#674 - "Please Form Two Lines"

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#41

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if this is your third week, don't worry about it. I've been doing these for about 18 months and for this one, I see things that MIGHT be a step one, but they're not coming together as I'd like them to.

Don't worry, next week will be a week 1 and should have a high solve rate.

Going to bed and not worrying about this one. I got the WSJ and Pandora's, 2 out of three ain't bad (yes, I went there).
"Lots of planets have a North", the Ninth Doctor.
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#42

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Whew! Pending confirmation - but beam me up! Thanks to those muggles whose nudges helped guide my thinking - especially @ajk!

Now it all starts again tomorrow with Muggle Meta Monday - bring it on! :)
- Just puzzling it out here in Delmarva :D
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#43

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I can hardly believe it but I think I just got it. 100% solo solve, awaiting confirmation.

Edit: that was a long wait :) , but confirmed!
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#44

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Pending confirmation of beaming up.....
Thanks to the nudges from a muggle or two, especially @MamaE for pushing me away from my music.
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#45

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Sitting on the holodeck waiting in an unusually long week 5 line. Thanks to a life line from another Muggle, and an ironic twist of fate for me at least, I am ready to beam aboard.

Good, now I can start my vacation in peace!
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#46

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jhseeman wrote: Mon May 03, 2021 1:30 am Pending confirmation of beaming up..... Confirmed.
Thanks to the nudges from a muggle or two, especially @MamaE for pushing me away from my music.
Crazy that Sunday night 10:30pm PT and I"m 95? Dang.
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#47

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I'd love a first step nudge, if someone would be so kind. Normally I'd spin my wheels and resign myself to a fresh start next month, but I'm on the cusp of my first 5/5 in a decade!
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#48

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Submitted, after a group effort. Pretty sure it's right.
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#49

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I’ve noticed so many rabbit holes, but they don’t lead anywhere. A small nudge would be greatly appreciated.
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#50

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I just missed a leaderboard update, but the answer I submitted must be correct. I had stared at this since Friday without getting anywhere, I dreamed about it last night, and I got absolutely nowhere. Then suddenly today I started to see a pattern, and then I had the first step. Getting the next steps took some time (and some Googling), but that was relatively quick for me. I was tantalizingly close to the tree thing last week without getting it, so it is a big relief to get this one.

(Edited to add: I am indeed now officially beamed up.)
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#51

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Solved but needed so much help I may have some DNA from another solver when I rematerialize on the ship. Great puzzle. Looking back at my notes and spreadsheets I had everything that I needed to solve written down in the first hour.
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#52

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Just getting started on this now. No ideas yet. Time is ticking. 🙄
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#53

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higgysue wrote: Mon May 03, 2021 7:05 pm Just getting started on this now. No ideas yet. Time is ticking. 🙄
Nothing like waiting for the last minute.
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#54

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Solved, though only with nudges of the sort that would rate two free throws and possession in an NBA game.
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#55

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Bird Lives wrote: Mon May 03, 2021 10:46 pm Solved, though only with nudges of the sort that would rate two free throws and possession in an NBA game.
I'm about to commit a technical.

So I'll just bench myself. There's always another puzzle on its way, just need to wait for the calendar.
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#56

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Solved! Thanks to a few nudges along the way :)
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#57

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I’ll be interested to see if anyone else got caught in what I feel was an intentional rabbit snare? I mean Matt can plead another Ararat but this one was even more tempting and led in entirely the wrong direction.
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DrTom wrote: Tue May 04, 2021 6:43 am I’ll be interested to see if anyone else got caught in what I feel was an intentional rabbit snare? I mean Matt can plead another Ararat but this one was even more tempting and led in entirely the wrong direction.
After being nudged along a trail to the answer I noticed that I had been on a much more direct path. Were two paths intentional? If so was that to increase the difficulty or to make solving possible for people with diverse backgrounds, ages and/or interest? I guess all is fair in week five.
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lbray53 wrote: Tue May 04, 2021 8:30 am After being nudged along a trail to the answer I noticed that I had been on a much more direct path. Were two paths intentional? If so was that to increase the difficulty or to make solving possible for people with diverse backgrounds, ages and/or interest? I guess all is fair in week five.
Interested to hear about the second path! I was stuck in the rabbit snare until I got a nudge towards the right direction, I'm curious how my original thought could have led to the answer.
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