12:00 AM
Lol

12:10 AM
@bobble wow

4 hours later…
user478740
4:26 AM
Coincidence? Or not...

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Let's have two groups of countries. Each group has 36 countries. The first letter of the countries in the first group start with A,B,C,E,G,S. The second group of countries has as first letter T,I,K,L,N,P. From the letters of the first group construct a 6x6 Sudoku. Construct a second 6x6 Sudoku wi...

3 hours later…
7:59 AM
a throwback is a reminder, and someone who constantly reminds one of something could be A NAG
exeter museum is the RAMM, and the ED is an example of stuff from long ago
if something is "quaint" or "rubbish" in a cryptic clue it could be ANAGRAMMED? @msh210

@bobble Worst idea I ever had was naming myself after a book character...

2 hours later…
9:36 AM
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What kind of car do I have? The clue words: stories, robbery, rock, minimum, old, ducks

1 hour later…
10:42 AM
@jafe You've got the right answer but the wordplay is not what I intended.
(And, no offense, but I think mine is better. :-) )
Should I give it away or wait for you/someone to figure it out?

hmm, let's see!
pretty sure RAMM is the exeter museum

@jafe Me, too. :-)
gtg, but I'll see, later, what you find

10:59 AM
ed. is the abbreviation of a lot of things including editor, edition and education, and -ed is the past tense suffix... not really a fit for "stuff from long ago", though
if A was an abbreviation for a thing called gana then throwback could be the reversal indicator, but i'm not seeing it
think it's more likely that NAG = throwback somehow
or maybe "a throwback" is "an ag"... if "ag" is a word
hmm actually maybe RAMM is stuffing AGED which means "from long ago"
which would mean "a throwback" would be AN?

11:43 AM
Eh, close enough. I intended NA<, RAMM stuffing AGED.

ah ok
CCCC: Only the finale of Flying Dutchman performed with vocals, leaving out introductory parts to Wagner's opera (15)
throwback, wingtip, warhead, crowfoot... many names for the same thing

1 hour later…
1:10 PM
@jafe Ho ho. (-flyin)G, then (-r)OTTERDAMMER and (-s)UNG.

1:23 PM
@GarethMcCaughan that's correct

Damn.

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Are there Sudokus that are so hard that no known logical deduction techniques can reduce it? Maybe such a technique would reduce away multiple options?

@Mithical Hahaha
@GarethMcCaughan That's a Gareth word if I ever saw one

More a name than a word. (It's the title of the last opera in Wagner's Ring cycle.)
I mean, I guess it is a word, but occasions when you need to talk about a "twilight of the gods" other than when discussing the Wagner opera are pretty rare.

2:06 PM
@GarethMcCaughan Bet bet

2:19 PM
@Mithical Sometimes I run into characters that share my (commen-ish) name. It's worse if they're an on-screen character - then someone call out my name and I have to remind myself they're talking to a fictional character.

2:40 PM
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The answer to this puzzle is a list of ten thematically related words or proper names or phrases. Each of these is clued cryptically, and the theme is to be determined. NOTE: While the theme mostly works generically, it is topical to PSE as of its posting date. Since the definition part of a cryp...

3:25 PM
@bobble We got bobble and bubbler

Hi @Bubbler!
(fan of your Code Golf stuff)

3:40 PM
thinking about how to turn demonstration into defenestration
Proof turns monday into...

friday

yes yes
and then ene (3 more letters) to go

@Avi Maybe try turning DEMON to DEFENSE*

you mean DEMONS?

Ah, yes. Words are hard.
2

3:44 PM
that would be overcomplicating the wordplay
reason being, you can make a better clue starting with defense*
6

Poor defense speech leading to defendant finally being thrown out (14) The defendant never reached their prison cell. How did they die? jafe helped design the clue - thanks! :)

case in point

Ah, I see...that would be a replay.

Thrown-out proof turns Monday into Friday, primarily exciting numerous employees (14)

^ nice :)
@bobble that would be a good idea

4 hours later…
7:56 PM
my 7th period live meet thing should've started 10 minutes ago...
there we go

8:57 PM
Soon I will ascend and become API god
but certainly not an image pasting god
holy moly that was a bad image paste

I concur with you second and third lines. Not sure about the first

there, a better screenshot

still with tiny text

if I enlarge it vertically, the right side will go escape velocity out of this world
anywany back to api

9:26 PM
API?

An application programming interface (API) is a computing interface which defines interactions between multiple software intermediaries. It defines the kinds of calls or requests that can be made, how to make them, the data formats that should be used, the conventions to follow, etc.
basically it defines the boundaries and requirements of a program which interacts with a database

10:21 PM
defines the boundaries and requirements of basically any program/interface
although, you could even call interfaces APIs of their own
"Interesting," said Tom, sitting back into his coffin.

that a CC?

no it's a Tom Swiftie
inter-resting
"I'm a bird," said Tom, chirpily.
"My smile is beautiful," said Tom, toothily.

"Why is Avi making me say things?" said Tom, quite puzzled.

10:36 PM
"Hello!" said Tom. "Hello," returned the figure skater.

I've been trying to think of some Tom pun for Mithical = Mythical. Nothing coming to mind

Let me know if you figure one out. I wouldn't want to have mithed it.

hehe

"Mithical is a legend," Tom said, mythically.
not sure that holds though

@Avi what is a tom swiftie?

10:46 PM
said Tom as he turned into <insert magical creature>?

A Tom Swifty (or Tom Swiftie) is a phrase in which a quoted sentence is linked by a pun to the manner in which it is attributed. Tom Swifties may be considered a type of wellerism. The standard syntax is for the quoted sentence to be first, followed by the description of the act of speaking. The hypothetical speaker is usually, by convention, called "Tom" (or "he" or "she"). == Origins == The name comes from the Tom Swift series of books (1910â€“present), similar in many ways to the better-known Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew series, and, like them, produced by the Stratemeyer Syndicate. In this series...

i see
, said tom

"I see," said Tom, listing out the alphabet in incorrect order.
that doesn't count

hmm
how about ... "I can't solve this cryptic clue", said Tom, puzzled

Letters of the alphabet that sound like words: A, B, C, I, J, K, P, R, T, U, Y
did I miss any?

10:53 PM
Gee, I don't know

^ G

Oh, alright

I removed some that I count as non-real words: Gee, Oh, etc.
ah beat me to typing

Queue up in line

that's a real word

10:55 PM
"oh" is a also a real word

...and if you're British you say 'ell
:P

there's also 'e, which I also didn't count
Em is a nickname

G O Q L M
N i guess

eff is one of those non-cursing ways to curse

"shut the f up" kinda thing

10:58 PM
"The ground is shaking," said Tom, quakily.

nice

"This airplane is bound to crash," said Tom, knowingly.

maybe not that one

"You're always late," said Tom, hurriedly

@merrybot no-wing-ly

11:02 PM
ah ok

I'm doing a physics practice test, and one of the possible answers to "what is the graph of speed vs time of the object as it moves from point X to point Y" is a graph of y=0

"I made bank at the casino", said Tom, gainfully.

ohh that one's nice

@bobble why

remember distance is the area under the curve
<3
unless acceleration graph

11:04 PM
I guess they wanted it to be an obvious wrong answer?

then you just tear the paper apart and curse at the exam setters

Tom #2: "i love you", said Tom, heartily

then put it back together and solve the paper calmly

it's an online exam. I don't want to destroy my computer

print it out
rip it apart

11:05 PM
why is that so funny @avi

but that's wasting ink

what's ink compared to self-satisfaction

it is the Bobble Dilemma

"I'm voting Biden," said Tom, liberally.

"But Trump would be safer," said Tom, conservatively
that's what I get for trusting spellcheck

11:07 PM
"spellcheck has betrayed me," tom said, capitally.

PERFECTION

@bobble Em and en are lengths. Ex is a former spouse. Dee is a nickname. Ell is a building wing. O is a poetic vocative. Ess means to wind like a letter S, I think.
@Mithical I don't get it.

@msh210 and let's not forget Queue

@ Mithical - seconded

@merrybot and some others, yes. I didn't repeat what's already been mentioned.

11:10 PM
Letters of the alphabet that sound like words (liberal definition of "words"): A, B, C, D, E, F, G, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, X, Y

"Boaz, Naomi, ugh, I hate that whole story. I ripped it up and threw it out," said Tom ruthlessly.
2

I liked Up

@bobble If you wanna be more liberal, every letter name sounds like the word that names the letter.

this is true

For example, Z sounds like "zee" (or "zed"), which is a word meaning "the letter Z".

11:16 PM
@msh210 explain?
biblical reference?

"I really, really, really want some now," said Tom Jones.

SUIT THEIRS = (THISISTRUE)*

@Avi yeah, the story and people referred to are in the book of Ruth

@bobble okay? w-

"Oh, what a perfectly lovely geyser," Tom gushed.

11:20 PM
"I don't have any fancy motorcycles," Tom moped.
3

this is almost becoming the new pickle

no, Tom Swifties come and go
they tend to go when everybody runs out of ideas
and the moped one was really good

It would've been better as "a fancy motorcycle", for agreement on plurality

@merrybot "Everyone in the Lair keeps insulting my favorite food," said Tom sourly.

@msh210 oh no

11:28 PM
"I like math," said Tom, approvingly.
"Math is purely calculation," Tom countered.

"I want to nag a ram," said Tom, crazily

D:
"I'm not quite a sultan," said Tom, sulking.
"I can't stop bumping into tables," said Tom, cornered.

"That was really rough", said Tom, doggedly

bgehjrkft

@bobble explain?

11:36 PM
rough = ruff

eh
mayyyybe

shrugs out of ideas

"I've rigged this wrestling match," Tom said, turning about.
ya out of ideas