"Poetic Justice" - February 5, 2021

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Post by PHOFER »

Ashore after a leisurely swim. I’m confident in the answer although if there was an elegant way to find it I missed it.
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Post by Scraps »

BethA wrote: Sat Feb 06, 2021 4:32 pm I keep forgetting to ask —
does anyone know a six-letter word that starts with HEDC_ _ ??

1. WSJ portrait using stipple method.
4. Sisti who is a freakishly fast solver of 11-D puzzles.
7. Something not to ask for before Saturday.
8. Short pedantic crossword answer.
9. Despite what others think, all the really cool kids.
13. Common crossword answer.
14. Not pico or bagels.
16. With Isaac.
17. What your butt is in when you’re not 16-A

1. 7-A for the uninitiated.
2. Unanimously rated one-star 15-D
3. Unappreciated puzzle book.
5. With 12-D, favorite amateur ornithologist of 9-A crowd
6. When adrift, direction you hope the shore is made of 17-A
10. Common crossword answer.
11. Action after a grid.
12. See 5-D.
15. Common crossword answer.
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Post by DrTom »

HunterX wrote: Sat Feb 06, 2021 10:49 pm
DrTom wrote: Sat Feb 06, 2021 6:52 pm
HunterX wrote: Sat Feb 06, 2021 6:38 pm

(Go for it! You can do it! Disguise it in song titles.)
You shake my nerves and you rattle my cage
Too many puns, but I must engage
You said I will, boy what a thrill
Goodness gracious, great out of control balls of fire launching....

That's as ballsy as I'm going to get! ;) :)
Just don't go and marry your 13 year old cousin.
NOTE: My comment removed - it was in bad taste in an effort to be funny. Cardinal rule - do not post late in evening when sleepy. If anyone was offended I apologize.
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Post by burak »

I guess this is the first time I rated a puzzle 0.5 for difficulty. I like the completeness of it though, good one.
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Post by Fishoutowater »

Onshore. 2021 shaping up (so far) to be much better for me on the metas. Spicy double trouble (margarita with passion fruit and blood orange) in hand.

Hope all have a good weekend!
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Post by jhseeman »

DrTom wrote: Sat Feb 06, 2021 8:37 am
jhseeman wrote: Fri Feb 05, 2021 11:05 pm
zacmoretz wrote: Fri Feb 05, 2021 9:24 pm Ashore. Having an Eagle Rare with a few drops of water and a twist of lemon. I am reading “Pappyland” right now, that is how Julian Van Winkle III drinks his bourbon apparently. I would have thought he’d take it neat...
The important question is, is it Eagle Rare 17? or the 10?

Also I get the feeling that Pappy was drinking cask strength and when you have that you need to add a couple drops of water, else the alcohol is overpowering. I add a couple drops to my George T. Stagg cask strength and my Woodinville Whiskey cask strength. Sometimes will add some to my Pappy, depending on the weather.
Wow! What this tells me is that I am drinking my bourbon incorrectly because I'm not drinking it at YOUR house. Tell you what, I'll bring the few drops of water if you'll share the Stagg, and Pappy. I've been able, with the help of a friend, get my hands on Eagle Rare (10), Blanton's and Rowan's Creek and grabbed some Weller's 10 and C.H. Taylor on my own, but I'm still hunting Staggs and can't find my Pappy. I guess I'll just live vicariously, sigh.
Anytime you find yourself in the PNW more than welcome to come drink. The Stagg unfortunately didn't survive a visit from my mother...long and funny story....suffice it to say she really enjoyed it. The Pappy's survives because I now know to put it on the top shelf in back. I do put out either Jefferson Reserve or Knobb Creek for mom.

On the lucky side the local liquor store allows it's regulars to come down when the small batches are released and get in a lottery for picking up bottles. Hence how I scored the Pappy, and hoping once he can have more than 5 folks in the store to score another bottle of Stagg. Still working my way through Blanton's trying to get all the letters. I've got 3 so far.
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Post by Al Sisti »

SewYoung wrote: Sat Feb 06, 2021 2:32 pm Y'all have probably already seen this (I don't do much "social media" so I am usually the last to see anything), but just in case you haven't; you should. This is, bar none, the sweetest thing I have ever seen in my life. I am not a particularly sentimental person, but this just made me boo-hoo.
Think I mighta got a little something in my eye...
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TheCatt wrote: Sat Feb 06, 2021 9:54 pm Onshore, our first time getting two weeks in a row. Although we haven't tried very many yet :)
Welcome to the land of the muggles and you have helped us set a new record for those on shore.
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Post by Bob cruise director »

We are now officially in record territory - we have 220 on the shore. Well done muggles.
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Post by PJM »

Must be a neap tide because I waded to what appears to be a very crowded beach.
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Post by KscX »

Ashore. My husband got it so I’ll submit under his name, but I’m sure I would have too? I’ll count it as a win on my tracking spreadsheet regardless.

I didn’t revisit (and read the “it’s supposed to be easy” post) until this morning after his Friday AHA, but in the meantime I had another solve dream. Somehow FLUSH was a clue, and the answer was in the grid, shaped in a spiral. What the hell, brain?! Don’t you have something better to dream about?
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Post by LaPetiteFlora »

On shore! Not much deep thought needed this week...
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Post by Bob cruise director »

Good Sunday muggles - we are in record territory with 223 on the shore and a couple scrounging around for drinks on the ship.

And we have four new muggles since yesterday - xwordcoco, Ruthmary, Peter M and TheCatt Welcome to all

Long odds winning the mug but stay safe - no Superbowl parties.
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Post by Annabelle »

On shore. Got this one on Friday but it's been a funky weekend. Thought the meta was easy after getting the grid. Absolutely loved the clues for the key answers. Making up clues for grid fill that is basically delightful nonsense must be a really fun challenge!
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Post by Mattbelc16 »

I got it but I’m suspicious. Enjoy the game everybody!
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Post by Colin »

Go Giants!
No. Wait...
One world. One planet. One future.
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Post by Alvibu67 »

On shore! First time for me. Seems crowded, but glad to meet new people.

Now where’s that tiki bar...?
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Post by ClayD »

Count me ashore with those expressing confidence in the answer but unable to find elegance in the mechanism
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Post by WSJosh »

I guess I’m on shore as well...