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1:31 AM
@Avi That's ... concerning
at this point Avi I'm pretty sure you can just make up an abbreviation and there's a good chance it'll exist
 
1:49 AM
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Q: Only one square for the white king

Minh TranConsider this position. It is white's turn to move. Only one position of the white king is possible for white to have an overwhelming (winning) advantage. Where is it? Please note that: While Queen usually wins against a bishop and knight, it is possible (yet rare) for a bishop and knight ...

 
2:09 AM
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Q: Generating special numbers

Vassilis ParassidisHere are three numbers that are related to one another: 9841, 8591, 4800 How are these numbers related and how are they generated?

 
 
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6:53 AM
CCCC: Frances's first Oscar-winning film (5)
 
 
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7:53 AM
@jafe F+Argo, &lit
Very nice clue.
 
8:25 AM
correct!
thanks
 
8:40 AM
CCCC: Investigator, arrest a lout in forgery ring (16)
 
well the enumeration certainly narrows the options down here
 
Wait, I erred. Lemme edit….
@jafe heh, yeah
 
 
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9:59 AM
@msh210 Is it TINTINNABULATION = TINTIN + NAB + (A LOUT IN) anag
"ring" being the def
 
10:35 AM
Yep, precisely, @hexomino. Nicely found
By the way, I debated among "forgery" and other words before deciding on "forgery": "mayhem", "perverted", "busted", "trafficking". Which (or another) do you think best?
 
@msh210 For me, forgery seems the best, working with the surface as well as making sense as an anagrind
 
Okay. Thanks for the input
 
CCCC: Following God's lead, make a mistake on last day yielding an expression of derision. (9)
 
 
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12:24 PM
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Q: What is correct option here?

THEGreatGatsbyI believe it is like a to e? What do you think

 
 
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1:43 PM
I agree that "forgery" is the best of those options.
 
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Q: I need help with a difficult metal puzzle

user64969here is the picture and a link to the puzzle: https://de.aliexpress.com/item/32473415899.html How is it possible to solve it? Greetings from Austria

 
Avi
2:39 PM
Video game character you ship, mostly (5) -> YO_ SHI_
Is this valid?
 
Avi
2:55 PM
Make a mistake on last day with R&D that's treacherous (9)
- DASTA(RD)LY*
 
3:16 PM
@Avi hm, I'd say you should have multiple indicators for that kind of thing. There's no way to apply "mostly" a single time to YOUSHIP to get YOSHI
 
3:29 PM
agree
 
@Avi You could've clue something about removing the ends
 
Avi
Video game character you ship endlessly (5)
 
yeah
 
Avi
hmm
 
That's actually a pretty good surface.
 
Avi
3:35 PM
yeah
too bad I can't use it anymore
 
You got a star for it tho ;)
 
Avi
hmmm
so if you have a specific name for a specific type of cuisine in a country
e.g. Yakisoba
can you clue it with "Noodles with sauce"? Or is "Japanese noodles with sauce" necessary?
 
both are fine; the former is harder so you may want to consider using it with easy wordplay, or using the latter with harder wordplay
 
Avi
3:50 PM
ok, cool
Hart half hidden in lettuce makes for angry customers, perhaps? (5) - C(HA_)OS
yikes - a deer in your food
 
@hexomino Your expression of derision is a RA'S PB ERR Y.
 
Avi
oh myyy - well done
I'm not hexomino, but here's one for you
Bed September, the escort (5)
 
@GarethMcCaughan Correct and well done!
 
Avi
4:06 PM
y'all have a habit of turning God into Ra
 
4:39 PM
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Q: Make 100 with only 9 numbers

Coding4elMake 100 with ONLY 9 numbers Hint 1: Hint 2: Hint 3: Hint 4:

 
Avi
Essentially, water contained here's not half bit opaque inside - T + A + H(O_)E_
 
Avi
5:03 PM
derp, underscores
Essentially, water contained here's not half bit opaque inside (5) - _T_ + _A_ + H(O_)E_ (&lit)
 
Avi
5:28 PM
CC request: "WEATHER" wherein it's some variation of WE EAT HERE, WE'RE THERE, or WE nearly (-f)ATHER
or WE EAT HER but that's a little less original
 
5:41 PM
@Avi I don't fully understand this wordplay. I guess it's water contained for the first two letters but not sure about the rest.
 
Avi
essentially, waTer contAined
HEre's not half -> HE
bit opaque (a little bit of opaque) = O_
HE, O_ inside = H(O)E
 
Ah I see
 
Avi
&lit -> lake tahoe is well known for having clear water
 
Avi
6:11 PM
Demeaning, unpleasant odor making a mess of initial agent (11) -
hmmmm, not sure the "agent" -> G is valid, but if it is
HUM + (ILIATIN)* + G
 
6:36 PM
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Q: Given a 7x7 grid, what moves need to be made to get two agents on their respective opposite sides of the grid on the diagonal?

Alfonso Canady Say I had the following 7x7 grid and two agents on the grid facing one another as shown. The agents can follow the following commands: moveForward, turnRight, turnLeft. The agents have to follow the same set of instructions. What set of instructions would get the green agent on the green squ...

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Q: Is there a code in this painting?

Jordan RunningThis was posted in a Facebook group yesterday. It’s also made the rounds on Reddit but all of the commentary seems like scattershot speculation so far. From the post: This is a painting done my grandfather. I acquired it second hand from my mother. He was an electrical engineer for various go...

 
 
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8:04 PM
CCCC: Hype? No way -- I disapprove (3)
 
Avi
ON+ (way-i) probably
= O NO somehow
#BadC4Solutions
 
Avi
8:23 PM
Ah yes I understand - since I come from my DA, therefore I = DA
ON* + DAO - DA = ONO!
 
8:58 PM
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Q: How to make 4 rectangles out of 4 lines

Just a guestUse any drawing software like Paint or the like to draw 4 triangles using only 4 straight lines! Also, the borders of your drawing don't count ;)

 
Avi
9:08 PM
^ title has been fixed for that one - it's actually triangles
was fun to experiment with, but not too puzzling
 
Avi
9:59 PM
BOAST - ST (street/way) = BOA (Bank of America, of which many people disapprove)
#BadC4Solutions
I'm starting to think that Hype? is the def
why could "classy" be abbreviated to U?
from here
 
I'm thinking the definition is NIX
 
10:20 PM
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Q: Marking the Occasion

Bass I don't have any letters. I used to have one letter (and a dash). If you run, I have one letter (and a digit). When I have twelve letters, no two of them are the same. What am I?

 
11:11 PM
The definition can't be NIX because the definition is part of the clue. The answer could conceivably be NIX (or any other three-letter word).
 
U and non-U English usage, with "U" standing for "upper class", and "non-U" representing the aspiring middle classes, was part of the terminology of popular discourse of social dialects (sociolects) in Britain in the 1950s. The different vocabularies can often appear quite counter-intuitive: the middle classes prefer "fancy" or fashionable words, even neologisms and often euphemisms, in attempts to make themselves sound more refined ("posher than posh"), while the upper classes in many cases stick to the same plain and traditional words that the working classes also use, as, confident in the security...
 
@GarethMcCaughan Can you elaborate on what you mean by the definition being part of the clue?
Oh wait, I understand what you're saying
 
ok then :-)
 

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