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2:00 AM
Q: Can you work out the word? (My original puzzle)

Deepthinker101Help the evil word splitter has been cleaving words in two with an evil curse! Fortunately the word split in two can be reunited by saying its name correctly. But unfortunately, each half of the word can only talk about its own name and can only tell you what it is by a short riddle. Also we don'...

are the chat games no longer a thing?
They're less-played than they used to be. There was a Contact game a few weeks ago.
hi @Dmihawk
and @GarethMcCaughan
2:22 AM
that's a bit sad :(
hey OK, how you doing?
pretty good! im now addicted to 4d stiff...
like 4-dimensional?
oh neat :)
I kinda fell out of the community for a while, aside from the odd review, so I'm excited to get back into things!
odd review?
2:25 AM
the review queues... suggested edits, low-quality posts etc. etc.
how odd is it?
Q: Piece de Resistance - Nine is Three Tripled

Omega KryptonNine is Three Tripled This puzzle is part of the "Piece de Resistance" series. Go back to Part 1 (Ace) for the story.Ace Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight Nine... Here is the transcription of the card... Phase I - Truly. Tribond. Bubonic Egypt Dogs Phase II - Insert! Interpretati...

@Dmihawk ive started a series of meta... still have some to go ;)
I'll check it out! Been puzzling over this one for most of the day: puzzling.stackexchange.com/questions/87941/what-is-a-ben-number
you've obviously been very active, your rep has shot up miles since I last saw you!
ooh thanks!
@Dmihawk that's hard
here is a puzzle that would be off topic in the main site but would be fun to play here:
haha "upward arrow" has been pressed :P
thanks! :P
2:32 AM
he fed three sheep when we went where steep creeks end
(just off the top of my head)
wow that puzzle series must have taken a serious amount of time - did you make all 13 before you started?
I appreciate the desire for comment discussions without ruining the puzzle for the general audience, but I really wish there was a "automatically decrypt rot13" option for the site :P copy-pasting to rot13.com and then keeping a notepad with all the translated comments gets a bit cumbersome
2:53 AM
oh well aren't you just a legend @Alconja! :D
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3:57 AM
@OmegaKrypton I have much head-scratching to do!
4:26 AM
@Dmihawk yes lol
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7:05 AM
Q: Cut a cake into 3 equal portions with only a knife

RorxorYou have to determine a way to cut a circular cake into exactly three portions of equal size. The only marking on the cake is a candle in the very center. All you have to work with is a knife that is at least as long as the diameter of the cake, and your hands. No other equipment is available.. ...

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8:45 AM
Q: The quicker I go up, the sooner I’ll go down - Riddle

user62636I got this riddle (and a few more) from an old video game. I had a few ideas but none fit the entire riddle perfectly... “The quicker I go up The sooner I’ll go down. I’m a weave of edges, A center of wholes. I’ll die of exhaustion, Some say a love immature, And color the cheeks In a pass...

@Dmihawk May I recommend a lice comb?
9:09 AM
Do they help with puzzle solving? :P
9:22 AM
It might help with your head-scratching ;)
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10:45 AM
Q: Find missing number in the transformation

Dmitry KamenetskyCan you find the missing number? This number has a single digit 8 -> 7 7 -> 3 3 -> 5 5 -> ? Good luck!

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12:55 PM
@Mithrandir lice don't have hair
That was lousy.
yeah, sorry, it really wasn't up to scratch
1:12 PM
I thought this CCCC clue would go pretty quickly.
Which I guess goes to show nothing more than that I'm not a good judge of my cryptic clues' difficulty.
Well then, I guess it’s time for ... Today’s Bad C4 “Solution”™️!
PELL is an obsolete Scottish verb meaning to strike or thump violently. So “Fight some of” is obviously PEL(l). If you are organizing things by type or rank or sort, you might also say you’re organizing by TIER. Putting these together we have PELTIER, a kind of lamp.
You’ll have to do better than that to fool me, sirrah!
Hmm, can I do worse?
Please do
@Brandon_J I doubt it. :-)
Same :)
Er. Hey!
1:24 PM
some "sort" obviously means some "order" - now we could interpret this as an anagram of lamp, but that doesn't work, so it's obviously order as in an online order of a lamp. Amazon is the obvious culprit here, due to its online order empire. But what from Amazon would we be fighting? Alexa, of course - fighting to make her understand us - and the technology she comes in, the "Echo" - but since we're fighting with it, we can assume it's the smaller, dumber version - the "ECHO DOT"
I resent the implication that my solution is not obviously correct!
it's even seven letters long
and I think it's worse than Rubio's
@Brandon_J I have to agree
Q: How to solve this cipher?

A. L.I'm given the cipher ESELUBRKXDBWTHARE and am told that it's a J. Bond quote. The only cryptography techniques I know are caesar ciphers and substitution ciphers. I learnt the vignere cipher after encountering this problem but am stuck as I do not know the key word. How would I go about sol...

Bah. Mine is at least structurally sound. Hehehehe
1:26 PM
Anything you can do, I can do worse
...that sounds catchy
Like a song, almost?
1:41 PM
@Rubio On a serious note, there are no obsolete Scottish words here. Every component and the whole is a word that I've known for years with the relevant meaning (though obviously I can't speak for others).
I like finding just barely plausible, but clearly not intended, “solutions” - obviously with zero expectation they’re in any way correct. If you were using obsolete Scottish I’d be pelling you :)
@Rubio :-)
At any rate - it may be time for a hint. It’s gone unsolved for a bit.
That there are no obscure words in it doesn't count?
Very well.
CCCC hint: The fifth letter is A.
2:03 PM
CCCC: TIFFANY = TIFF (fight) + ANY (some), and TIFFANY is a sort of lamp.
@hexomino Thank you!
Q: A most delayed departure

postmortesMy first is in Britain, which once was called Great, My second's in Boris, who's for sealing its fate. My third is in Europe, where patience wears thin, My fourth is in taxes, but not European! My fifth is in Ireland, but not in the South My sixth is in parliament, kept out of their house. My who...

@msh210 You're welcome, it was a tricky one.
CCCC Fight that is a fatal disease (7)
Hello, North!
2:18 PM
@OmegaKrypton Very quick, well done!
CCCC Nation took his company (9)
Is it just me or has the archive not been updated since June?
2:27 PM
well it's outdated...
CCCC: Insect ate slate? (6)
It is a manual update process done by willing slaves suckers volunteers
2:42 PM
@Mithrandir It's not just you. Everyone has been slacking on updating the archive. :P
I just made a few. literally, a few
the last one has not been finished coz i gtg. sorry!
Q: $4 \times 4$ Colorful Raven's Progressive Matrices

athin What will be the missing tile? The colorblind version is available here.

3:22 PM
@Sphinx Testing...
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4:33 PM
@Sphinx Almost every colourblind person seeing this would distinguish the colours just fine because of how distinct they are - sincerely a deuteranope. Appreciate the thought though!
4:56 PM
I usually try colour based puzzles out here: https://www.color-blindness.com/coblis-color-blindness-simulator/
The protanopic filter seems to make it difficult to distinguish red/green although the deuteranopic filter seems to make the distinction between white and yellow most difficult. Is that accurate?
For this image I mean.
5:38 PM
Wow I didn't know it was possible for a colourblind person to find it hard to distinguish yellow
Deutranopia is also red/green except greens are dull and reds are bright (I'm guessing protanopes see it in reverse)
The colours I see the best are black>white>yellow>blue>pink>red>green>brown so the yellow is surprising to me
@Adam I would expect tritanopia to behave just that way, and coblis agrees with me.
Seeing as sensitivity in the blue/violet part of the spectrum is completely missing.
White minus yellow = blue. Actually everyone is pretty weak at blue; if you've ever e.g. tried to read stuff written in yellow pen on a whiteboard this will be no surprise.
5:53 PM
I also find it hard to read yellow on blue lol
Do yous have difficulty with blue/purple or is that just me?
oh, I definitely have difficulty with blue/purple
(I'm colorblind, also a deuteranope)
Yellow light is a mixture of green and red light. If you have trouble seeing green, then red and yellow will look similar. And if you have trouble seeing red, then green and yellow will look similar.
?? but yellow is one of the easiest colours for me to see ??
To see, yes. To distinguish from green or red, though?
I can distinguish yellow easily between every colour
6:09 PM
What type of colour-blindness do you have?
yeah, same here - yellow is an easy color to distinguish, mostly because it's generally brighter?
6:27 PM
Q: What is a DD Word™?

jackson hIn the spirit of the What is a Word™/Phrase™ series started by JLee, a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles. If a word conforms to a special rule, we call it a DD Word™. Use the examples below to find the rule. $$ \def\Pad{\P{0.0}} \def\Title{\textbf{ DD }} \def\S#1#2{\Space{#1}{20px}{...

Getting diagnosed is hilarious. It got to a point where I couldn't see any number in the images but then it got to the last one where I was like "Aha! You thought I couldn't see it was a 2!". That one solidified my colourblindness because it was a special image where colourblind people see a different number
oh yeah, I remember seeing that image
7:05 PM
Somehow "deuteranope" sounds like it ought to be awfully insulting. (Perhaps it's the similarity to "dope" that does it.)
It sounds dope.
protanopes however are professional deniers
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8:45 PM
working on puzzles ends up leading to learning some really obscure things :P I now know way more about Big Ben than I ever needed to!
8:58 PM
Elizabeth Tower
yeah I know that's what it's called, but the puzzle is "Ben Numbers" not "Elizabeth Numbers"
9:36 PM
@Adam yeah lol 6 out of the 38 Ishihara plates aren't supposed to be readable
9:48 PM
Q: I need help on this game - the ‘notty noto store’

OwpI’ve not a clue wether this is something my friends have made up between them but they call it the notty noto store game. Basically, they know what they can and can’t buy from this imaginary store. I have to ask them can they buy this. You are supposed to guess what the whole object of the store ...

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11:49 PM
Q: Painting a 4x6 grid with 2 colours

Dmitry KamenetskyCan you paint a 4x6 grid with 2 colours such that it doesn't contain any rectangles whose corners are all the same colour? Good luck!


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