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12:04 AM
Q: Place 28 dominoes in a loop

Dmitry KamenetskyA standard set of double-six dominoes has 28 tiles with 2 numbers on each side from 0 to 6. Tiles can be placed next to each other if the numbers at each end match. Can you place all the 28 tiles such that they form a loop?

Q: Place 28 dominoes into a 7x8 rectangle

Dmitry KamenetskyA standard set of double-six dominoes has 28 tiles with 2 numbers on each side from 0 to 6. Tiles can be placed next to each other if all the touching numbers match (from all 4 adjacent sides). Can you place all the 28 tiles into a 7x8 rectangle? If this is not possible, then what is the maximum ...

12:28 AM
We need another for Spyfall, anyone up?
1:05 AM
Q: Prime tree game

Dmitry KamenetskyLet's play a game. On the first step you place the number 1. On the $n$-th step starting from $n=2$ you place the number $n$ such that: It is adjacent (horizontally or vertically) to one or more existing numbers, either below or to the right of them. The sum of all adjacent numbers is a prim...

1:57 AM
@Alconja Correct!
I'll clarify the hints now, so update your answer
My beginning: steamy, but 2/5ths crazy - LOCOmotive
My middle, wailing, from spectres hazy - Ghosts say BOO
My end, demonic, lives in Hell - OSE is a demon that lives in Hell
My start, to there, does transport sell - You could die if you ride in a CAB
My middle, within, the original man - an ABOrigine is the original people living on a land
My end, ends, an ender of lifespan - A nOOSE can end your life
All shall fear my reflection - Flip the word, getting ESOOBAC
Its start starts matters of perplexion - ESOteric matters are perplexing
Its middle lives beyond the pale - matters that are taboo, or Out Of Bounds, are "beyond the pale"
Its end is my start's last tale - If your CAB driver has high BAC (blood alcohol content), you're dead meat
The skulls, stopping, cackle and grin: - "stopping" skulls (braking) skulls refer to brakemen, who rode in the caboose, and had an extremely high mortality rate
My start is not where I begin - "CAB" is not "LOCOMOTIVE"
My reflection is garbled and quite absurd
Maybe you've guessed - it's not truly a word - ESOOBAC is not a word
My beginning runs so desperately - hinting that it comes behind a locomotive, which is true, since a caboose comes last on a train
From me why does it always flee? - same as above
My ends, each two, letters in sum - CAbooSE
Are a mystery and madness to succumb - A detective CASE is a mystery, and a head CASE has succumbed to madness
My letters are of number seven
Ask for more hints and I'll send you to heaven - Seven letters, no more hints after this
it was pretty hard to make every hint relevant, rhyme, and have some acceptable meter D:
Whenever I used the word "beginning", I referred to a locomotive engine. Whenever I used the word "start", I referred to the starting characters of a word.
2:19 AM
can any mod please unfreeze the strupremum room? thanks
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3:47 AM
Q: Guidelines or Theory for Rebus Creation?

zelibobaI want to start the creation of educational rebuses for kids, the subjects are math, physics and languages. I have never done it before and would like learn how to create rebuses in general and for a certain subject in particular. I guess there is some kind of guidlines or theory might exist. Is ...

4:07 AM
@Avi woah, that's... a wall of text. So AFAICT the only things I missed were BAC, nOOSE the brakemen, and the running desperately?
Also, is the title just referencing the slang for caboose => buttocks sitting on things?
4:36 AM
@Alconja That’s right - you matched a surprisingly large number of the hints, though. The title is to set the theme of “terror”. You might be terrified if you are beneath a caboose, because you’d be in the process of being run over by the caboose.
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9:12 AM
Q: Outlook not so good

JS1As a whole, things aren't looking very bright, Remove my rear, and something's just not right, Remove my front, and you'll be at death's door, so crummy, Remove my middle, and you might find me quite scummy, What am I?

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10:13 AM
Q: Charade for those who does not know ASL

Andrej AdamenkoA puzzle for those who does not know ASL. The answer is a phrase. Source: https://youtu.be/gFIRSrbHrB4

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1:35 PM
So if I wanted a cryptic clue for "daybed"
would "bed lounge under the sun" fit the definition of a cryptic clue, where "bed lounge" is the def
a cryptic clue has 2 independent part: def and wp
def is ok here, but how would the wp work? @Avi
no idea, I guess. Making these clues is HARD :(
bed lounge starts boiling eruptions daily after the weekend ends
1:56 PM
Q: 2 Person Same Number Verification

nahmidAlice and Beth both receive a random integer from 1 through 10, inclusive. They only know the number that they are given. The two of them want to come up with an algorithm to check that their sampled numbers are indeed different, but ensure that they reveal no information about their individual...

@Avi nice
bed lounge starts boiling EGGS daily after the weekend ends
@Avi Besides what @OmegaKrypton said, there are also the issues that (a) "bed lounge" doesn't (at least in my dialect) mean a daybed and (b) the answer is a compound word and one of its components is in the clue, which I think most setters try to avoid
@Avi I don't see how that works (even if a bed lounge is a daybed). Can you explain, please?
DAY+B_ E_ D_
@OmegaKrypton Done.
@GarethMcCaughan thanks!
2:03 PM
@OmegaKrypton what clues DAY?
"the weekend ends" = DAY?
a bit strange, but yes
I don't get it, I'm probably just slow today
(or in general)
FWIW I don't get it either.
oh i agreed it was a stretch, maybe i was too lenient lol
"sunday" -> day
but maybe it doesn't work, because Sunday isn't weekend, but it is a weekend?
2:09 PM
Lounge built by dead
WHAT how
@Avi idk, ask the zombies.
is there a list of trigger words?
like built not etc.
searching anagram cryptic indicators on google will do
@PiIsNot3 not end ends everything...
hmmmmmm - can anybody come up with a CC for "double trouble"?
2:34 PM
@Avi Sunday is part of the weekend (in the States, anyway. Not here). I don't know what you mean by "'sunday' -> day".
the end of the word sunday is day
so the end of a weekend (sunday) is "day"
same holds for saturday, actually
actually for any day, that holds
"lounge built by dead" is so much better by comparison, though - let's stick to that
ah! I got it, finally. But I don't think it would work because "weekend" doesn't really clue SUNDAY
@Avi yeah that's good
2:49 PM
"Double trouble" means (1) a real nuisance and (2) a rustic dance. We could make it a Shakespeare reference: "First and fifth in line of witches are exceptionally annoying (6,6)" or something like that. (The "line of witches" is "Double, double, toil and trouble ..." from Macbeth, which I think is well enough known to be fair.)
Or maybe we can build it up as DOUBLET + ROUBLE.
A doublet is (among other things) an old kind of clothing. Perhaps the definition part could be "Really wearing" and we can make use of the double meaning of "wearing".
(I'd like something like "Really wearing old garment in Russian capital", so we also have a double meaning of "capital" for some nice misdirection, as well as the extra ambiguity that "Russian capital" could mean R, but "in" won't do.)
3:03 PM
It could be e.g. "in front of Russian capital" but that's a bit ugly for surface reading because I don't think Moscow is really the sort of thing you can be "in front of".
I guess "approaching" will do. "Really wearing old garment when approaching Russian capital (6,6)".
would you ever say someone was "at Moscow"? I don't think so.
(unless you meant a railway station, airport, etc.)
so if you use "placed" as an anagrind, does that apply to either the left or the right?
really wearing is an adj; isn't double trouble a noun?
3:06 PM
or just the right? Here's the CC I'm concerned about: "True blueblood placed in double jeopardy (6,7)"
"True blueblood" is an anagram for "double trouble"
@Avi I think it works on either side equally well (which is not great IMO)
@Avi using "double" to clue "double" is weak IMO; also, there's an extra "in" floating around there
ok, I'll try to improve it
Not to say it's terrible, just weak.
I'm more concerned about the extra "in" tbh
I would never use "placed" as an anagrind, myself.
(And also agree with msh210 about using "double" to clue "double")
"Dole out rubble smashed in rustic dance (6,6)"
though that uses "in" to connect def and wordplay, fairly common practice but a bit unsatisfactory.
3:20 PM
True blueblood made disturbance twice (6,7)
that works
I personally don't like "made" as an anagram indicator (because no one IRL uses the participle "made" alone to mean "made into something else"), but it's quite common
I think it works here in terms of "making a disturbance"
make up something else is probably what we say when we talk about constitution relations
yes on the surface it's "make a disturbance". But as an anagram indicator it means "'true blueblood' made into something else".
Whatever, don't mind me, it's a common indicator so presumably I'm in the small minority
Can somebody explain why "e.g. (from NIE) Rising star, nonsense! (4)" is RATS< ?
"rising" indicates a reversal (for Down clues only)
3:32 PM
OH! "Nonsense" is the def for "RATS"
what's NIE?
no idea - it was on some website/blog but there was no link to follow
Is it ok for my solution to be something like the "Long Parliament"
provided I have a proper definition and wordplay, since it's not technically a word but a concept/event/historical object
sure, why not
cool :D
@Avi maybe it's en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nie_(magazine) , though I'd guess they don't have an English cryptic crossword
3:55 PM
quick CC check: Captive returned without it (6)
check failed - major derp detected
CC: Captured confidante without returning it (6)
4:32 PM
@Avi, I didn't downote your riddle, just so you know. But I am a little bitter about the "to there" part though. :-)
@Wolff "To there" actually can refer to Hell - If you pay for a cab and die midway, it'll take you straight to Hell
The cab is not transporting you to hell.
says who
my hell is filled with cabs
in any case, let bygones be bygones - I'm coming up with a new riddle
is "lacking" a hint to drop letters?
So, you get into a cab. The cab crashes. You die and find yourself in hell. Are you, there in hell, still in the cab? Not according to any religion or folk-religious idea I know of.
but why not
your driver could be charon
4:35 PM
yes, "lacking X" or "X lacking" can mean "without the letters of X"
sounds like percy jackson tbh
Not going to argue the cab thing further.
It's interpretable either way, whichever helped you get to the correct solution was valid
Since the accepted answer didn't use that interpretation, that's the accepted interpretation now
@Avi No, really, it isn't. But, again, enough.
@Avi, for me it's not so much about the question. But I'm pretty new here and I'm trying to understand how misleading a riddle is allowed to be. To learn to be better at guessing them. The best riddles makes you go "why didn't I think of that?".
4:41 PM
I mean, yes, to some extent.
The idea of my riddle was to give a red herring in terms of a "terrifying" theme, which is resolved by a topical red herring in terms of "locomotive", which itself is not part of the solution, but establishes the true topic of trains
from there you go searching for all things trains, and find the solution
but I'll admit it was more of a puzzler than a clever riddle
I totally get that. It's nice if you are able to set a theme which is misleading, but each line must still make sense when you hear the answer.
They do make sense... didn't you see my explanation?
Yes. I don't want to sound obsessed... It's just when you mention "Hell" in one line and in the next line says that "My start, to there, does transport sell" it sounds to me like "the start sells transport to Hell".
Q: Basically Binary but Boldly Baffling

Omega KryptonAnother image sequence puzzle inspired by @Conifers, enjoy ;D Colorblind-friendly version Clarification: one or more tag(s) has been deliberately omitted to enhance the difficulty. Hints usefulness level 1 usefulness level 2

is this that hard? i had expected it to be solved in hours...
Oh you mean because you can die in a cab? You can die doing anything.
4:47 PM
i mean, yes
but remember, the key is "transport sells", since there aren't that many forms of transportation that sell entry
like, all i can think of are taxi cabs, ride-share, ferries, and boats
So "You can die while watching me" clues "television"? :-)
i mean, you can watch anything
but there i'd guess TV or the news
but the "die" part is misleading, whatever. I'm not irritated about it. Just curious as to where to draw the line.
i'd say I probably erred a bit too far on the side of liberal interpretation for that hint
Let's just settle on that.
4:51 PM
but it was necessary to preserve the rhyme
> "The prophecies differ," said Aziraphale, sliding into the passenger seat. "Certainly until the end of
the century, although we may expect certain phenomena before then. Most of the prophets of the past
millennium were more concerned with scansion than accuracy."
Crowley pointed to the ignition key. It turned.
"What?" he said.
"You know," said the angel helpfully, " 'And thee Worlde Unto An Ende Shall Come, in
tumpty-tumpty-tumpty One.' Or Two, or Three, or whatever. There aren't many good rhymes for Six, so
the year of nineteen sixty six;
the world falls to apocalypse by sticks
End of the world comes between
two thousand nine and sixteen
in a CC, are double layers of meaning allowed? For example, "squished components" -> "added parts" -> "sum"
the mayan proclamation
doomed the world to damnation
yet fear unfounded
plentiful abounded
for the year we know
was twice too slow
counting to doomsday's date
till thirty-one twenty-four we must wait
@Avi "not too clever" -> "lacking in brightness" -> "dim"
5:04 PM
"dim" means "not too clever" directly - there's no 2 layers there
Ha, I didn't know. But I just wanted to make dim sum
Avi stabs self in the face
I can't believe you've done this
What? Just a silly joke
Wolff, here's my response to your joke: CC: complaint after an incomplete embiggening
solve it <3
hint: what do you do after somebody tells you a corny joke?
5:13 PM
oh, did you solve it already?
no, remember I'm Danish
i'll give you the solution then
"embiggenning" = GROWING
incomplete embiggenning = GRO
"after an incomplete embiggenning" = GRO(-wing) + AN - a GROAN is a type of complaint
Ah, not bad!
(needed the letter count - and half an hour :-))
I understand (mostly) everything you write, but the associations comes slower than in my native language
fair enough, plus I keep on forgetting letter count when I come up with something clever ;-;
@OmegaKrypton For multi-word things like "pool table", does the definition for a CCCC have to match exactly, or can it be vague like "table", "game table", or "ball table"?
5:39 PM
the word "table" should bot been in the def
"ball plane" idk
something with "carpet" or "green"?
carpet is good
"carpet board"?
"green carpet plane"?
gamer's carpet
5:48 PM
could be roulette?
6:14 PM
balling carpet
i like that
does "at" mean anything in a CC?
CC: Plane lands ventilate farmlands (9) - AIR + FIELDS
does this one work?
6:47 PM
What's the definition and what's the wordplay?
Definition = "plane lands" i.e. lands designated for planes i.e. airfields
Wordplay = "ventilate = AIR", "farmlands = FIELDS"
i'm not going to use this in a puzzle anymore though, since it doesn't fit my reqs :(
Maybe it's just me, but I can't really see why it couldn't be the other way around.
Both expressions are non-standard ways of saying "airfields" right?
Any chance of rustling up enough folks for Codenames or Contact?
that's the crux of a CC - two ways of leading to the same point. The difference is that "ventilate farmlands" isn't a definition of airfields, whereas "plane lands" is
i feel like i'm getting the hang of this
nowhere near being able to answer PiIsNot3's CCCC though
7:02 PM
@Dmihawk I get the general idea (and have read the answer about CCs). Still I sometimes have problems understanding the specific examples. Is @Avi's latest CC a "double definition"?
a ddef would be when both halves of the CC are synonyms (i.e. there is no wordplay) a simplified version of Avi's might read:

Where planes land to ventilate farmlands (9)
def: Where planes land
wp: ventilate farmlands
try a nice easy one:
Broken hoses usually worn when running (5)
shoes! :o
great! :) so summarise why
WP: "hoses" -> "shoes", DEF: shoes are "usually worn when running"
what's the notation for de-anagramming?
yup, do you know why you were looking for an anagram of hoses?
7:13 PM
"broken" was the indicator
@Wolff did you follow that?
@Dmihawk I get it. the def explains the clue literally where the wp stitches together the clue from fragments like a rebus.
that's the one - the art of making tricky CC's is hiding which part is which
Pi's current one is a good example of that
I already understood, but the language barrier is actually greater than I thought.
Deusovi perfectly summed Pi's CC up: "oh no" So concise, so precise
7:16 PM
I suppose it's a good chance to learn lots of new words then?
@Dmihawk I've been studying that for a long time. Trying to break it down like computer code, but to no avail.
@Dmihawk Yes, but one thing is to know the words when you see them. Another thing is to find them in the brain when needed.
I learned English as a kid because i wanted to play adventure games. Looked up every single word until I learned them.
thesaurus.com has a synonym search function built in, which can be mighty helpful
Thanks. I use The Free Dictionary a lot.
not end (t) ends (comes after) not end (????), not end ends end (??????????????) <- that's my current approach
I've been thinking it's fun how "not end" = "end" = "last"
7:22 PM
you get crazy jamais vu looking at this one :P
@Dmihawk, i don't know if you're a native English speaker, but when you're not it's confusing with words that have several meanings. Sometimes it's the same as in English and sometimes it's different. So I'm often going in the wrong direction because the translated English word has another meaning in Danish.
yes, I'm a native speaker, at you have my utmost respect for tackling language-based puzzles in your non-native language. That being said, I still struggle with even simple CC's at times and you have to relish the little "aha" moments to get you through the frustrating times of going down the wrong path or having no idea how to make progress
the great thing is that PSE is a wonderfully supportive community and full of some incredibly talented puzzle-solvers who are always happy to provide advice, help and desperately-needed hints :)
Thanks for the respect, but I'm not so special I think. Coming from a language with only 5 mio. speakers you are forced to learn English.
And yes, people seems very welcoming here. Wise guys of course (like myself) but in a friendly tone!
If you're keen to learn to solve CC's, I'd highly recommend joining OK's home chat room, we generally try to keep the difficulty at an easier level and discuss how the solutions came about
OK, I'll try OK's room.
7:53 PM
CCCC hint 1: Exactly one of the "not end"s clues a word
8:07 PM
is "valiants" a word? I feel like it should indicate multiple people who are valiant, but I'm not entirely sure that it exists, because dictionaries don't seem to have it?
oh wait, "valiant" is a noun for those who are valiant, so it is a word.
@Avi Yep, at least one online dictionary agrees with you
8:44 PM
can you use punctuation in your CC to confuse people?
for example, splitting up your definition with a comma
not only can you, it's encouraged to do so
@Avi What do you mean by that?
For example, if I had "daytime helmets" as my definition (obviously no word for this)
could I say, "daytime, helmets"...
@Avi No, I don't think that's allowed, the definition could be "daytime" but not "daytime helmets"
I think that's valid, with the exception of question marks and exclamation points, all other forms of punctuation are generally ignored
8:47 PM
ok, cool
9:25 PM
so if i say something like "headless orange", would it be ok to expect people to deduce (-o)RANGE = VARIATION?
in the wordplay section, ofc
Good question. So far I've only seen examples where the word changes its meaning before being beheaded. So "headless orange" could become (-f)RUIT or something like that.
10:03 PM
Posted a puzzle, hopefully y'all like it
Well, not a riddle per se
More of a puzzle - it's stuffed with CCs
Here's the link since it doesn't seem to auto-post yet.
10:23 PM
Q: True blueblood made disturbance twice (6, 7)

AviI found this note the other day... Captured confidante without it returning (6) Capricious committee is accommodating after rats return (4, 7) Fearful leaders removed fractions nearby (6) Precious drink messed up hearing aid (7) Blind tiger talk; naive (9) Dark times, clothing sound...

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11:24 PM
Q: What is the code to this puzzle?

MilesZewThis is a puzzle, you don't need to look far for the answer. Cryptic hint #1: Non-Cryptic #1: Hint #2: Hint #3 (almost a giveaway)


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