldn't get through it. Now I have a hankering to reread some Fforde and try Great Expectations again.
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BarbaraK wrote: Thu Dec 31, 2020 9:18 pm For WSJ subscribers only, there's a bonus puzzle pack at https://www.wsjplus.com/offers/puzzles-winter-2020

My New Year's puzzle resolution is to broaden my horizons and do more variety puzzles, not just crosswords. This was a fun way to get started with that (so obviously not all that difficult:)
Good suggestion for the Brain Freeze bonus puzzle pack!

Or "bad suggestion" if you wanted to get anything accomplished on the Sunday afternoon before going back to work! I wast... uh... I mean... keep busy much of the day with it.

(Though I messed up one letter from puzzle #2 which made the final puzzle not work until I went back and redid it. :oops: D'oh!)
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First time submission! I hope I get this right...(please let me know if I don't)

Ashore with a nice hazy IPA! Cheers =)
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Ashore. Found the destination before I figured out the path. Happy New Year!
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I may have reached shore; have an answer that I will submit.
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HunterX wrote: Sun Jan 03, 2021 5:12 pm
BarbaraK wrote: Thu Dec 31, 2020 9:18 pm For WSJ subscribers only, there's a bonus puzzle pack at https://www.wsjplus.com/offers/puzzles-winter-2020

My New Year's puzzle resolution is to broaden my horizons and do more variety puzzles, not just crosswords. This was a fun way to get started with that (so obviously not all that difficult:)
Good suggestion for the Brain Freeze bonus puzzle pack!

Or "bad suggestion" if you wanted to get anything accomplished on the Sunday afternoon before going back to work! I wast... uh... I mean... keep busy much of the day with it.

(Though I messed up one letter from puzzle #2 which made the final puzzle not work until I went back and redid it. :oops: D'oh!)
My husband and I did those over the long weekend. And it was his idea. Baby steps to getting him into puzzles.
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I’m on shore. This felt like a quiz: do you KNOW or are you GUESSING?
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Our final report a bit early

We have 204 on the shore with FirstMax joining the crowd and 3 on the ship
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I am finally posting after a looooong dry spell. Ihavebeenhanging out with Isaac since the pandemic started. Finally I got it!
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I'm trying to get ashore, but can't find the second word of the 4 word phrase...
Also, don't understand answer for 59A. Huh?
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I decided to take one last look and it just popped out at me. Dom didn’t make it, but with travel today, he didn’t have much time for it today.

On a personal note, Dom and I are partaking in a program called Exodus 90, which, among other things, makes social media verboten. So no posting from me (and no indirect reporting on Dom) until April. See you then!

PS: www.exodus90.com if you’re interested in learning what this program is about.
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sphorning wrote: Sun Jan 03, 2021 8:14 pm I'm trying to get ashore, but can't find the second word of the 4 word phrase...
Also, don't understand answer for 59A. Huh?
Id est (Latin “that is”), most often seen abbreviated as i. e.

Nudge for answer available if wanted.
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Ashore.
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LadyBird wrote: Sun Jan 03, 2021 6:38 pm
HunterX wrote: Sun Jan 03, 2021 5:12 pm
BarbaraK wrote: Thu Dec 31, 2020 9:18 pm For WSJ subscribers only, there's a bonus puzzle pack at https://www.wsjplus.com/offers/puzzles-winter-2020

My New Year's puzzle resolution is to broaden my horizons and do more variety puzzles, not just crosswords. This was a fun way to get started with that (so obviously not all that difficult:)
Good suggestion for the Brain Freeze bonus puzzle pack!

(...)
My husband and I did those over the long weekend. And it was his idea. Baby steps to getting him into puzzles.
Baby steps can turn into leaps and bounds. Though, perhaps a warning...? I got my sister into the Friday WSJ meta-puzzle. Now she texts me all weekend for hints. She doesn't usually solve it until mid-week the following week. I haven't mentioned that there's a coveted mug at stake. Is that wrong of me? My fiancée says not to, or she'll win a mug her first time while I've submitted countless times to no avail.
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Late start but ashore - happy new year all!
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Waiting to confirm answer with puzzle drop, in 3, 2, 1....
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