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Q: Euler's identity

WhatsUpWarning: this question requires knowledge of complex numbers. An Euler's identity is an identity, in which each of the following appears once and only once: the constant $0$: neutral element for addition; the constant $1$: neutral element for multiplication; the constant $e$: base of natural...

 
 
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4:13 AM
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Q: Another how to kill 7 submarines

Moti7 submarines are placed on an x, y grid - 0 to 111. They are located on whole numbered locations. Each submarine starts from any selected location with a given fixed speed and fixed direction, reaching another point on the grid every second. The submarines continue simultaneously in the given di...

 
 
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Avi
5:56 AM
@Deusovi Sadness. It could probably be trivially modified but I’m too lazy to do it
@Rubio If that’s the case, I’d be grumpy because “parts” is not a clear definition for Demesnes - also, is it demenses or demesnes?
 
I always get that twisted.
Whoops!
 
Avi
It could be deMeSNes? dee from D, es from S, and MSN from hyMNS
 
@GentlePurpleRain Implausibly plausible: DEMESNES is DEE, ESS, and the last half of hyMN all woven together into deMesNes = lands = “parts” as in “parts unknown”.
 
Avi
It’s hymn’s last half, so the last 3 characters can count as half.
Otherwise, it looks like you’re attributing the letter ses to the S sound
Either way, I think the whole “demesnes” thing is a bit sketchy
 
Nah, follow the bold vs caps vs. nothing. It’s clearly dee and ess and an M and N at regular intervals
In fact spelling it right makes that even more pronounced
I don’t necessarily think it’s right, but it’s not so bad that I’d slap my customary (and too long now absent) #BadC4Solutions on it :)
 
Avi
6:16 AM
Ok, I see what you’re getting at. Still (maybe Deusovi is rubbing off on me), I will be grumpy if that was the intended solution.
 
@GentlePurpleRain This is a partial guess, but I suspect it might be DESCANTS - def "hymn's parts," D + ES (sounds like the letter "S") + CANTS, but can't seem to figure out how to get CANTS from "woven into last half"
 
Avi
Could also be “to” derived from into’s last half
 
regardless of what the answer is i'll be grumpy before my morning coffee, and happy afterwards
 
Avi
Spanish thirst swallowing up final canteen for visible blue element (4)
SE(N)D - maybe replace “for” with “describes”
 
send = visible blue element?
 
Avi
6:31 AM
Web element- it’s the send button
on this chat webpage itself
 
i see
 
Avi
Only works in chat though, so might not be kosher
Anyways, goodnight
 
good night
 
7:28 AM
I would be very surprised if Rubio didn't have it there
 
7:50 AM
@Deusovi The blue Send button on this page?
 
Huh?
 
@Deusovi You'd be very surprised if Rubio didn't have what where? The thing and location being discussed immediately above were a blue Send button on this page.
 
"it" being the CCCC answer, "there" being with his comment
 
Ah!
 
@Deusovi @Rubio but in a sense (woven) is here an anagram indicator, and this would render the whole clue an indirect anagram or are we allowed to intertwine words as such?
 
8:00 AM
“Woven” has the usual meaning - words intertwined in order
It’s not an anagram at all
I believe Deus’ guide has an example of this very thing with two words
Hm maybe not
 
#2. i learned something today :)
can 's be the connector between 2 wordplays?
 
It can be “is” abbreviated, so can go anywhere “is” as a connector could
Between def and wordplay or between two definitions in a ddef
there shouldn’t be two wordplays in a normal cryptic.
Not sure what you’re calling #2 here
The repercussion clue?
 
no i mean 2 parts of a wordplay
eg: *tras+h, then 's between crashed star'S hot capital
 
eh. I don’t think I would do that
Did you link the right page? I don’t see anything like that there
 
8:21 AM
@Rubio The guide doesn't, but I wrote the clue "Trained weaving stiff footwear (8)" at one point as a CCCC
 
Ah that’s the one
 
(and now I would probably be more strict about it and say there needs to be a comma in there)
 
8:52 AM
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Q: Can we make posts just as parts of a puzzle?

John ZhauLet's say I want to spread a puzzle into several small parts and want to limit the puzzle to just interactions inside puzzling.SE. For example, players have to use SE's search bar with clues in the main puzzle to search for the spread out posts. Can I make some posts that only hold small pieces ...

 
 
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11:24 AM
FWIW I saw "demesnes" about three minutes after the clue was posted but couldn't find any way to make "parts" be a definition of "demesnes". So I hope it's wrong :-).
(though I didn't see how to make it an actual regular intertwining as opposed to an anagram -- it didn't occur to me to put the M and N in the middle rather than at the ends.)
Incidentally, definitely MN and ESS not MNS and ES. I don't think you can use MNS as "half of hymns".
 
12:02 PM
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Q: Flag hidden in dates

AnonI have two dates: Mon 04 Jan 2010 03:03:07 PM EST Monday, November 3, 2014 10:01:33 AM Somewhere in this dates are hidden flag in format KBI{flag_here}. Do you have any idea or hint what can I do?

 
 
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1:13 PM
@Rubio This is correct. DEE and ESS and MN woven together. I realize that "parts" is not the best definition for DEMESNES, but I think it works with a little imagination. (It's in the Thesaurus)
 
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Q: Body Language, Perhaps?

CDJBYou should be able to tell what I'm saying by looking at what I'm doing with my hands and combining the expressions on my face. Just be careful to mind your p's and q's (and your i's and j's). 0440061002000400 1810120509300520! 000010101410133502100645 08000820 1130060502300555 0120054005500720...

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Q: Mostly pluses and minuses: says Grandpa

DEEM"You know, these little devils?", says Grandpa "Billions of them. Everywhere. Here, ouside! Very useful" "but their names get bad wrap, you know", he sighed. "They are mostly pluses and minuses. Well some are stars, squares and polygons too. And,son, they always need help to enter...

 
 
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2:56 PM
CCCC: Lead a state, in India (3)
 
Avi
3:09 PM
@GentlePurpleRain It's super sketchy - a synonym is not necessarily a valid definition
@Rubio is it GO + A?
 
it is. :)
 
Avi
ok, coming up with one
 
@Avi A synonym is generally fine as a definition in a cryptic clue (unless I'm missing something), but "part" and "demesne" just aren't synonyms so far as I can see. I mean, a demesne can be a part of something, but anything can be a part of something.
anyway, no matter; I'm sure I've perpetrated worse myself.
 
Avi
:(
CCCC: Suffering a gentleman's first troll letter, pronounced (8)
 
3:54 PM
@GarethMcCaughan But "parts" and "demesnes" are not the same as "part" and "demesne". I interpret it like Rubio said: "these parts".
 
4:26 PM
I still don't get it, I'm afraid. "These parts" just means "here". A demesne can happen to be here, just as a city or a field can, but PARTS can't define CITIES or FIELDS.
 
@Rubio I'm trying to think of a context in which go and lead are synonyms (or hyponym/hypernym), and can't offhand.
 
to where does that doorway {go|lead}
 
ah
 
@GentlePurpleRain actually I said "parts unknown" which is a bit better support for your meaning
 
4:54 PM
Nope, still (sorry!) completely confused. Doesn't "parts unknown" just mean "unknown places"? Again, a demesne is in a particular place, just as a city or a field is, but "demesnes" is no more a synonym/definiendum for "parts" or "places" than "cities" or "fields".
Again, of course this isn't a big deal and I'm sorry to go on about it. But as long as I keep seeing justifications that don't make any sense to me I'll explain why they don't make any sense to me :-).
 
Avi
CCCC: In suffering a gentleman's first troll letter, pronounced (8)
 
 
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6:13 PM
You know you missed 'em. Time to bring it back. It's time for ... Today’s Bad C4 “Solution”™️!
Our gentleman is obviously named Vance, as in Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration. Someone with an illness is often said to suffer from their ailment, so someone suffering may have a disease; here, our disease is ADD. The part about first troll letter is clearly Avi just trolling us, so we ignore it. So now, if we put our gentleman in "suffering", we have AD(VANCE)D, or pronounced (def.). Easy! #BadC4Solutions
 
Avi
bad
it's not advanced
 
I'm shocked. Shocked, I say.
 
Avi
but funny explanation :)
and that was the point
I have a better solution
 
well. I certainly hope so. hehe
 
Avi
I̶n̶ ̶s̶u̶f̶f̶e̶r̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶a̶ ̶g̶e̶n̶t̶l̶e̶m̶a̶n̶'̶s̶ ̶f̶i̶r̶s̶t̶ ̶t̶r̶o̶l̶l̶ ̶l̶e̶t̶t̶e̶r̶,̶ ̶p̶r̶o̶n̶o̶u̶n̶c̶e̶d̶ (8)
clearly, "troll" means the entire thing is a troll, so just ignore everything
therefore, the answer is " " (8 spaces) #BadC4Solutions
 
 
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7:24 PM
a gentleman never forgets his first troll letter
 
7:34 PM
@Avi A + G(-entleman) + ONI (troll) + ZED (letter, pronounced) = AGONIZED (in suffering)
 
Avi
@jafe Correct!
gentleman's first = G_
"first troll" was mean to be misleading, since Gentleman itself can be abbreviated for G/Gent
 
7:49 PM
CCCC: What comes in front of camera? Action bear swinging cool sword (10)
 
Avi
if it weren't 9 letters, I'd say Diaphragm :(
Excalibur is 9 letters too :'(
 
this was meant to come with an image of po from kung fu panda holding a sword but i can't figure out how to attach it on mobile so you'll have to use your imagination
 
Avi
I can imagine it
unfortunately still missing the definition
 
8:10 PM
@jafe lights + aber*. Very cute.
 
Was literally just typing the answer... :(
Except I was going to say LIGHTSABRE
 
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Q: Can you find the missing number?

Prim3numbahHere's 3 number puzzles/series. I'll give hints tomorrow if noone is able to solve them 11, 31, 71, 91, 32, ? 1, 1, 2, 6, 36, 44, ? IF, 132 = 72 208= 200 390=288 then what does, 8932= ?

 
@GentlePurpleRain I don't know what the official Star Wars spelling is, to be honest.
 
It's American, so I suspect it's "lightsaber".
 
8:25 PM
@msh210 yep, you've got it!
 
I expect this one will go fast, but I like the surface, so
CCCC: Pole Dancing is a B.A. (5)
 
@msh210 That would be Basia (is a B.A.)*
 
Hah :)
 
@GentlePurpleRain yes indeed
 
8:51 PM
i'm sure many CVs will be happily updated
 
Avi
xD
 
my degree, alas, is a bunch of B.S.
 
9:05 PM
CCCC: Hot event without banner or clear end has negative undertone. (11)
 
CON(-flag, _r)(NOT)ATION
 
Correct.
 
CCCC: Scenic tropical resort (8)
 
pictoral*
 
yep!
easy one but I was really happy with the surface
 
9:12 PM
i had an almost identical one in my list of clues to post, heh
 
oh really? neat coincidence
 
(it was "graphic indecency's starting in tropical resort" for pictor(i)al)
 
(huh, apparently "pictorial" is the 'proper' word, and "pictoral" is nonstandard? I didn't realize that)
 
CCCC: Supporter of ending capitalism in one second during Lent (8)
 
LEN(IN+I+S)T
 
9:15 PM
yup, that's it
 
ooh, re-sort. I like.
 
Congrats Rand for overtaking Gareth by default
 
hm? how'd that happen
 
question scores are being changed
 
Reputation was recalculated
 
9:21 PM
Sara Chipps on November 13, 2019

In my very first blog post, I wrote about what a personal experience taught me about the Stack Overflow community. I said we were going to step back and re-evaluate how we deliver feedback, how we can improve content quality, and how we can reduce friction between people. I said that our goal is to have the question asking process be painless and beneficial for new people and Stack Overflow veterans alike.    

During this re-evaluation period, we noticed something in our reputation reward system. We give anyone who receives an upvote on an answer ten additional reputation points, but only give five reputation points to people who receive an upvote on a question.  …

 
Well. Not the scores, but the value of the upvotes.
 
(yeah, that)
 
Wow, I just rose by over 1k rep!
 
Avi
xD
 
ooh
 
Avi
9:22 PM
if only I started asking questions earlier
 
oh that is a big number
 
Avi
sick
 
wow, i made top 5
that's a network-wide change?
 
So wait, how much are upvotes worth now? Don't see anything in the blog post about it
 
yep
 
9:24 PM
+10
 
Sweeeeet
 
both questions and answers will now be +10, instead of questions being +5 and answers being +10
 
Avi
extremely nice on the puzzling se
since half the battle is coming up with a good riddle/puzzle
 
yep, that's something we asked for a while back but never got
 
Avi
9:39 PM
hmmm
need an easy CC so I can pull one of mine
but wait! first I must refine it to be perfect
 
currently trying to come up with one
 
Avi
is "ended" a valid indicator for the end of a word?
 
I'd say no, because there's no way to use it to mean the end of something
"end of X" works because it literally means the last part of X
"X ended" doesn't mean that
 
Avi
ok, fixed it
Denied before blizzard's end: freezing temperatures (minus 4!) last past estimated time (8)
is "stop the" = "_e"? Or do I have to say, "stop for the" to get "_e"?
 
Congrats to all the new big numbers :)
 
9:50 PM
I'd say "stop for the", or "the stop".
 
@Avi 5478 0745 3326 7855, expiration 06/21, CVV 429
 
Avi
What does that mean
 
Didn't you ask for a credit card?
 
(jokingly interpreting "CC" as "credit card" rather than "cryptic clue")
 
Avi
D:
swipes it
how's that for double meanings
the CC I posted here is gonna be the C4 in OK's room
 
10:02 PM
CCCC: Supporter of ending to capitalism obstructs by seizing means of gathering resources (8)
 
Avi
LENIN? or Stallin''
 
"(8)"
 
Avi
and holy moly the surface
could be "by" siezing (contains) "means of gathering resources"
alternatively, "obstructs" by (next to) "siezing means of gathering resources"
Supporter of ending to capitalism is not necessarily related to Soviet Union
could be Libertarians
or Anarchists - though, those are probably a bit too long
Recidivism rip
Supporter of ending to capitalism - LMAO if this was taxpayer
 
@Avi some more indicators: "Obstructs" can mean "contains", in the sense that it bars the word from getting out. "Ending" can mean "last letter". "Supporter of" can mean "appearing beneath in a Down clue". "Gathering" can mean "anagramming". "Resources" can mean "letters". I may've missed some.
 
Avi
10:17 PM
;-; I think I'm done
but thanks a bunch for the indicator list
 
"gathering" as anagrind seems suspect to me
 
I suppose "seizing" can mean "anagramming", in the sense of "having a seizure". I'd not be happy with that.
 
at least half of all english words are anagram indicators
 
ew
 
Avi
@Deusovi only half?
shame
 
10:18 PM
I think it's actually about ⅔
 
@Avi at least, he(?) said
 
Avi
a disappointingly low lower bound
^ my next CCCC is in the making from this phrase
 
(he/him or they/them, either is fine)
 
Avi
Is it valid to create new tag - "ascii-art"? Thinking about using it for puzzles where visually reasoning about the placement of ASCII characters is required to deduce a solution
In that, I'm creating the tag because I have such a puzzle, and I hope somebody can put that as the intent on the tag-wiki
 
In general, singleton tags are not helpful and are discouraged.
 
10:24 PM
Yeah, if you can find a fair amount of other puzzles that it would apply to, then maybe it's a good idea. But tags for one puzzle aren't very useful.
 
@Rubio and are eliminated by the software after a while, if I'm not mistaken
 
Nightly run kills off tags with no or just one member, if memory serves.
 
Avi
uhhhhh, rip
time to go searching in the grand ol' archive of puzzly puzzles
 
(If you have to actively seek them out, it's probably not worth it.)
 
^
 
Avi
10:28 PM
I mean, it's like a rebus, except you have to construct the Rebus
and the meaning isn't derived from the Rebus, but rather from the words formed
 
okay - that doesn't affect whether it should have a tag yet
 
Avi
I don't expect there should be too many of the puzzle out there
 
Then it likely doesn't need the tag.
 
Avi
It's definitely possible to create more, though
 
For that matter, I'm not even sure that would require representing something as ASCII art along the way, but of course I haven't seen the puzzle.
 
10:29 PM
Tags are for easily sorting and searching through puzzles, not just for "genre" of the puzzle
"Missing a disappointingly low... (4)"
"...bound to anagram indicator that's definite (2, 5)"
(maybe the second one needs a question mark)
 
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Q: Best company EVER!

AviMy first twice flies you My second twice puzzles you My third twice measures you My fourth twice tests you ASCII from my first, Shaped like my first, Anchored on my first, Misses 1 of my first Catching a loss, I become my head; Taking two more, A triangle instead When filled as so, My th...

 
i got the second one but not the first yet :( ... i have, um, little uncertainty that no question mark is needed :)
 
huh, the first should be relatively straightforward too, I think
 
Avi
disappointingly = sadly -> s(-a)dly = low is my train of thought right now but it's not really working out
on the other hand, sdly is an abbreviation for sadly, which means "feeling low"
 
well. i have AN answer but it would use disappointingly as an indicator I don't think it works as.
 
Avi
10:43 PM
A + synonym for "low" - last letter?
 
@Rubio that's probably right, and a valid complaint - I've seen it before, but I probably wouldn't use it myself (if not for the fact that I had a fixed phrase I was working with)
 
fair enough. then i have both.
 
Avi
what are they?
rot13 if you'd like
 
(clearly "disappointingly" refers to the fact that people would be disappointed by that word in the clue)
 
aww. but that would ruin the fun
@Deusovi clearly. #BadC4s̶o̶l̶u̶t̶i̶o̶n̶s̶
 
10:50 PM
hey, I wouldn't use these as a C4
I have slightly higher standards than that
 
Avi
Container nearly designating bad indicator (13)
holy sh*t
got an enormous amount of deja vu when I read my own cc
Incomplete container designating bad indicator (13)
"container nearly" is terrible enough that I remember it in deja vu or something
DIS(-h) + APPOINTING
 
(well. that sort of worked)
 
(yeah unicode strikethroughs don't render the best)
 
I was hoping for a double strikethrough effect on the "solutions" part.
 

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